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  • a musk ox calf lying down and looking at the camera

    LARS to host annual Birthday Bash for new calves

    May 21, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Large Animal Research Station will introduce its new reindeer and muskox calves at its annual Birthday Bash from noon-4 p.m. on June 1.

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    UAF to offer two new Athabascan language courses this fall

    May 17, 2024

    The Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will offer two new Native language courses for the fall 2024 semester.

  • An aerial image of Toolik Field Station

    UAF, Toolik Field Station join Arctic climate initiative

    May 17, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks will help host and support a new $15-million federal initiative to better understand the resilience of Arctic organisms and ecosystems amid rapid climate change. Bringing together experts from 14 institutions, the Evolving Meta-Ecosystems Institute will focus on improving scientific and public understanding of how Arctic ecosystems are responding -- and will continue to respond -- as their environment shifts.

  • A topographical map including markers for Mt. Foraker, Mt. Crosson, Mt. Hunter, Kahiltna Peaks and Denali. A blue arrow to the west of Denali indicates the location of Matthew Crisafi-Lurtsema.

    Microplastics low and high in Alaska

    May 17, 2024

    A group of scientists from UAF's Water and Environmental Research Center in 2020 and 2021 sampled snow and freshwater from more than 70 locations on a south-to-north transect, mostly along highways. Their recently published study showed plastic fragments everywhere they sampled, from the Kenai Peninsula to the North Slope.

  • Tracy Vanairsdale stands with CBSM students and dean.

    Vanairsdale named 2024 UAF Business Leader of the Year

    May 16, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Business and Security Management has named Tracy Vanairsdale as the recipient of the 2024 UAF Business Leader of the Year award.

  • Dozens of people seated on the grass, many under a large flowering tree, at an outdoor concert.

    Music in the Garden concerts begin Thursday, May 23

    May 15, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks Music in the Garden concert series will kick off Thursday, May 23, at the Georgeson Botanical Garden. Part of UAF's Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning, the concert series offers 12 weeks of family-friendly performances on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.

  • Two computer screens on a desk showing Alaska weather weather maps

    Tour the Fairbanks office of the National Weather Service

    May 14, 2024

    Have you ever wanted to see what the inside of the local National Weather Service looks like? On Thursday, May 16, you will have your chance during Arctic Research Open House.

  • A dark tree outlined against a brilliant pink aurora.

    Solar storm -- not HAARP -- creates intense auroral display

    May 13, 2024

    Night skies over the weekend erupted with vivid colors and awed people all around the globe as the solar wind from a severe geomagnetic storm produced by our sun entered Earth's upper atmosphere and created auroral displays. The spectacular aurora sparked questions about possible connections to recent experiments by the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP.

  • A scientist (man) in a blue shirt talks to young visitors at the Arctic Research Open House in 2023.

    Research event gives visitors a backstage pass to science fun

    May 13, 2024

    The rock-n-roll themed event -- Tundra Struck -- will offer the community a peek behind the curtain to see why the results of UAF research reverberate around the world.

  • Black and white photo from 1975 of a group of people. A man and woman in the front row hold diplomas, with four men standing in a row behind them. The group is in front of a partially obscured banner showing the University of Alaska logo.

    Kuskokwim Campus celebrates 50th commencement ceremony

    May 13, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus honored the Class of 2024 during its 50th commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 7, at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel.

  • Headshot of a woman with cropped gray hair wearing a blue sweater.

    Diane O'Brien elected to the National Academy of Sciences

    May 13, 2024

    Diane, O'Brien, interim director of the Institute of Arctic Biology, is one of 120 newly elected members to the National Academy of Sciences that were announced at the organization's annual meeting.

  • adult male mountain goat standing on rocks in a winter landscape

    Mountain goats live and die on the edge

    May 09, 2024

    Kevin White has placed his hands on the long, white fur of more than 400 Alaska mountain goats during the past 20 years. His diligence in studying this Ice Age wanderer of high, steep, country has led to a new understanding -- a surprising number of the creatures die by snow avalanche.

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student Jorda Kovash was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She is one of two graduate students in the state of Alaska who received the prestigious award in the 2024 cycle.

    UAF biology student awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    May 09, 2024

    University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student Jorda Kovash was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She is one of two graduate students in the state of Alaska who received the prestigious award in the 2024 cycle.

  • A crowd of people outdoors in a parking lot carrying and looking at miscellaneous stuff.

    UAF to host 15th annual Really Free Market Saturday, May 18

    May 08, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host the Really Free Market recycling event on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. in the parking lot next to the Lola Tilly Commons.

  • person with helmet in front of machinery with note pad

    UAF undergraduate wins Goldwater Scholarship

    May 07, 2024

    University of Alaska Fairbanks geosciences undergraduate Xochitl Muñoz has been named a 2024 Barry Goldwater Scholar. The Goldwater Scholarship program is designed to identify, encourage and financially support outstanding collegiate juniors and seniors pursuing research careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.

  • a female Pacific walrus resting on sea ice in the Bering Sea

    Ancient DNA reveals genetic resilience of Pacific walruses

    May 06, 2024

    DNA extracted from ancient bones has helped scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks shed light on the surprising resilience of Pacific walruses in the face of historical overhunting.

  • The sun shines on young green birch leaves.

    Citizen science offers lessons in understanding Fairbanks' climate

    May 06, 2024

    Interior Alaska's long winters are the impetus for a lot of long-running citizen science. The Nenana Ice Classic is a 107-year-long climate record for Interior Alaska. But it's not the only citizen science effort in Fairbanks, which also boasts multi-decadal records for predicting green-up, when birch sap will start flowing, and when to stock up on allergy medications to get ready for pollen season.

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