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A coastal resilience project initiated by Assistant Professor of Marine Biology Carolyn Bergstrom has been selected for funding by Alaska Sea Grant funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The project “Resilience of Estuarine Groundfish Communities to Future Changes in Glacial Effluent” will involve Anne Beaudreau, a colleague from the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

English faculty Emily Wall recently taught a writing workshop for the Juneau community aimed at helping people create and submit poems for the Juneau Arts Council Poetry Omnibus.  Selected poems will be displayed on city buses in January, and the successful poets will be honored at a reception at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on January 8, 2015.

Rabbi Barbara Aiello from Congregation Ner Tamid del Sud in Serrastretta, Italy, gave a presentation on Sephardic Jews of the Mediterranean in Robin Walz’s History 105 class on Monday, September 29.  The first and only female rabbi in Italy, Rabbi Aiello is also the founder and director of the Italian Cultural Center of Calabria, an organization that assists Italian Jews forcibly converted during the sixteenth-century Inquisition to reestablish their cultural roots by investigating family surnames, heirloom items passed down over several generations, and the maintenance of family rituals and practices.

Math faculty Brian Buma had a paper published in Geomorphology about the interactions between wind storms and subsequent landslides in southeast Alaskan forests:

Buma B, Johnson AC. 2014.  Disturbance interactions mediated by topography:  Wind exposure, landslide susceptibility, and yellow cedar decline in southeast Alaskan temperate rainforests.  Geomorphology.  228, 504-511.

Associate Professor of English and Humanities Department Chair Nina Chordas attended a conference of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association October 9-11 in Boise, Idaho.  She presented a paper titled “Renaissance Civic Humanism through a Soviet Lens,” featuring her own translations of Soviet scholarship on the European Renaissance.

Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages X̱’unei Lance Twitchell was an invited lecturer at the 2014 Building Tribal Nations Symposium at the University of Wyoming on October 13.  He gave the presentation, “Reshaping Standards: Alaska Native Language Revitalization Efforts.” 

Math faculty Christopher Hay-Jahans presented a talk entitled Headwater Stream Temperatures: A Conceptual deconstruction and Biological Implications at the seventh International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research earlier this month in Claremont, California.  The talk relates to work Chris is collaborating on with researches from the US Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station.


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