Ethnobotany Summer 2014 is coming soon! Are you signed up?

(EBOT F100 Course offering information and changes)

The location has changed to Kotzebue.  Click here for more info.

The course application form is here.

The University registration form is here  (please fill out both forms if you are not already a UAF student). 

Recent Arctic Sounder Article on our Chukchi Olympics

The first UAF Chukchi Olympics were held March 5-8 in Kotzebue.   The event introduced high school students attending the 1A Small Schools Basketball Tournament to the local College Campus. The events celebrated education and highlighted some of the opportunities Chukchi College has to offer. The premier event was the Inupiaq Spelling Bee.   Students had an Inupiaq word list contributed by the Aqqaluk Trust and reviewed by the Northwest Arctic Borough School District Bilingual teachers.   We owe a special thank you to judges Agnik Schaeffer of Kotzebue, Winona Hawley of Kivalina, and Dolly Custer and Susie Sun of Shungnak.

Participants, sponsors and volunteers were given t-shirts.   Medals were awarded to first, second and third places in each category.

The following are results of the 2014 Chukchi Olympics

Inupiaq Spelling Bee

1.        Autumn Barr, Kiana

2.        Kirk Koenig, Kivalina

3.        Corilyn Adams, Noatak

 

Poetry Contest

1.        Brianna Riley - Ice and Ocean, Kiana

2.        Kaelen Stalker - More than a Game, Kiana

3.        Paul Henry – Love,   Kiana

 

Mathletes

1.        Jalen Beasley, Kotzebue

2.        Julia Martin, Kotzebue

3.        Oz Hensley, Kotzebue

 

GK Grand Slam (General Knowledge)

1.        Caleb Van Amberg, Noatak

2.        Dana Sours, Kotzebue

3.        Levy Foster, Kotzebue

 

PC Gaming

1.        Chris Foster, Kotzebue

2.        Luke Nipper, Kotzebue

3.        Sophie Nipper, Kotzebue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chukchi Olympics

Poetry Entries

First Place – Brianna Riley, Kiana School

Ice

The silent keeper,

who keeps all of our secrets,

forever and ever,

so cold and unforgiving to never be free.

Ocean

Holder of many,

harmonious family,

all over the world,

and forever on the move,

never to stop moving.

 

Second Place – Kaelen Stalker, Kiana School

More than a game

It’s more than a game, it’s a passion

A passion that goes way back, old fashion

It’s a sport that gets aggressive, and mean

It doesn’t take one, but a team

Let me tell you a little something

You don’t have teamwork, you don’t have nothing

Time on the clock 773’s on my feet

On the court, let’s go, bring the heat

I shouldn’t have to tell you twice

This ball?   It’s mine, I don’t play nice

Shoot, dribble, pass, triple threat

No need to warm up, I’m all set

Sportsmanship, play smart, it’s all here

I hope you’re ready with your gear

I love my team, there’s a lot to say

‘Cause the Kiana Lynx are taking it all the way

 

Third Place – Paul Henry, Kiana School

Love

I’m trying not to love you

I’m trying not to care

I’m trying not to live my life

Wishing you were there

I’m trying not to wonder

Where you are or what you do.

I’m sorry I can’t help myself.

  I fell in love with you.

I loved you once,

Love you still

Always have

Always will

Forever.

We would like to thank the University of Alaska People’s Endowment, Aqqaluk Trust, Teck Red Dog who in 2014 are celebrating 25 years of operation, Northwest Arctic Borough, Maniilaq Association, College of Rural & Community Development, NANA Resource Technicians, Our Amazing Bilingual Teachers, Alaska Technical Center, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Naniq Designs, Margie’s Material, KOTZ Radio, JoAnn’s Fabric, City of Kotzebue, Kotzebue Elder Rachel Adams, Kotzebue Middle High School, all the Chukchi Olympic participants and the great staff at Chukchi College and Northwest Arctic Borough School District.

 

Workshop on Improving Local Participation in Research in Northwest Alaska

April 2 - 4, 2014

Click here, or call Siikauraq Whiting for detais: 442-3400, x 211

It's time to get ready for the Ethnobotany Class again!

Questions?

Contact Rose at 474-6935 or rameier@alaska.edu

Contact Martha at 442-3400 or mlee20@alaska.edu

 click here for details

Chukchi Olympics!

Our local UAF Campus is hosting the Chukchi Olympics, to coincide with the basketball tournament March 5 - 8. Fun for all! let's make it a great week.

Click here for details. 

Online Newsletter

The latest issue of the Alaska Sea Grant Fishlines newsletter is available here

Did you attend high school in the Northwest Arctic Borough or the North Slope Borough?

