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    Study aims to understand cognitive decline in older dogs

    Feb. 16, 2024

    A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has launched a study of cognitive decline in older Alaska dogs. 

    Canine cognitive disorder, or CCD, presents similarly to Alzheimer's disease in humans, with symptoms including disorientation, failure to recognize family members, inability to retain control over basic bodily functions, and changes in personality. 

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    UAF summit to explore health care careers, education

    Jan. 25, 2023

    The 12th annual Alaska Interior Medical Education Summit will offer community members a way to explore an ever-expanding array of health careers and educational opportunities.

    The summit will feature demonstrations, panel discussions and hands-on activities that will introduce attendees to various health care careers and education options. It will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Murie Building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


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    Gulls swap natural for urban habitats, machine-learning study finds

    Jan. 18, 2024

    A recent study published in Ecological Informatics by a team of University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers has used artificial intelligence to further illuminate a habitat swap among short-billed gulls.

    Typically gulls live along coastlines and near water sources such as rivers. They feed on bugs and other small mammals, fish or birds.


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    UAFxAGU highlights Arctic science

    Dec. 10, 2023

    This week, scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are presenting their work alongside thousands of colleagues from around the world at the 2023 American Geophysical Union fall meeting Dec. 11-15 in San Francisco. More than 100 UAF researchers and graduate and undergraduate students are presenting at the event. Some of their discoveries are being featured in short science stories on the UAF news and information website, as well as in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Additional content highlighting UAF's presence at the AGU fall meeting is available by searching for #UAFxAGU on social media platforms.

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    Machine learning provides a new picture of the great gray owl

    Oct. 20, 2023

    The great gray owl has long been thought of as a sentinel of the Alaska wilderness, keeping watch over snow-laden forests as far north as the Brooks Range, well away from human populations.

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    Flooding that closed Dalton Highway also caused widespread ground sinking

    Oct. 11, 2023

    The massive 2015 flooding of the Sagavanirktok River in northern Alaska had immediate impacts, including closure of the Dalton Highway for several days, but it also contributed to longer-term ground subsidence in the permafrost-rich region.

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    UAF-led group gets $13.9 million to aid coastal climate resilience

    Oct. 3, 2023

    The National Science Foundation will fund a $13.9 million program led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks to help multiple communities respond to coastal erosion, flooding, permafrost thaw and other hazards attributed to climate change.

    The four years of funding, awarded earlier this month, is part of the foundation’s Navigating the New Arctic program.

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    ‘Teaming With Microbes’ podcast: Wood frogs and gardens?

    September 15, 2023

    Jeff and Jonathan learn about one of Alaska’s strangest animals in a fascinating conversation with Don Larson, Ph.D.

    Welcome to our weekly podcast with longtime Anchorage Daily News garden writer and author Jeff Lowenfels and co-host Jonathan White. Think of it as a companion to Jeff’s weekly columns and his popular series of books.

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    First seismic network installed on Mount Edgecumbe volcano

    Sept. 15, 2023

    Mount Edgecumbe volcano in Southeast Alaska has become the latest addition to the Alaska Volcano Observatory’s ground-based monitoring network.

    An observatory team in late August installed three seismic and Global Navigation Satellite System stations on the volcano and upgraded the only existing station in the vicinity, a temporary one on nearby Crater Ridge.

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    UAF helps develop air quality data for popular Alaska wildfire website

    Sept. 11, 2023

    Getting information about where wildfire smoke is headed in Alaska has become easy for the public, thanks to collaboration between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Fire Service.

    UAF researchers and data experts have worked with the Alaska Fire Service to add air quality information to the agency’s popular map and data website.

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    New research explains 'Atlantification' of Arctic Ocean

    Aug. 31, 2023

    New research by an international team of scientists explains what’s behind a stalled trend in Arctic Ocean sea ice loss since 2007. The findings indicate that stronger declines in sea ice will occur when an atmospheric feature known as the Arctic dipole reverses itself in its recurring cycle.

    The many environmental responses to the Arctic dipole are described in a paper published online today in the journal ScienceThe analysis helps explain how North Atlantic water influences Arctic Ocean climate, a process scientists call "Atlantification." 


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    UAF scientists heading to Greenland for glacier research

    Aug. 30, 2023

    University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists will make several trips to Greenland over two years to study how meltwater and the ocean affect glacial ice loss. 

    The four-year research project, funded by a $565,000 National Science Foundation grant, will create a traveling museum exhibit about the drivers of Arctic climate change. The exhibit will appear first at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, likely in 2026.


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