Welcome to Alaska EPSCoR
Alaska EPSCoR improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. The organization is engaged in a project entitled "Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments," which examines the mechanisms by which communities adapt to environmental and social change. For more information please visit our Program Structure section or see the project's Strategic Plan, Midcourse Report or newsletters. Alaska EPSCoR also administers "The Modern Blanket Toss," a three-year educational project to excite high school students about science through experiments with unmanned aerial vehicles.
Letter from the PI
The May 2017 Letter from the Principal Investigator is now available.
EPSCoR work featured in Fisheries journal
Two different EPSCoR researchers have recently shown up in the pages of Fisheries. UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences PhD student Jason Leppi made the cover of the June issue for his article about Broad Whitefish. And former EPSCoR grad student Jason McFarland was the subject of the magazine's April Photo Diary for his photogenic research into Arctic Grayling on the North Slope.
New EPSCoR videos and PDFs
Alaska EPSCoR's YouTube site includes links to multiple new videos. First is a virtual flyover of the Kenai Peninsula, including imagery from the 1950's, 1980's and the present, put together by EPSCoR faculty Frank Witmer and UAA Planetarium head Omega Smith. Next are videos about biology grad student and balloon animal virtuouso Ben Meyer, and one about the 2016 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference in Dillingham. We also have some entertaining GoPro footage of a kid picking blueberries, part of educational research being done by EPSCoR grantee Carie Green. Next are three videos about the Augmented-Reality Sandbox produced by the National Weather Service. We also have six educational videos made using EPSCoR's SalmonSim visualization program, a video demo of an agent-based model of a salmon fishery produced by EPSCoR's CIS Group, and a beautifully shot vignette about Arctic subsistence by Data-to-Decisions grantee Olivia Lee.
We also have a number of new PDFs up on our Highlights page, including ones on the Arctic Adaptation Exchange Portal; EPSCoR-supported graduate student Tracie Curry; the Model Arctic Council; EPSCoR agent-based modeling; a study of the relationship between perceived and instrumented environmental change (P-delta-I); building visualizations; the 2016 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference; and the 2016 awards of research seed grants and Alaska Native Engagement Grants.
Visualize This! Winners
Congratulations to all of the winners of our “Visualize This!” competition! You can see them for yourselves at a First Friday event in Decision Theater North on May 5, and we've also got the first, second and third prize winners viewable below.
- 1st Place ($1,000): “Fairbanks, Alaska 1950-2016 daily precipitation” by Matthew Leonawicz
- 2nd Place ($500): “The Big Picture/It's the Little Things” by Jamie Smith
- 3rd Place ($250): “What are Tenrecs?” by Kathryn Everson
- 1st Place ($1,000): “Life in Infrared” by Jill Shipman, Peter Webley, Jonathan Dehn, Martin Harrild, Donavan Kienenberger, and Maya Salganek
- 2nd Place ($500): “Qungasvik, a community-driven, cultural model of prevention” by Dhara Shah, Stacy Rasmus, Billy Charles, Jim Allen, the Qungasvik project team, and the community of Alakanuk, Alaska
- 3rd Place ($250): “Mammals' migratory and feeding behavior due to noise pollution” by Hannah Foss and Olivia Lee
Honorable Mentions ($50 each):
- “Orange Peel World Map” by Nathan Belz
- “Observing Climate Change” by Stephen Cysewski, Margaret Cysewski, Matthew Sturm and Santosh Panda
- “Ice wedge degradation in the Arctic” by Ina Timling
- “Emerging hazards in Alaska’s glacierized landscapes" (image one, two and three) by Kristin Timm
- “Mycorrhizae” by Gail Priday
- “What is on a decomposing dress?” by Mary Beth Leigh, Ursel Schuette, Jennifer Moss, Devin Drown, and Stephanie Rae Dixon
- “Global web traffic data animation video for UAF SNAP web application usage” by Matthew Leonawicz
- “Discovery of environmental change in the Kenai watershed flyover” by Frank Witmer, Jamie Trammell, Jess Grunblatt and Omega Smith
- “How permafrost formed in Interior Alaska” by Margaret Cysewski and Louis Rudolf
- “World tree interactive map of life” by Eric Collins
Salmon 2050 website
The Southcentral Test Case has launched a web site for their “Salmon 2050” project, which has used a stakeholder-driven process of scenario planning to ask better questions about the future of salmon in the Kenai. The site centers around five “scenario narratives” that imagine different futures for the Kenai River watershed, and includes details on all of the narratives as well as summaries of Salmon 2050 workshops and other resources like maps, data sheets, environmental change “slider” images, and even videos. It’s comprehensive and well worth a look. The videos are also accessible on YouTube.
Alaska Seed Fund Awards
Congratulations to CognitiveDoc, LLC, which was the big winner in a recent "Alaska Seed Fund" competition for Alaskan businesses co-sponsored by Alaska EPSCoR. The firm received a $20,000 award in the competition for its “carebot” virtual caregiver service designed to help patients avoid readmission to the hospital after surgeries like knee and hip replacements. More than 70 firms and individuals applied for the funding and nine other entrants received awards of more than $3,300.
The Alaska Seed Fund competition was a collaboration between several nonprofits that assist innovators in Alaska, including Alaska NSF EPSCoR, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (UAF OIPC), the Alaska Small Business Development Center (AK SBDC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute, and the Launch:Alaska startup accelerator.
Nuiqsut photo book
A group of researchers traveled to the village of Nuiqsut in August with EPSCoR support to document the community and landscape changes. One of the results is a lovely photo book, "Nuiqsut on the Colville: Land of Sky, Tundra and Water."
For more information
For more information on Alaska NSF EPSCoR, please see the below documents:
The Strategic Plan outlines Alaska EPSCoR's goals and methods for its current research project, which runs from 2012-18.
The Midcourse Report highlights the accomplishments and impacts of the first three years of the current research project.
The Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities, was crafted with extensive EPSCoR input. The plan was written by the Alaska State Committee for Research, a panel of academic, political and business leaders charged with overseeing EPSCoR and advising on the state's research enterprise.
EPSCoR acknowledgement and logos
By our grant terms, any person receiving benefit from Alaska EPSCoR must acknowledge it in any publications, presentations, websites, newsletters, dissertations, theses, etc.
Please use the following language: "Acknowledgement to (or "Support from") Alaska EPSCoR NSF award #OIA-1208927 and the state of Alaska."