The North Slope Arctic Scenarios Project (NASP)
Envisioning Futures and Strategizing Pathways for Healthy Communities
This National Science Foundation funded project in partnership with the Alaska Native
Tribal Health Consortium engages people across the Northwest Arctic Borough and the
North Slope Borough to develop healthy sustainable communities in the North Slope
region. The project will include high school, college, and university students.’
UAF STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD for RESEARCH
on the NORTH SLOPE for the NASP project
There are opportunities for paid undergraduate research and travel!
Come to our first meeting this semester Tuesday 19 November 1:00 pm-2:00pm in
Gruening 614E (the Northern Studies Conference Room).
We’ll provide lunch
QUESTIONS? Contact Doug Cost at dscost@alaska.edu 474-1556
or Amy L. Lovecraft at allovecraft@alaska.edu 474.2688

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Tentative project timelines

Date

NASP

NSSI-S

Oct 2013 -

Jan 2014

Build network of contacts

Build network of contacts

Jan 2014 –

August 2014

Creating participant lists and developing background materials

Synthesis, outreach and planning meetings on background materials

Oct 2014

NASP Workshop (after AFN 2014)

Scenarios workshop

 

Nov 2014

 

Workshop I:

Scenarios Development

Jan 2015

First Feedback Session: Kotzebue

Review of scenarios workshop data; development of strategies

Workshop II:

Scenarios Implementation

Feb 2015

 

Refine developed scenarios

from stakeholder feedback

Mar 2015

Second Feedback Session: Barrow

Second review of workshop data; further strategy planning

 

May 2015

 

Workshop III:

Scenarios Implications and

monitoring recommendations

August 2015

Implementation meeting and Returning results: Barrow

Final report and

  outreach of results

Oct 2015

Additional outreach

 

 

Contact us for more information:

Amy Lovecraft (PI for NASP & Co-I for NSSI-S projects)       

allovecraft@alaska.edu

 

Hajo Eicken (Co-I for NASP & NSSI-S projects)                                     hajo.eicken@gi.alaska.edu

 

Olivia Lee (PI for NSSI-S project)                                                 

olivia@gi.alaska.edu     (907) 474 6832

The North Slope Arctic Scenarios Project (NASP)

Envisioning Futures and Strategizing Pathways for Healthy Communities.

ThisNational Science Foundation funded project in partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium  engages representatives from sectors across the Northwest Arctic Borough and the North Slope Borough in scenarios development related to key aspects of healthy communities: “peace, shelter, education, food, income, a stable ecosystem, sustainable resources, social justice and equity”.

 

As state, national, and international pressures on decision-making in the North Slope geographic region rise, our project facilitates local-scale self-definition, policy discussion, and planning through a scenario workshop process. Our primary goal is to serve as an honest broker of information to stakeholders through sharing of knowledge and strategies.

 

Our objectives are to learn from the communities of the two boroughs about their vision for healthy sustainable communities, to foster novel communication and organization between different decision-makers, and to move beyond narrative discussions to plausibility and consistency analysis of the scenarios. The latter will help identify key social and environmental variables that need to be monitored locally to achieve desired long-term outcomes.  

 

Our project fosters cross-borough development of "communities of practice". These communities will facilitate communication of policy needs and goals across social, environmental, education, health, government, and economic sectors. A community of practice brings together stakeholders as experts for innovative problem-solving. Our project also targets the young people of the region to engage in the scenarios process. Often overlooked but vital to shaping the future we will include them in various roles throughout the process as future leaders.

 

Our project fosters cross-borough development of "communities of practice". These communities will facilitate communication of policy needs and goals across social, environmental, education, health, government, and economic sectors. A community of practice brings together stakeholders as experts for innovative problem-solving. Our project also targets the young people of the region to engage in the scenarios process. Often overlooked but vital to shaping the future we will include them in various roles throughout the process as future leaders.

 

Additional information on the NSSI-S project will be available starting January 2014 from the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) projects webpage: http://accap.uaf.edu/?q=projects

North Slope Science Initiative Scenarios project (NSSI-S)

Scenarios related to infrastructure development for resource extraction in the North Slope.

 

This project has a narrower scope than NASP and will focus on future infra­structure development scenarios in the North Slope, Alaska. The project was commissioned by the NSSI with partici­pation by the North Slope Borough and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation representing local concerns. Stage 1 of this project will provide information to stakeholders on current knowledge and uncertainties in relevant social, economic and environmental factors that may affect onshore and offshore resource extraction development.

 

We will build and engage a broad stakeholder network including state and federal agencies, local communities, industry and scientists to develop plausible infrastructure development scenarios through 2040. Stage 2 of the project will include two workshops to develop and refine the scenarios, resulting in outreach and a report with mapped products. A third workshop will provide recommendations to agencies on monitoring needs for the North Slope.

