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.
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh has announced his retirement, set for for May 29, 2015. Since August 1999 Pugh has been at the helm of the state public university with campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. The announcement marks the completion of a 28-year career at UAS that began in 1987, including service as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of Faculty.
“I have enjoyed being a part of a dynamic, growing institution over the years,” said Pugh. “My public service career spans 45 years with the U.S. Air Force, the State of Alaska, and the University of Alaska. I have had the pleasure of working with many excellent administrators, professional staff, and faculty throughout my career. However, UAS Chancellor is the best position I have held. I strongly believe in the importance of higher education to the future of Alaska. It has been an honor to be a part of the building of the University of Alaska system.”
Pugh has also served on statewide and regional task forces, commissions, and boards. “All in all, I feel that together with my dedicated colleagues I have accomplished much.”
Many significant changes have occurred under Chancellor Pugh’s leadership, including major building projects such as the Egan Classroom Wing, Recreation Facility and recently completed Freshman Residence Hall on the Juneau campus. He is most proud of the quality academic and workforce programs developed during his tenure.
In a memo to employees, Pugh thanked staff and faculty for their service and encouraged them “to stay engaged and work together with the administration to provide a smooth transition in UAS leadership.”
"John Pugh is an Alaska higher education landmark and a tireless UA leader for the Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan campuses. We will be challenged to find another chancellor with the same love for his university community of students, faculty and staff," said UA President Pat Gamble .
Gamble anticipates a successful transition to a new UAS Chancellor. He intends to travel to Juneau in the coming weeks to discuss with Pugh and members of the UAS community the next steps in finding a successor.
After his retirement in May, Pugh looks forward to visiting extended family, traveling with his wife Margaret and spending more time with their granddaughters.
The Juneau Empire published a front page article with some of Chancellor Pugh’s reflections on his many years at UAS in the Wednesday, October 29 edition.
Show your school spirit by wearing blue and white or UAS logo gear on the first Wednesday of every month
To get inspired, be sure to check out the new Whale Wednesday Website, with Spike Whale history, photos and answers to trivia questions such as, How did Spike get his name? and When did Spike first set fluke on campus?
This initiative brought to you by UAS Campus Life. For questions and comments, please contact Eric.Scott@uas.alaska.edu
On November 8th, the UAS Dance Club will host its second Group Salsa (Rueda) Dance starting at 7:30pm at the Rec Center. Rueda is style of salsa dance where dancers form a large group circle change partners continuously as the caller guides the group through dance steps. No prior experience is necessary; instruction on the dance steps will be provided by Pat Belec, Mark Hopson, and Alejandro Soria. Dancers are encouraged to arrive by 7:30pm (as first steps taught are danced throughout the evening) and to wear comfortable shoes!. This event is free and open to the public.
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In Juneau, tickets can be ordered by calling 463-TIXS, visiting perseverancetheatre.org, or by visiting the Juneau Arts and Culture Center or Hearthside books. In Anchorage, buy tickets at centertix.net or call 263-ARTS.
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UAS is excited to announce that this year’s Undergraduate REsearch and Creative Activity (URECA) application period is now open. If you have a research or creative project that you would like to undertake, please consider applying for funding through URECA. We can offer up to $2,500 to selected students who design and complete their own projects with the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Challenge your students to dig into something they’ve always been curious about!
Important dates to note:
More information about URECA, including summaries of previous projects, is available on the research website.
This could be just the opportunity some of your students have been looking for!
Karen Schmitt, Ph.D.
Vice Provost of Research & Sponsored Programs