$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.

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

Crowley Awards Scholarships Worth $10,000 to Four UAF Students

Crowley Fuels recently announced that it has awarded $10,000 in Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) students: Keenan Sanderson, Gabe Smith and twin brothers Carlton and Kendrick Hautala. Chosen for their academic achievements and meeting other scholarship criteria, each student received $2,500 toward his tuition from Crowley.

Crowley’s financial support, administered by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, can be used towards any area of study, and preference is given to recipient students from Crowley-served rural communities throughout the state, including Aniak, Bethel, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Ft. Yukon, Galena, Glennallen, Hooper Bay, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kotzebue, Naknek, Nenana, Nome, Palmer, St. Mary’s, Talkeetna, Valdez and Wasilla.

“Crowley is proud to contribute to the academic success of these highly-motivated UAF students,” said Crowley’s Jasper Hall, vice president, highway petroleum distribution. “Established in 2010, this program continues to support students who are committed to pursuing higher education as a means to help their communities and Alaska. Each of these recipients is passionate about maintaining our state’s natural resources, an endeavor that Crowley is pleased to support.”

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Science, Culture Camp Energizes Rural Alaska Teachers

Teachers and teaching aides from six villages in the Bering Strait School District immersed themselves in a science and culture camp in Unalakleet, Alaska, in August to learn how to integrate science and Native knowledge in the classroom.

The camp was offered as professional development for teachers by the Raising Educational Achievement through Cultural Heritage Up (REACH Up) program, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks K-12 Outreach Office. Funded in 2015, the program provides Native students and teachers with place-based, culturally relevant science, technology, engineering and math curricula, and engages Native youth to come up with solutions to local climate change issues.

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Source: Science, culture camp energizes rural Alaska teachers – UAF News and Information

Kodiak Summer Interns Benefit Seafood Industry

Three summer interns at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center reported their project outcomes at a seminar in August. They worked on markets for nucleotide nutritional supplements from pollock, parasite control for seafood safety, and communicating seafood science to the public.

Alina Fairbanks used the internet to find more than 60 companies—large and small, domestic and international—that may be suitable for marketing nucleotide supplements made from Alaska pollock. Nucleotides are used as human nutritional supplements, feed for aquaculture and other animals and in infant formulas to enhance the immune system.

“This experience allowed me to play detective on the current nucleotide market, which is very different than doing research as an undergraduate student in a classroom,” said Fairbanks. “It has been a great experience learning the research process and understanding the marketing field.” She is earning her bachelor’s degree in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Her work was funded by the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center.

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Source: Kodiak summer interns benefit seafood industry | News | Alaska Sea Grant

Alaska Journal | Building the Alaska ‘Blue Economy’

Alaska’s blue economy leadership potential is tremendous; we maintain over half the nation’s coastline and a third of the U.S. exclusive economic zone with access to vast natural resources.

The blue economy vision is that by 2040 Alaska would grow by 50,000 jobs and $3 billion in wages, approximately equal to the oil and gas industry today. Alaska’s blue economy includes existing traditional sectors such as fisheries, coastal tourism and oil and gas, as well as additional “new” blue economy sectors such as ocean technology, renewable energy and marine biotechnology.

The application and commercialization of new technologies and innovation to fisheries and marine science and engineering – referred to as the new blue economy – is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global blue economy. This maritime economic sector is currently valued globally at $1.5 trillion (measured as marine based industrial contribution to economic output and employment) and predicted to expand to $3 trillion by 2030.

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Source: Alaska Journal | Building the Alaska ‘Blue Economy’