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UAA rolls out exposure notifications, a COVID tracking tool for all Alaskans

Alaska COVID ENX: Rapid, anonymous alerts to save lives. Add your phone. Fight COVID-19.

UAA helped usher a tool into Alaska this month that aids in the fight against COVID-19. Alaska COVID Exposure Notification Express, or ENX, is a free, anonymous service you can use on your smartphone.

$2.1 million award will help address Alaska’s nursing shortage

Assistant Professor of Nursing Heide Provencher discusses proper suturing techniques as UAA School of Nursing grad students participate in a suturing lab in UAA's Health Sciences Building. (Photo by James Evans / UAA)

As lawmakers reconvene this week for the legislative session, we highlight a story about the state's support for UAA. Gov. Dunleavy announced a $2.1 million award to the College of Health to help alleviate Alaska's nursing shortage.

Seawolves offer support

Maicel Fuhriman and Jessica Jacobsen

Looking at the numbers, university students who have mentors are 14% more likely to graduate. In the workforce, mentees are promoted five times more often than those without mentors. Learn about Seawolf Mentor, a UAA program that launched in 2020.

Remembering the life and impact of Ed Rasmuson

Edward and Cathryn Rasmuson

Together, Ed and Cathy Rasmuson, their family members, and the Rasmuson Foundation, have played a historically significant role in the lives of many Alaskans, including creating and funding many direct opportunities for UAA students, faculty and staff.

Counting Salmon to Save Whales

A sockeye salmon is measured and weighed before release as UAA Applied Environmental Research Center research technicians Samuel Franklin and Alexzandrea DePue collect data on salmon in a fish weir at the outlet of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's Sixmile Lake.

Salmon power the food chain in Alaska and understanding the health of their populations is critical to conserving other species. Over the past few summers, researchers at UAA’s Applied Environmental Research Center have devised new and better ways to monitor salmon on military bases near Anchorage. The data they gather may prove crucial to saving another iconic local animal.

ANSEP founder honored with First Alaskans Institute award

Vice Provost of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program Herb Schroeder

During the 10th annual Howard Rock and Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala, Herb Schroeder was awarded the Friends of First Alaskans Ted Stevens Award for his work establishing the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program.

Slideshow: UAA Fall 2021 Commencement

Barbara Yang, BBA Management, has her picture taken outside the Alaska Airlines Center after receiving her degree at UAA's fall 2021 commencement ceremony. (Photo by James Evans / UAA)

View highlights from UAA's first in-person commencement ceremonies in two years, celebrating the accomplishments of nearly 700 certificate, undergraduate and graduate students from the Anchorage campus.

New edition of Alumni Spirit magazine now available

Fall 2021 Alumni Spirit magazine cover

In this issue of UAA's premier publication themed around what’s next, hear participants of the university’s Seawolf Mentor program share their experiences, watch how one psychology senior is unlocking the secrets of human behavior by researching laughter in rats, read about one geology alumna’s contributions to the 2024 NASA Europa Clipper mission, and more.

Creating transformational change

Tanya Charoonsophonsak

Tanya Charoonsophonsak, a first-generation Alaskan and UAA’s fall 2021 commencement speaker, is encouraging her class to continue making transformational changes that will not only impact them now but for generations to come.

Mindful and ready

Cody Kapotak

Civil engineering and project management alumnus Cody Kapotak will serve as student speaker for the fall 2021 graduate degree hooding ceremony before starting his Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering, which the former ANSEP student and marine lance corporal hopes to use to mitigate the effects of climate change in rural Alaska.