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 five-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.

Witmer is newest EPSCoR faculty hire

Alaska EPSCoR is pleased to announce its newest faculty hire. Frank Witmer has recently begun a position as an assistant professor in UAA’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, where he will specialize in computational social science and assist the efforts of the EPSCoR CIS Group.

Witmer received his B.S. from Tufts University and his M.A. and Ph.D in Geography from the University  of Colorado, where his dissertation addressed “The Effects of War on Land-Use/Land-Cover Change: An Analysis of Landsat Imagery for Northeast Bosnia.” Prior to coming to UAA he worked as research associate  or assistant on a number of projects at the University of Colorado, many of which involved his chief research interest of human-environment geography, with an emphasis on quantifying how human activity affects environmental conditions at local and regional scales.

Witmer is the fifth faculty hire in Alaska EPSCoR’s current research project. He joins UAS Assistant Professor of Forest Ecosystem Ecology Brian Buma, UAF Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Srijan Aggarwal, UAF Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology Todd Brinkman, and UAF Assistant Professor of Social-Ecological Systems Sustainability Sarah Trainor.

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.

Southeast Test Case video online

Berners Bay

We recently uploaded a new video to our YouTube site about the Southeast Test Case, which examines the social and ecological impacts of glacial recession in Berners Bay near Juneau.

In addition, we've also improved the audio and editing on the other videos on the site, which detail our Hike With the Scientists outreach activity; the 2013 and 2014 Western Alaska Interdiciplinary Science Conference events; EPSCoR's Augmented-Reality Sandbox; the Southcentral Test Case; and a 2013 workshop with the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance.

Track-2 deadline extended

papers being accepted until Nov. 14

Alaska EPSCoR has extended the deadline to submit white papers for the new NSF EPSCoR FY15 Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-2 program. The program will award up to $1.5 million a year for research projects that bring together researchers from two or more EPSCoR states or territories. Projects must be in one of two areas: the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, or Understanding the Human Brain.

Preproposal white papers are now due on November 14. For more information about the program please read this press release and this "further details" document.

Alaska State Science and Technology Plan

The Alaska State Science and Technology Plan is now available for viewing and download.

The plan, which sets out the state's research priorities and policy goals, was prepared by the State Committee on Research with the aid of Alaska EPSCoR and was a key part of the current Alaska EPSCoR proposal to the National Science Foundation.

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 oversaw the creation of the Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities.

The 2014 External Evaluators' Report contains analysis and recommendations by EPSCoR external evaluators Julia Melkers and Eric Welch.

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.

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