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University of Alaska Newswire

March 15, 2022

The UA Newswire features press releases and articles from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Southeast and the UA Foundation, and is designed to keep Alaskans informed about the research, workforce training and economic development happening across the UA System.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Career Explorers program lays the foundation for career success

The Tanana Chiefs Conference Career Explorers program, a partnership between TCC, Effie Kokrine Charter School and the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Business and Security Management, launched in September 2021 with the aim of preparing participants for postsecondary education or vocational training beyond high school. 

Contact Andrea Miller for more information. 

A TCC Career Explorers student focuses on her work.
Photo by Jillian Bjornstad.

Gretel the glider searches for salmon

An underwater instrument named Gretel is looking for salmon in the Gulf of Alaska.

The instrument, called a glider because of how it flies through the water, is operated by UAF’s College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.  

For this mission, Gretel was launched on Feb. 12 from CFOS’ coastal research vessel Nanuq in Resurrection Bay to help map the distribution of Pacific salmon and their prey during the winter. Its journey can be tracked in near real time on the 2022 Pan-Pacific Winter High Seas Expedition website, along with vessel-based surveys that are part of the project. 

University of Alaska Anchorage
International Arctic Science Committee awards former professor Dalee Dorough 2022 IASC Medal

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) awarded former UAA tenured political science professor Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough the 2022 IASC Medal. The IASC is a nongovernmental, international scientific organization committed to facilitating collaborative interdisciplinary research in the Arctic and the Circumpolar North. IASC awarded Dorough based on her outstanding achievements in advocating the rights of Indigenous peoples, service to Arctic communities and her influence as a legal scholar.

Contact Catalina Myers for more information. 

Dalee Dorough Sambo

Photo by Erin Hooley, University of Alaska Anchorage. 

UAA earns silver status as Military Friendly School

UAA has been recognized for the 14th consecutive year as a Military Friendly School, earning silver status for the first time. UAA’s elevation from bronze status last year is a reflection of its ongoing efforts to develop and maintain a culture of serving those who serve. This culture centers on good policies and practices, meaningful investments in benefits, and resources and services for military and veteran students. Contact Joe Selmont for more information.

University of Alaska Southeast
UAS Designated as 2022-2023 Military Friendly School Gold Status

University of Alaska Southeast announced March 8 that it has earned the 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School designation Gold award status.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey.

To receive the Gold distinction, selected schools are within 10 percent of the 10th-ranked organizations. 


Military Friendly 2022-23 Gold Designation Badge

University of Alaska system nears $200 million fundraising goal

The University of Alaska System’s $200 million fundraising goal is within reach, according to a report shared with the University of Alaska Foundation Board of Directors at its March 2 meeting in Juneau. 

As of December 2021, more than $175 million in private donations have been contributed by alumni, friends, companies, and private organizations, including 35 gifts of $1 million or more. 

UAA students collaborate using a whiteboard.

John Latini joins UA as new federal relations director

John Latini joined University of Alaska on last month as the news Director of Federal Relations, succeeding Dustin Bryant who left the position last in January. John can be reached by email at jalatini@alaska.edu.

For more information on the UA Newswire, contact UA Manager of News & Content Erin McGroarty at elmcgroarty@alaska.edu