• Thirty Years Later: The Long-Term Effect of Boarding Schools on Alaska Natives and Their Communities

      Sharp, Suzanne; Hirshberg, Diane (Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2005-09-01)
      In 2004 and 2005 we gathered information on how boarding school and boarding home experiences affected individual Alaska Natives, their families, and communities. From the early 1900s to the 1970s Alaska Natives were taken from rural communities that lacked either primary or secondary schools and sent to boarding schools run by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), by private churches or, later, by Alaska’s state government. Some were also sent to boarding homes to attend school in urban places. We interviewed 61 Alaska Native adults who attended boarding schools or participated in the urban boarding home program from the late 1940s through the early 1980s, as well as one child of boarding-school graduates. Their experiences, some of which are shared in this report, reveal a glimpse of both the positive and negative effects of past boarding schools. Many of those we interviewed spoke with ambivalence about their boarding school experience, finding both good and bad elements. Some of the good experiences included going to schools that had high expectations of the students; educators and other school personnel who developed personal relationships with students; individualized support for students who were struggling; and discipline and structure that was supportive, not punitive. For many of those we interviewed, boarding school offered an opportunity to learn about the world beyond village boundaries and to develop lasting friendships. But these good experiences came at a cost. The cost for some was abuse; interviewees reported physical and sexual abuse at the Wrangell Institute. At that school, children were forbidden to speak their native languages and were even beaten for speaking them. The goal of many educators at the time of mandatory boarding schools was to assimilate people of different cultures and ethnicities into the dominant culture. This cost many students not only the loss of their language, but also their culture and identity. These practices had lasting effects on individual students, their families, and communities. Those we interviewed told of finding it difficult to return home and be accepted. They felt that by being sent to boarding school they had missed out on learning important traditional skills and had a harder time raising their own children. For communities, the loss of children to boarding schools created a tremendous void, one that interviewees said was filled by alcohol and a breakdown in society. Drugs, alcohol, and suicide are some of the effects interviewees spoke of as coming from boarding home experiences and the loss of cultural identity and family. In 1976, the State of Alaska agreed to build schools in rural communities having eight (later ten) or more school-age children. When these schools were built, it was no longer necessary to send Native children to boarding schools. However, there is now an ongoing policy debate over the cost and quality of these local schools and whether Native children might be better off attending schools outside their communities. We hope that policymakers consider Alaska Natives’ past experiences with boarding schools reported here and learn from them. A journal article based on this research can be found in the Journal of American Indian Education Vol. 47, No. 3 (2008), pp. 5-30 (26 pages)
    • Tidal Estuary Morphodynamics of the Knik Arm

      Lewis, Steven E. (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-05-01)
      A three-dimensional unsteady flow numerical model was developed to study sediment transport due to tidal circulation within Knik Arm, a dynamic well mixed macro-tidal sub-estuary of Cook Inlet in Alaska. The model was developed to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms that are creating the Point MacKenzie Shoal, located approximately 4 kilometers south of Port MacKenzie. Hydrodynamic conditions within the estuary are very complex in that ebb-and-flood tides, freshwater mixing, and wetting/drying of tidal mud flats significantly effects sediment transport within the estuary. A Mike 3 numerical model was applied to simulate the sediment transport within the estuary under the action of tidal currents in the vicinity of the shoal. The computational domain of this simulation includes four sediment laden freshwater sources; Matanuska, Knik, Susitna, and Twenty-Mile Rivers as well as an open ocean boundary. The spatial resolution of the triangulated flexible mesh model is 0.00045 degrees2 with a coupled fine resolution model of 0.000045 degrees2. The results of the numerical model are in agreement with previously collected field data. Simulation results indicate the shoal formation is the result of turbid tidal flows and deposition is occurring naturally.
    • Timber Harvest and Wood Products Manufacture in Alaska - 1995 and 1996 Update

      Hull, Teresa; Hill, Alexandra (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 1997)
      This report provides information about the timber and wood products industry gathered from a variety of sources. It includes data for the entire state and for three regions within the state, and brings together previously available data on timber harvests and wood products exports, as well as new data derived from information ISER collected in surveys of loggers and wood processors. We hope the data will be useful for both public and private planning efforts, as well as informed policy debate over timber management and development of the forest products industry.
    • TKR S2E2: Welcome Back Students

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-08-30)
      Yo Nerds, Welcome back to UAA. Today's episode dealt with welcoming back students to UAA for the Fall Semester. Lots of news and updates to share, as well as another iHiT. Keep those ear holes listening. The Boss
    • TKR S2E3: Where in the World is Intern Josh?

