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Visiting Puerto Rican college students support Hurricane Maria victims from Juneau

11-17-2017 | KTOO - Three Puerto Rican students came to study at the University of Alaska Southeast this fall in search of an adventure. But their semester abroad turned into a stressful ordeal after Hurricane Maria left them cut off from their families. What do you do when disaster strikes at home, but you’re more than 4,000 miles away? That’s the question three visiting students to UAS faced this fall. ...More

See a Rescue Effort to Save 10 Stranded Whales

11-14-2017 | National Geographic - Saving one 40-ton sperm whale is a huge feat—so when 10 live sperm whales washed ashore off the coast of Aceh in northeastern Indonesia, it required a small army of wildlife volunteers. Successfully moving whales back into the ocean requires trained professionals with the right equipment, and some luck. A whale stranded on a beach can usually only survive a day or two before succumbing to exposure, said Heidi Pearson, a professor at the University of Alaska Southeast. Pearson has assisted with saving stranded whales in Alaska. ...More

‘Social justice warriors’: UAS event takes deeper look at roles of power and privilege in education, society

11-08-2017 | Juneau Empire - When she heard about the first Power &Privilege Symposium at the University of Alaska Southeast in 2016, Dr. Barb Amarok was elated. The University of Fairbanks adjunct faculty member thought the issues on hand at the event, such as equity throughout Alaska’s education system, were vitally important. When she had a chance to come speak at this year’s event, Amarok didn’t hesitate at all to make the 1,000-mile journey from Nome. “I was so excited,” Amarok said. “I thought it was so exciting to have these conversations out in public and for people and organizations to be talking about how we can improve our educational system.” The event, which kicked off Tuesday at UAS, included more than 20 presentations and discussions that addressed issues inside and outside of the world of education. Topics ranged from Confederate memorials to Islamophobia in America to violence against women to colonialism and various subjects in between. ...More

UAS offers new undergraduate fisheries degree

11-5-2017 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast and the University of Alaska Fairbanks have received approval for a new undergraduate fisheries degree. On Oct. 31, UAS announced that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has approved a joint Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, with a concentration in Fisheries Science. According to the university, the new degree is intended to increase the number of opportunities for Alaskans interested in pursuing a career in the fishing industry. Students will be able to complete the degree at UAS, taking classes on the UAS campus and at the Lena Point university campus, which is technically part of UAF. ...More

University's legislative internship program gets a boost

11-02-2017 | Webcenter11.com - The University of Alaska's legislative internship program has received a substantial investment from the Ted Stevens Foundation, which has pledged $157,500 over the next five years to expand the initiative. The foundation has pledged $31,500 annually during each of the next five years to support the program. In addition, the foundation has agreed to match up to an additional $10,500 per year in private contributions to the program from other donors. The program, which will be renamed the 'Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program', is nearly 30 years old and has hosted 300 interns during legislative sessions since its inception. Managed by the University of Alaska Southeast, this non-partisan program affords university students an opportunity to work in state legislative offices during the annual legislative session in Juneau, while earning college credits in an Alaska focused public policy seminar. ...More

Climate Scientist Finds Buried Treasure In Alaska Glacier

10-30-2017 | WBUR - Brian Buma retraced the journey of his idol, the late William S. Cooper — known as the godfather of modern ecology — to find the location of some of the oldest ecology records in the world. ...More

UA takes public comment on proposal to change mine training program

10-30-2017 | Juneau Empire - If you have thoughts about the future of mine training at the University of Alaska Southeast, the University of Alaska Board of Regents wants to hear from you. From 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, the Board of Regents will take public testimony on topics that will come up during its November budget meeting. Among those topics is the future of University of Alaska’s mine training program. The board is the university system’s governing body and must approve any changes suggested by the university president. ...More

Kodiak will play a key role in innovating ways to produce biofuels from seaweeds

10-16-2017 | ADN - Kodiak is at the center of a national push to produce biofuels from seaweeds. Agents from the U.S. Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy recently traveled to the island to meet with a team of academics, scientists, businesses and local growers to plan the first steps of a bicoastal pilot project to modernize methods to grow sugar kelp as a fuel source. "The vision is to have a demonstration on the east and west coasts showing that we can grow large fields of seaweed in a way that is efficient and cost effective with petroleum and other energy enterprises," said Alaska project leader Mike Stekoll, a biochemistry professor at University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. ...More

Could migrating squid help Alaska predict climate change?

