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.

Brinkman is newest EPSCoR hire

Alaska EPSCoR is pleased to announce the hire of its newest faculty member, Todd Brinkman. Brinkman received his B.S. from Minnesota State, his M.S. from South Dakota State, and his Ph.D. from UAF, and most recently worked as a Research Ass istant Professor with the Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning at UAF. He will join the faculty of the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology in the fall, in a position focused on the human dimensions of wildlife management.

Todd joins the first two hires in EPSCoR’s current research project, UAS Assistant Professor of Forest Ecosystem Ecology Brian Buma and UAF Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Srijan Aggarwal.

New videos online

We recently uploaded three new videos to the Alaska EPSCoR YouTube website. The first describes Hike With the Scientists, in which Southeast Test Case researchers took educators on a walking tour of local ecosystems. A second video details the 2014 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference, held in Kotzebue for the first time. The third is about EPSCoR's fantastic new outreach tool, the Augmented-Reality Sandbox.

Also, Ilisagvik College in Barrow has made a short video about an EPSCoR-supported GIS activity that was part of their Earth Science summer camp.

EPSCoR data websites launched

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.

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.

Midnight Sun Science Symposium available on Mediasite

Alaska EPSCoR recorded presentations at the Midnight Sun Science Symposium on MediaSite, which enables simultaneous, searchable viewing of a presentation and its accompanying powerpoint. The Symposium was an interdisciplinary science event put on April 3-4 at UAF by the UAF Biology Graduate Students Association. (There is no audio for the first presentation but the last three are complete.)

Microsoft Silverlight is required to view Mediasite files.

AAAS travel awards announced

Congratulations to the following University of Alaska faculty and students, whom Alaska EPSCoR will be funding to attend the 2014 AAAS Arctic Science Conference in Fairbanks next month:

Todd Radenbaugh, faculty, UAF-Bristol Bay Campus
Claudia Ihl, faculty, UAF-Northwest Campus
Chas Jones, student, UAF
Jim Powell, postdoc, UAS
Ann Riddle-Berntsen, student, UAF
Ian Schacht, student, UAA
Liza Mack, student, UAF
Raphia Maglinao, affiliate, UAA
Steve Colt, faculty, UAA

2014 Annual Meeting dates set

Save the date! Alaska EPSCoR's 2014 Annual Meeting will take place October 9-10 at the Anchorage Hilton hotel. This year's event will feature expanded opportunities for people to collaborate within and across disciplines as well as more time for students to meet.

More information about the event will be forthcoming by the end of the month.

New newsletter available

The summer 2014 Alaska EPSCoR newsletter is now available. Check it out for news and features about EPSCoR progress, focused on the Southcentral Test  Case.

Entrepreneurship opportunity

Our friends at New Mexico EPSCoR are offering an exciting new opportunity to creative entrepreneurs. Based at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Creative Startups is a startup accelerator that will connect aspiring creative entrepreneurs to the people behind successful companies like Fast Company Magazine, Putumayo World Music, edutopia, and ideum. 
While accelerators serving the tech industry are appearing everywhere, Creative Startups is unique in its focus on creative fields. The core curriculum consists of three weeks of distance learning followed by a “Five-Day Deep Dive” in Albuquerque, led by a leading Stanford University entrepreneurship faculty and an array of successful mentors.

All applicants from Alaska and other EPSCoR jurisdictions will receive a 25% discount on tuition, and scholarships are also available. Learn more at www.creative-startups.org/.

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.

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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