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-09-07)
      Yo Nerds, A show without Intern Josh? What is the world coming to? That's right, Intern Josh was missing from today's show. Well, not really missing as we knew where he was but he wasn't present either. Unfortunately, neither were the guests we had lined up so DeHass and I carried on as did the best we could. We talked about the new Innovation Design Studio that will be coming in October. As part of the Robust Online Learning Grant, the IDS will become the hub of innovation at UAA, featuring 3D printers, two Oculus Rift headsets, and a Microsoft Hololens. The lab will be used for online course content and ePortfolio development. We also talked about the iPhone 7 announcement Appl is holding on Sept 7. Were the rumors fact or fiction? We will find out soon. And, of course, no show is complete without some iHiT news. The great state of Texas never ceases to amaze us. Keep those ear holes listen. The Boss
    • TKR S2E4: When Will the Guest Show Up?

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-09-14)
      Yo Nerds, So, I'm getting tired of our guests pulling a no show. Nothing I can do about it but, man, it bugs me. So today's show has a little bit of everything for your listening pleasure. Keep those ear holes listening, The Boss.
    • TKR S2E5: Library Fribrary

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David; Sterling, Lorelei (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-09-20)
      Yo Nerds, We had a great show today, mainly because we finally had a guest join us in the studio. Lorelei Sterling, UAA/APU Consortium Library Distance Education Librarian, came in to explain all about the help the library has to offer. From research tips to lib guides to one on one support, the library is full of helpful resources for students and faculty alike. Ya'll be sure to check them out. Keep those ear holes listening, The Boss
    • TKR10: Happy Holidays

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-12-22)
    • TKR11: Welcome to 2016

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (2016-01-06)
      Yo nerds, The first show of the new year, and one of the few airing on KRUA. Do ask whats up with the station because we don’t know. Our best guess is that Santa or the reindeer kicked something over the holidays. This week we recapped our holiday adventures, talked about some presents, and generally just relaxed into the new year. Here’s wishing you the very best as we kick off 2016.
    • TKR12: Virtual Reality

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David; Webb, Richard (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-01-13)
      Yo Nerds, On the airwaves of KRUA Tech-Know Radio broke the silence to talk about virtual reality. Dr. Richard Webb joined us on air to talk about his work with VR, or virtual environments as he calls it. DeHass thought the show was a little too educational, but I will let you be the judge.
    • TKR13: YouTube

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-01-22)
      Yo Nerds, This weeks show dealt with YouTube. I think just about everyone has heard of the video streaming site/service, but we, especially The Boss, don’t all understand exactly why it is so popular. We shared some interesting facts about the platform and the value it can provide. Intern Josh watches it the most, too many anime series to mention, and DeHass is actually making money with a YouTube Channel. Both faculty and students can use it to share video. AI&e has a series of videos that talk about YouTube and how to use it to upload video into a Blackboard course. Keep those ear holes listening.
    • TKR14: Space Jam

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David; Smith, Omega (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-01-26)
      What up Nerds! This week’s show focused on space. We had UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater Manager, Omega Smith, in with us to talk about their program. Be sure to check out the talk on Friday about Extrasolar Planets. The Boss, tried out a new feature this week, It Happened in Texas (iHiT). The goal is to find the news story that happened in Texas. Believe it or not, all the below stories are true but only one of them happened in the second great state of Texas. Shot by armadillo Half marathon dog Escaped cow Keep those ear holes listening.
    • TKR15: Tech Fellows

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David; Hedwig, Travis; Howard, Veronica; Madden, Lara (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-02-02)
      Yo Nerds, Today’s show dealt with the UAA Technology Fellowship program. The program, celebrating its 11th year, is designed to encourage and foster student achievement through the use of technology engaged learning with faculty and staff at UAA. We were delights to have Travis Hedwig, Veronica Howard, and Lara Madden in studio to talk about the program and there experience in the program. Travis is doing some really exciting work integrating ePortfolios into the Health Science program. Not to be outdone, Veronica is using OER and has redesigned her Psychology class to be textbook free. Very Cool. The Boss did another segment of It Happened in Texas (iHiT). 1. Inflatable Miley Cyrus doll stolen 2. Man punches horse flank 3. Officer mistaken for Male Stripper As always we spent time kidding Josh about anything he has going on in his life. But, congratulations are in order for his upcoming I AM UAA profile in the Green and Gold. We’ll be sure to post it when the story goes up live. Keep those ear holes listening.
    • TKR16: CAFE

