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Scientists at the Geophysical Institute study geophysical processes in action from the center of Earth to the surface of the sun and beyond. The Institute turns data and observations into information useful for research, state and national needs. Much of this research is performed by Institute faculty, staff and students as part of their regular work.

An Act of Congress established the Geophysical Institute in 1946. Since that time, the Institute has earned an international reputation for studying Earth and its physical environments at high latitudes and is now diversified into seven major research units. Institute faculty and research staff serve on a number of advisory boards providing scientific evaluation and ideas for a wide range of concerns.

At the Geophysical Institute, research and education proceed hand-in-hand. Opportunities abound for undergraduate and graduate research with our renowned scientists.


Perspectives inviteOn Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. students from Ryan Middle School will display their photographs from the Perspectives program in the Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus.  


Perspectives was an eight-week photography and science workshop presented by the University of Alaska Fairbanks 4-H Cooperative Extension and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Programs. Young ladies from the Ryan Middle School After School Program were asked to examine the world around them through the lens of science. 


Students built BigShot digital cameras during the first few weeks of the program and then used those cameras to capture images throughout the spring of 2014. Through their lenses, students not only learned about photography principles, but also concepts of beauty, science in nature, scale, and wavelengths, as well as how these and other principles influence their own perspective. 

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