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News and Press Releases 2021

June 18, 2021

UAS Chemist Konrad Meister lands NSF Award to Study How Fungi Make Ice

The National Science Foundation has awarded UAS professor Dr. Konrad Meister with a three-year, $243,688 award to study the structure and working mechanisms of fungal ice nucleators.

June 16, 2021

UAS Outdoor Studies Students Complete Capstones on Juneau Icefield and Above Gilkey River

Concluding a challenging 15 months of COVID-19 modified programming, University of Alaska Southeast Outdoor Studies students completed two capstone field courses this spring. In the first, ten students and one instructor established a base camp approximately 2000 feet above the Gilkey River and backcountry skied in the area from May 5-15th.

June 8, 2021

From Streambed to Glacial Ice, Students Lead Research at the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center

On the banks of Juneau’s Montana Creek, Claire Delbecq leans over a small metal strainer, sorting through the plant matter, insects, and sediment that have been collected from the water column of the nearby stream. The contents of this sample can tell us about where and when salmon are getting their food, and how altered patterns of stream flow due to climate change might affect their growth.

June 7, 2021

UAS Celebrates Student Success Chancellor’s and Dean’s Lists – Spring 2021 Semester

UAS Chancellor Karen Carey, Interim Dean Paula Martin of the School of Arts & Sciences, Dean Pete Traxler of the School of Career and Technical Education, and Executive Dean Steve Atwater of the Alaska College of Education are proud to recognize students for their scholarly achievements.

June 4, 2021

UAS Ketchikan Maritime Training Facility Included in Consortium Designated as 2021 Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education

The UAS Ketchikan Maritime Training Center is one of six members of the Alaska Maritime Education Consortium, working to address the maritime workforce needs across the state of Alaska.

June 1, 2021

Dr. Heidi Pearson of UAS collaborates with international colleagues on marine biology and climate change research

The paper, published in the science journal One Earth this month, is a collaboration between Ms. Angela Martin at the Centre for Coastal Research at the University of Agder in Norway, Dr. Heidi Pearson at UAS, Dr. Esben Moland Olsen at the Institute of Marine Research in Norway, and Dr. Grace Saba at Rutgers University.

May 27, 2021

Icebergs Push Back - New study: Slushy iceberg aggregates control calving timing on Greenland’s Jakobshavn Isbræ

Shortly before Jakobshavn Isbræ, a tidewater glacier in Greenland, calves massive chunks of ice into the ocean, there’s a sudden change in the slushy collection of icebergs floating along the glacier’s terminus, according to a new paper led by authors at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, Emory University, and University of Alaska Southeast.

May 13, 2021

UAS Congratulates Bob McClory, Ketchikan High School Counselor, for Recent Award

The University of Alaska Southeast would like to acknowledge Bob McClory of Ketchikan High School for his recent honor receiving the Sister Shawn Marie Barry Distinguished Service to Youth Award from the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC).

May 25, 2021

Konar named Alaska NSF EPSCoR lead

Dr. Brenda Konar named as the new Principal Investigator and Project Director of its “Fire & Ice” research project.

April 26, 2021

UAS Celebrates the Class of 2021 with Virtual Commencement Ceremonies this Weekend

On the weekend of April 30 to May 2, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) will celebrate student achievement and success at commencement activities on its three campuses in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau, with over 400 graduates.

April 16, 2021

UAS Honors Pauline Kookesh Duncan with Honorary Doctorate of Education at 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Pauline has created an invaluable legacy of teaching materials that merge Tlingit culture and language with Alaska educational standards.

April 15, 2021

UAS awarded National Society of Leadership and Success First Year Grant

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has been selected as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).

April 7, 2021

UAS Honors Elizabeth Nelson of Ketchikan with Meritorious Service Award

Elizabeth’s leadership is guided above all by inclusivity and is fueled by an unwavering drive to bring new people into the fold

April 5, 2021

UAS Honors Gordon Jackson at 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony, April 30

This year UAS will honor Kaheenaak Gordon L. Jackson with a Meritorious Service Award, presented during the Juneau campus ceremony on Friday, April 30, for his contributions to rural education, health services, and economic development for Alaska Natives, particularly in his home region of Southeast Alaska.

April 5, 2021

April 1, 2021

Southeast High School Students to Showcase Ocean-based Research with UAS RASOR Program

Seven students from Metlakatla, Craig, Petersburg, Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe are finalizing the results their year-long ocean research projects.

March 26, 2021

A Skier’s Perspective on the 2021 Iditarod Trail Invitational

Skiing the Invitational is not an affair rich in sleep

March 19, 2021

Team from UAS leads local volunteers in whale necropsy effort near Sitka

The group spent about five and a half hours ... performing a necropsy, with a main goal to determine cause of death

March 16, 2021

Melting glaciers could speed up carbon emissions into the atmosphere

The loss of glaciers worldwide enhances the breakdown of complex carbon molecules in rivers, potentially contributing further to climate change.

March 2, 2021

UAS Native & Rural Student Center Hosts 19th Annual Oratory Showcase

The theme of this year’s event was Haa kusteeyi guganeix, or “Our way of life will heal.”

February 22, 2021

Educators Rising Alaska Leadership Conference February 28th – March 1st

The theme for this year’s conference is “Rising Above Adversity”.

February 9, 2021

Determining Dissolved Organic Carbon Flows into the Gulf of Alaska

A new model determines freshwater and dissolved organic carbon discharge to the Gulf of Alaska from one of the most geographically diverse but understudied regions on the planet

February 10, 2021

Climate Change Alters Coastal Processes in North America’s Largest Temperate Rainforest

In North America’s largest remaining temperate rainforest, coastal marine environments are intrinsically linked with the land through the delivery of nutrients that drive ocean productivity.

January 26, 2021

Alaska Airlines Student Concert Series at UAS Presents: Drive-In Concert with Pamyua

On Friday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m., the University of Alaska Southeast is hosting an Alaska Airlines Student Concert Series event, Pamyua. The concert is FREE and open to the public.

January 22, 2021

Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center Names New Director Tom Thornton

ACRC is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Thornton as ACRC Director as of April 11, 2021.

January 20, 2021

UAS Celebrates Student Success Chancellor’s and Dean’s Lists - Fall 2020 Semester

UAS Chancellor Karen Carey, Interim Dean Paula Martin of the School of Arts & Sciences, Dean Pete Traxler of the School of Career and Technical Education, and Executive Dean Steve Atwater of the Alaska College of Education are proud to recognize students for their scholarly achievements.

January 15, 2021

Sealaska Corporation Supports Scholarships for Alaska Native Language Student Enrollment

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) announces a tuition scholarship offered in support from Sealaska Corporation for students enrolled in Spring 2021 Alaska Native Language courses.

January 6, 2021

Student Workshops Go Remote at Virtual Sitka Whalefest Science Festival

This year, students weren’t able to travel to Sitka but that doesn’t mean they didn’t get their (gloved) hands dirty.

January 5, 2021

UAS RASOR Program and Tribal Mentors Guide High School Students in Community-based Research and Prepare Them for College Success

The Rural Alaska Students in One-Health Research (RASOR) program started its second year ready to tackle new challenges. Ten Southeast Alaska students from Metlakatla, Petersburg, Sitka, and Craig and three Mt. Edgecumbe students from Unalakleet, Huslia, and Tyonek joined this year.