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UAA professor honored by National Science Foundation

Dr. Lilian Alessa was honored last week in Arlington, Va. by The National Science Foundation as an environmental research and education distinguished lecturer. According to the UAA Web site, Dr. Alessa spoke on “Stability and Change in Coupled Social Ecological Systems.” Alessa is an assistant professor of biological sciences and the founder of the Resilience and Adaptive Management Group at UAA.

New scholarship for tech students 

The Canspec Group Inc. announced last week that it will be awarding two scholarships per year to students in the Non Destructive Testing associates degree program in the Community and Technical College of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the UAA Web site reported. The scholarship awards $2,500 per student per year and students must show academic and leadership potential as well as stay in good academic standing. Students must also demonstrate motivation and be a full time, degree-seeking student who is in his/her second year of courses. Visit the UAA Web site for more information.

Psychology professor wins first Selkregg Award

Mari F. Ippolito, assistant professor of psychology at UAA, is the first recipient of the Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award. The $5,000 award supports faculty members who develop community-based research, creative activity, and course-based service learning projects. Dr. Ippolito’s project is a combined effort between her undergraduate students and Anchorage’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers to provide an intervention program that teaches problem solving and coping skills to elementary students who are enduring significant stress due to their economic circumstances. The Selkregg award is an opportunity to recognize community engagement projects with significant discipline-based scholarship, community partnership, and student leadership development. Projects should aim to improve the quality of life for Alaska residents and develop ethical values, civic leadership, democracy, and social justice on campus and in the community, reflecting the values that the Selkreggs cherished.