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UAA faculty member receives Fulbright Senior Specialists Award

Chad E. Morse, clinical associate professor of social work at UAA, has been selected for a six-week Fulbright Senior Specialists project in Latvia at Attistiba Higher School of Social Work and Social Pedagogic from Sept. 24 through Nov. 4, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. This is his second Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to Latvia. Mr. Morse will be providing nine credits of instruction to Master of Social Work students in the area of social-work administration as well as facilitating community seminars on organizational conflict resolution and supervision for social-work practitioners.


Support Services updates recycling fees

In accordance with UAA policy regarding the disposal of electronics and of hazardous waste, ITS/GSS/UAA Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Management has established the following process for recycling electronics. UA requires all departments to salvage or recycle monitors, circuit boards and other electrical equipment in accordance with EPA regulations and other pertinent local, state and federal environmental regulations. As a service to UAA departments, General Support Services handles the recycling of used computer and electrical equipment in accordance with these regulations. To cover the costs involved with the recycling, General Support Services passes on a recycling fee at the time of pick up. The associated fees are as follows: TVs/monitors – $35.00; laptops and CPUs – $10.00; miscellaneous electronics – $10.00; bulk electronics – $0.50/lb. e.g., fax machines, scanners, printers, copiers, etc. (over 20 lb.).

For more information, please contact Jim Cummings at 786-4668 or William Cruz at 786-6860.


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High school students win national awards for UAA-based medical research

This summer, six Alaska high-school students completed biomedical research projects at UAA as part of the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and National High School Student Summer Research Apprentice Program. Three of the students won prestigious awards at a national conference held in Washington D.C.

congratulations from UPD to UAA graduates

Josh Proper from Wasilla High School, mentored by UAA’s Vanessa von Biela, received an outstanding research award in the senior category. Fung-Fung Lim from Bartlett High School, mentored by UAA’s Ian van Tets, won an honorable mention in the senior category. Juan Aparicio of South Anchorage High School, mentored by UAA’s Keri Lestyk, received an honorable mention in the junior category.

Students lived on campus for six weeks while they completed their projects with mentors from the Biomedical and Biological Sciences departments before going to Washington, D.C. to present their results.


Interim director of Kodiak College appointed

After consultation with the senior administration of Kodiak College and selected members of the College Council, UAA Chancellor Elaine P. Maimon announced the appointment of Barbara Bolson, current assistant director, as interim director of Kodiak College. Bolson, who will be replacing Connie Dooley, will assume the post Oct. 2 of this year.


U.S. Geological Survey awards two grants

Utpal Dutta, a seismologist at UAA’s Environment and Natural Resources Institute, and Joey Yang of the School of Engineering received a grant from the USGS to install and establish the accurate operation of earthquake-monitoring instruments for the Frontier Building in Anchorage. The collected data will help understand and improve models and design codes. Yang and Helen Liu, also from the School of Engineering, received a second grant to establish earthquake-monitoring instruments for the Port Access Bridge in Anchorage. The data will help resolve outstanding issues in modeling of large bridges and improve bridge design. The expansion of the instrumentation is located in the Ship Creek Valley.


UA hires arctic researchers to study climate

UA President Mark Hamilton announced the hiring of arctic researchers at a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 31. Thirteen post-doctoral researchers were elected from a group of international applicants; three of them will be based at UAA. The researchers will spend the next three years at UA campuses intensely researching everything from arctic tree line seedlings and permafrost to lake sediments and sea ice. Alaska’s unique position for arctic research has allowed the university to gain international reputation in the areas of global climate change, arctic biology, marine biology, and numerous other areas. The money to pay for the researchers comes from the BP and ConocoPhillips charter donations to UA. The charter agreement includes a formula for charitable contributions to UA and other community organizations.


UAA awarded $622,000 for Polar Year project

Jeff Welker of UAA’s Environment and Natural Resources Institute recently received a $622,000 grant from the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation for his research project associated with the International Polar Year investigations. IPY is designed to better understand earth’s polar regions. Welker’s proposed project will determine how the increase in shrubs have affected the arctic regions and caused change in the functional attributes of these systems in Alaska.