UA Statewide Briefs

Sustainability program wins $3.2 million

FAIRBANKS – Graduate students and scientists of the Resilience and Adaptation Program at UAF won a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will help to address research on social-ecological resilience, adaptation and sustainability.

The program uses an innovative team-taught curriculum, hands-on internships and problem-centered training. Students from traditional disciplines such as economics, anthropology, political science and biology learn about and address issues of global-local sustainability in an integrated and interdisciplinary fashion.

Past student projects included green consumerism, arctic militarization, cancer and persistent waste, co-management of marine mammals and the road ecology of caribou. The grant will support 25 two-year traineeships for participating doctoral students.

Student housing options develop on Kenai

KENAI – A student housing industry open house was held at the Kenai River Campus recently. UAA facilities and land representatives attended. Although only two interested parties attended, several others expressed interest.

Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner told students a private partnership to build housing at the campus would require approval from the UA Board of Regents and that a realistic timeline for the establishment of housing would be approximately three years.