19 October 2015
MPI Scientists at the General Meeting of Yakutian Geographers
The Yakutia Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS-YRB) held its general meeting in Yakutsk on 14 October 2015. The meeting was attended by 131 Society members and representatives from the Yakutian government, Academy of Sciences, and North-Eastern Federal University. The Chair of the Branch, Grigory Savvinov, reported on the activities during the last five years. In the discussions that followed the delegates highlighted the broad scope of activities undertaken by the Society members in Yakutia. Those who had made significant contribution to dissemination of geographical knowledge and promotion of research in the field of geography and environmental protection were awarded with the RGS-YRB Badge of Merit. Among the awardees was the MPI Director, Dr. Mikhail Zhelezniak. Three MPI members were elected to the new RGS-YRB Council: Rosalia Ivanova as Scientific Secretary, Alexander Fedorov as Head of the Committee on Physical Geography, and Mikhail Zhelezniak will chair the Grants Committee.
20 August 2015
Dr. Mikhail Grigoriev Turns 60
Dr. Mikhail Grigoriev, Vice Director of MPI, will turn 60 on August 23, 2015. He is known internationally for his long-term research activities in the Arctic to study coastal and subsea permafrost. A brief account of his research career can be found here.
Mikhail has chosen not to celebrate his anniversary; however, messages of congratulations are welcome at:
Melnikov Permafrost Institute, ul. Merzlotnaya, 36 Yakutsk 677010
29 April 2015
Vozrozhdenie Chorus Celebrated 40th Anniversary
The Vozrozhdenie Chorus celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala performance at Yakutsk Musical College on 24 April 2015. The program featured fourteen works spanning several genres. The chorus was established in April 1975 by Permafrost Institute members. Today it comprises 43 amateur singers from MPI, other institutes and local community. The chorus performs a wide variety of music from classical music to Russian and Yakut folk songs. It has sung for many musical events together with other choruses and orchestras. Performance highlights include Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in 2004, Georgy Sviridov’s Songs of Kursk in 2005 and 2015, Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky in 2006, Karl Jenkins’ Requiem in 2010, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in 2011, and V. Volodin’s Russian Songs suite in 2012.
2 July 2015
XXI Conference on Groundwater in Siberia and Far East
MPI hosted the XXI Conference on Groundwater in Siberia and Far East in Yakutsk from 22-26 June 2015. With 120 delegates and 59 presentations, the conference brought together academic researchers and practitioners, along with government officials to discuss region-wide groundwater issues. Special attention was given to potential groundwater uses in Yakutia for public supply, agriculture, balneotherapy, and recreation. Other important issues discussed included national groundwater legislation, hydrogeological education, and mineral extraction from ground and mine waters. All 122 papers accepted for the conference were published in the proceedings. The conference and publication were supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant 15-05-20388), Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Government, HYDEC Hydrological and Geoenvironmental Co. (Moscow), Institute of the Earth’s Crust (Irkutsk), and Melnikov Permafrost Institute (Yakutsk).
5 June 2015
Gavrilova and Bosikov Memorial Unveiled
The distinguished figures in Yakutia’s science and culture, Dr. Maria Gavrilova and her husband Vasily Bosikov, have been commemorated with a memorial plaque installed at the Prospekt Lenina apartment house where they lived from 2000 to 2011. The memorial was unveiled on 29 May 2015 at a ceremony attended by city officials, colleagues, and family members. Gavrilova worked at the Permafrost Institute from her graduation from High School of Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory in Leningrad in 1958 to her death in November 2010. She was internationally recognized for her studies on cold climates and permafrost. Gavrilova was the first to conduct complete microclimatic and surface energy balance observations in various physiographic regions. She organized ten year-round and over forty seasonal stations in western, eastern and southern Siberia, as well as in the Russian Far East and in Mongolia.