UA Statewide Briefs

Young marine scientists win big at Tsunami Bowl

The first- and second-place winners of the Tsunami Bowl each won a one-year scholarship to the University of Alaska Fairbanks or the University of Alaska Southeast. The winning team will also get to compete in the national finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, to be held in Seward in April.

The event Feb. 8-9 is Alaska’s regional version of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, it’s a day-long, rapid-fire competition complete with “Jeopardy”-style questions and team-challenge written questions.

Psychology professor receives prize for excellence

Judith Kleinfeld, psychology professor, director of the national Boys Project and co-director of the Northern Studies program at UAF, is this year’s recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation’s prestigious Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence.

Ann Parrish, chair of the UA Foundation Board of Trustees, said Kleinfeld’s contributions to higher education cover a large range of subjects and opinions, including controversial ones. She had done research on the high and distinctive cognitive abilities of Alaska Natives, studied weaknesses of the former boarding school system and worked to help children with fetal alcohol syndrome, providing hope for children and their families.

The Bullock prize, which provides a $20,000 cash award, is the largest single award made annually by the foundation’s Board of Trustees.