10-16-2017 | Juneau Empire - Attracted to warming ocean temperatures, small, iridescent squid have been moving into Southeast Alaska waters. They could be a cipher to understanding how sea life reacts to climate change, said University of Alaska Southeast associate professor Dr. Michael Navarro at an Evening at Egan talk Friday at UAS. ...More

UAS first Alaskan college to host Coast Guard's College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative

10-14-2017 | SitNews - On behalf of the Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zunkuft, Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Alaska Southeast, establishing the university as a member of the Coast Guard’s Minority-Serving Institution partnership program. The purpose of the program is for the Coast Guard to recruit, retain and sustain a ready, diverse and highly skilled workforce. ...More

First official Indigenous Peoples Day proves satisfying, hopeful

10-9-2017 | Juneau Empire - Richard Peterson walked to the microphone at Monday night’s Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, clearly emotional. Peterson, the president of Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, immediately told the crowd of more than 300 people to bear with him as he shared his frank, straightforward thoughts on the first officially recognized Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska. There were events throughout the day Monday, mostly at the University of Alaska Southeast, in honor of the day. ...More

University of Alaska system wants help from businesses to see future employment needs

10-6-2017 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska is looking to almost double the amount of Alaskans who attend college in the next decade, but has to do so with a dwindling budget. Speaking to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield said that between 30 and 40 percent of people in Alaska have had some kind of post-secondary education. The University of Alaska chancellors want that number to be 65 percent by 2025. ...More

UAS campuses celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

10-8-2017 | KTOO - Indigenous People’s Day is Monday, and the University of Alaska Southeast will mark the occasion with academic discussions and deer stew. In June, Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation officially recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Alaska. Alaska is the second state to replace Columbus Day by refocusing the day on Native culture. Kolene James is the coordinator for the UAS Native and Rural Student Center. “We have faculty and staff at all three campuses putting together the programs, ” James said earlier this week on A Juneau Afternoon. “We are working with our local tribes, so come and join us for some good conversations about decolonization and the importance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” ...More

UAS, Coast Guard establish training and scholarship program for students

10-3-2017 | KTOO - By next fall, the first batch of University of Alaska Southeast undergraduates are expected to begin a first-of-its-kind scholarship program for Alaska. Students that are accepted to the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative, or CSPI, become active-duty enlisted members of the Coast Guard, receive full salary and benefits and start a track to become fully commissioned officers upon graduation. ...More

Native scholar, writer laureate Nora Dauenhauer dies at 90

9-25-2017 | Juneau Empire - Former Alaska writer laureate and influential Tlingit scholar Nora Keixwnéi Dauenhauer died Monday at the age of 90. Dauenhauer, of the Haines-Yakutat Lukaaxádi (sockeye) clan, was a giant of Tlingit language scholarship and literature. She is preceded in death by husband Richard Dauenhauer, a former Alaska poet laureate who died in 2014. University of Alaska Southeast Native language professor Lance Twitchell said Nora Dauenhauer recognized early the literary value of Tlingit stories. Dauenhauer produced a series of over 500 taped interviews with Tlingit elders, which formed the backbone of her scholarship. ...More

Alaska ferry to host long-distance ocean acidification study

9-15-2017 | KRBD - The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Columbia will be part of an international science experiment starting this fall when it resumes its weekly run between Bellingham, Wash., and Southeast Alaska. Equipment has been installed to continuously measure the ocean’s acidity along the ferry’s nearly 2,000-mile route. The goal is to better understand how acidification affects regional fisheries Wiley Evans is a researcher with the Canadian Hakai Institute, and is the technical lead in the program. Tucked under some stairs in a corner of the Columbia’s car deck, he shows me the newly installed equipment. Evans said getting to this point took about three years. Researcher Wiley Evans checks progress on the “wet box,” where ocean water is filtered and mixed with air to gather carbon dioxide for testing. “Allison Bidlack from Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center and I started talking about this in 2014,” he said. “In 2015, we did a similar installation on another passenger vessel. That was a glacier tour vessel that operated out of Whittier.” ...More

Libraries, museums prepare for reading program kickoff

9-10-2017 | Juneau Empire - The next few weeks are shaping up to be eventful for the University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Public Libraries and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. In preparation for the Big Read Kickoff — which signals the start of the libraries’ fall reading program made possible by a National Endowment for the Arts grant — the three entities will combine for a few events. The Juneau Public Libraries will have a booth at the Safety & Preparedness Expo at Centennial Hall on Sept. 15 and 16. The next day, the City Museum is having a Family Day. The following Friday, Sept. 22, UAS will start its fall lecture series with Dr. Micaela Martinez speaking on Epidemics, Health and Disease. ...More

As glaciers melt, scientists try to figure out how fish will respond

9-8-2017 | Juneau Empire - Glaciers in Southeast and around the world are melting. This much scientists know. About half of the water in the Gulf of Alaska comes from glacial melt, current estimates hold. In Southeast, about 30 percent of all the water flowing from land to sea is glacier melt water. That percentage is expected to increase due to climate change. But scientists don’t yet know how all that melt water might affect the animals swimming through it. With the help of a net and a small crew, that’s a problem ecologists Anne Beaudreau and Carolyn Bergstrom have been trying to solve by continuing five years of research this summer. The professors — Bergstrom from the University of Alaska Southeast and Beaudreau from the University of Alaska Fairbanks — have been studying marine biodiversity at the mouths of the Mendenhall, Cowee and Eagle rivers. ...More

Hecla donates $300K to UAS vocational program

9-1-2017 | KTOO - Hecla Mining company, owner of Greens Creek mine on Admiralty Island, donated $300,000 to the University of Alaska Southeast on Thursday at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The donation will provide scholarships to UAS’s Pathways to Mining Careers program, which trains students in the latest mining technologies. ...More

