Sikuliaq Sails Monday

May 1, 2020
Mark Teckenbrock / University of Alaska

The University of Alaska operated research vessel Sikuliaq (see-KOO-lee-auk) is headed out on a cruise next May 4 to collect water and plankton samples in the northern Gulf of Alaska, as part of a long running ecological survey. According to the university, it’s the


Mark Teckenbrock / University of Alaska

University of Alaska president Jim Johnsen says it remains uncertain to what level campuses will be open in the fall. Speaking at a special UA board of regents meeting Friday morning, President Johnsen said students are encouraged to register for fall classes, despite the lack of clarity.


Apr 17, 2020

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Tim Ellis/KUAC

Officials with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and more than a hundred invited guests gathered Wednesday at UAF to celebrate completion of the $245 million power plant. The coal-fired facility will generate 17 megawatts of electricity and produce enough steam to heat the campus. It’ll replace the 56-year-old power plant that was becoming increasingly undependable.

A near-record year for Arctic Ocean sea-ice retreat – and researchers are on site to study why …

A progress report on the nation’s newest polar research ship...

Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Research Vessel Sikuliaq was officially commissioned Saturday in a ceremony at the boats’s home port in Seward. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, the commissioning marked the end of decades of efforts to design and build it; and the beginning of its mission to research the Earth’s rapidly changing and increasingly important polar regions.

UAF Taking Possession Of Ice-Capable Ship Sikuliaq

Jun 6, 2014 / University of Alaska Fairbanks

If all goes according to plan, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will take possession of the Research Vessel Sikuliaq today. As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, it’s the next step in getting the giant ice-capable ship north to Alaska. 

The $200 million, ice-capable ship is the first of its kind funded by the National Science Foundation in more than 30 years. At the opening of a special exhibit feature the ship, UAF School of Fisheries Dean Mike Castellini likened taking over the ship to getting a new car.  Something he hasn’t done in years.

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, Alaska - Over the weekend, six new sculptures were installed outside the University of Alaska Museum of the North.  Local artists created the works in conjunction with a new special exhibit.

Fairbanks, AK - A new exhibit opens at the University of Alaska Museum of the North over the weekend. The year-long installation is called "Arctic Odyssey: Voyages of the R/V Sikuliaq."  It offers a first-hand look the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ state-of-the-art new research vessel, slated to sail in Arctic waters next year.