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 event 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. The full agenda will be available by October 9.
Arctic Adaptation Exchange gaining exposure
The Arctic Adaptation Exchange Portal website is now open to the public. Alaska EPSCoR has helped to develop and to host the portal, a project by the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group to make adaptation information available to researchers and northern communities across the globe.
The portal is now featured in the U.S. government's Arctic Climate Resilience Toolkit, which was unveiled with great hoopla during the GLACIER conference, part of President Obama's Alaska visit.
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.
New EPSCoR videos and highlights online
- Our "Suicide Basin Outburst Flood Project" video discusses Eran Hood's research into potential flooding from a basin above Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier.
- The "Arctic Adaptation Exchange" video 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" video describes Eran Hood and Sonia Nagorski's research into the effects of spawning salmon on streams' levels of dissolved oxygen and contaminants.
- Our "Tracking Yellow Cedar Decline" video details Brian Buma's efforts to document yellow cedar's shrinking extent in Southeast Alaska.
- "Through Their Eyes" is a PDF about a project to engage 3-7 year-old children as active researchers.
- "A Solid Grounding" is a PDF about an EPSCoR-sponsored Upward Bound QGIS class.
- "Marking the Spots" is a PDF about EPSCoR's new orthorectified test case maps.
- "This Place Knows Us" is a PDF describing an outreach program with the Kenaitze Tribe.
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 holding meetings for faculty and others interested in learning more about the proposal process and ways they can be involved. Future meetings will be held at UAA on Friday, October 2 from 3-5 PM in Room 413 of the Engineering and Industry Building, and at UAS on Tuesday, October 6 from 1:30-3:30 PM in the Glacier View Room on the upper level of the Egan Library classroom wing.
For more information about Phase 5 please see our updated invitation to submit and our criteria for judging white papers. We've also created a forum on Facebook 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.
Drew is final EPSCoR hire
Alaska EPSCoR is pleased to welcome its newest faculty hire, Elaine Drew. Drew, an applied medical anthropologist, has accepted a position with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Anthropology and will do computational social science work for EPSCoR.
Drew was previously an Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Family and Community Medicine, where she worked with indigenous, ethnic minority, and underserved communities utilizing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. She has authored numerous articles on CBPR and ethics review, as well as cross-cultural research on diabetes, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. She most recently worked on funded cancer and diabetes prevention projects with different cultural communities across Wisconsin. For more information visit her UAF faculty page.
Drew is the sixth and final UA faculty hire made through the current Alaska EPSCoR research program.
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."