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 five-year 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.
"Fire and Ice" proposal submitted
A University of Alaska writing team has submitted a project proposal to the National Science Foundation for the next phase of the Alaska NSF EPSCoR program. “Fire and Ice” is a 5-year, $20 million project to employ remote sensing, fieldwork, lab experiments, and modeling to study climate-driven biophysical changes to Alaska’s boreal forests and coastal margins. The project will incorporate research and outreach from throughout the UA system and build off of some of the findings and infrastructure of the current Alaska ACE project.
"From Icefield to Ocean" poster
The Southeast Test Case's award-winning "From Icefield to Ocean" poster is now available on this site. The test case has provided the poster to tour guides throughout Juneau for use as an educational tool. It's also the centerpiece of the "From Icefield to Ocean" pamphlet that is also being provided to tour guides and provides a good overview of the test case's mission. The pamphlet is also available on Issuu.
New EPSCoR videos and PDFs online
EPSCoR partially funded a new video, "Conversations about Environmental Change in Southeast Alaska," documenting local observations of change in six Southeast communities.
In addition, we've put new videos up on our YouTube site:
- "Decision Theater North construction" is a fast time-lapse trip through the conversion of a conference room into our new decision theater.
- "Studying Humpback Whales and Tour Vessels" is an overview of a project by EPSCoR-affiliated faculty Heisi Pearson to monitor interactions between whales and whale-watching boats near Juneau.
- "The Northern Test Case: Impacts of Change on Alaska's North Slope" introduces the work EPSCoR is doing in and around the Arctic village of Nuiqsut.
- "The Suicide Basin Outburst Flood Project" discusses Eran Hood's research into potential flooding from a basin above Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier.
- "The Arctic Adaptation Exchange" is an animation that explains the international data portal EPSCoR is hosting for the Arctic Council.
- "The Effects of Spawning Salmon on Stream Ecosystems" describes Eran Hood and Sonia Nagorski's research into the effects of spawning salmon on streams' levels of dissolved oxygen and contaminants.
- "Tracking Yellow Cedar Decline" details Brian Buma's efforts to document yellow cedar's shrinking extent in Southeast Alaska.
We've also just posted six new PDF's detailing Alaska EPSCoR outreach efforts on our Highlights page, including items on our EOD component, Adventure Learning workshop, Nuiqsut MapTEACH program, Southeast Test Case stakeholder workshop, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Discovery Days, and Interior Alaska Hackathon.
Interior Alaska Hackathon
Alaska EPSCoR is once again co-sponsoring the Interior Alaska Hackathon, in which coders gather together for a weekend on the Fairbanks campus to create apps and address programming challenges. In a change from last year's format, the attendees will instead brainstorm programming ideas at the beginning of the event. And there'll be snacks!
The event will take place in Room 221 of the Murie Building on the UAF West Ridge beginning at 6 PM Friday, September 9 and running round-the-clock through 11 PM on Sunday, September 11. Advance registration is requested.
Other sponsors include the Alaska Small Business Development Center, the UAF Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization, and the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation.
New Test Case Publications
Northern Test Case lead Gary Kofinas has published a mammoth report on sharing networks in Alaska Native villages entitled "Subsistence Sharing Networks and Cooperation: Kaktovik, Wainwright, and Venetie, Alaska" that directly ties to EPSCoR research.
Also, a large chunk of the Southcentral Test Case's stakeholder research methodology has been summarized in a new article by researcher Meagan Krupa, entitled "Who's who in the Kenai River Fishery SES: A streamlined method for stakeholder identification and investment analysis." The article is in the September edition of Marine Policy magazine.
Decision Theater North website
Alaska EPSCoR's Decision Theater North visualization facility now has a separate website. Check it out!
Kenai Peninsula lifestyle and opinions survey
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 2012-17.
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."