Keynote address: Dr. Candace Lewis presents “Psychedelics as Therapeutics: An Old and New Story”

2017-04-19 by

Dr. Candace Lewis delivered the keynote address at this year’s Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium and Behavioral Sciences Conference of the North. She received her BA in Psychology from UAA in 2009; she was also a graduate of the University Honors College. Candace went on to receive both a MA and PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Arizona State University, where she currently holds a joint Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Department of Psychology.

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Second Annual Innovate Awards Presentation podcast, recorded December 14, 2012

2013-03-18 by

Congratulations to the second round of winners in the UAA INNOVATE Awards. The 2013 winners were announced at a special event December 14, 2012, and recipients are hard at work on their projects now.

The purpose of the INNOVATE Awards is to inspire faculty research, entrepreneurship and creative activity that will lead to publication in a peer review journal or a creative event, external research funding or intellectual property. The INNOVATE Awards were created in 2011 by Dr. Helena Wisniewski, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, to stimulate new research and intellectual property.

Four winners from 2012 were invited to speak. Their remarks can be heard at the following points in the podcast:

>> Dr. Khrystyne Duddleston, Biological Sciences, arctic ground squirrels host-gut-microbiome interactions (8:29)
>> Dr. John Lund, Electrical Engineering, ultra-long lifespan wireless sensors (13:37)
>> Dr. Colin McGill, Chemistry, Alaska bog blueberries (21:00)
>> Dr. Don Rearden, College Preparatory & Developmental Studies, a whaling novel (27:40)

This event was recorded on Dec. 14, 2012.

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Relevant Research: Dr. Mark Wolbers on 'Alto Carinet -- The endangered species of the American Band'

2012-10-14 by

The viola is the butt of many instrument jokes in the orchestra. In the band, that instrument is the alto clarinet. Although the violin and cello can cover the range of the viola, its unique timbre and voice is considered essential. In the American band however, the alto clarinet is facing extinction

UAA music professor Dr. Mark Wolbers explores how this situation has come to pass in America. In his research, he has explored the history and criticism of the alto clarinet and explains how this misplaced criticism has led to marketplace impacts in instrument development, manufacturing and music publishing.

As a performer and conductor, Wolbers has championed the alto clarinet as a solo, chamber and band instrument. Over the last three years he has performed solo and chamber works for the alto clarinet in recitals across the state. And in March of 2011, he was selected to present a lecture/demonstration on the alto clarinet for the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) national conference in Seattle.

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Relevant Research: Dr. Frank von Hippel on environmental justice incidents globally and in Alaska

2012-06-07 by

Dr. Frank von Hippel is a biological sciences professor at UAA. His lab studies problems in ecotoxicology, evolutionary ecology and conservation biology.

In this talk, a Relevant Research lecture supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. von Hippel explains the relatively new field of “environmental justice” and offers an overview of classic examples from around the world and in Alaska.

Complicating factors for Alaska include 700 active and abandoned military sites with buried contaminants; and Alaska’s northern location, allowing mobile contaminants to travel over the globe and distill over colder Alaska, thus affecting Alaska subsistence foods.

This podcast was recorded on April 13, 2012 in Fine Arts 150.

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'The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Future' with UCLA professor Laurence C. Smith

2012-04-12 by News, Sports, and Art

Join Professor Laurence C. Smith for the Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium keynote address: “The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future.”

Smith is professor and vice-chair of geography and professor of earth and space sciences at UCLA. His research interests include topics of northern hydrology, climate change, carbon cycles and satellite remote sensing. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed articles including articles in the journals Science and Nature, and has won more than $6M in research funding from NSF and NASA. In 2011 he won the Walter P. Kistler Book Award for The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future (Plume: New York, 2011), a general-audience book synthesizing cross-cutting themes of population demographics, economic globalization, natural resource demand and climate change with particular emphasis on north countries.

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at (907) 786-1086 or email

This podcast was recorded on April 12, 2012.

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