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 5-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 see the project's info sheet and Strategic Plan. Alaska EPSCoR also recently concluded a cyberconnectivity grant at the University of Alaska (UA).
EPSCoR Forms SES Peer Group
Applications due March 14, 2014
First-year students and prospective applicants to the UAF Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Program are invited to apply to an Alaska EPSCoR peer group focused on the study of social-ecological systems. The group will provide biweekly seminars and other activities to create an academic “home” for members, and EPSCoR will support the effort by bringing in guest speakers, holding workshops, and providing travel grants.
EPSCoR will support the group through June 2017. EPSCoR funding will not be used for individual student tuition and fees, nor will membership in the peer group confer any preference for travel grants or dissertation completion fellowships from the Graduate School. See the links below for more information about this exciting opportunity.
New EPSCoR videos available on YouTube
Alaska EPSCoR has posted two new videos on its YouTube channel. The first, filmed and edited by EPSCoR student Caleb Gordon, explains the research being done in EPSCoR's Southcentral Test Case, while the other highlights the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference.
New EPSCoR data websites online
Alaska and the Geographic Information Network of Alaska have collaborated to build a series of "data portal" websites, designed to give easy access to data generated by or relevant to the current Alaska EPSCoR project.
The main data portal links through to data across the entire project. Other portals exist for the Southeast Test Case (a collaboration with the Southeast Alaska GIS LIbrary), the Southcentral Test Case, and the Northern Test Case (a collaboration with the North Slope Science Initiative.) These can all be visited via the toolbar at the top of this site.
Other toolbar links lead to EPSCoR public events filmed using Mediasite equipment, and the EPSCoR reporting system, which is used by EPSCoR faculty, staff and students to enter information about themselves and their activities.
2013 annual meeting presentations
All of the presentations from the 2013 Alaska EPSCoR Annual Meeting are now available as PDFs. In addition, Jessica Cherry's film Waterways, shown at the meeting, can be viewed here. Waterways, which was produced through funding from Alaska EPSCoR's PACMAN project, centers on an Tetlin elder telling stories in the rare Upper Tanana Athabascan dialect.
Fall newsletter available
The fall edition of the Alaska EPSCoR newsletter is available online, featuring articles on the Southeast Test Case, EPSCoR's new data portals, the EPSCoR-Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance workshop, and the 2013 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference.
The fall 2011, 2012 and 2013 newsletters are also now available on the Issuu website.
EPSCoR events available on Mediasite
Three different Alaska EPSCoR-sponsored events are now available for viewing on EPSCoR's Mediasite page. Mediasite software enables simultaneous, searchable viewing of a presentation and its accompanying powerpoint.
Currently available are Alaska EPSCoR Education Outreach Director Elena Sparrow speaking on "Outreach Education: To Do or Not to Do;" a presentation by EPSCoR Outreach Director Tania Clucas on “Funding Opportunities for Science Education Programs;” and a lecture by Colin Murrell, director of the Earth and Life Systems Alliance at the University of East Anglia, on "Fighting Climate Change with Microbiology.”
Microsoft Silverlight is required to view Mediasite files.
Alaska EPSCoR project receives $750,000 educational award
Alaska EPSCoR has been awarded $750,000 by the NSF to conduct an experimental three-year project using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) to excite high school students about science.
Titled "The Modern Blanket Toss," the project is a partnership between EPSCoR and Alaska Upward Bound. The effort will engage 60 low-income, prospective first-generation college students from high schools in the communities of Shishmaref, Bethel, Nikiski and Seward, with the goal of increasing the students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields as they undertake projects that are useful to their communities.
Students will attend Upward Bound’s residential summer program on the UAF campus, during which they will be trained in UAV use, as well as in science communication and leadership, in addition to the program’s general curriculum. Instruction will include classroom modules and hands-on experiences that take advantage of campus UAV expertise, including field trips to UAF’s Poker Flat Research Range.
All four schools will be provided with Arducopter quad-rotor UAV’s, as well as GoPro cameras and GPS tracking devices. During the academic year, students – under the instruction of both local and remote Upward Bound personnel – will take part in learning activities centered around the UAV’s, including guest speakers, “virtual field trips,” and other instruction delivered via videoconference.
Each school year will culminate in a large-scale mapping project, which will be chosen and designed based on student and community members’ input. Students will then present project results at community meetings and other events, including a workshop during the final summer of the program in which results will be exhibited for a nationwide group of educators. With professional supervision, students will also create a series of videos describing stages of the project.
The NSF funding began on January 1 and will run through the end of 2016. It was awarded through EPSCoR’s “Track-3” program, which is funding projects nationwide designed to interest members of minority groups in STEM fields.
UAF students selected for SC13
Congratulations to University of Alaska Fairbanks students Mitch Slife and Anne Bartholomew, who were among 37 students selected to attend the SC13 computing conference through a nationwide EPSCoR program. Slife and Bartholomew served as student volunteers at the conference, which was held November 17-22 in Denver, Colorado. Bartholomew was also able to attend the SC12 conference in Salt Lake City through the national EPSCoR program.
For More Information
For more information on Alaska EPSCoR, please see the below documents:
The Alaska ACE Strategic Plan outlines Alaska EPSCoR's plans and procedures for its current research project, which runs from 2012-17.
Members of the Alaska State Committee on Research provide oversight and direction to Alaska EPSCOR efforts. The committee recently produced the Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities.
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."