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What's New at UAMN


Bon Anniversaire, Blue Babe

JULY 2014 - For 30 years, the museum has shared the story of Blue Babe, a mummified Alaska steppe bison preserved in the Interior permafrost since the Ice Age. This summer, the UAMN Earth Sciences and Archaeology Departments are collaborating with the Center for Applied Isotope Studiesto get a more precise estimate for the age of the specimen.

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Museum film featured by Library of Congress

JUNE 2014 - A documentary film produced by the UA Museum of the North is getting a special screening by the Library of Congress. Drums of Winter, directed by Film Curator Leonard Kamerling and Sarah Elder in 1988, was named to the National Film Registry in 2006 and is currently being restored.

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In defense of scientific collections

MAY 2014 -The curator of birds at the University of Alaska Museum of the North has joined more than 120 colleagues from around the world to rebut a criticism of scientific collecting published in the journal Science in April.

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The legacy of Kenelm Philip

APRIL 2014 - When Ken Philip passed away on March 13, it was unexpected. His passing will be mourned by many, but equally important is the need to take care of his legacy – the collection of 83,000 arctic butterflies and moths he's amassed over the past 50 years.

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Making art from cultural traditions

MARCH 2014 - The University of Alaska Museum of the North has acquired two pieces from the Sealaska Heritage Foundation'sTinaArt Auction. Find out why one belongs in the ethnology collection and the other is catalogued as fine art.

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Behind the masks

FEBRUARY 2014 -We explored masks of many traditions at our Family Day: MASKarade, including objects from the ethnology collection representing many Native Alaska cultures.

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Wells Fargo provides military admission

JANUARY 2014 - The University of Alaska Museum of the North announces a new military appreciation program made possible by Wells Fargo. During 2014, all active duty military personnel and up to four members of their immediate family will receive free admission to the museum.

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Jenny flies again at Fairbanks Airport

NOVEMBER 2013 - An historic plane that flew Fairbanks passengers, mail, and cargo in the 1920s is once again on exhibit at the airport, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and aviation enthusiasts.

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Pacific walrus population trends study

OCTOBER 2013 - Thousands of specimens housed at the University of Alaska Museum of the North will be used as part of a $1.7 million grant to study long-term and ongoing population trends in the Pacific walrus.

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Dinosaur discovery along the Yukon River

SEPTEMBER 2013 - UAMN researchers have found a major new site for dinosaur fossils in Alaska. Earth Sciences Curator Pat Druckenmiller says This is the kind of discovery you would have expected in the Lower 48 a hundred years ago.

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Digging for clues

AUGUST 2013 - Last month, archaeology students with the Alaska Summer Research Academy visited the Simpson Site along the Tanana River near Rosie Creek. This prehistoric site has the potential to provide a great deal of information concerning the ways humans lived in the area around Fairbanks before recorded history.

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Museum researchers find new species

JULY 2013 - A strange insect collected by UAF graduate student Jill Stockbridge during her thesis research on Prince of Wales Island is a new species of snow scorpionfly. UA Museum of the North Curator of Insects Derek Sikes says it belongs to an enigmatic group that might help scientists understand the evolutionary origin of fleas.

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