A Sneak Preview of the Arctic Human Development Report II-Sept 19

A Sneak Preview of the Arctic Human Development Report II
UAA presents a symposium on the Arctic Human Development Report II, featuring a panel of several report authors, including prominent international scholars.
The purpose of the AHDR-II project (Arctic Human Development Report II: Regional Processes and Global Linkages) is to move the study of human development in the Arctic beyond the Arctic Human Development Report I (2004) baseline, and provide an update by which policymakers and researchers can evaluate trends that affect sustainable human development among residents of the circumpolar world. Report authors compare and contrast cultural, economic, political and social conditions among the eight Arctic countries and in the world at large, and contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the consequences and interplay of physical and social global change processes for human living conditions and adaptability.

Symposium agenda:
• Reception
• Welcome by Dr. Helena Wisniewski, vice provost for Research and Graduate Studies at UAA
• Overview of the report by AHDR-II Project Co-Leader Gail Fondahl, professor of geography at the University of Northern British Columbia
• Highlights from four chapters, presented by chapter co-authors:
• Peter Schweitzer (UAF) will present “Cultures and Identities,” authored by Peter Schweitzer (US), Peter Sköld (SE) and Olga Ultargasheva (RU)
• Lee Huskey (UAA) will present “Economic Systems,” authored by Lee Huskey (US), Alexander Pelyasov (RU) and Ilmo Maaenpaa (FI)
• Gary Kofinas (UAF) will present “Resource Governance,” authored by Bruce Forbes (FI) and Gary Kofinas (US)
• Diane Hirshberg (UAA) and Andrey Petrov (University of Northern Iowa) will present “Education & Human Capital,” authored by Diana Hirshberg (US) and Andrey Petrov (US, RU)
• Discussion and reflections by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell

Douglas Causey, Ph.D., professor of Biological Sciences at UAA, will facilitate.

When
Fri Sep 19, 2014 7pm – 9pm Alaska Time
Where
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

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Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA

Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA
September 10, 2014
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami left devastation in its wake and claimed the life of Montgomery “Monty” Dickson. A 2009 graduate of UAA with a degree in Japanese, he was teaching English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program at the time of his death. In his memory, UAA Professor Hiroko Harada and colleagues from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California San Diego, Sacramento State University, California State University Long Beach and Memphis University collaborated to produce a new, freely accessible textbook for future students of the language generously funded by the Japan Foundation and Center for Global Partnership.

Scholarworks@UA, the University of Alaska’s Institutional Repository, was selected by the group for publication and distribution of their work based on its ability to provide open access to the world of teachers and students at no cost. In addition, Scholarworks@UA provides comprehensive descriptive metadata with indexing by major search engines and niche library databases alike to ensure that prospective users of the textbook are always able to find it regardless of their search preferences.

The end product, Monty’s Bridge to Tomorrow, can be found on Scholarworks@UA by teachers, students and other interested parties worldwide. More information on how to publish, deposit and archive your work visit https://scholarworks.alaska.edu

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Chartwell Lecture: ‘Have Courage: Sustaining the Arts in a Time of Cultural and Economic Uncertainty,-July 24

Chartwell Lecture: ‘Have Courage: Sustaining the Arts in a Time of Cultural and Economic Uncertainty,’

Thursday, July 24, 7:30–9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Kevin Patterson, executive director of Anchorage Opera, will deliver the upcoming Chartwell Lecture, “Have Courage: Sustaining the Arts in a Time of Cultural and Economic Uncertainty.”

For more than two decades, Patterson has thrived as producer, director and educator in hundreds of creative projects, spanning live performance, video and digital media. A passionate evangelist for the power of the creative process to stimulate dialogue and action, Patterson sees the arts as the creative soul of strong communities. Since 2012, he has served as executive director of the Anchorage Opera Company. He was previously associated with Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Chicago. Patterson graduated from Indiana University, where he earned a B.A. in music; he also holds an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University. A frequent guest lecturer at universities around the country, he consults with local governments on the economic effects and strategic implications of the arts.

Free parking is available at UAA after 7:30 p.m. in lots adjacent to the UAA/APU Consortium Library 3211 Providence Dr.

