UA Statewide Briefs

UAF helps Alaskans battle against marine debris

Alaska has a reputation for clean waters and pristine vistas. But fishing nets, rope, totes, six-pack rings, bottles, drums, and myriad other trash – much of it plastic – litter many of Alaska’s shores. It’s a vexing mess made by both humans and nature. Humans dump trash into the sea, often thousands of miles away, and ocean currents carry it onto the state’s rugged and mostly remote coast.

Annual beach cleanups and federal laws aimed at ending the coastal carnage have done little to stem the waves of trash washing onto Alaska’s shores.

The Marine Debris in Alaska Workshop will take place Feb. 14-15 at the Egan Convention Center in Anchorage. Organizers said the workshop is needed to coordinate and prioritize statewide marine debris removal, education and outreach, and to map a strategy for future prevention and cleanup efforts.

The Marine Debris in Alaska Workshop is sponsored by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, NOAA/UAF Alaska Sea Grant College Program and the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation.

Testing Center opens at Eielson AFB

The new University of Alaska Fairbanks Testing Center on Eielson Air Force Base opened Jan. 11. The center, which is supported by the UAF Tanana Valley Campus Northern Military Programs, will serve airmen by providing College Level Examination Program and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support examinations, known as CLEP and DANTES exams respectively. These examinations are designed to give equivalency credit for college classes. Students can choose from more than 50 examinations in a variety of subject areas. Examinations are administered via the computer and the results are instantaneous, which helps students develop their educational plan.

Examinations are available to the military and civilian community. CLEP and DANTES examinations are free for military members.

The creation of the center was a cooperative effort of UAF’s Testing Services, Tanana Valley Campus northern military programs, UA’s military programs and Eielson’s Education Center.

UAS professor earns $20,000 award

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The University of Alaska Foundation announced Jan. 25 that Mark Speece, associate professor of marketing at University of Alaska Southeast, is the recipient of the Harold T. Caven Professorship.

The two-year professorship includes a $20,000 award. This award is intended to enable Speece to perform activities and projects designed to enhance the field of business and finance at UA beyond those associated with his faculty assignments. Spece’s proposed activities include researching customer needs for small and medium enterprises and examining financial e-services for rural Alaska.