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Dr. Jeane Breinig named 2018 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence Recipient

The University of Alaska Foundation announced today that Dr. Jeane T'áaw xÍwaa Breinig, interim associate vice chancellor of Alaska Natives and diversity and professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage, was selected to receive the 2018 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. Breinig will receive a $15,000 award for her outstanding contributions to the University of Alaska. "Edith Bullock made a generous contribution to establish this award and showcase the extraordinary achievements of individuals on behalf of the UA system,” said UA Foundation Board of Directors Chair Alex Slivka. “Dr. Breinig’s efforts to expand diversity within the University of Alaska through curriculum, research and leadership embody the excellence that Mrs. Bullock wished to recognize.” Breinig was one of the first Alaska Native tenure-track professors hired at UAA, arriving in 1995. Upon her hire, she developed curriculum with an emphasis on Alaska Native literature and studies. She has worked to increase diversity and inclusion in the University of Alaska’s culture, particularly by developing and promoting Alaska Native and indigenous research and creative activity.

Harold T. Caven Professorship Recipient Named

Dr. Qiujie “Angie” Zheng, Associate Professor of Quanitative Methods and Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is the recent recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation’s 2018 Harold T. Caven Professorship. The two-year professorship includes a $20,000 award.  This award will enable Zheng to train students to use new tools for consumer and marketing research. The students will engage in two research projects: assessing market demand and consumer choice for Alaska’s locally grown foods and determining the preference for Alaska’s wild salmon vs. farm raised salmon. The findings of the research are important and beneficial for Alaska’s local industries and the state economy.

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