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2016 - 2017 FACULTY SENATE MEMBERS

*Please see Article III of the constitution for information concerning membership

President

Lisa Hoferkamp

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 796-6538Fax: 796-6447

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Environmental Sciences

Anderson Bldg, Rm. 313, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, National Exposure Research Laboratory - USEPA, Athens, GA
Kinetic studies of the anaerobic attenuation of munitions compounds

  • Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland Synthesis and X-ray structural characterization of catalytically active transition metal clusters
  • M.S., Inorganic Chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Development of polymer modified electrode surfaces derived from Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Research

Study of the natural environment from a chemical viewpoint offers fascinating research topics ranging from basic research on poorly understood natural processes to applied research investigating the effects of human activities on various ecosystems and remediation efforts. The pristine system of forests and waterways proximate to the University of Alaska Southeast are ideal natural laboratories for these types of studies.

My research centers on the transport, deposition and attenuation of heavy metal and organic pollutants in high latitude environments. Heavy metal studies in my lab include characterization of the iron, lead and copper species associated with high organic carbon soils under anaerobic conditions.  An increasing presence of ocean-going vessels at Alaskan ports has also raised concern about environmental levels of tin.  The chemical interactions of tin with environmental matrices (e.g. microbial communities) profoundly influence its mobility and toxicity.   These metals have become common features of the southeastern Alaska topography and identifying the specific form of these metals under various environmental conditions provides valuable insight into their transport properties. Organic pollutants, on the other hand, are typically associated with industrialized areas and as such have limited local sources at higher latitudes. Atmospheric transport and to some extent urbanization however, have provided for detectable levels of numerous synthetic organic chemicals in the arctic hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Studies aimed at quantifying levels of organic pollutants and their attenuation products in high latitude regions are also pursued in my laboratory. Of particular interest to me are halogenated organic contaminants and their redox chemistry in the environment.  Once these pollutants reach higher latitudes, I study their transformations as they interact with the abiotic and biotic environment of southeastern Alaska and how the contaminant’s environmental impact is controlled by those interactions.  Both heavy metal and organic pollutant studies involve the use of state of the art analytical instrumentation including atomic absorption spectrometry and mass spectrometry. Collaborations with the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast biologists continue to support and strengthen my contaminant studies. In addition to contaminant studies, I conduct ongoing research into the habitat remediation and restoration potential of created wetlands. Collaborative efforts with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife have led to the development and continued study of two created wetlands in the Mendenhall valley. Results from this project have shown these landscape features serve as moderators of groundwater intrusion and stormwater runoff, provide for carbon sequestration and contaminant retention and allow for significantly improved habitat. All of my research projects at the University of Alaska Southeast have benefited from the contributions of my undergraduate research assistants.

Courses Taught

The chemistry courses that I teach at the University of Alaska Southeast include general, organic and environmental chemistry.
The laboratory portion of Environmental Chemistry focuses on analytical methods used in environmental analyses.

The UAS Natural Science department is well equipped for gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, atomic absorption spectrometry and ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectroscopy. I have taught Special Topics courses on contaminant attenuation in the natural environment and wetland chemistry. All of these courses provide valuable insight into natural processes and provide a foundation for understanding natural systems and the impacts of contemporary societies on those systems.

Lower Division:

  • CHEM 103 - Introduction to Chemistry I
  • CHEM 105 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 193 - ST: Chemistry Recitation
  • CHEM 297 - IS: Chem Lab
  • CHEM 397 - IS: Chemical Research

Upper Division:

  • CHEM 341 - Organic and Biological Chemistry I
  • CHEM 450 - Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 497 - IS: Environmental Chemistry
  • ENVS 491 - Environmental Science Internship
  • ENVS 492 - Seminar: Contaminant Attenuation in Natural Systems
  • ENVS 498 - Research in Environmental Science
  • ENVS 498 - Research: Mobility of Metals

President Elect

Megan Buzby

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 796-6240

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math

Soboleff Bldg, Rm 210, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

B.A. in Mathematics and Physics, Adams State College, CO. M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics, Colorado State University, CO.

Other

Megan started at UAS in Fall 2009. In addition to teaching mathematics, probability, and statistics, she is interested in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Her research interests include applications of probability modeling, in particular with respect to ecology and biology, as well as numerical and error analyses.

Outside of academics, Megan enjoys most things active and done with friends. At the top of the current list is trail running, volleyball, and Latin dancing. When time allows, she also enjoys cooking & baking, watching movies, and catching (& gutting) fish.

