News Briefs

Aviation English program lands at UAA

A program designed to improve in-flight communication between crews will launch at UAA Community and Technical College CTC Aviation Technology Division spring semester. The new Aviation English Language program is being developed to respond to an international aviation industry’s safety needs to improve language communication in the flight deck.

New international rules issued two years ago require that all international flight crew must meet International Civil Aviation Organization language proficiency standards for Aviation English by March 2008. Reports show that thousands of flight crew do not currently meet the requirement. The Aviation Technology Division is collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure compliance with the industry mandate. Faculty will provide instruction to foreign in-flight crews at the Merrill Field classrooms and simulation lab. The program is five to six weeks of intensive language instruction.

Deadline for funding requests nears

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is accepting submissions for the 2008 Chancellor’s Fund for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. All regular faculty at UAA campuses can submit a proposal for a piece of the $200,000 available to support research, scholarship and creativity. Final proposal submission deadline is Nov. 2.

UPD tries to form police auxiliary

The University Police Department Office of Emergency Preparedness is discussing the formation of a police auxiliary team that will likely form a Community Emergency Response Team. If the team is formed, its training could include directing crowds and traffic, minor fire suppression, search and rescue, and first aid. The department’s employees would serve as on-call volunteers prepared to respond in case of emergency or disaster.

Alaska Native Heritage Month kicks off

November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Multiple presidents have signed proclamations to honor the nation’s 4.5 million American Indian and Alaska Natives annually. Watch the Green and Gold at for events on campus that celebrate their heritage.

Biology professor joins national program

A university biology professor is earning nationwide recognition. Khrys Duddleston, assistant professor in UAA’s Department of Biological Sciences, was recently selected to participate in the American Society for Microbiology Scholars-in-Residence Program. Thirteen biology educators from around the country were selected to participate in this yearlong residency. Its goal is to improve student learning in the microbiological and biological science.

Federal spending goes to health care

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Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid accounted for more than $1 trillion of the $2.3 trillion the federal government spent in 2005, according to recent reports from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Consolidated Federal Funds Report shows data on domestic spending by the federal government for state and county areas of the U.S. Money spent for the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security was included in the report, but does not include expenditures for all intelligence agencies and foreign aid.

Defense Department spending totaled $374 billion in 2005, an 8 percent increase over 2004, and was highest in California, Virginia, Texas, Florida and Maryland.

Five states – California, New York, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania – received one-third of all federal funds. Per capita federal spending among states was highest in Alaska at $13,916.