Ben Walker ’06, a seventh grade science teacher at Romig Middle School in Anchorage, is the 2018 Alaska State Teacher of the Year. “I really enjoy the fact that every day is different. Every kid is different. Every kid is different every day.”
Alaska Sea Grant has selected six research projects for funding during 2018-2020, with the majority of the work getting underway next month.
The researchers will receive $1.3 million to study a diverse range of topics intended to help Alaskans understand, conserve and sustainably use the state’s rich marine and coastal resources. The research will advance knowledge in Sea Grant’s main focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and resilient communities and economies. Six graduate students are involved, contributing to the next generation of science professionals in Alaska.
‘We received 47 pre-proposals and 18 full proposals. The six that we funded ranked highest in a rigorous peer-review process and will address critical needs for Alaska marine and coastal research,’ said Ginny Eckert, Alaska Sea Grant’s associate director of research. ‘The investigators work within the University of Alaska system as well as Alaska agencies and nonprofits with expertise in marine and social sciences.’
A former New York City garbageman, Giancarlo Mone is a both a first-generation Italian-American and—as of this semester—a first-generation college student, too. “I don’t see myself moving back,” he noted. “I wanted to see intellectual smarts in a blue-collar world, and I feel Alaska has that.”