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March 29, 2022

Research, workforce development and economic growth news stories and other feature articles from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Southeast and the UA Foundation. Compiled by the University of Alaska System Office of Public Affairs.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska Interior Business Accelerator accepting applications

Interior Alaska now has its first business accelerator, a program to help jump-start new businesses through  mentorship, networking, education and access to capital.

The Alaska Interior Business Accelerator is accepting applications for its first cohort. The deadline is April 4, 2022. The  eight-week in-person program will take place in Fairbanks. Find more information, apply or ask a question here.


Innovators meet on UAF Campus

Innovators discuss potential commercialization strategies during a 2017 workshop on the UAF campus.

(UAF photo by JR Ancheta)

Building a local climate workforce through science that serves

Most definitions of science focus on the pursuit of knowledge through rigorous and systematic investigation. For the Kake Climate Partnership, that isn’t enough.

“We’re trying to go a step further by providing services for the tribe and community,” said Elizabeth Figus, who is leading the partnership with the tribe, tribal corporation and municipal government in Kake.

Though Figus, with the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center, expects the data from the partnership to be useful, the process is the real focus. Contact Heather McFarland for more information.

University of Alaska Anchorage
UAA will hold 'Reunion Commencement' for pandemic grads

In advance of spring commencement, the University of Alaska Anchorage will hold a special ceremony at the Alaska Airlines Center for students whose commencement ceremonies were held virtually in 2020 and 2021.

This includes graduates from the spring classes of 2020 and 2021 and the summer and fall classes of 2020.

Nearly 2,600 students celebrated their graduation day online as UAA worked to keep its community safe and healthy during heightened moments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UAA commencement
Department of History hosts roundtable examining the Russian invasion of Ukraine

On Wednesday, March 16, UAA Department of History faculty, Liz Dennison, Bill Myers, Paul Dunscomb and assistant professor of history and political science Jeff Meyers from Kenai Peninsula College (KPC), gathered on the stage of UAA’s Recital Hall for a roundtable discussion on The Misuse of History and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Ian Hartman, associate professor and chair of the UAA Department of History, introduced the panel of experts, and the discussion was moderated by Ray Ball, UAA associate professor of history. Contact Catalina Myers for more information. 

University of Alaska Southeast
UAS Egan Library Selected for Competitive Federal Humanities Grant

The William A. Egan Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries nationwide for the American Library Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief program to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the Egan Library and the UAS Alaska Native Languages and Studies program to convert the Cyril George Indigenous Knowledge Collection to an Indigenous knowledge organization system.


Egan library

UAA alumna Memry Dahl selected as next CHRO

President Pitney has selected UAA alumna Memry Dahl to serve as the system’s new Chief Human Resources Officer. She will begin on April 13, will be based in Anchorage, and is committed to spending adequate time in Fairbanks and Juneau.

“Memry brings a strong foundation in human resources in complex organizations, with diverse business units operating under the same umbrella organization. This experience will serve her - and us - well,” says President Pitney. “Working with university leadership and the HR team, she’ll take a holistic approach to meeting our human resources needs and to building a culture of empowered employees.” 

Memry Dahl

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