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UAA receives $46M from Department of Homeland Security to lead Arctic homeland security

Arctic Research

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate granted the University of Alaska Anchorage $46 million over the next ten years to lead a consortium of U.S. academic institutions and partners for the newly established Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC)-ARCTIC Center of Excellence (COE) for Homeland Security in the Arctic.

Growing Alaska's research community

The initial cohort of UAA and WWAMI's new NIH-funded Biomed U-RISE program, photographed outside UAA's ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building. From left: Bryce Inman, Hanna Whang, Holly Martinson (co-PI), Alyssa Samson, and Steven Cherry.

UAA alumna and associate professor Holly Martinson hopes the new Biomed U-RISE program "lights a fire" in Alaska's research community by empowering undergraduate students with lab experience, mentorship and financial assistance. Martinson and co-PI, Professor Tracey Burke, welcomed the first cohort this academic year and will soon open applications for cohort two.

UAA’s School of Social Work $1.2 million Department of Education grant will fill school social worker shortage in Alaska

UAA School of Social Work professors

UAA's School of Social Work received a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Education for the School-Based Social Work Education and Network Development Program, also known as SSWEND. The three-and-a-half-year program will graduate 31 scholars to fill a high-demand need for school social workers in the Anchorage School District and schools throughout the state.

Alaskan innovators awarded $2.5M grant to bring fungus-based insulation solution to global communities

Philippe Amstislavski examines fungi on a log in the woods near campus.

As the demand for sustainable and organic insulation solutions continues to grow Philippe Amstislavski, Ph.D. and professor of Public Health is working on an innovative multidisciplinary project that could solve Arctic communities building insulation issues.

Students present research at Prince William Sound College’s first annual Environmental Sciences Symposium

PWSC Student Research

Freshman and sophomore students at PWSC had the opportunity to present their environmental science research at the Prince William Sound College Environmental Sciences Symposium.

UAA researcher senses a solution to pipeline corrosion

UAA mechanical engineering professor Oleg Shiryayev

On the North Slope there are thousands of small pipes that ultimately come together to feed into the big one — the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Each of those pipes are a potential hazard, especially as they experience the effects of air, water and chemistry over long periods of time.

UAA announces 2023 ConocoPhillips Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment Award recipients

ConocoPhillips Presentation

As the nation’s only Arctic state, Alaska faces unique challenges and environmental conditions unlike anywhere else in the United States. Faculty and students at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) continue to drive research that tackles regional challenges in practical ways, such as studying how temperature affects metal corrosion in the Arctic or the effects of tire rubber contamination on salmon mortality.

Research project led by UAA’s Micah Hahn receives grant funding from EPA

UAA Associate Professor of Environmental Health Micah Hahn

UAA Associate Professor of Environmental Health Micah Hahn is leading a research project around climate change, health, wildfire smoke and environmental justice in Alaska that recently received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

UAA faculty and students use machine learning to debunk COVID-19 misinformation

Computer screen displaying ChatGPT

Part of the Division of Population Health Sciences and Department of Journalism and Public Communication’s Alaska Public Health Information Response Team project, computer science Professor Shawn Butler has been using artificial intelligence to debunk COVID-19 misinformation on social media with scientifically accurate information from credited sources.

Liquid earth: UAA researchers study earthquake models

Earthquake crack in the middle of a road

By studying two sites in the Alaska Range near Tok struck by a 2002 earthquake, professor Joey Yang and graduate student Dave Eibert hope to develop new models that may help the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities better prepare for future earthquakes.

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