One man’s quest to find Glacier Bay’s ecological Holy Grail

9-5-2017 | KTOO - Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is home to some of the oldest ecology records in the world. But until fairly recently, nobody knew where to find the metal nails that marked the research plots. They were left by scientists over 100 years ago and buried beneath a carpet of soil and shrubs. When William S. Cooper arrived in Glacier Bay in 1916, he did so in a large, comfortable research vessel. But Brian Buma’s transportation around the inlet was a little more modest. Buma led three scientists along the coastline this summer in kayaks. ...More

AMSEA offers survival training for educators

8-31-2017 | Cordova Times - A 14-week online course in the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association’s Cold-Water Safety & Survival Training for Educators begins on Sept. 18, via the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka campus. Upon completion students may earn 593 continuing education credits. The course teaches the content youth educators need to teach children and young adults to play and work safely around cold water. Topics include cold-water safety and survival, hypothermia, personal flotation devices, ice safety and rescue, and risk assessment. ...More

UAS offers low cost Alaska Native language, arts courses

8-25-2017 | KTOO - This fall, the University of Alaska Southeast is opening up some of its Alaska Native language and Northwest Coast arts classes to the community at-large at reduced rates. UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield said with few fluent speakers left, there’s an urgent need to create language learning opportunities. “As a University I think we have an obligation certainly to provide the academic pathway for those who want to study the language and help create critical mass of more people who are speakers of the language or at least conversant in the language,” Caulfield said. Regular students will study alongside community members taking advantage of the non-credit option. ...More

Agreement reached over former Auke Bay Marine Station

8-21-2017 | KTOO - NOAA’s federal property on Auke Bay will be split between the University of Alaska Southeast and City and Borough of Juneau. The deal to subdivide the waterfront acreage was announced Monday. “This agreement between UAS and CBJ to partition the Auke Bay Marine Station property is good for Juneau because it both supports marine education and research at UAS, and allows for future harbor expansion,” University Chancellor Rick Caulfield said in a joint press release with the city and university. “This is a ‘win-win’ for all involved.” ...More

In wake of Charlottesville, University of Alaska leaders call for tolerance and inclusion

8-20-2017 | Alaska Dispatch News - In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, University of Alaska leaders sent emails to students, faculty and staff calling for inclusion and tolerance, as well as the rejection of hatred. "Now, more than ever, we must all rally around these ideals: UAF welcomes all, including those of different nationalities, religions, races and genders," said the email Thursday from University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Daniel White. ...More

UAS Chancellor reacts to college town ranking for Juneau

8-17-2017 | KINY - Juneau has been named the seventh-best college town out of 170 communities across the U.S, according to Schools.com’s latest study. Schools.com developed a data-driven approach that presents an unbiased ranking of the best college towns. The data covered more than just books and tuition while in college, but looked at the overall 4-year experience. University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfied says they are thrilled with the recognition. "I think the secret is out," he says. "Juneau is a great place to live and to learn." ...More

Back to school! Enrollment for UAS fall semester begins

8-3-2017 | KCAW - Academic Advisor Amelia Budd and Fisheries Technology professor Joel Markis of the University of Alaska Southeast are discussing what’s coming up this Fall on the Sitka Campus. The fall admissions deadline is August 15th and classes start August 28th. ...More

UAS Invites Teachers and Artists to Unique Experience

7-20-2017 | Alaska Native News - The University of Alaska Southeast invites teachers and artists to “UAS 2017 Summer in the Rainforest: Teachers as Artists; Artists as Teachers,” a place-based learning experience exploring the creative core of both teaching and the arts. ...More

Koliganek School draws local teachers

7-17-2017 | KDLG - One of Koliganek’s own will be taking on a lead teaching role this fall. Karen Kapatak has been working toward becoming a certified teacher since 2008. This school year she will teach kindergarten and first grade. ...More

Farming Alaska’s seas

7-10-2017 | ADN - Developing an Alaska kelp industry has complications as well as promise. For one, farmers need seeds. The state of Alaska requires that seeds be propagated from wild samples within a 50-kilometer radius of the farm. A lab at the University of Alaska Southeast is growing seeds with the support of Blue Evolution, a San Francisco-based company investing in Alaska kelp farming as an opportunity to grow their kelp pasta and seasoning business. ...More

“Fresh or Frozen”? Here’s how to choose sustainable seafood

7-7-2017 | Juneau Empire - At the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), signs of our changing environment surround us as glaciers melt, yellow cedars die off and tropical sea creatures find their way to our waters. (Borgs? Really?!) One goal of UAS’s Sustainability Committee is to promote practices that reduce carbon emissions, ocean acidification and climate change. This month, we discuss environmentally-friendly choices consumers can make when considering seafood options. ...More

Flags at half-staff for former Alaska attorney general

6-12-2017 | KTOO - Flags are at half-staff in honor of former Alaska attorney general and lifelong University of Alaska advocate, Grace Schaible of Fairbanks. Schaible died Saturday at the age of 91. Schaible grew up in Juneau, graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, George Washington University and Yale Law School. Returning to Alaska, she practiced law in Fairbanks, and in 1987 became Alaska’s first woman attorney general under former Governor Steve Cowper. ...More

