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.
Data to Decisions Visualization Workshop
Alaska EPSCoR will be hosting a Visualization Workshop on the UAF campus on November 16-17. The agenda will include presentations and discussions about visualization technology and techniques, with a focus on creating content for UAF's new Decision Theater North and the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater.
Sessions will cover an introduction to data visualization; visualizing and integrating data for decision making; visualization technology; artistic principles for data visualization; and user needs and institutional capacity building. Hands-on workshops will deal with infographics, GIS techniques, and web-based data visualization tools. Speakers will include Jen Christiansen, Senior Graphics Editor for Scientific American, and Kevin Desouza, Associate Dean for Research at the Arizona State University College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
See the event flyer for more information. Registration for the workshop is free and travel funding is available. Alaska EPSCoR is also soliciting abstracts for a poster and multimedia session at the workshop.
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.
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:
- "The Northern Test Case: Impacts of Change on Alaska's North Slope" is an introduction to the work EPSCoR is soing 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 a nifty animation that explains the international data portal we're 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.
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. 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.
Information about Alaska EPSCoR Phase 5
Alaska EPSCoR is beginning to put together a proposal to the NSF for its next major research project (“Phase 5”), and is soliciting white papers from researchers interested in participating in the project. For more information please see our updated invitation to submit and our criteria for judging white papers. We've also created a Google Forum that faculty can use to discuss their Phase V proposals or to ask questions.
The Alaska Science and Technology Plan is also an important document for faculty crafting white papers.
EPSCoR travel funding available
Alaska EPSCoR will award at least five travel grants of up to $1,600 per person to University of Alaska-affiliated graduate students and early-career faculty (defined as untenured faculty hired since July 1, 2012) for travel to conferences and workshops. F unds are for domestic travel only and can be used through June 30, 2016.
To be considered for funding, please complete the application by October 23, 2015 . Decisions for funding will be communicated by October 30, 2015 .
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.
Orthorectified imagery coming online
The Alaska Satellite Facility and the Geographic Information Network of Alaska are completing 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 will now be able to easily compare landscape changes in the regions over time. The imagery will be available via the EPSCoR data portal. We've also created a PDF highlight about the project.
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.
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."