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2010 CAN Awards

PROJECT: Optimizing Next-Generation Image Compression Transforms via Evolutionary Computation PI: Frank Moore, Professor, UAA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs) Spirit and Opportunity have been a tremendous success. Since landing on opposite sides of the planet in January 2004, these rovers have been transmitting visual and infrared images of the Martian …

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2011 CAN Awards

PROJECT: Quantifying Fuel Impacts on Wildfire Behavior and Emissions by Coupling Small Unmanned Aircraft In-situ Measurements with Satellites Observations PI: Catherine Cahill, Professor, UAF Over this three-year effort we propose to execute a series of earth science experiments designed to better understand wildfire behavior by coupling observations made from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) fleet …

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2013 CAN Awards

PROJECT: Stereo-Derived Topography for the Last Frontier and the Final Frontier PI: Robert Herrick, Professor, UAF Having accurate topography of sufficient resolution is critical to a wide variety of geological analyses and civic planning activities. Currently available topographic data for Alaska and the planets of the solar system are insufficient for many studies. When viewed from …

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2015 CAN Awards

PROJECT: A New Comet Assay for Measuring DNA Damage by Space Radiation PI: Cheng Fu Chen, Professor, UAF PI: Andrej Podlutsky, Associate Professor, UAF Space radiation detrimentally affects biological systems and individual organisms. Earth’s magnetic field provides protection to terrestrial inhabitants. However, space missions beyond the low Earth orbit poses increased risk to the health of humans …

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2016 CAN Awards

PROJECT: Development and Characterization of a New Hybrid Polymer-Nanoparticle Composite Coating for Corrosion Protection in Aerospace Applications PI: Lei Zhang, Assistant Professor, UAF Much effort has been expended to develop coatings to replace toxic and environmentally hazardous chromates used as pretreatments and pigments in aircraft coating systems. There have also been many claims for chromate replacement …

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2018 CAN Awards

PROJECT: Remote sensing of formaldehyde at northern high latitudes: Probing the chemical impacts of Arctic greening PI: Jingqiu Mao, Assistant Professor, UAF The Arctic (north of 65N) and boreal regions (between 45N and 65N) have undergone dramatic temperature and ecological changes over the past century and the rate of this change has accelerated in recent decades. …

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2019 CAN Awards

PROJECT: Development of Test Sites and Atmospheric Corrosion Studies of Metal Alloys and Coatings Exposed to Cold Arctic/Sub-Arctic Climate Science PI: Raghu Srinivasan, Assistant Professor, UAA Co PI: Lei Zhang, Associate Professor, UAF It is commonly assumed that there is very little to no corrosion in cold environments. However, previous studies in the Antarctic and Arctic regions …

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2020 CAN Awards

PROJECT: Data assimilation and modeling to improve snow water equivalent assessment in Alaska Science PI: Svetlana Stuefer, Associate Professor, UAF This proposal is relevant to the strategic research of the NASA Terrestrial Hydrology Program (THP) and THP program’s current priority to improve the ability to assess the seasonal snow component of the water cycle. The goal …

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2021 CAN Awards

PROJECT: Translating hibernation for space torpor and remote emergency medicine Science PI: Kelly Drew, Professor, UAF Our goal is to contribute to the NASA Human Research Program objective to mitigate health risks of near-earth and deep space exploration The proposed work builds on the idea that controlled use of synthetic torpor modeled after true hibernation is …

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2022 CAN Awards

PROJECT: Response of Coupled Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere (MIT) System to Changing Levels of Geomagnetic Activity Science PI: Amani Reddy, Assistant Professor, UAF During space weather events, called geomagnetic storms here on Earth, the energy deposited at high latitudes into the Earth’s upper atmosphere can increase by 10- to 20-fold, leading to thermospheric heating and expansion and neutral composition …

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