Major Upgrade of Alaska Energy Data Gateway

The Alaska Energy Data Gateway is an online database that UAF’s Alaska Center for Energy and Power, ISER, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory established several years ago, to give communities across Alaska a broad range of data they can use as they develop and improve their energy systems.

Now, the gateway has had a major upgrade. Users can search by Alaska community for information to help them determine whether specific communities have the financial and technical capacities—and the skilled people—they need to develop sustainable energy systems. A new interactive search tool also makes it easier to find information from across the state. To learn more, check out the press release (PDF, 1MB) or visit the gateway at

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Lunchtime Talk: The Opioid Epidemic in Alaska: A Baseline for Measuring Prevention

The Partnerships for Success Project is a five-year project intended to prevent and reduce non-medical use of prescription opioids, as well as use of heroin, among Alaskans ages 12 to 25. The state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is carrying out the project, working with community coalitions that develop local prevention strategies.

DHSS contracted with ISER’s Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services to evaluate the project. Bridget Hanson, the evaluation director, and Jodi Barnett, the lead project evaluator, talk about their work so far, to establish a baseline for measuring the project’s success over time.

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Lunchtime Talk: It Pays to be a Man: Rewards for Leaders in a Coordination Game

Philip Grossman, this semester’s Rasmuson Chair of Economics at UAA, will talk about his recent work in experimental economics—looking at gender differences in the effectiveness of leaders, and in how followers assess the effectiveness of leaders. His experiment involved having people decide how much of a bonus to award men and women who gave them the identical investment advice. The results suggest that among equally effective leaders, women are assessed less positively and rewarded less generously than men. Join us at ISER to learn more about Dr. Grossman’s research.

When: Thursday, November 9, 12 to 1
Where: ISER conference room, third floor, 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 301

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CBHRS and the Alaska Department of Corrections to Hold December Workshops

The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services at ISER and the Alaska Department of Corrections will hold workshops December 6, 7, and 8, with presentations on treatment and therapeutic interventions for sex offenders with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities. The workshops will be held in Room 106 at UAA’s Gorsuch Commons, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. all three days. The last day for registration is December 4. For more information on the workshops and registration costs, go to

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October 23 Talk at Anchorage Museum
Managing Risk from Invasive Species: Elodea, Alaska’s First Aquatic Invasive Plant

The problem of invasive species is still in the early stages in Alaska, but a number of them are here. They can crowd out local species and damage ecosystems—and also create economic costs. In a talk at the Anchorage Museum that’s free and open to the public, Tobias Schwörer, a senior research professional at ISER, will help Alaskans understand the risks invasive species pose.

He’ll talk about his recent research linking biology and economics to analyze the potential harm that elodea, Alaska’s first aquatic invasive plant, creates for Alaska’s environment and economy. The talk is sponsored by the Committee for Noxious and Invasive Pests Management and UAF’s Cooperative Extension Service. Come to the museum and learn about elodea and the risks it brings to Alaska.

When: Monday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Where: Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street

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