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Straley Honored at Sitka Commencement 2013

The award is given by the University of Alaska Board of Regents and honors “evidence of significant public, academic, volunteer or philanthropic service to the MAU (major administrative unit) or one of its community campuses, or to an Alaska community.”

Associate Professor of Marine Biology Jan Straley became the first Sitka resident in 18 years to be honored with the University of Alaska’s Meritorious Service Award during the UAS Sitka Campus graduation ceremony on May 3. The award is given by the University of Alaska Board of Regents and honors “evidence of significant public, academic, volunteer or philanthropic service to the MAU (major administrative unit) or one of its community campuses, or to an Alaska community.” Straley holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has studied whale population dynamics, feeding ecology, human interactions and the social structure of large whales. Her research includes working with the fishing industry to minimize interactions between sperm and killer whales and Alaska longline fisheries. Straley has been with the UAS Sitka Campus since 1994, and also serves as associated faculty with UAF.

 
 

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