UA Statewide Briefs

Canadian biologist at UAS launches whale research

JUNEAU – Whale biologist Jim Darling from British Columbia, Canada, visited Juneau in mid-September to help launch a new humpback whale research project with UAS biology students. Students will work with Darling and UAS Biology Faculty Beth Mathews to determine which whales spend time in Alaska and Hawaii. Students will compare photographs of the ventral surface of whales’ flukes taken in Hawaii from 1977 to the present and compare those to photographs taken of whales in nearby waters. Darling is interested in the behavior of whales in their Hawaii breeding and Alaska feeding grounds.

The students took their first identifying trip on Sept. 17 and were joined by National Geographic photographer and whale researcher Flip Nicklin. The boat departed from Auke Bay, and the group spotted its first humpback minutes later in the Bay. The expedition took students to Point Retreat, across Lynn Canal, to St. James Bay. The trip was successful in identifying a non-cataloged humpback and its calf.

Convocation highlights accomplishments, goals

FAIRBANKS – UAF Chancellor Steve Jones addressed staff, faculty and students at a recent fall convocation.

His presentation, “Celebrating Our Success; Preparing for Progress,” occurred in the Schaible Auditorium on the UAF campus.

Jones reviewed last year’s accomplishments at UAF, spoke on his vision for this year and highlighted some upcoming activities, projects and other events. He also introduced a new provost and deans.

The event is available via webcast at UAF Auxiliary and Business Services hosted an ice cream social afterward.

UA professor lectures on student integrity

KENAI – Cathleen Rolph, an adjunct professor at Kenai Peninsula College and a Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Quest Program Specialist, was invited to serve as co-presenter on “Building Student Integrity in a Digital Environment: Practices and Resources” at the National Business Education Association conference in San Antonio in March.

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The presentation focuses on methods to build integrity into their students’ decision-making in a highly technical digital environment and will address ethical reasoning as a teachable concept. The conference will examine ways to preclude electronic plagiarism, cheating and copyright infringement and the risks of publishing personal information to the Internet.