University of Alaska Fairbanks

The Fairbanks North Star Borough wants to set up a special area for companies to develop and test drone aircraft for the military.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the project would capitalize on recent year’s state laws aimed at helping woo the defense industry and spur economic development.

"Among Wolves" Details Researcher's Lifelong Passion

Jul 9, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - The University of Alaska Press recently published a book detailing one biologist’s lifelong effort to chronicle the lives of wolves that live inside the boundary of Denali Park and Preserve.

Fairbanks, AK - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has released a list of budget cuts to be implemented during the new fiscal year. The reductions affect a wide range of programs and services.

The budget actions come in response to an $8 million cut by the state legislature and an expected $4 to $6 million rise in fixed operating costs. UAF Vice Chancellor for Administration Pat Pitney says the legislative cut is being spread over numerous areas.

Fairbanks, AK - The State and TransCanada Corp. have formally ended their relationship under terms of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. Governor Sean Parnell shared the news in an address to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce yesterday. "I'm pleased to announce here today that we have terminated the license with TransCanada under AGIA and have now completed a traditional precedent agreement," he said.

UAF Street Lights Being Converted To LED

Jun 16, 2014

Street lights at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be converted to LED this summer. The project, estimated to cost between $1 and $2.5 million, is currently out for bid. Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System coordinator Donna Gardino lists it as the latest of three projects targeting lights in the cities of North Pole and Fairbanks. 

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The cost of a new engineering building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus continues to rise as officials struggle to find ways to pay for its construction.  The Board of Regents agreed last week to add five million dollars to the project. 

The Board of Regents agreed to increase the spending limit for a new engineering building at UAF from $75 to more than $80 million. UAF Vice Chancellor Pat Pitney told the Board the added money will keep the project going through next April. 

UAF Gets $4 Million For Veterinary Medicine Facility

Jun 9, 2014

The University of Alaska Board of Regents agreed last week to fund a $4 million design project to repurpose an already existing building on the UAF campus by September, 2015 when the first students begin studies in a new veterinary medicine program. But, the new program is on a list of recommended budget cuts.

Last December, UAF signed an agreement with Colorado State University to establish a professional veterinary medicine program. Chancellor Brian Rogers says the industry calls for up to 20 new vets in Alaska each year, but that the new program will only train half as many. 

International Arctic Research Center

The University of Alaska Board of Regents gave their formal approval for a $4.4 million project to repurpose the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks during a regular meeting last week.  The project comes after two Japanese agencies vacated the buildings.  Their absence means a loss of funding that would otherwise pay to maintain the building.  How the university will make up the deficit remains a mystery as the UA system continues to struggle with an anticipated $12 to $14 million budget shortfall in the coming year.

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.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers and his eight member cabinet have their work cut out for them to trim the operating budget for next year. They’re looking at 12 to 14 million dollars in reductions expected to eliminate one hundred jobs. Cabinet member, UAF Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Pat Pitney says the University is responding to a legislatively imposed, UA system wide 5 percent personnel cut, a reduction she says is compounded by other factors.