A brand new 'hidden species' of flying squirrel discovered in part by University of Alaska researchers

6-1-2017 | KTUU - A brand new species of flying squirrel has been discovered in the Pacific Northwest, researchers said in a research study published on Wednesday. Prior to this discovery, scientists had only believed that two species of flying squirrel inhabited North America. Now, scientists say, that number is three. In a statement made by an ecologist with the University of Alaska Southeast, they say six scientists contributed to the research, and that the discovery of the new squirrel was aided by the help of Alaska data. According to Allison Bidlack with UAS, the new squirrel is native to the Pacific Coast, from southern British Columbia all the way down to California. While not native to Alaska, the Humbolt flying squirrel’s territory does overlap with another flying squirrel breed that does inhabit Alaska – the northern flying squirrel. ...More

Sm’algyax conference works to save Tsimshian language

5-22-2017 | Juneau Empire - There are only six fluent speakers of the Tsimshian language, Sm’algyax, left in Alaska. Interest in the language is on the rise, however. “I try not to dwell on those numbers because I feel like, just within this class we have 20 people, most of whom are from our state who are dedicating their lives to Sm’algyax,” said Mique’l Dangeli, who carries the Tsimshian name Sm Łoodm ‘Nüüsm. “It’s not just about how many fluent speakers we have left but it’s about how many newer people are dedicating their lives to our language.” Dangeli, an assistant professor in Alaska Native studies at University of Alaska Southeast, worked in conjunction with the campus to organize a five-day Sm’algyax grammar and language workshop in Juneau with fluent speaker Velna Nelson and linguist Margaret Anderson, from British Columbia, to help educate learners of the Tsimshian language. ...More

Century-Long Glacier Study May Help Us Crack Climate Change

5-19-2017 | National Geographic - It's not often an ecologist gets to play sleuth in so adventurous a fashion—picking through musty papers in the Midwest for 100-year-old hand-drawn maps that lead through dense Alaskan underbrush populated by wolves and brown bears. But that's how scientist [and UAS Assistant Professor] Brian Buma tracked down the work of a legend—a godfather of modern ecology so prominent in his field that the Ecological Society of America has an award named after him. ...More

From gangs to a grad: A former inmate celebrates finishing college

5-17-2017 | KTOO - This month, 30-year-old Marcos Galindo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science [from UAS] with a concentration in political science. Now, he’s working on a master’s of public administration and wants a Ph.D. in Chicano studies – a choice weighted by his early life on the streets and in the prisons of California. ...More

UAS announces Faculty of Excellence

5-14-2017 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast has announced its Faculty of Excellence for 2017. Five professors and instructors were awarded, four from the Sitka campus and one from Juneau. Dr. Brian Buma, Assistant Professor of Forest Ecosystem Ecology with the School of Arts and Sciences, was the lone Juneau campus honoree this year. Buma was awarded the Research Award. ...More

UAS Ketchikan celebrates 2017 spring graduates

5-8-2017 | KRBD - University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus celebrated its spring graduates this past weekend. Faculty, staff and the graduates’ friends and families packed the audience at the Ted Ferry Civic Center on Saturday. ...More

Delores Churchill honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

5-5-2017 | KRBD - The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska held its 82nd annual meeting last month in Juneau. At the welcoming banquet, Haida master weaver Delores Churchill of Ketchikan received the Lifetime Achievement Award from council president Richard Peterson. Churchill [also] received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska Southeast, is a Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist, and received many other honors. Peterson also declared April 19, 2017, as Delores Churchill Day. ...More

Meet five UAS graduates: ‘A step to Parnassus’

5-3-2017 | Capital City Weekly - Graduating from college is a momentous occasion filled with silly hats and cards of congratulations, but as a graduating student, I can say that there is much more to this life event than that. Dictionary.com says that the word “graduation” comes from the Latin word “gradus” meaning grade or simply, a step. The first recorded use of this word is found in reference to “Gradus ad Parnassum” or “a step to Parnassus.” Parnassus is an 8,061 foot mountain in Greece. ...More

University of Alaska Southeast adds value to state’s workforce

5-1-2017 | Juneau Empire - Cuts to the University of Alaska budget are in the headlines just as we are about to celebrate the graduation of 650 new UAS graduates — students entering the workforce who know full well the value of a college education. Celebrating student success reminds us that support for UA is not simply a line on a budget spreadsheet; it is a critical investment in Alaska’s future. ...More

Plan would boost Alaska’s Northwest Coast art

5-1-2017 | Juneau Empire - A major Southeast cultural organization plans to create a Native arts market and park in Juneau. That, and an advanced education initiative, are part of an effort to boost the region’s traditional arts economy. Sealaska Heritage Institute Senior Research Fellow Rick Harris said [the education initiative] starts with a two-year program at the University of Alaska Southeast, which already offers formline design courses. ...More

