Meet the 2021 ConocoPhillips Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment Award recipients

UAA's ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building.

As the nation’s only Arctic state, Alaska faces unique challenges and conditions unlike anywhere else in the U.S. Faculty and students at UAA are driving research that tackles Arctic challenges in practical ways.

Creating a more welcoming city through research


Multicultural postdoctoral fellow Amana Mbise and assistant professor in clinical-community psychology Sara Buckingham teamed up with the Welcoming Anchorage initiative to research the integration of immigrant and refugee populations in Anchorage, particularly related to employment.

Failure Resilience Project delivers timely message amid COVID-19 business closures

The 10 Alaska entrepreneurs sharing their stories in the Failure Resilience Project short film

The UA Center for Economic Development is sharing its findings from the Failure Resilience Project, including a short film featuring candid stories from Alaska entrepreneurs about the highs and lows of starting a business.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research receives Can-Am Civil Engineering Amity Award

UAA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Aaron Dotson

In early November, the American Society of Civil Engineers honored UAA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Aaron Dotson with the 2020 Can-Am Civil Engineering Amity Award, commemorating an exemplary academic and research career.

UAA researchers examine wastewater to assess COVID-19 presence

Biology and Natural Sciences Senior Kodi Haughn prepares samples of wastewater for COVID-19 testing in Professor Brandon Briggs' lab in UAA's ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building. (Photo by James Evans / UAA)

Researchers from UAA, in collaboration with UAF and the Alaska Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services, have developed an in-state capability to detect COVID-19 in wastewater in Alaska.

Geofencing the Arctic

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Shawn Butler, assistant professor of computer science and computer systems engineering with the UAA College of Engineering, spent 20 years in the military and is using her knowledge to help protect waters in the Arctic.

New data points to rising freshwater temperatures as a cause of chinook salmon decline

Chinook salmon

A new study published by a team of UAA and UAF researchers in collaboration with Cook Inletkeeper sheds some light on the puzzling situation of chinook salmon decline in Alaska.

The Bee Collectors

Mason bees (genus Osmia) archived in UAA's Herbarium

As bee populations decline worldwide, much about Alaska’s bees still remains unknown. Researchers at UAA’s Alaska Center for Conservation Science are partnering with the Bureau of Land Management to find out more about what bees exist in Alaska and what key roles they play in our unique ecosystem.

Step Away project levels up to provide a personalized approach to reducing drinking

Patrick Dulin

For over 10 years, UAA psychology Professor Patrick Dulin has worked to leverage technology as a confidential, inexpensive, always available tool to maintain sobriety through the Step Away project, first as an app and soon as a chatbot.

The fourth state of matter

Hicks with alumnus Amanda Bowman, a B.S. Mechanical Engineering '17 grad who worked on many projects in the UAA Plasma Physics Laboratory. (Photo courtesy, Nathaniel Hicks)

In the Natural Sciences Building in a windowless room lies a machine named the Multipole Plasma Trap, a stainless steel vacuum chamber designed by Nathaniel Hicks, Ph.D., an assistant professor in UAA’s Department of Physics, who established the university's Plasma Physics Laboratory.