Welcome to Alaska NSF EPSCoR
Alaska NSF EPSCoR improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. EPSCoR is in the fourth year of "Fire and Ice," a five-year project to study climate-driven changes to Alaskan wildfire regimes and coastal ecosystems. For more information check out our brochure. You can also view publications by Fire and ice researchers and learn about impacts of the project.
Seed and travel award winners
Congratulations to the winners of our 2022 Seed Grants! This year we awarded 5 faculty and 5 student research grants, 3 Diversity, Education and Workforce Development grants, and 6 data visualization grants. We also awarded 28 travel awards for a total of $67,812, and are now awarding a series of rolling travel awards (see other column).
A full list of winners is on our awards page.
So many recordings!
We've been busy lately, and we now have recordings of multiple recent EPSCoR events available online:
- Our Wildfire and Wine Science Pub
- Our Nov. 17 Data Management Workshop(passcode: eYzQ*c.5)
- Our Zoom presentation on applying for jobs at agencies, featuring Chris Siddon of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and Daniel Esler of the USGS. We also have a slideshow available from Heather Coletti of the NPS.
- Our recent Blender Animation Workshop:
Sitka Sound Fellowships
We're pleased to announce the following four EPSCoR researchers have been named the Sitka Sound Science Center's 2021-22 Scientists in Residency Fellows:
- UAF CFOS Ph.D candidate Courtney Hart
- UAS Assistant Professor of Animal Physiology Julie Schram
- UAF IARC postdoc Joanna Young
- UAF CFOS postdoc Scott Gabara
Alaska EPSCoR is providing financial support for the program, which brings scientists to Sitka for one-month sabbaticals to enable them to work undisturbed by their usual daily routine and to engage with the community.
Sampling by Packraft
Coastal Margins PhD student Jordan Jenckes has put together a video montage of two research trips he took in summer 2021 to collect water samples from the Wosnesenski River in Kachemak Bay State Park. The expeditions were supported by an EPSCoR student research seed grant.
Rolling travel awards available
We had an unexpected surplus come our way after we awarded our first round of 2022 travel awards, so we're offering a round of rolling travel awards. Grants may be used for travel to, or remote attendance at, conferences, workshops, trainings, or other appropriate academic settings.
Awards are for up to $3,500 and cover domestic travel only (remote participation in international events is allowed). Travel must be completed by Sept. 30, 2022. The application deadline is rolling and awards are subject to continued availability of funds. Apply via our online form.
EPSCoR AGU presentations
There are plenty of EPSCoR presentations and posters at this year's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, which will be held in New Orleans and online Dec. 13-17. We've put together a handy list of all of the EPSCoR content at the event.
Faces of STEM
EPSCoR is showcasing the unique characteristics that Alaskans bring to STEM by sharing a series of interviews with former University of Alaska students succeeding in STEM careers. Interviews are with BLM Ecologist and Science Coordinator Nikki Grant-Hoffman (pictured); Alaska Harmful Algae Bloom (AHAB) Program Coordinator Thomas Farrugia; cancer researcher Mindy Kim Graham; Fairbanks pediatrician Carla Cartagena De Jesus; Thomas Hughes, an engineer for the Alaska DOT; and Liz Dennett, who works for Amazon Web Services.
We've been sending out a monthly email called "Fire & Ice Essentials" to individuals involved in the Fire & Ice project. Its main focus is on funding opportunities, and it also includes notes about upcoming conferences and other events, as well as project news and products. Email email@example.com if you'd like to subscribe.
We are also continuing with biannual newsletters, which are aimed more at an external audience.