University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tower Gets New Use

May 3, 2019
Telayna Wong / University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists are making use of an instrumentation tower that was set for removal. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the tower is being up-cycled to provide previously unavailable lower atmospheric data essential to understanding Fairbanks cold air inversions and pollution.

State of the University

Mar 26, 2019

Alaska’s University system has been transforming through the last five years of reductions. The statewide administration is smaller, there are fewer degree programs offered and about 1,200 jobs have been cut or unfilled. The one institution has three separately accredited universities and thirteen community campuses. UA President Jim Johnsen gave his fourth “State of the University” address today, showcasing achievements and listing challenges. Johnsen also talked about funding woes.

State Budget Cuts Diminish UAF Morale

Mar 20, 2019

The University of Alaska is slated to be reduced 17 percent next year if Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget is approved. Today UAF Chancellor Dan White hosted a forum on staff morale, attended by about 150 in person and more online. But  morale was a workplace topic long before this legislative session.

Arrest Renews Loss

Feb 20, 2019
Alaska State Troopers

People gathered yesterday (Tues) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to reflect, following recent news of the arrest of a suspect in the long unsolved campus murder of Pitkas Point resident Sophie Sergie (SIR-gee, w/hard “G”). KUAC’s Dan Bross attended the healing ceremony.

Alaska State Troopers

There’s a break in a murder case that has haunted Fairbanks for over a quarter century. Alaska State Troopers held a press conference Friday identifying a Maine man as a suspect in a 1993 sexual assault and murder at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Journalist Offers Perspective On Caravan

Nov 20, 2018
University of Alaska Fairbanks

In the run up to the recent mid-term elections, President Trump referred to the caravan of Central American migrants as “an invasion”, and alleged the group contained Middle-Eastern terrorists. As KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, those claims clash with the experience of a veteran journalist visiting Fairbanks.

Tooth Boosts Archeological Research

Nov 19, 2018
Jeff Rasic / University of Alaska Fairbanks

A baby tooth is deepening our understanding of how North America was first populated by humans. The long archived specimen from northwest Alaska is the subject of new research by Fairbanks based scientists, which is increasing genetic knowledge of a people known as Ancient Beringians. KUAC’s Lex Treinen reports.

Four Fairbanks-area high-schoolers got a chance to get down and dirty last month as part of a class that helps them learn how archeologists uncover the past. The students spent a week excavating artifacts at a dig near Quartz Lake as part of a University of Alaska Fairbanks program that gives young people hands-on experience with  science-,  technology-, engineering- and math-related activities.

Preparing For The Worst

Feb 22, 2018

Schools, agencies, organizations and businesses around the country routinely train for how to respond to a mass shooting event. The University of Alaska Fairbanks held what it calls “active killing”event training yesterday (Tues) for students, professors and staff, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it entails an evolving response approach.

A suspected Fairbanks mumps case remains unconfirmed. The state is investigating it as part of broader tracking of the virus statewide. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.