Biology faculty hosted a Career Night for Biology and Marine Biology Students on the Juneau campus October 30. Sheila Cameron (AK Department of Fish and Game), Bonita Nelson (National Marine Fisheries Service), Jeff Chen (Student Conservation Association) and Deborah Rydman (UAS) talked with more than 20 students about internships and other opportunities within their agency. The event kicked off with a pizza social and informal discussions. Alaska and Northwest recruiter Jeff Chen flew down from Anchorage was able to meet with students during the week.
English faculty Nina Chordas recently attended the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society conference in Lacey Washington. She presented a session entitled “Poetic Transubstantiations: Shakespeare, Marvell, and Consumption in the Afterlife.”
Sociology faculty Lora Vess gave a talk at the downtown Juneau Public Library the evening of Nov.13. The talk was entitled "Edible Lies: A sociological look at plastic, chemicals, and food."
One Campus, One Book 2013 author Kij Johnson addresses the Evening at Egan library crowd, Nov. 8, 2013. Earlier in the week Johnson was impressed by a student reading of some of her short story collection, At the Mouth of the River of Bees. The University of Kansas faculty also met with UAS English classes and gave a community writing workshop at the Douglas Public Library.
Juneau biology faculty Heidi Pearson Current Topics in Marine Mammalogy students joined Sitka faculty Jan Straley for Sitka WhaleFest Oct. 31-Nov. 2. WhaleFest events included the 3-day scientific symposium on Arctic sea change, a banquet, 5k run, and a whale watch.
The construction of a new residence hall on the Juneau campus is well underway. Walls are being installed and concrete floors poured. The recent work gives us some nice Before / After photos. November 8-9 the contractors had the big blue concrete pump truck on site pouring the ground floor concrete slab for Freshman Resident Housing Hall I. They poured the floor slab for the commons area and then framed up the first wall in Freshman Resident Housing Hall II. This week the framers finished the first floor walls in Hall I, the exterior walls in Hall II and plan to complete all the interior walls by the weekend of November 16. The mechanical contractor is following close behind the framers installing piping. The contractor is getting more workers on site each day and the work is progressing nicely.
I always get a kick out of Before / After photos. Whether it is looking at high school yearbooks, driver’s license photos or family photo albums, I find it interesting to see how we have changed over the years.
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As we freeze and thaw our way into winter, it’s time to be thinking about slip and fall prevention. The Juneau campus has lots of fresh asphalt on our pathways. As you venture out on these new smooth surfaces, remember that surfaces may be slippery even when there is no visible ice. Please keep these simple safe winter walking strategies in mind:
Any safe winter walking strategy should also include keeping a set of ICE GRIPPERS handy. Ice Grippers are free to UAS employees. If you have a set from prior years, check to see if they are serviceable. If you need a new set of ICE GRIPPERS, just send me an e-mail with your BOOT SIZE and your MAIL STOP.
If you do fall or encounter a particularly slippery walking surface on campus, please let Facilities Services know: 796-6496.
Call me if you have any questions or to report a falling incident: 796-6077
Be prepared and walk with confidence!
UAS Health and Safety
More than 60 Native and non-Native presenters spoke on topics ranging from Tlingit art to civil rights to education, under a shared theme, “Our language is our way of life.” The University of Alaska-Fairbanks’ Alaska Native Language Center estimates there are between 400 and 500 Tlingit speakers today. UAS Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages Xh'unei Lance Twitchell says the updated number is closer to 200. Despite the enormous challenges of bringing Tlingit back into everyday use in Southeast, the overall atmosphere of the clan conference was one of hope and determination, as teachers and students, elders and youth shared practical ideas and words of encouragement. The conference highlighted the challenges and rewards of language revitalization. Will Geiger, a student in Twitchell’s intermediate Tlingit class, won the Tlingit spelling bee after getting through kanat’á (blueberry) and ch’áak’ (eagle). Part of the difficulty with written Tlingit, as the bee illustrated, is that a formalized system of written words has only been in development since the 1960s, according to a paper presented by UAS retired faculty Richard Dauenhauer at the very first clan conference in 1993.