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May 2020 Archive

On the frontlines

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UAA alumna Greer Gehler graduated from UAA’s School of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree in nursing science in December 2018. It’s been an exciting two years from landing her dream job in Providence Alaska Medical Center’s emergency room to providing care during COVID-19.

Job opening: Contracting Officer

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UAA Facilities Planning and Construction (FP&C) is recruiting for a highly motivated, detail-oriented Contracting Officer who is ready to take on multifaceted and exciting work.

Sparking a sense of empathy and advocacy through art

Sparc direct support professional and art alumna Jessi Saiki

As a direct support professional for Sparc, art alumna Jessi Saiki leads a variety of art classes that help individuals celebrate expression and promote independence through creativity.

Connecting the neighborhood

Alaska Communications president and CEO and biological sciences alumnus Bill Bishop

Natural sciences alumnus Bill Bishop uses his degree in surprising ways as Alaska Communications president and CEO.

In response to Audit Committee direction, UA leadership to develop budget options

This week the Audit Committee of the Board of Regents will meet to discuss important budget matters and identify meaningful ways to meet the budget shortfall caused by a number of factors, most notably state funding cuts, enrollment decline and the fiscal impact of COVID-19.

Call for volunteers to create face masks

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The UAA Office of Emergency Management would like to thank the many people who volunteered to make cloth face masks for our essential employees and resident students still on campus to pick up from the Student Health and Counseling Center. Inventory is now very low and, over the coming weeks, it is anticipated that the need will remain as some people and projects are approved for work on campus.

Get connected with Seawolf Mentor

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Given the social distancing we are all practicing right now, there has never been a more important time for us to connect to one another. I invite you to be part of an exciting new initiative, Seawolf Mentor, which matches UAA students with peer mentors. This program will help you meet new people and support one another!

Recording available: Webinar on Student Success During COVID-19

Vice Provost for Student Success Claudia Lampman shared the results from a recent UAA student survey on learning during COVID-19 in a webinar on Friday, May 8. You can access both a recording of the webinar and the slide deck.

UAA announces new leadership hires for diversity, academics, research

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Harvard report on plastics highlights biotechnology patented by UAA researchers

Philippe Amstislavski in a CPISB lab with samples of the "biofoam" insulation he and his team have grown from mycelium. (Photo by Philip Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage)

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School recently published a key policy paper that proposes a framework for curbing global marine plastic pollution, "Policy and Action on Plastics in the Arctic Ocean." Among several research and policy recommendations, the report advances UAA's Rhizoform LLC as a positive example of how innovators and industry can work together to solve the plastic pollution problem