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Steller Experimental Economics Workshop

It is Monday morning two weeks before summer vacation, and the Steller Secondary students in Mr. Ken Varee’s social studies classroom are shouting. This behavior takes place under the encouraging supervision of UAA economics professors Kyle Hampton and Jim Murphy and research assistant/former student Dan Allen. These students are the lucky few who secured positions in the Experimental Economics Workshop, a special course focusing on the participatory use of economics.

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Considering Mountain View

In 2003, Rasmuson Foundation made its first grants in a project to revitalize Anchorage's Mountain View Neighborhood. This type of focused investment was new for the Foundation. Did it make a difference? Rasmuson Foundation President Diane Kaplan revisits Mountain View through a new evaluation of the Foundation's work in the neighborhood.

Grantee Stories

A place for teenagers to go when they don’t have any other place…

On this cold December evening, as a group of citizens in this Anchorage community gather in a little downtown park, I remember a March night in 1983. Three teenagers, Samantha, Kris and I were somewhere in the Tennessee hills, on a Trailways bus, leaving behind chaos and confusion, bad parents, bad friends, bad lives, heading for something, anything better.

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Alaskans’ social and cultural meeting place

Elvera Voth stood on the scarred wooden stage talking to mezzo-soprano Sherri Weiler and baritone Jim Lanier, who were rehearsing a duet from Don Giovanni. The other 29 members of the Alaska Chamber Singers were milling around the stage, talking, drinking tea, eyeing a table laden with sausage, bread and cheese.

Grantee Stories

Alaska’s first MacArthur Genius

If you saw her making a speech at a Native elders potlatch, or arm wrestling some politician for program money, you might figure out Katherine Gottlieb is the CEO of a $100 million health corporation.

But you probably wouldn’t realize right away that she’s responsible for fixing EVERYTHING.

Grantee Stories

The consortium library inspires in every way

I just got back from Australia. Okay, not really. Actually, I was in the UAA / APU Consortium Library, the building that looks like a gigantic bakery muffin, particularly when there’s snow on the ground. Warm, earthy oranges and reds draw the visitor in; the walls curve, ending at a spectacular wall of glass rising three stories.

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