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UAS and JWAC Host world Affairs Forum — "Europe: Allies and Alliances in a Turbulent World"

This month, the Juneau World Affairs Council (JWAC) is presenting its annual World Affairs Forum at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). This year’s theme is “Europe: Allies and Alliances in a Turbulent World.” All lectures take place in the Egan Lecture hall at the UAS Auke Lake Campus. All speaker events are free and open to the public.

The forum brings together experts on international relations to discuss the U.S. rise to undisputed world leader following World War II, and the institutions developed to protect western democracies; the challenges facing Europe today, their perception of America’s shift in foreign policy; and international institutions' reaction to these changes – particularly in the areas of defense, trade and social policy.

The forum opens Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 pm with its first speaker:

  • Dr. Kurt Huebner – “Changes in the World Order – From 'Embedded Liberalism’ to 'Hyper Globalization' to 'Economic Nationalism’.” Huebner is Chair for European Integration and Global Political Economy at the Institute for European Studies, part of the University of British Columbia.

Beginning at 1:00 on Friday afternoon, March 23, speakers include:

  • Dr. Wade Jacoby – “Contemporary U.S.-German Relationships.” Jacoby is a Senior Fellow of the Transatlantic Academy and Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University.
  • Dr. James Nafziger – “Making America Normal Again – With a Little Help From Europe.” Nafziger is a Thomas B. Stoel Professor of Law, and Director of International Law Programs at Willamette University.
  • Dr. Mai’a Cross – “Europe. Russia, and the Transatlantic Divide: Security Relations in Turbulent Times.” Cross is an Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University. She is currently a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Dr. Terrence Hopmann – “What Happened to Cooperative Security? The Rise and Fall of the Post-Cold War Security Regime.” Hopmann is from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

The final day of the forum is Saturday, March 24, starting at 9:00 am, featuring:

  • Dr. Merje Kuus – “Where is Europe's Power? Transnational Standards and Diplomatic Expertise in Brussels.” Kuus is from the University of British Columbia, Department of Geography, and is a political geographer who studies diplomatic practice in multinational settings.
  • Dr. Svetoslav Derderyan – “A Democratic Paralysis? How the US Withdrawal and the EU's Malfunctioning Bureaucracy Helped Russia Undermine Pro-Democracy Civil Society in Eastern Europe.” Derderyan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Dr. Jürgen Salay – “Climate Policy in the European Union.” Salay is from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and is an expert on European climate policy.
  • A panel discussion featuring many of the earlier speakers.

The JWAC forum is sponsored by UAS, AEL&P, Coeur Alaska Kensington Mine, Haight & Associates, Sealaska, The Prospector Hotel, and Wostmann & Associates. The next forum will take place during UAS’ annual fall lecture series in October. JWAC and UAS take no stand on any public issue, nor recommend any policy, party, viewpoint, or candidate.

A full schedule and more information about each speaker are available on the Juneau World Affairs Council website.

Contact: Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6509

UAS Marine Biology Faculty Earns Fulbright Award for Research

Heidi Pearson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Southeast, has been granted a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award, which provides funds for research and study abroad.

The Fulbright Program—which is overseen by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs—serves to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

Pearson will travel to Norway to find innovative strategies for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

Her research strategy is to protect marine resources that serve as carbon sinks using “Blue carbon” science. Blue carbon describes the processes whereby marine organisms naturally store and sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide.

“As a Fulbright Scholar, I aim to bridge this gap between marine science and policy to advance strategies for climate change mitigation and marine conservation,” said Pearson. “The goal of this project is to translate the latest research on blue carbon into communicable and actionable forms for policy makers, conservation managers, and the public.”

While working on her project, “Connecting Two Arctic Regions through Blue Carbon Science, Communication, and Policy,” Pearson will live along the south coast of Norway in the city of Arendal and collaborate with blue carbon experts at GRID-Arendal—a Norwegian non-governmental organization, and the United Nations Environmental Program.

“Dr. Pearson brings her research into the classroom and students benefit from her work,” said UAS Provost, Karen Carey. “She also shares her project findings within the community, including a recent presentation to over 250 local high school students.”

According to Pearson, despite mounting evidence on the potential for marine life to ease climate change, the role of the oceans in carbon sequestration has been largely ignored in climate policy.

Upon her return to Juneau, Pearson plans to work with colleagues, community members, and policy makers to find solutions and increase awareness.

For more information about programs please visit the UAS Natural Sciences page.

Links: UAS Natural Sciences Homepage

Contact: Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6509

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