UAF Mine Design Team Wins First Place in National Competition

Photo courtesy of Rajive Ganguli.

Steve Gabrielsen, Jeff Wetton, David Hernandez and Jed Hardcastle won first place in the 2018 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Engineering Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America mine design contest. Mining students from around the country submit their capstone design reports.

The trio submitted their senior design report from MIN 490, taught by Rajive Ganguli. The project centered on a Hecla-owned property in Mexico. The students consulted with Hecla professionals as they worked on the report.

For the past six years, MIN 490 mine design teams have placed in the top three five times, and have won the event twice.

Source: UAF mine design team wins first place in national competition – UAF news and information

Alaska October Economic Trends

TrendsOCT2018Every two years the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development projects jobs by industry and occupation for a 10-year period, and the October Trends provides their newest set for 2016-2026. They project overall job growth at just over 5 percent, with the highest growth in health care.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska Sea Grant: Graying of the Fleet Research Wins National Award

A woman sets her net in Egegik, Alaska. Photo by Amy Brown/Alaska Marine Conservation Council

Alaska Sea Grant-supported researchers won a national award at Sea Grant Week in Portland, Ore., this month for a study on how to boost access to Alaska commercial fisheries by young and rural residents.

The Sea Grant Association, comprised of Sea Grant program directors from 33 coastal universities, presented its Research to Application award to ASG director Heather Brandon who accepted it on behalf of the investigators for the project entitled, Graying of the Fleet in Alaska’s Fisheries: Defining the Problem and Assessing the Alternatives.

Source: Alaska Sea Grant: Graying of the Fleet research wins national award – Sea Grant Alaska

Research Vessel Sikuliaq Expands Ways to Study Gulf of Alaska Ecosystems

Sikuliaq pulls into Seward before departing for the Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-term Ecological Research cruise in May. Photo by Sarah Spanos

Editor’s note: New funding and the use of the research vessel Sikuliaq have revolutionized data collection in the Gulf of Alaska by increasing the space and workforce available to conduct complex experiments at sea.

With 20 years of research and data to support their efforts, scientists in the Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-term Ecological Research program strive to better understand how physical processes and climate variability influence the base of the food web in the productive northern Gulf of Alaska. Led by researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and their collaborators, the first LTER research expedition on Sikuliaq concluded in May 2018.

This is the first story in a four-part series documenting successes and preliminary findings from that expedition.

The Gulf of Alaska supports a diverse ecosystem that includes several commercially important fisheries, as well as culturally and economically important marine mammals and birds. All of these species are fueled by tiny organisms at the base of the food chain. Observations indicate that changes in these communities of tiny organisms are linked to climate variability, but these links are poorly understood. Researchers want to better understand these links so they can evaluate how the gulf’s fisheries and marine mammals may be impacted by changes in the environment.

Read the full article here.

Source: Research vessel Sikuliaq expands ways to study Gulf of Alaska ecosystems – News Miner

Alaska September Economic Trends

SeptTrendsSeptember Trends features results of our 2018 Rental Market Survey, a profile of Alaska’s auto industry, and a look at how the decennial census affects funding allocations and other important decisions. We also look at why total wages are up from this time last year, even though the state continued to lose jobs over the same period.

Also in this issue: The auto industry and how it has been less vulnerable during the recession.

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Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development