UA Statewide Briefs

UAF Professor receives 2008 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence

Fairbanks – Judith Kleinfeld, psychology professor, director of the national Boys Project and co-director of the Northern Studies program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is this year’s recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation’s prestigious Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence.

Ann Parrish, chair of the University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees, which awards the prize, made the announcement on Feb 20. The foundation is the non-profit entity that solicits and manages private donations solely for the benefit of the university.

Parrish said Kleinfeld’s contributions to higher education cover a large range of subjects and opinions, including controversial ones. She has done research on the high and distinctive cognitive abilities of Alaska Natives, studied the weaknesses of the former boarding school system and worked to help children with fetal alcohol syndrome, providing hope for children and their families. The professor researches her subjects with passion and keen insight, Parrish said.

“She is a fearless investigator and candid commentator on many issues important to the times in which we live,” Parrish said. “The University of Alaska is lucky to have such a courageous academic in our midst.”

UAF researcher discovers Jurassic fossil

Fairbanks – A University of Alaska researcher was part of a team that recently discovered a major Jurassic fossil that may be the largest of its type ever found. Pat Druckenmiller is curator of Earth Sciences at University of Alaska Museum of the North. He worked last summer in the remote Norwegian Archipelago of Svalbard.

Libby Casey, KUAC – Fairbanks