Funding Student Creativity Outside the Classroom

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Crab hormonal research, psychology, Tlingit place names, plastic waste, and audio production took center stage at the URECA Student Symposium during the 2017 Art Meets Science Week at UAS. The Undergraduate Research, Experiential & Creative Activities (URECA) program at UAS provides opportunities for UAS-enrolled students to engage in…

Promoting Food Security in Southeast Alaska

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Walking through a grocery store’s produce section and finding it empty because the barge is late is a social norm those in the lower 48 do not experience, and a glaring depiction of the last frontier’s food insecurity. The UAS Masters of Public Administration Program (MPA) and Sustainability…

An Interview with Alfie Price

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong While at the grocery store, Alfie Price, a Tsimshian from Metlakatla, was greeted by a relative in Sm’algyax, the language of his people. He was embarrassed when he found unable to properly respond in kind. Price says the interaction was significant because the relative who greeted him was…

Alaska’s Sweet New Cash Crop

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong The next time you kick at a piece of kelp while walking along an Alaska shoreline, you might think of it as a potential economic crop. Sugar kelp, or saccharina latissima, is a developing mariculture crop in Alaska, and a research opportunity for Dr. Michael Stekoll, UAS Professor…

Title IX and UAS

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN For the UAS Whalesong UAS students will see a stronger presence of Title IX on campus in the next year as the UA system complies with a resolution agreement from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Learning from our Elders: Art of Place

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Ed Kunz remembers helping his father carve totem poles for tourists along the streets in Sitka as a boy. Roughly 70 years later he is still carving, today teaching the art as an elder in the Juneau Tlingit community. State Writer Laureate and UAS Professor Ernestine Hayes organized…

University of Alaska’s Future in Flux

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong The UA system employs 923 fewer people and has eliminated or suspended 50 academic programs due to a 53 million dollar decrease in funding over the past three years. In the upcoming year the budget faces a daunting 20 percent decrease in funding. This is a larger decrease…

Community Leaders Discuss Civility

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN For the UAS Whalesong Public Administration, journalism, and education professionals came together Feb. 23 at “Political Leadership and Civility” to discuss civility in the Last Frontier and their personal experiences in leadership. UAS School of Management hosted the “Political Leadership and Civility” lecture at 360North as a part of their UAS MPA…

JIRP at Fireside Lecture

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Dr. Erin Whitney, Executive Director of the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP), spoke at the Forest Service’s long running Fireside Lecture Series on Feb. 3 at the Mendenhall Glacier visitor center. JIRP is an eight-week immersion in the wilderness of the Juneau Icefield, which manages the longest running…