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DeFeo leads discussion at UAF Bristol Bay Campus on equity, access, and privilege

Sarah Andrew, new director of University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Bristol Bay Campus, invited ISER’s Dayna DeFeo to deliver the keynote talk at the Bristol Bay Campus annual summit in Dillingham last month. Andrew called upon DeFeo, who directs ISER’s Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, to share research findings on how to better serve rural Alaska students, and to lead a discussion addressing difficult issues of equity, access, and privilege.

May 23rd, 2019|

“Risky Business” economic experiment studies how markets communicate environmental risk to consumers

For a long time cold weather and geographic isolation protected Alaska from invasive species, but globalization and a changing climate are bringing increased risk. Environmental managers tasked with preventing the spread of invasive species (IS) may do everything they can to prevent the introduction, but travelers, tourists, and companies moving products to Alaska cause IS risk that is difficult for managers to control. Dr. Kevin Berry, assistant professor of Economics and ISER faculty, received $9,535 from the Faculty Initiative Fund to use an experimental economics approach to better understand how individuals decide to take on risk – such as the introduction [...]

May 14th, 2019|

Lunchtime talk: Russian Arctic: Issues of sustainability and Indigenous rights and interests

Visiting Fulbright Scholar and Doctor of Law, Elena Gladun, will give an overview of recent educational and research projects in Siberia and Yamal regions of the Russian Arctic, the most effective supports for sustainable development, and Indigenous rights and interests at a lunchtime talk on Friday, May 17, in ISER’s conference room at noon. […]

May 9th, 2019|

Lunchtime talk: Making Resources Work for Arctic Communities: What we’ve learned from ReSDA

Chris Southcott, who has been involved in community-based research in the circumpolar north for more than 30 years, will share final results from his Resources and Sustainable Development (ReSDA) project, which looked at developing ways to ensure that a larger share of resource development benefits stay in the region, and what it means for communities in Northern Canada, Alaska and other Arctic regions at a lunchtime talk at ISER on Thursday, May 16 at noon. […]

May 9th, 2019|

Energy and health care are major contributors to education costs in Alaska

Using U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Annual Survey of School System Finances, Alaska ranks 6th in per-pupil education spending, however the ranking is deceptive since it doesn’t take into account the high cost of delivering education and high cost of living in different places in Alaska. When these costs are considered, Alaska’s per-pupil spending is about average, according to Dayna DeFeo, director of ISER’s Center for Alaska Education Policy Research. […]

April 30th, 2019|
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