Seawolf Debate: 'UAA should prioritize workforce development over a liberal arts education'

2015-11-20 by News, Sports, and Art

Recorded November 12, 2015.

The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Difficult Dialogues Initiative and Seawolf Debate Program hosted a public debate, faculty forum and discussion: “UAA should prioritize workforce development over a liberal arts education.”

The media contains numerous reports of U.S. jobs going unfilled, or being outsourced to distant lands, because too few American workers have the requisite skills to perform them well. In Alaska, with the fiscal crisis expected to last into the foreseeable future, and with student debt rising, the pressure on students to have highly marketable skills is on the increase. More than two dozen universities in Japan are reducing or eliminating academic programs in the humanities and social sciences, following a dictum from Tokyo to focus on disciplines that “better meet society’s needs.” But don’t we need citizens capable of navigating their way through the complex social and political challenges we face, using skills and perspectives provided by a well-rounded liberal arts education? Join us for this important discussion.

Featuring the award-winning UAA Seawolf Debate Program, a faculty response panel and a facilitated public discussion.

With UAA faculty panelists:
• Dan Kline, English
• LuAnn Piccard, Engineering
• Landry Signe, Political Science
• Kyle Hampton, Economics

This event is part of a series sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the UAA and Anchorage communities access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future.



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ISER Lunchtime Talk: Fisheries economist Frank Asche of Norway suggests farmed fish will dominate the market by 2030

2012-10-28 by

For a long time, wild fisheries have been the world’s last significant hunting industry. But an increasing number of seafood species are now being farmed for commercial production. World seafood markets are in rapid transition, as knowledge from agriculture is used to enhance the competitiveness of aquaculture products throughout the supply chain. These changes, led by farmed salmon, are likely to influence all parts of the seafood market, creating opportunities and challenges for coastal communities—as well as the world’s fishing industries.

Frank Asche, a fisheries economist from Norway, suggests that farmed fish will dominate the global seafood market within the next few decades. His talk is called “Global Seafood Markets in 2030: Dominated by Aquaculture, with Wild Fish as niche Market Products?”

This talk was sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and recorded Oct. 26, 2012.



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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
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Economists Still Uncertain How Farmed Fish Will Affect Wild Salmon Prices
Alaska Native News, Aug. 3, 2012
Salmon Season Yields to 'Season of Negotiations' on price
Anchorage Daily News, Sept. 8, 2012
"Global Seafood Markets in 2030: Dominated by Aquaculture, with Wild Fish as Niche Market Products?"
Asche's 53-page PowerPoint that accompanied his talk

Charitable Giving and Experimental Economics Workshop, Q and A session

2012-09-20 by

In this facilitated discussion at the close of the Charitable Giving and Experimental Economics workshop, the five keynote panelists entertained questions from the audience. Robert Kurzban, professor of psychology and Rasmuson Chair of Economics at UAA, facilitated. Speakers include John List of the University of Chicago, Jim Andreoni of UC San Diego, Catherine Eckel of Texas A & M University, Jeff Carpenter of Middlebury College and Min Lee of the Griffin Foundation.

This closed the day-long workshop held Aug. 15, 2012.

To select the seven podcasts created from the workshop, select “Charitable-Giving” in the “TAGS” section beneath the podcast.



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UAA Experimental Economics Laboratory
Website
Rasmuson Chair in Experimental Economics
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Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation makes opening remarks at the 'Charitable Giving and Experimental Economics' workshop

2012-08-24 by

Diane Kaplan, president of the Rasmuson Foundation, makes opening remarks at the ‘Charitable Giving and Experimental Economic’ workshop hosted by the UAA Experimental Economics Laboratory in the College of Business and Public Policy. The Rasmuson Chair in Experimental Economics at UAA was created through a generous endowment by the late Elmer Rasmuson, a distinguished banker, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

This podcast was recorded Aug. 15, 2012.



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Rasmuson Chair
Background
UAA Experimental Economics Laboratory
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Rasmuson Foundation
Website

Texas A & M economist Catherine Eckel speaks on 'Matching Contributions'

2012-08-23 by

Texas A & M economist Catherine Eckel was the third of five presenters at the Charitiable Giving and Experimental Economics workshop presented by the UAA Experimental Economics Laboratory of the College of Business and Public Policy. Her talk is titled, “Matching Contributions.”

This podcast was recorded on Aug. 15, 2012.



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UAA Experimental Economics Laboratory
Website
Catherine Eckel
Texas A & M bio page

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