Gulf Research of the National Academies awards Hahn $76K grant


Micah Hahn, assistant professor of environmental health in UAA’s Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, was one of seven recipients awarded an Early-Career Research Fellowship from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies.

College of Health receives grant to bolster behavioral health education across Alaska

UAA's Health Science Building and Parrish Bridge seen from Providence Drive

UAA's College of Health has received a four-year, $1.92 million grant to provide an innovative training program for future behavioral health professionals in Alaska and to facilitate the growth of the state’s behavioral health workforce.

UAA researchers present link between commercial fishing and local economies

Dock near Kodiak campus

Until recently, the relationship between commercial fishing and the economies of Alaska’s coastal communities have been explored anecdotally. But a newly published study from researchers with UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research aims to bridge that gap.

New study sheds light on mental health impacts of Alaska’s wildfire season

Anchorage skyline obscured by smoke from Swan Lake wildfire

Recently, Micah Hahn, assistant professor of environmental health in UAA’s Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, co-released the preliminary results of the Southcentral Wildfire Study, which examined the mental health impacts of the 2019 Swan Lake wildfire on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

UAA startup wins young entrepreneur award in Norway

Michael Martinez

In April, chemistry major Michael Martinez was awarded the 2020 High North Young Entrepreneur Award for his startup Arctic Biotech Oath, which specializes in the green extraction of rare earth elements in circumpolar north countries.

Mysteries of the Arctic’s water cycle: Connecting the dots

Toolik Field Station

For the last 30 years, Jeff Welker, professor in UAA’s Department of Biological Sciences, has been studying the Arctic, specifically snow and sea ice, and the impacts it has on the plants, animals and people who inhabit the globe’s most northern regions.

BMW Group and UAA team up to research sustainable lithium extraction

UAA geological sciences professor LeeAnn Munk

UAA geological sciences professor LeeAnn Munk is a lead investigator on a new study commissioned by BMW Group to research how lithium extraction may impact Latin America, where two-thirds of the world’s lithium reserves are located.

Enthusiasm for research benefits undergraduates in the Department of Economics

UAA Associate Professor Of Economics Alexander James photographed outside Rasmuson Hall.

“We really feel like we’re building something here,” said Alexander James, associate professor of economics. “We’re a teaching department and also a nationally and internationally recognized research department, and we’re bringing our students with us in some respects. For students that want to do real research, UAA provides an opportunity to discover something and contribute to the existing body of knowledge in economics, and that’s exciting.”

WATCH: The secrets of rat laughter

UAA psychology senior Tucker Sawyer with one of the rats being used in his research on rat laughter

Psychology senior Tucker Sawyer is studying rat laughter for his senior thesis. It’s no joke. In fact, identifying and categorizing the ultrasonic vocalizations of lab rats could change the way we interpret drug research, care for lab animals and understand the origins of our own sense of joy.

UAA students and faculty collaborate to curb the spread of COVID-19 misinformation

Alumna Mary Ryan, B.A. Journalism and Public Communications ’20, former president of the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at UAA.

As the world continues to navigate this once-in-a-generation pandemic, new scientific breakthroughs are unearthed every day. Accompanying this free flow of information is an increase of damaging misinformation. Working to curb the spread of online misinformation is the Alaska Public Health Information Response Team, a multidisciplinary collaboration between professors and students in UAA’s Department of Journalism and Public Communications and College of Health.