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Puppy loves and dental gloves: Positive effects of therapy dogs in dentistry

Therapy dog Kiita hangs out with Seawolves.

UAA dental hygiene students recently presented their research on therapy dogs in dentistry. During the presentation, the team discussed the benefits of dental therapy dogs, what kind of specialized training therapy dogs receive and what it might look like to have one in the office.

Health Sciences faculty member receives NIH grant to develop hope-based health curriculum

Britteny Howell

Assistant professor of health sciences Britteny M. Howell received an R15 research grant from the National Institute on Aging to train 12 student research assistants to develop a health program to improve older adults' fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity.

Erin Hicks is hoping black holes will answer some of our biggest astronomical questions

Erin Hicks in the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater.

Erin Hicks, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has studied black holes and their relationship to galaxies. With the James Webb Space Telescope launch, she is one step closer to unlocking their confounding mystery.

UAA professor’s work included in reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

Angelia Trujillo

Angelia Trujillo, associate professor in the School of Nursing, has made it her life’s work to make sure nurses and providers have the tools they need to support victims of violence. She worked with Senator Lisa Murkowski on language that was included in a national bill just signed into law.

UAA’s Center for Human Development is working to better understand brain injuries

Student M. Hofacker participates in lab activity during the UAA Brain Bee.

In Alaska, brain injuries are particularly prevalent compared to the rest of the country. Alaska leads the nation in traumatic brain injury-related deaths. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and UAA’s Center for Human Development is engaging in significant work to better understand traumatic and acquired brain injuries in Alaska.

UAA’s Center for Human Development releases results of COVID-19 accessibility survey

Signs outside UAA's Alaska Airlines Center pointing toward COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

New survey results shed light on COVID-19 vaccine potential barriers, motivators and trusted sources of information for individuals with disabilities. The results will be used to inform vaccine distribution and education efforts in Alaska.

Students’ water samples in Valdez inform regional studies

Prince William Sound College oceanography students and instructor Amanda Glazier at the Valdez docks.

During a place-based learning lab in January for an Introduction to Oceanography course at Prince William Sound College, students sampled water at the Valdez docks to analyze the water's chemistry, such as pH and salinity. Samples will be shared with the Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute to be used in their Chugach Regional Ocean Monitoring project.

Ice research may add up to big savings for a growing industry

Civil engineering graduate student Jasmine Langmann runs an 8-inch block of accreted ice drilled from the Port of Anchorage through a compression test in the Ted and Gloria Trueblood Cold Regions Engineering Laboratory in UAA's Engineering and Industry Building. (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

Anticipating an increase of northern sea route usage due to climate change, engineering professor Scott Hamel began researching the relationship between accreted ice beneath seaport piles and the ice floes that surround them.

Celebrating Black history in Alaska in new book

Photograph of five African-American soldiers who took part in the construction of the Canadian portion of the Alaska Highway. (Alaska and Polar Regions Collections, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Alaska has a rich and diverse past, but a lesser-known history is the role Black and African American people have played. Associate Professor of History Ian Hartman hopes to change that in his new book.

Winners of Arctic research awards announced

From left to right, volcanoes Mt. Sanford, Mt. Drum, and Mt. Wrangell — part of the Wrangell Volcanic Complex — loom on the horizon as seen from the Glenn Highway near Glenallen, Alaska. (James Evans / UAA)

Faculty and students researching ice loss, climate change, geothermal energy and more will receive funding from the ConocoPhillips Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment Award program. The annual award is one of the largest in the University of Alaska system.

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