rural Alaska

Fairbanks, AK - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $23.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health for a new ‘Biomedical Learning and Student Training program,’ or BLAST. The new undergraduate program is part of a national effort by NIH to enhance diversity in the biomedical workforce.

In a teleconference, NIH Director Francis Collins said diversity in biomedical research is critical.

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Alaska Native leader and educator Bernice Joseph has died. The 49-year-old Joseph succumbed to cancer Tuesday. She was a former professor and administrator at UAF. And as KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, she maintained strong ties with rural Alaska.

Declining federal spending has decreased the budget and scope of the Denali Commission in Alaska. The independent federal agency was created by former Senator Ted Stevens in 1998 to addresses infrastructure in rural communities, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, its financial clout is greatly diminished.