The Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program empowers UA students to study and be a part of the legislative process in Juneau. The program draws students from all three universities and many majors to Alaska’s Capitol during the legislative session to work as full-time interns, while completing a rigorous academic program. Read the full article here.
Interns have played an integral role in the UAF Alaska Center for Energy and Power’s development and growth, and in return ACEP has provided a launch pad for interns to continue their professional careers. The ACEP summer internship program is a 10-week summer program based in Fairbanks. It will provide opportunities for interns to gain hands-on research experience and skill development in the energy industry, while being mentored by an ACEP researcher on a specific research project.
Worldwide, the blue economy was estimated at $1.5 trillion per year in 2017 and is expected to double by 2030. There is fascination with Alaska and the biological diversity and the grandeur of the state that pulls people in. The blue economy represents the single greatest opportunity for job creation in the state and allow for Alaska to move away from simply an economy that’s based on extraction to one that’s based on sustainability and a benefit to the environment.
An Anchorage teacher is one of four finalists for this year’s prestigious National Teacher of the Year award.
Danielle Riha, 51, teaches seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in the Anchorage School District. She was named the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year in October. That put her in the running for this year’s National Teacher of the Year award as Alaska’s official nominee.
Riha was named one of four finalists in the national competition on Wednesday. A committee selected her from a nationwide group of 57 nominated teachers. It’s the first time an Alaska teacher was picked as a finalist for National Teacher of the Year since 1995, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
“I feel really excited,” Riha said. “Not just for me, but for my school.”
This year’s other finalists are Donna Gradel from Oklahoma, Kelly Harper from Washington, D.C., and Rodney Robinson from Virginia, said a statement from the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Washington,D.C.-based nonprofit that runs the award program.