Political Science faculty Glenn Wright in Uganda

This past summer, UAS Assistant Professor of Political Science Glenn Wright spent three months in Uganda, preparing the groundwork for a study on forest conservation in developing countries. There, he worked with a group of ecologists, mathematicians and social scientists to test an experiment which will be used to study why some groups of people can effectively conserve forested lands while others seem unable.

The experiment takes the form of a game where players attempt to manage a “forest” made up of wooden blocks. Next year, Glenn will return to Uganda with his colleagues to carry out the experiment in four rural sites, and a second team will go to Bolivia to carry out the same experiment. Results should help us understand how to encourage conservation in settings like Uganda and Bolivia, where deforestation is a serious problem.

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Thanks for attending fundraiser at the Goldtown

On behalf of Congregation Sukkat Shalom, I would like to thank all those who attended the Fiddler on the Roof singalong at the Goldtown Nickelodeon on Dec. 25. We raised close to $700 which we donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, whose mission is to protect the personal liberties we all cherish and defend freedom every day all across America in every state.

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Recognition: Vandor makes Northern Arizona University Dean’s List

Kathryn Vandor, daughter of Karl and Gale Vandor, received notice from Paul Jagodzinski, Dean of the Northern Arizona University (NAU) College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, that she has been placed on the Dean’s List.

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Thanks to Juneau laywer Ben Brown for his exceptional volunteerism

I write to thank Juneau lawyer Ben Brown for his service to the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. In recognition, we have named Ben our ANDVSA volunteer attorney of the month.

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Lutheran Church seeks handbell choir members

Tired of pumping iron? How about pumping bronze?

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