News and Announcements
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. […]
ISER’s Jennifer Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management and Policy, visited the area damaged by fire in Anchorage this summer with members of the Rabbit Creek Community Council to observe the damage and support their efforts at preventing fires in their south Anchorage community. Schmidt is a member of the EPSCoR team* looking at the effects of fires and how to treat vegetation in order to prevent fires, especially in areas of changing habitat. This summer, she and her students surveyed vegetation in Anchorage and Kenai. In some areas, such as Rabbit Creek, they are seeing an increase in grassy [...]
Very different policies led to a reduction in state government in Kansas than what is driving a reduction in state government in Alaska, according to ISER Director Ralph Townsend in an interview for Alaska Public Media. But that doesn’t mean Alaska will be spared the economic impacts. […]
Kevin Berry, assistant professor of economics at ISER, writes in The Hill about the importance of long-term investments in health capacity to prevent and quickly respond to disease outbreaks, such as the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Lunchtime talk Aug. 9: Climate Change and Social Justice — Fighting for vulnerable Chicago neighborhoods
Anchorage Climate Action Plan collaborators, including UAA and ISER faculty, are sponsoring a lunchtime talk Friday, August 9 in the ISER conference room, by Illinois Research Climatologist Ashish Sharma on how the most vulnerable in urban settings can be better protected from climate-related health challenges. As extreme weather becomes the norm, the number of heat-related deaths around the world continues to rise, causing the media to coin the phrase, “heat, the silent killer.” Dr. Sharma will discuss climate models, social vulnerability, and electricity consumption used to identify vulnerable neighborhoods in Chicago that would benefit from the green roofs or green infrastructure. [...]