Pilot study sheds light on the well-being of Alaska’s veterans during pandemic

People Mover bus that says 'Masks Required' travels along UAA Drive

UAA assistant professors Ashley O’Connor and Amber Worthington examined the impacts that stay-at-home orders had on Alaska’s veteran populations.

Alaska Space Grant awarded to engineering alumnus to study Arctic corrosion

Tyler Cushman

Tyler Cushman’s graduate research will study a process known as atmospheric corrosion in cold climates through a collaboration with NASA and is expected to have wider benefits for Alaska’s infrastructure.

Arctic expedition

USCG Healy Icebreaker

As the Arctic continues to experience changes due to climate change, Jeffery Welker, professor in UAA’s Department of Biological Sciences, is helping lead an international research team aboard the U.S. Coast Guard’s Healy Icebreaker to document and study the dramatic transformation.

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.