News and Announcements
A new book by Heather Hudson, an ISER fellow and former director, documents the history of telecommunications in Alaska over a century, from the beginnings of telegraph communications through the spread of broadband today. Dr. Hudson describes the considerable challenges of bringing reliable telecommunications to a huge state with hundreds of small isolated communities, difficult terrain, and harsh weather. The 380-page book is available in both printed and electronic versions from the publisher, the University of Alaska Press.
For ordering information, please visit http://www.alaska.edu/uapress/browse/detail/index.xml?id=529.
Professor Hudson can be reached at email@example.com.
Hear Dr. James Cox talk about his work developing a decision-support software program to help doctors make patient-discharge decisions. The talk is non-technical and intended for a broad audience interested in health care and technological innovations to improve outcomes for patients. Dr. Cox is a professor of economics at Georgia State University and one of the leading experimental economists in the world. His research team includes the chief of surgery at Emory Healthcare, the chief of surgical oncology at Johns Hopkins, and top econometricians.
ISER and Alaska Common Ground are sponsoring a free public forum on Alaska’s fiscal and economic future on September 19. But in advance of that forum, Gunnar Knapp, ISER’s director, and Cliff Groh, the chair of Alaska Common Ground, talked at ISER, previewing some of the material they plan to present. They encouraged those at the talk to ask questions and offer suggestions for improvement.
Download the handouts (PDF, 341KB) from this lunchtime talk.
Alaska’s Fiscal and Economic Future: A Free Public Forum, September 19, 9 to 4, UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium
You are invited to join other Alaskans at a free public forum on Saturday, September 19, from 9 to 4, at UAA's Wendy Williamson Auditorium, for a conversation about the scale of fiscal and economic challenges the state faces and our options for dealing with them. It is co-sponsored by ISER, Alaska Common Ground, the Anchorage Public Library, and the League of Women Voters of Anchorage. Alaska Common Ground is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to talk about public policy issues.
The forum will include speakers and panelists, but those in the audience will also have the opportunity to vote on how they think the state can best move toward a healthy fiscal and economic future. Later we'll post more detailed information.
For 20 years, Kids Count Alaska has been an ongoing program at ISER. It's part of the nationwide KIDS COUNT program, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to assess the welfare of children around the country and provide data to support policies for improving children's lives. ISER researchers have taken a preliminary look at trends in Alaska over the past two decades, and found that children here are doing better in several ways: babies are much more likely to survive, high-school droput rates are lower, and the rate of violent deaths (accident, suicides, and homicides) among teenagers has dropped by nearly half.
Researchers with Kids Count Alaska will be taking a more detailed look at 20-year trends in the well-being of Alaska's children and teenagers in the months to come. If there are specific measures of well-being you'd like us to look at, get in touch with Virgene Hanna, director of Kids Count Alaska, at 907-786-5431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISER publications are solely the work of individual authors and should be attributed to them, not to ISER, the University of Alaska Anchorage, or the research sponsors.
A new study by ISER researchers Heather Hudson, Suzanne Sharp, and Alexandra Hill describes how businesses, government agencies, and schools are using broadband that is now available in much of southwest Alaska. The results are based on a telephone survey of private and public organizations in the region.