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New research from ISER’s Tobias Schwoerer, senior research professional, UAA’s Civil Engineering Department and the Alaska State Department of Transportation show that studded tire use in Alaska costs $13.7 million a year and reduces the asphalt surface life between 7 and 9 years, depending on traffic, location, and type of asphalt mix. Phasing out the use of studded tires topped the researchers’ list of options to reduce the cost of road damage. The state could also subsidize the purchase of non-studded tires, according to their report. Less effective options include switching to lightweight studs, shortening the studded tire season, and educating motorists about [...]
Diane King, Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) within ISER, along with Bridget Hanson, Research Associate Professor and Alexandra Edwards, Research Professional, recently attended the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Grantee Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focused on sharing innovative practices and disseminating findings from across the country related to preventing and addressing FASDs. In 2018, ISER researchers received four-year grants totaling $2.6 M from CDC to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies, which can lead to FASDs. […]
Congratulations to Mouhcine Guettabi, Associate Professor of Economics at ISER, on receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement and Service and ISER Associate Director Alexandra Hill, Senior Research Professional Tobias Schwoerer, and Information System Specialist Christopher Start on being recognized for the the longevity of their service to the university. […]
The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries is contracting with ISER for consulting advice on economic aspects of fisheries management, to be provided by Ralph Townsend, ISER director. As part of the work, Townsend will be making four trips to Wellington, New Zealand. Townsend was Chief Economist for the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries from 2007-2010, and the current consulting work is related to his earlier role.
Can countries be fair, prosperous, and green? That’s one of the questions that Kevin Berry, assistant professor of economics at ISER, considered with his colleagues at a recent meeting of the Beijer Young Scholars Programme in Stockholm, Sweden. Berry brings an expertise in environmental economics to the cross-disciplinary international network of scientists brought together by the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The early-career scientists are exploring new pathways to address global sustainability – in particular, they are looking at how issues of inequality are intertwined with society’s impact on the biosphere. […]
Between 2010 and 2016, Alaska’s graduation rate grew faster than the national average, increasing 8 percentage points, among the top 10 rate increases in the country. All demographic groups improved, with Native, low-income, and rural student rates growing the most. These are some of the trends described in a new Research Summary, “Alaska High School Graduation Rate Trends,” by Trang Tran, ISER Research Professional, and Alexandra Hill, Associate Director of ISER. […]