The Chartwell Lecture Series, which takes its name from Winston S. Churchill’s country house in Kent, offers stimulating programs on a wide range of subjects in the humanities and liberal arts to citizens of Alaska. Organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the lectures are free and open to the public. They thrive because of the interest and support of their audience.

For more information about this and upcoming lectures, please visit the UAA Department of Political Science webpage.

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Need Some Help with a Project?

Do you have a project that is close to completion but is waiting for the finishing touches? Need someone to tweak the spelling, fix the grammar errors or simply make it read better? Sometimes you can become so close to your work, you just can’t stand back and see mistakes. And then there’s the reference list! Maybe you don’t have complete references for all your sources. Then there’s that picky formatting business. Some disciplines prefer APA style or perhaps MLA; specific journals require your paper be submitted in their own unique style. You have done the research and writing, but these final steps can be tedious and time consuming. However, the library’s databases can help chase down and verify faulty citations. The library also has RefWorks, a program that provides formatting information for hundreds of different styles. In short, Consortium Library Info Quest(CLIQ) can handle this for you in short order, and at a reasonable cost, including university researchers with big projects and tight deadlines.

http://www.consortiumlibrary.org/blogs/cliq/

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Feeling Stressed during Exams? The therapy dog will be back in the Library.

Feeling Stressed during Exams? The therapy dog will be back in the Library and this time for more sessions.

Research suggests that interactions with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; oxytocin (a chemical heavily linked with bonding) and dopamine (a chemical associated with reward and motivation) levels are increased, while lowering cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant) associated with stress.

The Library will have a trained therapy dog ready to help in the main lobby on the following dates:

10am- noon on Tuesday, April 29th
Noon- 2pm on Wednesday, April 30th
2pm-4pm on Thursday, May 1st
4pm-6pm on Friday, May 2nd

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Participate in yard sale to benefit UAA/APU Consortium Library-May 17

Participate in yard sale to benefit UAA/APU Consortium Library

Rain or shine, library employees and friends are having a yard sale on the UAA/APU Consortium Library Plaza on Saturday, May 17. At least 10 percent of the total proceeds will benefit the library. Clean out your home closets and join the yard sale (advance notification is required to participate). For more information or to sign up, contact Dawn Harrison at (907) 786-1870 or dmharrison2@uaa.alaska.edu.

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Think Tank-exposure to chemicals-April 17

Think Tank

Thursday, April 17
11:30-12:45 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library Room 307

Guest agency: Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Brainstorm Topic: What is the best way to convey information about exposure to harmful chemicals in our food, products, and environment in a way that empowers people to take action?

Think Tank Series: an interactive community engagement experience
A non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.
Students, faculty, staff and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!
Pizza is provided by Moose’s Tooth. Note: fee for parking (and please allow extra time to find parking).

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/679268308776115/

Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)
University of Alaska Anchorage
LIB 211G 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508
907-786-4062 p
907-786-4966 f
engage@uaa.alaska.edu
www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage
Find us on Facebook!
facebook.com/uaaccel

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Feb. 20th: Serving the homeless: walking the ethical tightrope between compassion and enabling.”

Think Tank
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Location: UAA Consortium Library Room 307

Guest agency: Catholic Social Services, Susan Bomalaski, Executive Director
Presenting this issue: “Serving the homeless: walking the ethical tightrope between compassion and enabling.”

Think Tank Series –
Each month a different non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and those attending brainstorm solutions for the organization. This month, Catholic Social Services will present an issue they are facing “Serving the homeless: walking the ethical tightrope between compassion and enabling.” Students, faculty, staff, and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!
Pizza is provided by Moose’s Tooth.

Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/823834264309071/

Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)
University of Alaska Anchorage
LIB 211G 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508
907-786-4062 p
907-786-4966 f
engage@uaa.alaska.edu
www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage
Find us on Facebook!
facebook.com/uaaccel

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Feeling Stressed during Exams? Perhaps a Therapy Dog can Help.

Research suggests that interactions with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; oxytocin (a chemical heavily linked with bonding) and dopamine (a chemical associated with reward and motivation) levels are increased, while lowering cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress.

The Library will have a trained therapy dog ready to help in the main lobby on Thursday December 12th from noon-4pm.

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