Business/PADM Senator

Maren Haavig

Chair of the Accounting Program & Assistant Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6353Second Phone:

Email:

SOM: Business

Novatney Bldg, Rm 115, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Career Education Senator

Reid Brewer

Associate Professor, Fisheries Technology

Phone: 747-7799

Email:

Career Education: Fisheries Technology

Sitka Campus

Education

B.S. United States Military Academy at West Point

M.S. University of Alaska Fairbanks

Ph.D. University of Alaska Fairbanks

Education Senator

Alberta Jones

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone: 796-6481

Email:

School of Education

Hendrickson Annex, 101G, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

http://www.uas.alaska.edu/education/

Education

M.Ed.   -University of Alaska, Anchorage

M.A. & B.Ed. - University of Alaska, Southeast

Biography

2014-2015: PhD Candidate, Indigenous Studies, Research emphasis, U. of Alaska Fairbanks

2014-2015: Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Scholar, U. of Alaska Fairbanks

2008:  Master’s of Educational Leadership K-12, U. of Alaska Anchorage

2006: Master’s of Elementary Education, Ed. Technology emphasis, U. of Alaska Southeast

1988: Bachelor’s of Elementary Education, Natural Sciences emphasis, U. of Alaska Juneau

Career:

Alberta started teaching at UAS in the fall of 2010.  Prior to UAS, she was teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland), while teaching for UAS as an adjunct faculty professor. Before the metro DC experience, she retired from the Juneau School District.  She spent 20 years teaching and coaching various middle school sports.  She spent her last 3.5 years in public school coordinating various large federal Native education grants.  Alberta also spent many summers designing and coordinating western science and Native ways of knowing camps for secondary students. 

Other:

She greatly enjoys her doctoral program, as she is in the final phases of her research.  Her Ph.D.  dissertation research topic is entitled, Alaska Native Scholars: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Factors Influencing Ph.D. Attainment.  She is Tsimshian (killer whale phratry), Alutiiq, Hispanic, Russian, German, and Swedish.

In addition to academia, she enjoys spending her free time with family. Alberta and Peter (husband) enjoy watching Bruce (sr./son) play high school basketball. She likes to play volleyball, enjoys traveling,  and learning about other cultures.  She greatly enjoys cooking and anything having to do with Jane Austen.  She looks forward to having time to do other things following her Ph. D. attainment.  

Other

Elementary Education

Humanities Senator

Nina Chordas

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 796-6407Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Library Senator

Jennifer Ward

Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, Outreach Services Librarian

Phone: 796-6285

Email:

Egan Library

Egan Library, Room 204, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

M.L.I.S., University of Hawaii (2001)

A.L.B., Harvard University (1995)

Biography

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Other

Librarian Liaison to Education and Management.

Natural Sciences Senator

Jason M. Amundson

Assistant Professor of Geophysics

Phone: 796-6247

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Environmental Sciences

Soboleff Annex, Rm 109, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

Ph.D. Geophysics, 2010, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Iceberg Calving Dynamics of Jakobshavn Isbrae, Greenland

M.S. Geophysics, 2006, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Evidence for Stress Redistribution Beneath Black Rapids Glacier, Alaska

B.S. Geology, 2003, University of Minnesota
B.S. Geological Engineering, 2003, University of Minnesota

Curriculum Vitae (see Jason's personal site)

Research

  • Controls on iceberg calving
  • Oceanic response to calving events
  • Glacier seismicity
  • Subglacial processes, including basal motion and glacial erosion

Publications

Selected Publications (see Jason's personal site)

Courses Taught

Lower Division:

  • PHYS 103: College Physics I
  • PHYS 104: College Physics II
  • PHYS 211: General Physics I
  • PHYS 212: General Physics II

Upper Division:

  • ENVS 393: Science, Politics, and Economics of Climate Change
  • ENVS 493: Climate and the Earth System

Social Sciences Senator

Glenn D. Wright

Assistant Professor of Political Science, USUAS-JC Advisor

Phone: 796-6115Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Juneau Campus Senator

Robin Gilcrist

Assistant Professor and Program Head, Construction Technology

Phone: 796-6141

Email:

Career Education: Construction

Technical Education Center, TEC 223, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

http://www.uas.alaska.edu/ct/

Biography

Ms. Gilcrist was born and raised in Sacramento, California where she received an Associates of Arts in drafting Technology. Robin moved to Hawaii in the early eighties and completed a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii before leaving for Alaska. Ms. Gilcrist has worked as a drafter and designer since 1980 in California, Hawaii and Alaska, working for large architectural firms as well as small construction businesses. Since moving to Juneau in the fall of 1993 she has been working full-time designing custom homes, remodels and additions. Ms. Gilcrist owns her own residential design business, Interline Design. She also is actively involved in creating affordable housing through volunteer work with Housing First and Habitat for Humanity.

Ketchikan Campus Senator

Colleen Ianuzzi

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 228-4502

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math

Paul Bldg, Rm 509, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus

Education

B.S. in Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks; M.S. in Statistics, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Other

Colleen began working at the UAS Ketchikan Campus in 2006. She teaches Math 105, Math 107, Math 108, Math 200 and Stat 273.

Outside of academics, Colleen enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing and skiijoring with her dog.

Sitka Campus Senator

Susie Feero

Assistant Professor, Health Information Management

Phone: 747-9477Second Phone:

Email:

Career Education: Health Sciences

Sitka Campus

Education

B.A. University of Hawaii - Hilo

M.Ed. University of Alaska Southeast

Past President

Maren Haavig

Chair of the Accounting Program & Assistant Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6353Second Phone:

Email:

SOM: Business

Novatney Bldg, Rm 115, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

 
 

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