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LeConte: A Tidewater Glacier in Calving Retreat
by Cathy Connor

North America’s southernmost tidewater glacier is also the most rapidly moving, non-surging glacier, in Alaska.  Located in the Stikine Icefield, LeConte glacier flows out of the coastal mountains in British Columbia and Southeastern Alaska into the sea east of Petersburg.  This glacier’s calving retreat began during the 1994-1995 surveying season of Paul Bowen and his Petersburg High School trigonometry and geology students.  Since 1983, generations of Petersburg students have monitored this glacier’s terminus position under Bowen’s supervision.

From 1996 to present, University of Alaska glaciologist Roman Motyka and UA geologist Cathy Connor have been bringing their students from the Environmental Science Program at the University of Alaska’s Juneau Campus and the Fairbanks campus each May to study the glacier’s calving retreat.

The collection of information gathered by Alaskan students at the High School, Undergraduate and Graduate levels has resulted in significant new information about this glacier.

The glacier’s dramatic loss of ice through iceberg production and the noteworthy retreat of its terminus over the past five years is documented.  The perils of emerging bottom ice or “shooters” to ships visiting LeConte Bay are illustrated.  One of the Tongass National Forest’s most beautiful natural phenomena can also be one of its most dangerous.

(11 minutes, color)
Copyright University of Alaska Southeast 1999
Executive Producer - Cathy Connor
Cover design by Cathy Connor


Jay Hammond - A Memorial

A Celebration of Life, Part 1
Remembering Jay Hammond *
Memories from Juneau, Part 2

Recorded August 20, 2005
Produced by: UAS Video Production Services
* Produced by: KTUU TV, Anchorage
© 2005 University of Alaska Southeast

Running Time: 2 hour, 32 minutes


Alaska College Track 2

Alaska College Track 2 tells the stories of students least likely to finish college: Alaska Natives. The odds are against them, but Amanda, Duain and Marita are set on a higher education. The program began in 2004 as a local companion to a national PBS series. It featured first generation students from small Southeast Alaskan villages initiating the daunting transition from rural community to urban university life at UAS, UAA and UAF.

Alaska College Track 2 reveals their achievements and struggles including remedial classes, financial hardship and personal tragedy in 2007.

Recorded August 22, 2007
Sponsored by: KTOO Productions, University of Alaska Foundation
Produced by: UAS Video Production Services
© 2007 KTOO Productions

Running Time : 56 minutes


Nuclear Awareness Conference

The conference includes keynote talks by Ms. Shigeko Sasamori, a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima, Mayor James Matayoshi, an activist on behalf of the Marshallese people in the aftermath of the nuclear testing conducted by the U.S. and Dr. Holly Barker, an author and senior advisor to the Marshallese government.

The three-day event was a joint project of the Hiroshima Peace Museum, The Marshall Island Government, Veteran’s for Peace, Alpha Phi Omega (Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter) and the UAS Chancellor’s office.

Dr. David Noon, UAS History Professor
Opening Address
Bruce Botelho, Mayor of Juneau
Greetings and Awarding of the Keys to the City
[ipod, mp3, streaming]

James Matayoshi, Mayor of Rongelap
[ipod, mp3, streaming]
At the age of 18, Almira Ainri was exposed to fallout from the United States largest atmospheric test, Castle Bravo, which was carried by winds to Rongelap Atoll over 100 miles away from the detonation. Over 50 years later, James Matayoshi, Almira’s son, has become dedicated towards finding both immediate and long-term solutions to the many problems created by the U.S. Nuclear testing program for the Marshallese people. Over his 16 years as Mayor of Rongelap, James has spoken at multiple ‘Bravo Day’ and ‘Nuclear Remembrance’ events, actively participated in efforts to make the United States recognize it’s unfulfilled responsibilities to the Rongelapese people (who have been displaced from their homes due to radioactive contamination), and engaged independent scientific research of Rongelap concerning radioactivity and clean-up.

Lijon Eknilang, Marshallese Rights Activist
[ipod, mp3, streaming]
Lijon Eknilang was a child when Bravo was detonated and fallout snowed on her. She has since experience seven miscarriages and thyroid cancer. Lijon has spoken out against nuclear weapons and fought for Marshallese rights and compensation around the world. She has presented to the World Court in Hague and her testimony has appeared in many books including Pacific Women Speak Out; Day of Two Suns; Bravo for the Marshallese; and The Case Against the Bomb.

Dr. Holly Barker, Author and Senior Advisor to the Republic of Marshall Islands
[ipod, mp3, streaming]
Dr. Barker is currently Senior Advisor to the Republic of Marshall Islands Ambassador. Her book, Bravo for the Marshallese: Regaining Control in a Post-Nuclear, Post-Colonial World, is a case study that recounts the story of the people of the Marshall Islands and their efforts to understand the effects of nuclear contamination and to hold the U.S. government accountable. She currently teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Ms. Shigeko Sasamori, International Peace Activist
[ipod, mp3, streaming]
An International Peace Activist, Ms. Sasamori was only one mile from the hypocenter when Little Boy exploded over Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 at 8:15 am. She barely survived. Terribly burned, her parents could not tell the front of her head from the back of her head. She became one of the “Hiroshima Maidens” and traveled to the U.S. to receive extensive plastic surgery. Today she works tirelessly for nuclear disarmament and appears at conferences around the world. Recently she has spoken at “Think Outside the Bomb” at the University of California, Santa Barbara and at Los Almos Study Group —“Life of a Hiroshima Maiden”. Featured in the films, “White Light/Black Rain” and “Hiroshima Survivor: Shigeko”, Shigeko Sasamori’s life journey has been a symbol for peace and the resurrection of humanity.

Victoria Samson, Research Analyst for the Center for Defense Information
[ipod, mp3, streaming]
Victoria joined the Center for Defense Information in November 2001. Her areas of interest include missile defense, nuclear reductions, and emerging weapons technologies. Samson, the author of numerous op-eds, analytical pieces, journal articles, and electronic updates on missile defense and space security matters, provides an objective assessment of U.S. policy. (With closing Remarks by Dr. David Noon.)

Recorded April 18-20, 2008
Produced by: UAS Video Production Services
© 2008 University of Alaska Southeast

Running Time: 5 Hours, 19 Minutes


Our Alaska Constitution: The Next 50 Years

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Statehood, the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska Foundation, and the University of Alaska Eight Stars of Gold Project welcome you to “Our Alaska Constitution - The Next 50 Years.”

As Alaska enters her next 50 years, this is an opportune moment to reflect on the distinctive history involved in the Constitution’s drafting. While our attention is focused on statehood, we naturally reflect on how our Constitution came to be, the meaning of “constitutional liberties” and the tensions and balances inherent in the idea of civil rights.

The Constitution is a living document. We invite you to enter into a debate of how the Alaska Constitution should influence our lives in the next 50 years.

Recorded January 9, 2009
© 2009 University of Alaska

Running Time : 1 hour, 56 minutes



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