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Hometown U represents the University of Alaska Anchorage. We are a diverse and inclusive public university serving 20,000 students in Anchorage and four community campuses. Our mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement and creative expression.

Here you'll be alerted to enriching opportunities for engaging your mind and heart. What are our scientists working on? Our playwrights and poets? What's student life like? Get perspective on Alaska and global complexities through the eyes of those who study them carefully.

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We invite you to explore this great university, located right in your own backyard.

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What makes a cold city cool? Investigating urban design - 3/24/2014 3:26 pm

Student Spotlight: Seawolf Debate Program - 3/18/2014 10:23 am

Reimagining a winter campus during Winterfest 2014 - 2/24/2014 10:29 am

Bringing the tables of Istanbul to the screen - 2/18/2014 10:27 am

A dedicated space for alumni, UAA’s new Alumni Center - 2/12/2014 4:08 pm

Living history: Tuskegee aviator visits UAA - 2/7/2014 9:19 am

UAA offers Alaska Native words of welcome - 1/15/2014 5:05 pm

UAA joins community and statewide relief efforts for typhoon-ravaged Philippines - 11/20/2013 10:36 am

UAA Alumni Association announces interim Board of Directors

Swearing in: Left to right, Rachel Morse, Patty Hickock, Heather Cavanaugh and Ben Anderson. UAA Chancellor Tom Case is at the podium. New directors not present were Leverette Hoover, Andrew Romerdahl and Eric Wohlforth. Special advisors to the board include Cathleen Hahn,Gloria O'Neill and Dave Rand.Swearing in: Left to right, Rachel Morse, Patty Hickock, Heather Cavanaugh and Ben Anderson. UAA Chancellor Tom Case is at the podium. New directors not present were Leverette Hoover, Andrew Romerdahl and Eric Wohlforth. Special advisors to the board include Cathleen Hahn,Gloria O'Neill and Dave Rand.On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, UAA appointed eight members to the interim Board of Directors for the UAA Alumni Association.

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UAA alum Dawnell Smith provides leadership at Out North and on the roller derby rink

Dawnell Smith as 'WickedSpeedia"Dawnell Smith as 'WickedSpeedia"The story Dawnell Smith tells about playing in her first scrimmage as a Rage City Rollergirl is one of determination. After doing time as "fresh meat"—the term for a new derby recruit—she got her chance to play jammer, the skater who threads her way through walls of wheeling flesh and elbows for a chance to break out in front of the pack and earn points for her team. It's physical. Concussions-and-lost-teeth physical. "I don't think I made it through once," she says.

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Scott Goldsmith on 'Maximum Sustainable Yield: FY 2014 Update'

Alaska's state government can afford to spend about $5.5 billion in fiscal year 2014 (July 2013 to June 2014). That's the most recent estimate of the level of General Fund spending the state can sustain over the long run, from a ISER Research Matters: An effort to quickly let Alaskans know about research findings from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), at the University of Alaska Anchorage.ISER Research Matters: An effort to quickly let Alaskans know about research findings from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), at the University of Alaska Anchorage.new paper by Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at ISER.

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Happy Holidays from UAA

UAA will be closed from Dec. 24-Jan 1. Regular business hours will resume Jan. 2. Classes and parking enforcement will resume Jan. 14. Please enjoy the Chancellor's Holiday Greeting to the community!

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Women Seawolves host AT&T Hoops Classic Dec 17-19

AT&T Hoops Classic: The veteran trio of Sasha King (13), Kylie Burns (43) and Alysa Horn (23) are trying to remain unbeaten in their AT&T Hoops Classic careers.AT&T Hoops Classic: The veteran trio of Sasha King (13), Kylie Burns (43) and Alysa Horn (23) are trying to remain unbeaten in their AT&T Hoops Classic careers.

Starting at 7 p.m. tonight in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, see some great women's basketball as UAA hosts the fourth annual AT&T Hoops Classic. Get all the tournament details at www.goseawolves.com.

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Looking for work? Put this city-wide job and career fair on your calendar

Few in the Anchorage community may realize that the UAA Career Services Center is available not just to students and alumni looking for work, but also any member of the community, FREE OF CHARGE!

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UAA launches newly-formed alumni association with all graduates as members

Did you know there are 43,000+ UAA alumni who live and work in all 50 states and around the globe? And, almost 80 percent of UAA alumni live and work in Alaska.
UAA Alumni Association logoUAA Alumni Association logo

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McDowell Group study defines economic impact of UA on Alaska

The annual economic impact of the university includes $714 million in direct effects and $402 million in indirect and induced effects according to a McDowell Group study, titled "The Economic Impact of the University of Alaska 2012."

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The week before finals, and all through the library....

UAA's students are about to enter the intensity of finals week beginning Dec. 10-15. So this week is the last burst of activity before the great hunkering down.

DON'T MISS:

>>> UAA's student pottery sale. Friday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Gordon Hartlieb Hall, Room 108.

A couple of tips:
Arrive early (you may stand in line), and bring cash or your checkbook; no credit cards accepted. This is truly a place to find unique work that makes awesome gifts for the holidays, or even for yourself!

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More on those amazing arctic ground squirrel - this time, their circadian rhythms

Hibernating arctic ground squirrelHibernating arctic ground squirrelProfessor Loren Buck, Department of Biological Sciences, is leading a team of researchers in a four-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant-funded study of the effects of light and dark on arctic ground squirrels' circadian rhythms.