Git Hayetsk uses dance to revise indigenous history

4-4-2017 | KTOO - If you’re a longtime resident of Southeast Alaska, you may have heard the story of the founding of Metlakatla, a community in the Annette Islands Reserve, Alaska’s only reservation. It’s usually told like this: in the wake of a growing rift with the Anglican Church, missionary William Duncan led more than 800 Tsimshian people on a canoe voyage from British Columbia to establish their own devout community in Alaska. University of Alaska assistant professor Mique’l Dangeli tells a very different version of that history. ...More

Mongolian delegation shares the wisdom of the steppes

3-30-2017 | Juneau Empire - For five newly-elected parliamentarians from the country’s State Great Khural, that journey started with a U.S. Congress-sponsored trip to Juneau early this week. During their trip, the five parliamentarians visited the University of Alaska Southeast, the Alaska State Capitol and the Mendenhall Glacier, accompanied by translator Chimgee Erdenechimeg and a representative from the U.S. embassy in Ulaanbaatar. ...More

Coeur Alaska Inc. donates $40,000 to UAS Scholarship Fund

3-26-2017 | Juneau Empire - Coeur Alaska Inc. has donated $40,000 to the UAS Coeur Alaska-Kensington Gold Mine Environmental Science Award this academic year. This brings Coeur’s total donation of $126,500 to the University of Alaska Southeast since 2010 with $100,000 going to awards for students studying environmental science. ...More

Education comes aboard with iPad classes

3-23-2017 | Kodiak Daily Mirror - The University of Alaska Southeast is offering new pathways for nontraditional students to earn college credits through technology and high school programming. A pilot program at Kodiak High School allows high school students to earn both high school and college credits in fisheries courses. Another program offers fisheries courses already uploaded onto iPads, giving fishermen and other students without access to reliable broadband the opportunity to complete college coursework. ...More

Art of Place: Tlingit elders discuss metal carving and weaving

2-23-2017 | Juneau Empire - Tlingit elders came together to share their cultural knowledge with the public in the first event of the Art of Place series on Feb. 17 at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. “Our theme this year is teaching and learning,” said event organizer and assistant professor of English Ernestine Hayes. ...More

Cutting-edge cameras reveal the secret life of dolphins

2-21-2017 | University of Sydney - A world-first study testing new underwater cameras on wild dolphins has given researchers the best view yet into their hidden marine world. A research team including experts from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and the University of Alaska Southeast trialled the custom-made non-invasive cameras to capture and analyse more than 535 minutes of such rarely-seen activities as mother-calf interaction, playing with kelp, and intimate social behaviours such as flipper-rubbing. The results are published in the latest Marine Biology. ...More

University of Alaska to update protocol for sexual assault, harassment cases

2-20-2017 | APRN - The University of Alaska has entered into an agreement with the federal Office of Civil Rights to address problems with its handling of sexual assault and harassment cases. UA was one of dozens of universities around the country singled out by the OCR for a compliance review in 2014. ...More

Mique’l Dangeli Puts Indigenous Art on Center Stage

2-15-2017 | Diverse - When she isn’t on campus at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Juneau, Dr. Mique’l Dangeli may sometimes be seen at various venues around the country performing with Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield), an internationally renowned Northwest Coast First Nations mask-dancing group. ...More

UAS presents “Art of Place – Learning from our Elders”

2-15-2017 | Capital City Weekly - Juneau – A special event featuring renowned Alaska Native artists has been organized by University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) faculty Ernestine Hayes. “Art of Place – Learning from our Elders” will be held Friday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Glacier View Room on the second floor of the Egan Classroom Wing on the UAS Auke Lake campus. A potluck follows. The event features elders Della Cheney and Ed Kunz. Cheney will share her knowledge of basketry. Kunz will be teaching carving. Future Art of Place events are planned for spring. The Art of Place series is funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. ...More

Juneau Docks and Harbors, UAS to restart talks over Auke Bay lab

2-7-2017 | KTOO - The Juneau Assembly has given clear direction to city staff to try and mend fences with the University of Alaska Southeast over a prime piece of federal property up-for-grabs on Auke Bay. Both the city’s Docks and Harbors division and the university have competing applications with the federal government to take possession of the former NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Marine Station next to the city’s Statter Harbor. ...More

Scrambling to save a dying language in Metlakatla

2-5-2017 | ADN - Standing in a crowd outside David A. Boxley's childhood home, young Audrey Hudson didn't know what to expect on this 1982 summer day. All the 9-year-old girl knew was a totem pole carved by Boxley would soon stand upright in the southernmost town of Alaska's Panhandle. ...More

UAS makes pitch for NOAA lab on Auke Bay

2-2-2017 | KTOO - The federal government is offloading some prime real estate on Auke Bay and both the city of Juneau and University of Alaska Southeast are making strong cases to receive it. The former NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Marine Station is currently occupied by the Coast Guard, though that arrangement expires this spring. Now both UAS and the Juneau Docks and Harbors have put in competing proposals to take it over. ...More