 

This project is funded by the Bureau of Land Management. It will be jointly carried out by University of Alaska Fairbanks and GeoAdaptive, LLC.

2014 Summer Internship Programs

Dear Program Chair/Director:

We are pleased to announce three CDC funded internships available this coming summer.  Please share this email with your student groups and colleagues!  Thank you.

Internship #1

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 10-week summer program that begins May 26, 2014.  The MCHC/RISE-Program is designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year, and recent baccalaureate degree students (within 12 months of MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation) who are interested in learning more about preventing health disparities.   Public health experiences offered to students are:

1.      Clinical/Community: Students rotate through clinical experiences provided by Maternal and Child Health disciplines (pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, physiatrist, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, psychology, speech/language, special education and nursing). In addition, students will have planned experiences in providing community-based health care and support systems for underserved groups.

2.      Community Engagement and Advocacy: Students work with professionals in the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Public Health and related systems on the formation, implementation and evaluation of health care and disability legislation, regulations and practice guidelines. The critical role of engaging underrepresented communities in shaping responsive systems of care receives a special emphasis. 

3.      Research: Students work with research mentors on a wide range of public health prevention, treatment and epidemiological studies. Students receive training in conducting community-based participatory research, which engages communities that are currently underserved by mainstream systems.

 

A $3,500 stipend is provided to all program participants. Student housing and round-trip travel for out-of-state applicants is also available.

Website: kennedykrieger.org/RISE-UP

Questions: MCHC-RISE-UP@kennedykrieger.org

Application Deadline: January 31, 2014

Internship #2

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship is a nine-week summer program that begins May 26, 2014 and ends July 25, 2014.  The Ferguson Fellowship is for students currently enrolled full-time in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program who are interested in learning more about the area of infectious diseases and health disparities.  Fellows may also gain clinical experience and develop leadership skills.

Program Benefits:

  • A $4,000 stipend is provided for all participants.
  • Housing and round-trip travel are also available for out-of-state students.
  • Sponsorship to attend a national scientific meeting following abstract submission
  • Sponsored membership in the American Public Health Association (APHA)

Website: kennedykrieger.org/Ferguson

Questions: Ferguson_Fellowship@kennedykrieger.org

Application Deadline: January 31, 2014

 

Internship #3

The Public health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS) Program is an eight-week summer public health leadership and research program that continues student support for five hours per week during the academic year. The PLUSS Program is for undergraduate sophomore and rising junior students minoring or majoring in public health with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale. PLLUSS Program students will participate in public health research, education on health disparities and urban health issues, professional development, and community health promotion activities. Students will receive mentorship with the goal of successful acceptance and completion of graduate or professional school in the public health area.

Housing and round-trip travel expenses for out-of-state students are available. Student stipend is $4,900 per year.

Website: kennedykrieger.org/PLLUSS

Questions: PLLUSS@kennedykrieger.org

Application Deadline: January 31, 2014

All program activities are contingent on CDC funding.

Summer 2013 Ethnobotany Class

Please help us out by taking this Community Survey

The Ethnobotany Certificate Program is the first such program in this state and only one of a handful that are currently being offered in the entire United States. Ethnobotany is integral to life in Alaska because it recognizes cultural knowledge and deepens our connection with the expansive and exceptional natural world at our doorstep.

Students enrolled in the EBOT program will learn: basic plant biology & floral ecology of Alaska, economic applications of Ethnobotany, basic applied chemistry of plants, research methods for local specific projects, as well as traditional and new uses of Alaska native plants. These skills will prepare Alaska Native students for employment in wildlife and cultural management agencies, education, and other rural-based jobs, as well as further college milestones such as the Associates and Bachelor’s of
Science degrees.

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Gaalee’ya STEM

A Program for high School and College Students Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathmatics

The Gaalee’ya STEM project provides a rigorous and culturally relevant STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program through the Associate’s level for students in the Interior-Aleutians (IAC) and Chukchi Campus (CC) regions by incorporating cultural values and perspectives and local interests in ecosystem changes with scientific coursework, research, and analysis from a Western academic perspective.

The underlying philosophy behind the project is that integrating culture and place into all aspects of their academic STEM experience will support the engagement, capacity, and continuity of rural Alaska Native STEM students.

In addition to STEM coursework, Students will gain research experience through projects designed around the theme of “ecology of place” to engage, educate, and retain rural Alaska Native students in STEM degrees. Elders and STEM faculty will work together to support the students using an integrative approach.

LEARN MORE AT THE IAC WEBSITE!

Brochure & Application

Student Handbook

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