News Briefs: Week of Jan. 26

By Sarah Richards
Sun Star Reporter

UAF’s new research vessel named

‘Sikuliaq,’ pronounced [see-KOO-lee-auk], was chosen to be the name of the new UAF Alaska Region Research Vessel. The name was picked from over 150 suggestions submitted by the public to a committee of scientists and university staff. ‘Sikuliaq’ is an Inupiat word meaning “young sea ice.”

The name was chosen to honor the Alaska Native people as well as to reflect the ship’s arctic research function. The 254-foot research vessel is scheduled to begin service in 2013. When completed, it will have the capability to plow through ice up to 2.5 feet thick, allowing it to support research from the North Pacific to the Arctic Ocean

The R/V Sikuliaq is owned by the National Science Foundation and will be operated by UAF on behalf of the ocean sciences community. It will be based at the UAF Seward Marine Center. The vessel will assist in arctic research conducted by people varying from undergraduate students to longtime scientists.

For more information about the R/V Sikuliaq, go to

Health Center to be open for the summer

Beginning this year, the Center for Health and Counseling will be open to students attending summer session. A $66 fee will cover basic medical and counseling services normally offered during the academic year.

To be eligible, students must be registered for a minimum of six cumulative credits during the summer. It is recommended that students register early to take advantage of a full summer of health care.

Non-summer session students also have the option of obtaining this plan by paying a summer bridge fee in which the student has to have held at least a half-time status in the spring and is registered to return in the fall with six or more credits.

For more information, contact Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning at (907) 474-7021 or the UAF Center for Health and Counseling at (907) 474-7043. You can also visit

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