Lunchtime Talk: Tracing the Connections Between Anchorage And Michoacan, Mexico

Sara Komarnisky is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She has been a visiting research scholar at ISER since September 2011, and is in Anchorage working on an ethnographic project that traces the connections between Anchorage and a town in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. Please join us for an informal discussion about what she’s learned so far.

When: Tuesday, June 5, 12 to 1
Where: ISER Conference Room, Fifth Floor, Diplomacy Building. Free parking.

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From Northern Village to Global Village

Heather Hudson, ISER’s director, is one of the authors of a new book, The Changing Culture of Communications, published by the Global Telecom Women’s Network in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The book is intended to recognize the achievements of the current generation of women in the telecommunications sector and encourage the next generation to go into the sector. Dr. Hudson’s chapter is “From Northern Village to Global Village.” Additional information about the book and how to download it can be found at

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Snapshot: The Home Energy Rebate Program

A new analysis by Scott Goldsmith and Sohrab Pathan at the Institute of Social and Economic Research and Nathan Wiltse at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center looks at broad effects of the state Home Energy Rebate Program so far. That program rebates homeowners part of what they spend to make their houses more energy-efficient and less expensive to heat. The analysis was done for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, which administers the program.

The researchers found, among other things, that the roughly 16,500 Alaska homeowners who have been through the program since 2008 are saving an estimated average of 26% on their heating bills, and that every $1 million in state spending for the program creates 12 Alaska jobs.

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Federal Spending in Alaska: Running Out of Steam?

After nearly a decade of explosive growth, federal spending in Alaska has turned flat. A new analysis of federal spending in Alaska by Scott Goldsmith, professor of economics at ISER, finds that except for temporary stimulus funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, federal spending in the state has been roughly the same for the past several years. The analysis discusses the composition of federal spending in Alaska, reviews stimulus spending, and provides examples of the importance of federal funds to the state economy. It also corrects a serious error in data reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce on federal spending in Alaska.

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