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New Article by Director of CBHRS

Diane King, director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services at ISER, is one of the authors of a recent article, "Perspectives of LGBQT Older Adults on Aging in Place: A Qualitative Investigation," published in the Journal of Homosexuality. Learn more.

October 25th, 2016|

New Book Features Five ISER Authors

akpoliticsandpublicpolicy_bookcoverA new book on Alaska politics and public policy, edited by Clive Thomas and published by the University of Alaska Press, includes chapters by five current and former ISER faculty members. The book, Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities, and Power, has chapters written by former ISER directors Fran Ulmer, Gunnar Knapp, and Scott Goldsmith, as well as Diane Hirshberg, director of the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research at ISER, and Alexandra Hill, ISER's associate director for finance and administration. Learn more.

October 24th, 2016|

Lunchtime Talk: Knowledge Accumulation in the Social Sciences

Dr Ralph Townsend

In his first seminar as ISER's director, Ralph Townsend will discuss knowledge accumulation in the social sciences, and why thinking about that topic is important for ISER and other research organizations that study social problems. Please join us for this talk.

When: Friday, October 21, 12 to 1
Where: ISER Conference Room ,
Third Floor, 1901 Bragaw St, Suite 301.

Note: Those who can’t attend in person can stream the talk live at: http://stream.iseralaska.org

October 19th, 2016|

Lunchtime Talk: Building Resilient and Sustainable Landscapes: Lessons from Complex-Systems Science

Many of the global-scale environmental and social challenges humanity faces today are daunting and difficult for policymakers to address, but the regional landscape remains at a scale that makes it possible for regional governance systems to make meaningful change. In this presentation, Lael Parrott, a professor in sustainability at the University of British Columbia, explores the relationship between complexity, resilience, and sustainability at the landscape scale.

When: Thursday, September 22, 12 to 1
Where: ISER Conference Room, Third Floor, 1901 Bragaw St.

Dr. Parrott’s visit to Anchorage is hosted by UAA’s Complex Systems Initiative, and is co-sponsored by UAA Honors College and ISER. She will deliver the Helen and Lee Gorsuch Lecture, “Slow Down and Save the Whales,” Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in the UAA Arts Building. For more information go to: http://greenandgold.uaa.alaska.edu/blog/tag/lael-parrott/

Note: This presentation will not be recorded or live streamed.

September 20th, 2016|

Lunchtime Talk: A Panel Discussion of the Economic Potential of Immigrants and Refugees in Anchorage

A growing number of immigrants and refugees call Anchorage home, and ISER is pleased to host a panel discussion of their economic contributions. The panelists are Ethan Berkowitz, the mayor of Anchorage; Bill Popp, the president of Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC); Delaney Mitchell, UAA student and researcher; and Mara Kimmel, a senior fellow at the Institute of the North.

The panelists will describe efforts in Anchorage to avoid “brain waste” among those coming from other countries, by ensuring they have access to markets and jobs, and also discuss ways to leverage the skills, experience, and education these newcomers bring to the city. The discussion is one of a number of events in Welcoming Week, sponsored by the Municipality of Anchorage, AEDC, and local businesses.

When: Monday, September 19, 12 to 1
Where: Room B05 (Basement), 1901 Bragaw Street

Note: Those who can’t attend in person can stream the talk live at: http://stream.iseralaska.org

September 14th, 2016|

Lunchtime Talk: Comparing Models for Measuring Well-Being in Alaska and Yukon

Many communities are developing ways of evaluating local well-being. Research shows that when local governments ask residents to take part in determining measures of well-being, the public is more likely to get involved in decision-making, and communities have more influence over resource management.

Kent Spiers, a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary and a former research associate at ISER, compared how communities in Alaska and Yukon evaluate local well-being.

September 8th, 2016|
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