Alaska EPSCoR
Alaska EPSCoR

Alaska EPSCoR
PO Box 757010
208 West Ridge Research Building
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK  USA

phone: 907.474.5895

Welcome to Alaska EPSCoR

Alaska EPSCoR improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. The organization is engaged in a 5-year project entitled "Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments," which examines the mechanisms by which communities adapt to environmental and social change. For more information please see the project's info sheet and Strategic Plan. Alaska EPSCoR also administers "The Modern Blanket Toss," a three-year educational project to excite high school students about science through experiments with unmanned aerial vehicles. Alaska EPSCoR also recently concluded a two-year project to improve cyberconnectivity at UAF and UAA.

EPSCoR hosts free career development workshop

Alaska EPSCoR is co-sponsoring a FREE full-day career development workshop to be held in the Globe Room at the UAF Geophysical Institute on Thursday, April 24 .

Dr. Karen Kelsky (, a former tenured faculty member at 2 universities, has been invited as an expert in career development and leadership. Kelsky will offer a full-day of career, leadership, and entrepreneurial-focused workshops and discussions, as well as a keynote address. UAF sudents, staff, post-docs, and faculty are encouraged to attend. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Please register at

This event is sponsored by Alaska EPSCoR, Arthur J. Schaible Cultural Enrichment Fund, Resilience and Adaptation Program, Specialized Neuroscience Research Program, and the Water & Environmental Research Center.

WAISC travel funding announced

Congratulations to the following folks, who are being funded by Alaska EPSCoR to attend the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference in Kotzebue April 23-5: Doug Causey, Hannah Johnson, and Ashley Stanek of UAA; Kelly Drew, Lisa Strecker, and Terry Chapin of UAF; Hector Douglas of the UAF Kuskokwim Campus, and Claudia Ihl of the UAF Northwest Campus.

EPSCoR data websites online

Alaska and the Geographic Information Network of Alaska have collaborated to build a series of "data portal" websites, designed to give easy access to data generated by or relevant to the current Alaska EPSCoR project.

The main data portal links through to data across the entire project. Other portals exist for the Southeast Test Case (a collaboration with the Southeast Alaska GIS LIbrary), the Southcentral Test Case, and the Northern Test Case (a collaboration with the North Slope Science Initiative.) These can all be visited via the toolbar at the top of this site.

Other toolbar links lead to EPSCoR public events filmed using Mediasite equipment, and the EPSCoR reporting system, which is used by EPSCoR faculty, staff and students to enter information about themselves and their activities.

EPSCoR videos available on YouTube

Alaska EPSCoR has posted two new videos on its YouTube channel. The first, filmed and edited by EPSCoR student Caleb Gordon, explains the research being done in EPSCoR's Southcentral Test Case, while the other highlights the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference.

EPSCoR events available on Mediasite

Three different Alaska EPSCoR-sponsored events are now available for viewing on EPSCoR's Mediasite page. Mediasite software enables simultaneous, searchable viewing of a presentation and its accompanying powerpoint.

Currently available are Alaska EPSCoR Education Outreach Director Elena Sparrow speaking on "Outreach Education: To Do or Not to Do;" a presentation by EPSCoR Outreach Director Tania Clucas on “Funding Opportunities for Science Education Programs;” and a lecture by Colin Murrell, director of the Earth and Life Systems Alliance at the University of East Anglia, on "Fighting Climate Change with Microbiology.”

Microsoft Silverlight is required to view Mediasite files.

Alaska EPSCoR project receives $750,000 educational award

Alaska EPSCoR has been awarded $750,000 by the NSF to conduct an experimental three-year project using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) to excite high school students about science.

New EPSCoR highlights online

A number of PDF highlights of the first two years of the current Alaska EPSCoR project are now available online. Two of the highlights can also be accessed by the buttons toward the bottom right of the page.

2013 annual meeting presentations

All of the presentations from the 2013 Alaska EPSCoR Annual Meeting are now available as PDFs. In addition, Jessica Cherry's film Waterways, shown at the meeting, can be viewed here. Waterways, which was produced through funding from Alaska EPSCoR's PACMAN project, centers on an Tetlin elder telling stories in the rare Upper Tanana Athabascan dialect.

Fall newsletter available

The fall edition of the Alaska EPSCoR newsletter is available online, featuring articles on the Southeast Test Case, EPSCoR's new data portals, the EPSCoR-Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance workshop, and the 2013 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference.

The fall 2011, 2012 and 2013 newsletters are also now available on the Issuu website.

Program Highlights

For More Information

For more information on Alaska EPSCoR, please see the below documents:

The Alaska ACE Strategic Plan outlines Alaska EPSCoR's goals and methods for its current research project, which runs from 2012-17.

Members of the Alaska State Committee on Research provide oversight and direction to Alaska EPSCoR efforts. The committee is in the process of publishing a final version of the Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities.

EPSCoR Acknowledgement and Logos

By our grant terms, any person receiving benefit from Alaska EPSCoR must acknowledge it in any publications, presentations, websites, newsletters, dissertations, theses, etc.

Please use the following language: "Acknowledgement to (or "Support from") Alaska EPSCoR NSF award #OIA-1208927 and the state of Alaska."

EPSCoR logos for use in posters and other presentations are available here as EPS, JPEG and TIFF files.