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 Strategic Plan, brochure or newsletters. 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.
Travel award winners
Congratulations to the winners of our EPSCoR travel awards! Awards went to:
- UAS Assistant Professor of Forest Ecosystem Ecology Brian Buma, for the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology annual meeting
- UAF Geophysical Institute staff member Diana Campbell and UAF Engineering graduate student Molly Tedesche, for the American Geophysical Union fall meeting
- UAF Water and Environmental Research Center postdoc Anne Gaedeke, for the American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference
- UAF Interdisciplinary Studies graduate student Linda Nicholas-Figueroa, for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference
- UAF Cross-cultural studies student Charlene Stern, for the Alaska Planning Conference
- UAA Anthropology graduate student Alexandra Taitt, for the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
- UAA Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Corrie Whitmore, for the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference
New EPSCoR videos online
EPSCoR partially funded a new video, "Conversations about Environmental Change in Southeast Alaska," documenting local observations of change in six Southeast communities.
In addition, we've put new videos up on our YouTube site:
- "Decision Theater North construction" is a fast taime-lapse trip through the conversion of a conference room into our new decision theater.
- "Studying Humpback Whales and Tour Vessels" is an overview of a project by EPSCoR-affiliated faculty Heisi Pearson to monitor interactions between whales and whale-watching boats near Juneau.
- "The Northern Test Case: Impacts of Change on Alaska's North Slope" introduces the work EPSCoR is doing in and around the Arctic village of Nuiqsut.
- "The Suicide Basin Outburst Flood Project" discusses Eran Hood's research into potential flooding from a basin above Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier.
- "The Arctic Adaptation Exchange" is an animation that explains the international data portal EPSCoR is hosting for the Arctic Council.
- "The Effects of Spawning Salmon on Stream Ecosystems" describes Eran Hood and Sonia Nagorski's research into the effects of spawning salmon on streams' levels of dissolved oxygen and contaminants.
- "Tracking Yellow Cedar Decline" details Brian Buma's efforts to document yellow cedar's shrinking extent in Southeast Alaska.
Orthorectified imagery available
The Alaska Satellite Facility and the Geographic Information Network of Alaska have completed a project to orthorectify aerial imagery of the three Alaska EPSCoR test case sites from the 1950's and 1980's. Combined with current imagery, researchers are now able to easily compare landscape changes in the regions over time. The imagery is available via the EPSCoR data portal. We've also created a PDF highlight about the project.
Data to Decision grantees announced
Congratulations to the four recipients of our Data to Decision Visualization Mini-Grants. These $20,000 awards will go to create visualizations for use in UAF's Decision Theater North and/or in the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater. Grantees are:
- UAF Professor of Biology Gary Kofinas, for "Industrial Immersion: A Graphic Approach to Communicating Complexity." Kofinas and his team will develop a series of short infographic vignettes about North Slope infrastructure planning in the context of future climate change and hydrocarbon development, with narration accompanied by animation, photography and/or motion graphics.
- UAF Geophysical Institute Research Associate Olivia Lee, for "Visualizing Scenarios of Resource Development on the North Slope, Alaska." Lee and her team will build on a North Slope Science Initiative scenarios project to produce visualizations and storylines that will help local decision makers and communities better understand how climate change coupled with new development may affect the region.
- UAF Research Assistant Professor Dmitry Nicolksy, for "Tsunami Science to Inform Decision-Making in Alaska Communities." Nicolsky and his team will develop tsunami scenarios for Southcentral Alaska towns, build maps of potential pedestrian evacuation routes, and create educational animations to share information with the public.
- UAA Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Frank Witmer, for "Discovery of Environmental Change in the Kenai Watershed through Immersive Visualization." Witmer and his team will use high-resolution imagery overlaid with vector data to enable a detailed exploration of change on the Kenai watershed over time and space.
EPSCoR co-director co-authors National Science Foundation report
Alaska EPSCoR Co-Project Director Lilian Alessa is a co-author of a new National Science Foundation report, entitled "America's Future: Environmental Research and Education for a Thriving Century." More information about the important policy report is in this press release, and the document can be downloaded here.
Get involved in Arctic Science Summit Week
From March 9-20, 2016 UAF will be abuzz with activity due to the Arctic Science Summit Week, the Arctic Observing Summit, the Model Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials Meeting, the Model Arctic Council, and numerous related meetings and events. Registration for the week is now open. Organizers are looking for UAF faculty, staff and students who want to get involved with this exciting opportunity to connect with scientists and policymakers from around the world.
For more information
For more information on Alaska EPSCoR, please see the below documents:
The Strategic Plan outlines Alaska EPSCoR's goals and methods for its current research project, which runs from 2012-17.
The Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities, was crafted with extensive EPSCoR input. The plan was written by the Alaska State Committee for Research, a panel of academic, political and business leaders charged with overseeing EPSCoR and advising on the state's research enterprise.
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."