Health Sciences News

Jennifer Spencer on UAA campus Read More

The one common thread in UAA’s Student Diversity Award recipients? Engagement.

 |  Catalina Myers  | 

Each year, the University of Alaska Anchorage's Diversity Action Council awards the Student Diversity Award Scholarship to students who significantly enhance diversity at UAA by increasing visibility of diverse people, cultures and/or perspectives; creating a welcoming environment; and/or representing diverse student voices through their advocacy and participation in UAA student organizations. The council picks the top applicants from across the university to receive a tuition grant up to $1,000. Read more about five of this year's awardees.

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What happened when Juneau took fluoride out of the drinking water?

 |  Matt Jardin  | 

According to Healthy People 2020 approximately four out of five Americans have access to optimally fluoridated water (OFW). That figure comes from assistant professor of health sciences Jennifer Meyer, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H., R.N. In Alaska, the percent of the population with access to OFW has dropped significantly from 60 percent in 2007 to only 42 percent in 2017.

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A needle in a haystack: UAA researchers are on the hunt for ticks in Alaska

 |  Catalina Myers  | 

Summer in the Land of the Midnight Sun means Alaskans are hitting trails in full force with family, friends and their canine companions. However, the great outdoors comes with its own risks and happy hikers know to be prepared for whatever may be lurking in the woods, like bears or moose. But what about bugs? And we're not talking about the mosquito kind. Turns out there's something far worse than mosquito bites - and that's being bitten by a tick.

Charley Field skiing Read More

Field's Day: Senior skier tops podium

 |  Joey  | 

Charley Field had a dramatic start to her senior skiing season. At the Montana State University Invite in Big Sky on Jan. 8, with her parents in the audience, she won her first ever college race by the slimmest possible margin. "It was a surprise," she said with a laugh. "I went to the board and realized I'd won by one [hundredth of a second]."

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Health sciences major receives CESA funding to work with adults diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

 |  Catalina Myers  | 

Each semester at UAA, students from various colleges and majors collaborate with professors to help them achieve success with community engagement projects. Community Engaged Student Assistants, also known as CESA students, play a vital role in conducting research and connecting UAA to the greater Alaska community.