In the 1970s, the state and federal governments began “privatizing” access to Alaska’s commercial fisheries—that is, they either issued permits or assigned shares of the catch to a limited number of fishermen. Those permits and quota shares are commodities that can be bought and sold on the market. Scholars and fishermen alike view this privatization as a fundamental driver of change in fishing livelihoods and communities. Courtney Carothers, an associate professor in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at UAF, has studied some of the social and cultural effects of the shift to privatization in Kodiak, one of Alaska’s major fishing communities. Hear Dr. Carothers talk about the results of her research.
Posted on December 3rd, 2013
Posted on November 18th, 2013
A paper co-written by Katie Cueva, a research professional at ISER, has been awarded the R. Davilene Carter Prize for Best Paper submitted at the 2013 American Association for Cancer Education Annual Meeting. The paper, “Evaluating Arts-Based Cancer Education Using an Internet Survey among Alaska Community Health Workers,” was published in the November 2013 issue of Journal of Cancer Education. The paper reports the results of a survey of community health workers, who provide care in villages around Alaska, asking them if cancer-education courses they had taken that incorporated various forms of the arts had made it easier to learn about cancer and talk about it.
The paper is currently available only for sale by the publisher: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13187-013-0577-7#
Posted on November 11th, 2013
For ten years, the United States has been mapping the continental shelf in all of its marine regions—from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Betsy Baker, a professor at Vermont Law School, has sailed with two of the Arctic mapping cruises on the USCGC Healy, and recently completed ten months in the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, at the U.S. State Department, preparing documentation to help establish the extent of U.S. continental shelf rights under international law. Dr. Baker spoke at ISER November 14, 2013 about that process and the practical implications for Alaska’s Arctic, as well as developments in the Gulf of Mexico.
Posted on November 8th, 2013
In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in funding to help developing countries adapt to climate change. As those funds increase, scholars and policymakers have been raising more questions about how such adaptations should be funded—and in particular about how adaptations to climate change should be linked with existing development policies. Maureen Biermann, a PhD candidate at Pennsylvania State University, is examining how a leading international institution at the United Nations is dealing with that issue as it finances climate-change adaptations. She spoke at ISER November 13, 2013.
Posted on October 25th, 2013
ISER has now launched the Alaska Energy Data Gateway, a new online database with energy data—most of it at the community level—from across Alaska: https://akenergygateway.alaska.edu/ The site provides data from many sources, through a single access point. The data can be downloaded in a variety of file formats.
The gateway was developed in cooperation with the Alaska Energy Authority and is housed at the University of Alaska’s Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Fairbanks. This initial release contains only part of the information we hope to include in the future. We ask users to let us know how we can add to and improve the site.
If you have questions, get in touch with Ginny Fay, assistant professor of economics, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ben Saylor, programmer, at email@example.com. You can also e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey
Available for ordering now, with October 2012 publication date. To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey, by Victor Fischer, with Charles Wohlforth.
The George Rogers Emerging Scholars FundThe George Rogers Emerging Scholars Fund was established at ISER in 2011 to encourage young scholars and promote research opportunities in Alaska. It honors the memory of George Rogers, an economist and guiding light of ISER for half a century.
Donate to the fund.
|A digital edition of the map, Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska, is now available. It is a joint project of the Alaska Native Language Center and ISER, based on ground-breaking Alaska Native language maps created by Michael E. Krauss in 1974 and 1982. Printed copies are available from ANLC.
An interactive version is also available on ISER's Alaskool website.
Download an informational flyer about the Indigenous People and Languages of Alaska map.