UAF Strong in Developing Alaska’s Teachers

Community Perspective

I am writing to share good news about the School of Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We are educating many future teachers and counselors, as well as providing current teachers with opportunities for further education. Our graduates are successful, filling many of the teaching and school counselor positions in the Interior, as well as in other areas of Alaska. Last spring, 119 UAF degrees and certificates were awarded to students from the School of Education, and next May, another 117 awards are expected. In the future we intend that the number will be even greater.

The future of UAF’s teacher and counselor preparation programs is bright.

Read the full community perspective by Dean Steve Atwater here.

Source: UAF strong in developing Alaska’s teachers – Daily News-Miner

New Joint UAS-UAF Fisheries Degree Available for Undergraduates

Casey McConnell gets up close and personal with a chum salmon that returned to Salmon Creek at the DIPAC hatchery in Juneau. Photo by Peter Westley.

Juneau – The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has approved the UAS-UAF Joint Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences with a concentration in Fisheries Science. The new degree is aimed at increasing the number of students who earn an undergraduate fisheries degree in Alaska, and are prepared to work in fisheries industry, management and research positions. The new joint degree program is a direct outcome of the University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways process–expanding opportunities for students through collaboration between the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) faculty.

Students will be able to complete the 4-year degree at the Auke Lake campus in Juneau, taking required courses locally at UAS and UAF-Lena campus, and remotely through UAF-Fairbanks campus. Fisheries graduates frequently go to work with tribal, state and federal fisheries agencies like the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and NOAA, and in private sector industry jobs. Others enroll in graduate programs in fisheries and ocean sciences. UAS and UAF expect an increase in the number of students that enroll in the fisheries and ocean sciences degrees now that the joint program has been approved. Admission of new students into the program will begin in the spring 2018 semester.

For more information about the UAS-UAF Joint Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences with a concentration in Fisheries Science, please contact the chair of the Natural Science Department, Dr. Sherry Tamone at sltamone@alaska.edu.

Source: New Joint UAS-UAF Fisheries Degree Available for Undergraduates | Alaska Native News

UAF Launches New Master’s Degree in Marine Studies

Weathered rocks adorn the shore of Kachemak Bay on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, with Augustine Volcano on the horizon. Photo by Brenda Konar

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has launched a new Master of Arts degree in marine studies to prepare graduates for science-based management jobs.

The program, created by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), gives students a background in scientific processes without requiring them to complete a research-based thesis. Students can select courses from the college’s oceanography and marine biology programs, and focus in marine ecology, organismal biology, ecosystem processes or oceanography.

The degree program provides students with the scientific background and training to be competitive in securing positions within state, federal and tribal organizations in Alaska and elsewhere.

The marine studies degree is primarily project-oriented, but students will still have access to excellent opportunities to conduct laboratory research and fieldwork within CFOS.

CFOS is now accepting applications for this program. Visit the CFOS website for more information on the program’s requirements.

CONTACTS: Lauren Frisch, 907-474-5350, lcfrisch@alaska.edu and Brenda Konar, 907-474-5028, bhkonar@alaska.edu

Source: UAF launches new master’s degree in marine studies – Alaska Business Magazine

TAACCCT State Profiles

TAACCCT_AlaskaProfileThe Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT) is a $1.9 billion investment in more than 700 community colleges nationwide spanning 2011-2018. To find Alaska’s TAACCCT Profile, along with other states, click here or the above image.

$2.4 Million Grant to Fund Study of Renewable Energy Impacts

A team of University of Alaska researchers has received a $2.4 million federal grant to study whether the use of renewable power could help small Alaska communities provide food, energy and safe water sustainably.

The National Science Foundation-funded project will study energy use and its impacts in the remote communities of Cordova, Tanana and Igiugig. Many off-road Alaska communities rely on expensive diesel generators for electricity, but interest is growing in alternate sources like wind, water and solar. Such alternative sources hold promise for supplying energy, and potentially food and water, but could affect the stability of a rural community’s microgrid.

Read the full article here.

Source: $2.4 million grant to fund study of renewable energy impacts – Alaska Business Magazine