UAS fish tech faculty receives lifetime achievement award

1-29-2017 | Juneau Empire - Jim Seeland, Assistant Professor of Fisheries Technology at the University of Alaska Southeast, received a Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan. 24 at the 2017 Alaska Fish Culture Conference at the Sitka Sound Science Center. ...More

Ernestine Saankalaxt’ Hayes to be named 17th Alaska State Writer Laureate

1-27-2017 | KTOO - The 17th Alaska State Writer Laureate will be officially announced tonight at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities in Juneau. In addition to the evening’s awards presentation and live arts performances, Juneau-based Ernestine Saankalaxt’ Hayes will be officially honored as the Alaska State Writer Laureate. Hayes is a University of Alaska Southeast, where she teaches writing. ...More

After Trump inauguration, UAS climate researchers discuss national uncertainty

1-22-2017 | Juneau Empire - President Donald Trump took down the whitehouse.gov webpage on climate change after taking office Friday, but scientists and academics at the University of Alaska Southeast will continue to confront the issue despite federal policy uncertainty and fears for research funding. ...More

As Glaciers Melt, Endangered Salmon Could Vanish

1-13-2017 | Yale Climate Connections - Glaciers are disappearing as the climate warms. And as they melt away, endangered salmon might follow. Salmon thrive in cool water. When the water gets too warm, it stresses fish, reduces their growth, affects reproduction, and increases disease. Professor Eran Hood of the University of Alaska Southeast: “For salmon, glaciers can be important because during periods of the summer where you have warm air temperatures and it’s dry, if you have a glacier, the stream temperature is going to stay cool because the glacier can release melt water into the stream.” ...More

New UAS welcome sign gives nod to cultural significance of campus location

1-11-2017 | Juneau Empire - Returning University of Alaska Southeast students for the spring semester may note that the entrance sign has been replaced with a larger one with a key difference to the sign before: the inclusion of the Tlingit language. ...More

Study documents yellow cedar decline

1-7-2017 | Juneau Empire - A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate warming over the next 50 years, an independent study has concluded. It cited snow-cover loss that led to colder soil. “Lack of snow is only going to become more and more prevalent,” said lead author Brian Buma, a University of Alaska Southeast assistant professor of forest ecosystem ecology. ...More

Annual picks and pans from the year that was in Alaska fisheries

1-3-2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce - The start of 2017 marks the 26th year for this weekly column that targets news for and about Alaska’s seafood industry. The goal is to make all readers more aware of the economic and cultural importance of our state’s first and oldest industry. ...More

University of Alaska regents approve move to a single College of Education at UAS

12-23-2016 | Juneau Empire - As Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast, I’d like to thank the citizens of Juneau and individuals all across our state for supporting UAS recognition as the state’s leader for teacher education. ...More

Ernestine Hayes named 2017 State Writer Laureate

12-23-2016 | ADN - Ernestine Hayes, assistant professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast, has been selected as the next Alaska State Writer Laureate. She will be introduced at the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities presentations on Jan. 26 and will serve through 2018. ...More

University of Alaska regents approve move to a single College of Education at UAS

12-15-2016 | ADN - The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted Wednesday to consolidate the university system's three schools of education into a single College of Education headquartered in Juneau, in an effort to increase the number of teacher graduates and streamline the administration. ...More

Local government engagement, decentralized policies can help reduce deforestation

12-12-2016 | University of Colorado Boulder - Empowering local governments with forestry decisions can help combat deforestation, but is most effective when local users are actively engaging with their representatives, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder-led study. Co-authors of the new study include Tom Evans of Indiana University; Clark Gibson of the University of California at San Diego; and Glenn Wright of the University of Alaska, Southeast. ...More

UAS Scientists ask: Where does the soot come from that peppers Juneau Icefield?

12-09-2016 | KTOO - Scientists this year started sampling the snow and ice above Southeast Alaska’s glaciers for the particles left from over from forest fires, diesel engines, and industrial activity. The particles of black carbon can accelerate warming of glaciers and the atmosphere. The big question is: where does this carbon come from? “That’s a core sample right here,” Jason Fellman said as he opened an upright freezer in a University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) research facility located off campus in Juneau. ...More

UAS Chancellor disusses issues and opportunities in Ketchikan

12-12-2016 | KTOO - University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Richard Caulfield was in Ketchikan this week, visiting with staff, faculty and students. Caulfield and UAS Ketchikan Campus Director Priscilla Schulte spoke about financial issues facing the university system, and opportunities for the Ketchikan campus. ...More

Dr. Teri Rofkar, innovative Tlingit weaver, dies at 60

12-02-2016 | KCAW - Tlingit weaver Dr. Teri Rofkar died today (12-02-16). The Sitka resident was internationally renowned for her baskets and textiles, made from cedar, spruce tree roots, and mountain goat wool collected along Sitka’s shores. She was 60 years old. UAS presented Rofkar with an honorary doctorate during the Spring 2015 commencement ceremony. ...More

SHI, IAIA, UAS to advance Northwest Coast art

11-23-2016 | Capital City Weekly - Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has entered into a three-way partnership with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) to provide enhanced and expanded Northwest Coast (NWC) art programs and opportunities for Alaska students. ...More

