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UAS celebrates success in new year

Faculty and graduate students take the spotlight at UAS and beyond. FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

Posted: January 29, 2012 - 1:01am

As the University of Alaska Southeast begins a new semester, there are many new successes to share.

Hood funded for international collaborative study on glacier carbons

UAS Associate Professor of Environmental Science Eran Hood has been funded for a collaborative study on the origins of organic carbon in glaciers. Most of the research will be done on the Mendenhall Glacier. Hood received a $258,567 grant from the National Science Foundation for the two-year project that will employ a postdoctoral scholar and two undergraduate research assistants.

The research hypothesis is that the main source of carbon in glaciers is atmospheric carbon from the combustion of fossil fuels and biomass. The work will determine the extent to which fossil fuels contribute to the dissolved organic material (DOM) in the glaciers, verify the age and stability of the glacial DOM, and quantify the extent to which glacial DOM is being exported to downstream ecosystems.

Hood will be working with an international team that includes researchers from the Woods Hole Research Center, Yale University, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, and the Max Planck Group for Marine Geochemistry in Oldenburg, Germany.

Tamone and students present east to west

Professor of Biology Sherry Tamone and her graduate student Molly Fox-Zaleski attended the Alaska Marine Science Symposium Jan. 16-17 in Anchorage. Fox-Zaleski presented her graduate work on reproductive indices of male snow crab Chionoecetes opilio.

Tamone traveled to the annual Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month to present a poster on crab physiology research conducted in collaboration with two UAS undergraduates, Tyler Linderoth and Eric Keller. The results of their study, titled “The effect of eyestalk neurohormones on circulating glucose and trehalose in two species of cold water oregonid crabs,” have some interesting implications for cold-water adaptation.

Neely and student present papers

English faculty Sol Neely attended the 127th annual convention of the Modern Languages Association, where he presented a paper titled “Trickster Reads Midrash: Theories Toward an Ontology of Story” and participated in a panel discussion focused on Pacific Rim concerns. His paper was well received and prompted an invitation to present at a conference on the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas in Paris this fall.

James Kelleher, a student of Sol Neely, had a paper “Pixels and Ethics: Contemporary Gaming as Procedural Allegory” accepted for the Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric. The conference will be held March 9-10 at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Sesko to present dissertation in California

Psychology faculty Amanda Sesko is attending the 13th Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 26-28. There she will present some of her recent dissertation work titled “(In)visibility of Black women: Drawing attention to individuality.” This work investigates how drawing attention to uniqueness through engaging in a difference focus can result in increased reliance on individuating information, thus reducing invisibility.

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