Alaska's Urban University

The University of Alaska Anchorage is the state's largest post-secondary institution. Located in the heart of Alaska's largest city, the campus is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by lakes, ponds and wildlife, and is connected to a city-wide trail system perfect for students' active lifestyles.

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Students in Terry Naumann’s volcanology course trek to a 400-foot deep crater on the east flank of the Mauna Ulu shield volcano. (Photo courtesy of Jed Long)

UAA students take 10-day volcano trek to Hawai'i

Alaska may have volcanoes, but getting to them requires expensive helicopters. A volcanology class walked right up to steaming lava on their 10-day trip to Hawai’i. "If you want to hook somebody on geology...bring them up close to lava," says professor Terry Naumann.

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Salmon swimming upstream.

Modeling Kenai salmon runs to understand social-ecological change

Our warm Alaska summers are popular, but troubling. What are these toasty temperatures doing to salmon streams, caribou herds and subsistence opportunities? Scientists from across the University of Alaska are working on this problem. UAA's contribution is computer software that accurately models salmon migration.

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UAA grads help make ASD "best school district for refugees"

Earlier this month, Slate.com named the Anchorage School District “the country's best school district for refugees” in a front page feature story. Meet a few of the UAA grads and faculty who play a part in educating ASD's 10,000 English language learners.

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Mini Med School girl in scarf.

Cow hearts, faux feces engage Mat-Su's mini med schoolers

What do jelly beans, plaster of Paris and cow hearts have in common? They all helped kids learn the basics of anatomy and physiology at Mat-Su College’s recent week-long “Mini Med School” summer camp.

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UAA scholar-athlete Sean Alexander.

Scholar-Athlete: Sean Alexander finishes as a 3x academic All-American

A 3.75 GPA in economics and management earned Sean Alexander magna cum laude graduation honors in May, making him a great example of the caliber of UAA’s scholar-athletes. 

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UAA creative writers offer music for the ears and heart

UAA creative writers offer music for the ears and heart

In one of the most generous arts offerings at UAA, the public is invited to enjoy noted Alaska writers reading their work during the Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences free evening events July 10–19.  

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