UAA’s Summer Engineering Academies (grades 6-12), Haiti roof design, & more – Informania, Mon. 9am, Thurs. 5pm, KRUA

Deb the Librarian talks with Scott Hamel, Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He is organizing the College of Engineering’s Summer Engineering Academies.  These week-long academies include the following options:  Structure Destruction, 3D Modeling, Java Programming, Robotics, Energy, and Gears and Sprockets.

Professor Hamel has also been involved in providing international help as a member of the group, Engineers without Borders.  Read the Anchorage Daily News article about Professor Hamel’s work on roof design and development for Haiti.

Dr. Hamel will also talk about the College of Engineering courses he teaches, and his work on the Board of the Tanaina Development Center.  Listen to Informania, and learn!





Shawnalee Whitney discusses debate, communication, GER assessment, and prioritization on Informania, Thurs. at 5pm on

Associate Professor of Communication, Shawnalee Whitney, shares insight on UAA’s debate program and the purpose of debate; courses and the minor in Communication at UAA; General Education Requirement assessment, and the process of prioritization at UAA.  Listen, and learn!

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M Butterfly Director, Jessica Jacob, shares insight on theatre this week on Informania,, 88.1FM, Thurs. at 5pm.

In March and April 2014, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s production of M Butterfly received rave reviews and experience sold out shows.  On March 28, Egan Millard wrote an Anchorage Daily News review of the show titled, “Seduction and Illusion in UAA’s Masterful ‘M Butterfly’.’‘  On March 31, in an interview with Deb the Librarian, Jessica Jacob, Director of M Butterfly, provided insight into this production, as well as her other roles as Adjunct Professor at UAA (with an upcoming Stage Combat course), and Executive Director of the Alaska Theatre of Youth.  Listen to this Informania interview with Jessica Jacob from March 31, 2014.  Listen, and learn!

Electronic Resources Librarian shares insights on Library resources, Mon. at 9am or Thurs. at 5pm, on Informania, / 88.1FM.

Learn about the databases and ebooks that the Consortium Library subscribes to from Christie Ericson, Electronic Resources Librarian at UAA, during this Informania Interview from March 24, 2014.  Relatively recent ”Library School” graduate, Christie also provides insight into courses and expectations of a Masters of Library Science program, and invites those interested in librarianship to join the Future Librarians and Information Professionals (FLIP) lunch discussions which are scheduled at the Consortium Library one Friday each month.  Listen and learn!

Informania explores undergraduate research award opportunities, and the Honors College, Thursday at 5pm on / 88.1FM!

This week on Informania, O’Hara Shipe, Undergraduate Research and Recruiting Coordinator for the University Honors College, talks about Honors College courses and requirements, and the numerous undergraduate research awards available to UAA students!

The Honors College includes a series of seminar college courses, some which qualify for General Education Requirements (GER).  Can anyone be part of the Honors College?  You do need at least a 3.0 grade point average (gpa), and there is an application process that students go through to become part of the Honors College.  Are you eligible and interested?  Their website address is, or you can stop by to see O’Hara in Rasmuson Hall (RH), Room 115, or call 786-1086 for more information.

Undergraduate Research Awards

Do you have a great idea for a project, product, scientific exploration?  You may be eligible to receive an Undergraduate Research Award.  This award can help students take an idea and move it toward a reality.  There are two deadlines for awards in the Spring Semester 2014, one is February 28, and the other is April 24.  O’Hara encourages students to find a faculty mentor to help guide the process to success.  She is also available to answer questions.  O’Hara can be reached at 786-1086, or in the Honors College office, Rasmuson Hall, Room 115.

Unsure about what undergraduate research means?  You may explore the variety of student undergraduate research projects completed by UAA students during the 2013 Spring and Fall semesters at the Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium, April 17 and 18, 2014.  For more information, go to

O’Hara, herself, has experienced success conducting undergraduate research while a student (and hockey player) at Brown University, so when she shares her insight it is from firsthand experience!  O’Hara has been through the challenging and useful process of creating the proposal, which includes a summary of your idea, and a budget.  Support is here for you, UAA students!

Remember, if you can imagine it, you can become it!  All the best, Deb

Songs played on Informania Monday, February 3, 2014, include:

Information, by Dredg, and Soul to  Squeeze by Red Hot Chili Peppers.