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-02-10)
      Yo nerds, We did our first live show stream, via Periscope. If you want to watch, you can watch the replay. We will try to keep these up as we move forward with the show. Libby Roderick,Libby Rodderick Associate Director of the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, was our guest. CAFE has a number of great programs designed to help faculty discover, design, and implement new ways of teaching. Be sure to visit their website, or better yet register for one of their workshops. It Happened in Texas, iHiT, brought real news stories to light. Judge says get married or go to jail (TX) Chuckles made false statement Fugitive found in “elaborate tunnel system” beneath trailer Keep those ear holes listening,
    • TKR17: Tech Training at UAA

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-02-16)
      Yo Nerds,Faculty-eLearning-Luncheon-Feb-2016 On today’s show we talked about technology training resources at UAA. There are a number of events coming up that you can take advantage of and we have done you the great honor of listing them below. UAA Faculty eLearning Luncheon (Friday, Feb 19) Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) workshop (Friday, Feb 19) Alaska Society for Technology in Education (Feb 20-23) Foe those looking for always available just-in-time training, we have: Atomic Learning (login with UAA id/password) Lynda.com (Need a Anchorage library card) The Boss brought us another edition of It Happened in Texas (iHiT): Man Falls Into Hole While Walking to Buy Lottery Ticket (TX) Man urinates in Wal-Mart as he puts trout in pants Florida man charged with throwing alligator into Wendy’s Intern Josh was working on Periscope. There are two links due to The Boss’s phone getting a call in the middle of the show. Part one Part two Keep those ear holes listening.
    • TKR18: Potpourri

      DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-02-26)
      Yo Nerds, The Boss was attanding the 2016 ASTE conference and has no idea what happened on the show. Keep those ear holes listening.
    • TKR19: Pokemon

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-03-01)
      Yo nerds,Pokemon_collection Today’s show was all about Pokemon (Gotta catch ’em all). DeHass and I knew next to nothing about this but after months of whining, Josh the Intern wore us down and we agreed to let him celebrate Pokemon’s 20th birthday. You have to listen to the podcast to understand the depth of our ignorance, and Josh’s fascination of the Pokemon universe. You can also watch it all on the Periscope replay. Coming back after a week away, I had another rousing round of iHiT. The stories just get weirder and weirder. Student Suspended For Leaving Class To Carry Asthmatic Student To Nurse’s Office (TX) Man Blames 10th Drunk Driving Charge On Beer-Battered Fish 4 People Trash Pizza Shop For Really Cheesy Reason We have no idea what we are doing for next week’s show. If you have an idea be sure to leave a comment or tweet us @uaatechknow. Keep those ear holes listening
    • TKR20: Travel Technology

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-03-09)
      Yo nerds, In preparation of UAA’s Spring Break, today’s show focused on Travel Technology. We talked about apps, websites and last minute get away deals. In iHiT news: Naked dancing woman on top of big rig ties up traffic (TX) Man accused of live streaming ride with driving drunk Meerkat expert cleared of assault in zoo love triangle Not gonna say much more, because we are out of here. Have a great Spring Break and keep those ear holes listening.
    • TKR22: Wearable Tech

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-04-01)
      Yo nerds, We are back. I know it’s been a while but we are finally able to get our podcast edition updated. Technical difficulties plague us all. Josh the Intern has been working behind the scenes and thanks to him we are up an running once again. This week’s show focused on the use of Wearable Technology, that is technology that you wear and interact with on your body. With the wearable market looking it increase to a $50 billion industry in the next ten years, its important that we understand what it is and how to take advantage of it in education moving forward. Forbes just had an interesting article if you want to read up. We also had another round of It Happened In Texas (iHiT). It never ceases to amaze us on what happens in the second largest state. Road tripping for Sad Papaw cookout Bakeries feud over 4-sided doughnuts Demolition company destroys wrong home by mistake (TX) This week we also used YouTube to live broadcast the the show. After the show YouTube muted the audio. We are guessing it’s because the music during the commercials break. We are working on getting it corrected. Until then we won’t embedded it here, but if you want to check it out, you can here. We will back on air next week to discuss UAA’s Department of Education Title III grant focused on Building a Robust Online Environment. Until then, keep those ear holes listening,
    • TKR23: Deb the Librarian

      Dannenberg, David; DeHass, David; Mole, Deborah (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-04-07)
      Yo nerds, On today’s show we were joined by UAA’s most famous librarian and radio DJ, Deb Mole (aka Deb the Librarian). Deb has been a fixture at UAA for years and the host of KRUA’s Informania radio show, airing Wednesday’s at 9 am. Having Deb join the show was fabulous and she might have become our new favorite guest. In iHiT news: No joke, city temporarily renamed after card game Uno Candy theft could mean king-size sentence Chase suspect jumps into river That’s it from us. Keep those ear holes listening.