Weekly Highlights for 10-18-2012
I. Departmental/Bureau News
A. Upcoming Events
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On October 26, USGS Alaska Science Center (ASC) and Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) will host staff from the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center as part of their yearly staff training. USGS outreach coordinator Yvette Gillies will present an overview and history of the ASC, highlight various science projects conducted at the center and provide a tour of the Molecular Ecology Lab. Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists David Schneider and Kristi Wallace will present an overview of how Alaskan volcanoes are monitored and studied and provide a tour of the AVO Operations Rooms facility and the Tephra Lab.
Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7039
On October 23-26, Alaska Science Center scientists will attend the annual meeting of the Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society held in Kodiak, AK. Vanessa von Biela and Christian Zimmerman are co-chairs of sessions examining marine ecology and freshwater ecology, respectively. von Biela will also present a paper on using fish growth chronologies as indexes of nearshore marine productivity and Zimmerman will also present a poster on juvenile salmon ecology in Lake Clark. The Alaska Chapter AFS annual meeting is an opportunity to present data and interact with fish and aquatic scientists and managers from throughout Alaska.
Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7071
The USGS Alaska Technical Data Unit (ATDU) is assisting Ellen Reiser, widow of USGS geologist Hillard N. Reiser, in her effort to catalog the photographic collection relating to his 30+ years of field work in Alaska. Mr. Reiser spent much of his USGS career mapping in northern Alaska and, working with William P. Brosge, produced the first modern geologic maps of the eastern Brooks Range. ATDU will provide scans of Hill's field notebooks, enabling Mrs. Reiser to label his slides and photographs with dates, locations, and subject matter. The collection will then be deposited with the USGS, where it will be made available to researchers and members of the public.
Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7457
The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines. The 2012 AISES National Conference takes place November 1-3 in Anchorage and will be attended by students from high school juniors through graduate school, teachers, federal agencies, and industry partners. Events include professional development, networking, student presentations, a career fair, and traditional events. USGS is a sponsor of this conference, and staff with the USGS Alaska Regional Office, USGS Tribal Liaisons, and the Alaska Science Center are attending, including staffing a booth at the career fair to promote USGS science and network with students and partners.
Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7104
II. Press Inquiries/Media
USGS Alaska Science Center research wildlife biologist Paul Flint is quoted in an Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, AK) article regarding the recent finding of a king eider with a metal leg band on St. Paul Island, Alaska. The bird was originally marked by biologists in February of 1996 when oiled eiders were captured and rehabilitated following the MV Citrus spill of an unknown amount of bunker oil off St. Paul Island. Flint was interviewed for the article on October 3. The article may be viewed at:
Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7183