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A veteran's story: Amanda Marr

UAA student and veteran: While she and her husband were both on active duty, military medic Amanda Marr received word that her husband had been killed in action. She completed her own military commitment, then decided to go back to school and become a nurse practitioner in the Native/rural communities in Alaska. She is also a Native Studies minor.UAA student and veteran: While she and her husband were both on active duty, military medic Amanda Marr received word that her husband had been killed in action. She completed her own military commitment, then decided to go back to school and become a nurse practitioner in the Native/rural communities in Alaska. She is also a Native Studies minor.Amanda Marr is as funny as she is fierce. She looks like she could probably beat you arm wrestling or smoke you in a foot race.

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What is EcoJustice? Plus other offerings at UAA this week

Mike Mueller just got to Alaska, but he has big plans. With his rich background in ecojustice research, he’s ready to apply that knowledge to place-based science education in Alaska.
Mike Mueller: explains that ecojustice looks at the sustainability of both people and animals in their natural systems. He teaches at UAA.Mike Mueller: explains that ecojustice looks at the sustainability of both people and animals in their natural systems. He teaches at UAA.
What is ecojustice, you ask?

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Otter rescue all in a day's work for UAA Kachemak Bay biologist

Rescued otterRescued otterIt just figures that the day you dress up for work is the day you're going to get called to rescue a bewildered sea otter pup making its way toward the Homer Airport.

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Fisheries economist Frank Asche of Norway predicts the world seafood market will be dominated by farmed fish by 2030

Alaska wild fish: Alaska fishermen must deal with weather, uncertain supply and delivery challenges. Photo by Gunnar Knapp, ISER.Alaska wild fish: Alaska fishermen must deal with weather, uncertain supply and delivery challenges. Photo by Gunnar Knapp, ISER.The Institute for Social and Economic Research hosted a lunchtime talk by fisheries economist Frank Asche on Oct 26, 2012. The title of his talk was, "Global Seafood Markets in 2030: Dominated by Aquaculture with Wild Fish as Niche Market Products?"

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'No Big Heads' national, juried self-portrait winners named; exhibit up through Nov. 6

'No Big Heads' juror: Visual artist David Kassan came from Brooklyn, NY to jury the show, give a public lecture, and share drawing and painting demos with UAA art students.'No Big Heads' juror: Visual artist David Kassan came from Brooklyn, NY to jury the show, give a public lecture, and share drawing and painting demos with UAA art students.This year's NBH's was the 27th birthday for the exhibition of small-size self-portraits that arrive from around the country. Student Union Gallery Manager Tess Forstner told a crowd gathered to hear Brooklyn-based juror David Jon Kassan speak Oct.

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Adriana Bustos: 'Beasts of Burden,' Drawings, Photographs and Videos from Argentina through Nov. 9

'Beasts of Burden' by Adriana Bustos of Argentina: Her work focuses on Argentinian class issues and drug trafficking on a global scale. Her show is open at the Kimura Gallery in UAA Fine Arts Building through Nov. 9. Gallery Hours, M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.'Beasts of Burden' by Adriana Bustos of Argentina: Her work focuses on Argentinian class issues and drug trafficking on a global scale. Her show is open at the Kimura Gallery in UAA Fine Arts Building through Nov. 9. Gallery Hours, M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.This exhibition of the internationally acclaimed Argentinian artist Adriana Bustos's artwork is an extraordinary body of work. She is a socially engaged artist who bridges the world of art and politics.

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Lots on tap for UAA's Homecoming Week 2012, through Oct. 13

UAA may not have a football team, but it has a hockey team, and in preparation for the Kendall Hockey Classic this weekend, the campus is hosting Homecoming 2012, daily activities to capture student enthusiasm and focus it on the hockey match-up Friday and Saturday nights with Canisius College, the Air Force and UAF.

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Two cool things happening at UAA Friday Oct. 5

Chris Abani at The DEN, Oct. 5: Nigerian born writer, now a professor at UC Riverside, talks about art and literature in defense of human rightsChris Abani at The DEN, Oct. 5: Nigerian born writer, now a professor at UC Riverside, talks about art and literature in defense of human rights

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UAA hosts U.S. Presidential Debates viewing Oct. 3, 11, 16 and 22

Watch the presidential debates at UAA: Post-debate guided reflections and voter information will follow the debates. Start time, 5 pm in the UAA Student Union, North Cafeteria.Watch the presidential debates at UAA: Post-debate guided reflections and voter information will follow the debates. Start time, 5 pm in the UAA Student Union, North Cafeteria.

Here are details for viewing the presidential debates at UAA:

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5-6:30 p.m.
Topic: Domestic Policy
Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colo.
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Thursday, Oct. 11, 5-6:30 p.m.

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Astronomer Andy Puckett on the Harvest Moon over Alaska

Harvest Moon: Alaska has some viewing advantages when it comes to the Harvest Moon. Image from Wikimedia Commons, used with permission.Harvest Moon: Alaska has some viewing advantages when it comes to the Harvest Moon. Image from Wikimedia Commons, used with permission.

Last Saturday was the Autumnal Equinox here in the northern hemisphere, which makes this coming Saturday's (Sept. 29) full moon the "Harvest Moon."

What does that mean, and how is this event special for Alaskans? First, it helps to think like an Outsider.

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