New mapping shows extent of yellow-cedar die-off in Alaska

11-27-2016 | Alaska Dispatch News - Yellow cedars, iconic temperate rainforest trees that can live 1,000 years, are dying over vast swaths of warming Alaska and British Columbia. "It had never been mapped before, so we really didn't know how big the decline was," said Brian Buma of the University of Alaska Southeast, the lead author. ...More

More and more jobs beckon for Alaskans with fisheries science degrees

11-19-2016 | Alaska Dispatch News - Alaska's university system is ramping up programs to train the next generations of fishery and ocean specialists for jobs that await. Since 1987, the College of Fisheries and Ocean Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has offered undergraduate and graduate degrees in fisheries science, complete with paid internships for most students in one of the state's largest industries. Starting next fall, the College of Fisheries and Ocean Science plans to offer degree programs in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast, and eventually the Anchorage campus and other regions. ...More

Kake Oyster Farmer Creates $375,000 Scholarship Endowment for UAS Students

11-21-2016 | SitNews - The family of Robert E Henderson has donated $220,000 and just over 30,500 shares of stock from his estate to create the University of Alaska Southeast Robert Henderson Memorial Award for Mariculture & Fisheries. The endowment will provide scholarships and research experiences for UAS students studying in the fields of mariculture and/or fisheries. ...More

UAS expands partnerships to increase campus safety

11-13-2016 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast is expanding partnerships to increase resources and support for students and employees under Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), federal laws designed to protect against discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking. ...More

Investors bet on farmed kelp being Alaska's next seafood export

11-14-2016 | Alaska Dispatch News - In the remote waters of Larsen Bay, off the coast of Kodiak Island, an experiment is underway. Two types of kelp are strung on lines in the ocean waters, and researchers, investors and commercial fishermen are all watching to see if they grow. Alaska's first two seaweed hatcheries just received their permits last year, according to Michelle Morris, commercial fisheries permit coordinator with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Michael Stekoll, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Alaska Southeast, is a researcher at one of those hatcheries. ...More

Climate change research underway in Héen Latinee

11-06-2016 | Juneau Empire - On a Saturday morning, University of Alaska Southeast biology student Alannah Johnson loaded up her pickup with science equipment, drove out to Echo Cove and located a few randomly-selected points on her GPS. On weekends, Johnson counts mushrooms. “The forest would be pretty stinky without them,” she said while setting up a 1-by-2 meter plot around her GPS waypoint. “They break everything down.” ...More

Symposium ties manic disorders to money

11-09-2016 | Juneau Empire - The seats were packed at the first keynote speaker’s lecture on manic depression in America at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Power & Privilege Symposium on Wednesday morning. Andrew James Archer, a licensed clinical social worker and trained psychotherapist, talked to the audience about bipolar disorder, otherwise known as manic depression, and its relationship with biology, industry and culture. ...More

Climate change research underway in Héen Latinee

11-06-2016 | Juneau Empire - On a Saturday morning, University of Alaska Southeast biology student Alannah Johnson loaded up her pickup with science equipment, drove out to Echo Cove and located a few randomly-selected points on her GPS. On weekends, Johnson counts mushrooms. “The forest would be pretty stinky without them,” she said while setting up a 1-by-2 meter plot around her GPS waypoint. “They break everything down.” ...More

"The Tao of Raven:" Hayes' new book explores the wisdom of traditional stories

11-02-2016 | Juneau Empire - Ernestine Hayes used to tell people she didn’t understand the story of Raven and the box of daylight until she had grandchildren. But when one of her grandchildren stole from her, she began thinking about the story in a new way — that of the grandfather and mother “left behind in the dark.” Hayes, a Juneau writer and University of Alaska Southeast assistant professor of English, began to see even more lessons on how to live, how to share and how to persevere. ...More

A foot in each culture: UAF professor recalls balancing Western and Native values

10-21-2016 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast kicked off Native American Heritage Month a couple days early with its most recent Evening at Egan lecture Friday night. Theresa Arevgaq John, a professor of cross-cultural studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, spoke, sung and danced during her lecture in Egan Library. Dressed in traditional Yup’ik garb, she painted the picture of a life spent straddling two cultures, one Native and the other Western. ...More

SHI to hold lecture on Yup’ik ways of dancing

10-26-2016 | Capital City Weekly - The Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold a lecture by a professor from University of Alaska Fairbanks on Yup’ik ways of dancing at noon on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Living History Center at the Walter Soboleff Building. The talk by Dr. Theresa Arevgaq John, an associate professor of Indigenous studies at UAF, is titled “Yuraryaraput Kangiit-llu: Our Ways of Dance and Their Meanings.” ...More

SSSC to host Salmon Culture Lab

10-21-2016 | KCAW - Angie Bowers will be teaching a Salmon Culture Lab October 26th – 28th at the Sitka Sound Science Center. The class is offered through the University of Alaska Southeast’s Fisheries Technology Program. Bowers is SSSC’s Aquaculture Director. ...More

