Local News

In water, forest, and lab Stanford ‘SoCo’ examines Alaska’s natural systems

The 2013 Stanford SoCo poses after a morning's work in the Starrigavan Valley. (Caitlin Woolsey photo)

The 2013 Stanford SoCo poses after a morning’s work in the Starrigavan Valley. (Caitlin Woolsey photo)

Twelve sophomores from Stanford University are in Sitka this month for a 3-week field course studying human and natural systems in Southeast Alaska. The course is taught by a combination of four graduate instructors, visiting Stanford professors, and local experts. It’s called a “SoCo” — or Sophomore College — and it’s one of several Stanford SoCo’s taking place around the country.

KCAW’s Caitlin Woolsey is a Stanford senior, and the SoCo teaching assistant. She sent this audio postcard from what is proving to be a hands-on adventure in higher education.


Listen to iFriendly audio.

Anna Wietelemann, Zach Brown, and Scott Harris check pH, temperature, and dissolved oxygen levels in Indian River during a fisheries field exercise. (Caitlin Woolsey photo)

Anna Wietelemann, Zach Brown, and Scott Harris check pH, temperature, and dissolved oxygen levels in Indian River during a fisheries field exercise. (Caitlin Woolsey photo)

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Assembly uses cuts, savings to close budget gap

7569786950_d487c36075_z
Times are tight in Sitka, but the Assembly has managed to balance the budget. How? Through combination of cuts, rate hikes, and money in reserve that may not be around next year. more

All-night walk raises money for cancer research

Relay
Sitkans are invited to participate in Relay for Life, a world-wide event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The time to register your team is now. Downloadable audio. more