UAS to hold Power & Privelege Symposium on Nov. 9

10-19-2016 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast will hold its first annual Power & Privilege Symposium from 8:15 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at its Juneau campus.The symposium will include three keynote speakers, six breakout sessions, and a spoken word poetry performance. ...More

Study finds local fidelity key to ocean-wide recovery of humpback whales

10-17-2016 | EurekAlert! - Humpback whales can migrate thousands of miles to reach feeding grounds each year, but a new study concludes that their fidelity to certain local habitats - as passed on through the generations - and the protection of these habitats are key to understanding the ultimate recovery of this endangered species. Using a large database maintained by Glacier Bay National Park and the University of Alaska Southeast, the records of the founding population were then compared to records of the "contemporary population" returning to Glacier Bay, more than 30 years after Jurasz's initial studies. The results were striking. ...More

Seaweed farming begins in Southeast

10-12-2016 | Juneau Empire - A year ago, Trevor Sande wasn’t thinking much about seaweed. Early this November, however, he and the employees at Hump Island Oyster Company in Ketchikan, which Sande founded and owns, will plant five acres of bull kelp and ribbon kelp, all originating from local seaweed. Seaweed isn’t yet a big part of commercial mariculture in Alaska — but researchers at the University of Alaska Southeast and seaweed product company Blue Evolution are working to change that. ...More

Evenings at Egan kick off

10-5-2016 | Capital City Weekly - The annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan kicked off on Sept. 16 at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus. Oct. 7 is “Aquaculture in Alaska? The opportunity of the century!” with Kake oyster farm owner Tom Henderson, followed Oct. 14 by Dr. Nina Chordas sharing information from her research in Russia, “Reading What Couldn’t Be Written: Literary Scholarship in the Soviet Union, or How Socialist Realism Hijacked the Renaissance.” ...More

SHI program trains educators to see Thru the Cultural Lens

9-27-2016 | KTOO - Juneau teachers and administrators were the students on Saturday at a Sealaska Heritage Institute seminar intended to help them see the world from their pupils’ perspectives. Angie Lunda is an assistant professor of education for the University of Alaska Southeast. She is Tlingit from the Kaagwaantaan clan and she is teaching today’s session. ...More

Scientists look at dynamics of melting at Southeast Alaska glacier

9-14-2016 | KFSK - Scientists have discovered huge underwater ice caves in glaciers that flow into the ocean, depositing plumes of fresh rain and melt water into glacial fjords. A multi-year study of one glacier near Petersburg is focusing on that interaction between the ice, fresh water and ocean water and what that may reveal about melting glaciers around the globe. Roman Motyka is a research professor emeritus with the University of Alaska’s Geophysical Institute. He is based in Juneau and is also affiliated with University of Alaska Southeast. ...More

Language program receives funding

9-15-2016 | Alaska Dispatch News - The Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a grant of $927,000 from the federal Administration for Native Americans to help pay for mentor-apprentice teams to study Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages over the next three years. The program will connect two students with one mentor to immerse themselves in the languages, transcribe tapes of speakers in the possession of the Institute and participate in orthography and linguistics programs at the University of Alaska Southeast. ...More

Tlingit linguist Lance Twitchell receives Judson L. Brown award

9-9-2016 | Alaska Dispatch News - The Sealaska Heritage Institute has selected Lance Twitchell as the recipient of the annual Judson L. Brown Leadership Award. Twitchell, whose Tlingit name is X'unei, is an associate professor of Alaska Native languages at the University of Alaska Southeast. ...More

UAS Juneau campus to get shuttle service

9-7-2016 | Juneau Empire - A new Juneau campus shuttle program has launched this semester, providing services between the Auke Lake campus, Anderson Building, Student Housing and Recreation Center. The shuttle service is designed to improve safety for students, while also improving the ability to move between classes and gain access to campus services. ...More

UAS program encourages adults to get their college degrees

9-7-2016 | Juneau Empire - This summer the University of Alaska Southeast’s Finish College Alaska program launched, and with it, the plan to increase the number of degree-toting adults. ...More

Cooperative Extension Service to keep doors open in Sitka

9-1-2016 | KTOO - Leadership for Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced Aug. 31 a plan to keep two offices open that it planned to close this fall due to state budget cuts –- one in Anchorage and the other in Sitka. The Sitka office now will be funded largely through grants, some with 4-H and the National Park Service. The program assistant Jasmine Shaw, based at the University of Alaska Southeast, will continue her work offering programs to the community. ...More

UAS has three new arts and sciences faculty

8-21-2016 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast welcomes three new arts and science faculty members: Dr. Keith Cox, Dr. Mique’l Dangeli and Dr. Michael Navarro. ...More

UAS students donate Polar Plunge proceeds to AWARE

8-21-2016 | Juneau Empire - This spring, the University of Alaska Southeast Student Activities Board voted unanimously to donate their annual Polar Plunge funds to AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies). The students raised over $2,000 for us, which funded AWARE’s Clothesline Project that you may have seen on display during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. ...More

 
 

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