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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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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

David Shipler, author of 'Working Poor' speaks tonight at UAA (9/27, 7 pm)

David Shipler: Offers a free public talk Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm in the UAA Fine Arts Building, Room 150. Free and open to the public. The title of his talk is "Understanding Poverty by Connecting the Dots."David Shipler: Offers a free public talk Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm in the UAA Fine Arts Building, Room 150. Free and open to the public. The title of his talk is "Understanding Poverty by Connecting the Dots."UAA is host to author David Shipler this week. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on campus all week talking to classes, research center staff, students and the public -- mostly about understanding poverty. He wrote "The Working Poor: Invisible in America" in 2004.

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How to find out what's going on at your public university

UAA Life Hacks 2012: This back-to-campus blog features serialized fiction written by UAA student Joe Selmont, about the misadventures of student Lamont Harpe, who just recently fell in love. Find it at uaalifehacks2012.blogspot.com.UAA Life Hacks 2012: This back-to-campus blog features serialized fiction written by UAA student Joe Selmont, about the misadventures of student Lamont Harpe, who just recently fell in love. Find it at uaalifehacks2012.blogspot.com.Almost 16,000 students go to school at UAA's campus in Anchorage. That number jumps to 20,000 if you roll in the community campuses in Kenai, Kodiak, Mat-Su and Valdez.

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Consul General to speak Sept. 7 on ‘North Korea’s Nuclear Program: Challenges and Opportunities’

Friday, Sept. 7, 10-11 a.m.
Rasmuson Hall, Room 101

Consul General of the Republic of KoreaConsul General of the Republic of KoreaYoung W. Song, Consul General of the Republic of Korea will speak on campus Sept. 7UAA will host a free public talk by Young W. Song, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle, on Friday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. in Rasmuson Hall, Room 101. He will be hosted at UAA by political science professor Forrest Nabors.

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Campus Kickoff leads into first day of classes at UAA

UAA Campus Kickoff: Gets a thumb's up. Monday, Aug. 27, launched fall semester classes at UAA.UAA Campus Kickoff: Gets a thumb's up. Monday, Aug. 27, launched fall semester classes at UAA.
Monday was incredibly busy at UAA as students and faculty streamed back to campus to begin their fall semester.

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UAA: Fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 27. But first, the party!

Campus Kickoff: Begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 on the Cuddy Quad and launches the new fall semester.Campus Kickoff: Begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 on the Cuddy Quad and launches the new fall semester.UAA is about to e-x-p-l-o-d-e with activity. Coffee shops and campus eateries reopen Monday, Aug. 27. Parking enforcement (M-TH 7:30 am-7:30 pm; always FREE on Fridays) resumes on Monday. Classes start Monday.

But even before all that, a weekend of activity welcomes Freshman and returning students, staff and faculty.

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Fulbright Arctic Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Welker of UAA

UAA Professor Jeff Welker was installed Aug. 8 as the Fulbright U.S. Arctic Chair. His introduction took place in the Nobel Ceremonial Hall in Oslo, Norway.Nobel Ceremonial Hall, Oslo Norway: UAA's Dr. Jeff Welker is introduced as the newest Fulbright U.S. Arctic Chair.Nobel Ceremonial Hall, Oslo Norway: UAA's Dr. Jeff Welker is introduced as the newest Fulbright U.S. Arctic Chair.During the course of his sabbatical from August 2012-April 2013, Welker will undertake a host of winter ecology studies on sources and ages of respired CO2 using 14C techniques under ambient and long-term deeper snow (snow-fence experiment).

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UAA faculty Nancy Lord publishes in 'Ploughshares'

An essay by Professor Nancy Lord will be published in the fall 2012 issue of Ploughshares, one of the most prestigious literary journals in the country.'Ploughshares': Current issue will be available Aug. 15.'Ploughshares': Current issue will be available Aug. 15.Ploughshares is based at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. Founded in 1971, each issue is guest-edited by a prominent author.

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Summertime at UAA: kids' camps, ANSEP 'Acceleration Academy' and serious undergraduate research

The fall semester at UAA begins Aug. 27, and many of the special summer programs that go on when the campus is less busy in summer are wrapping up. Here's a look at three:

UAA's School of Engineering camps are so popular, advertising now is strictly word-of-mouth

The last camp, four weeks of robotics, ended Aug. 3. Here's just five seconds of glory when one robot 'captured the flag' and dunked a ping pong ball in the target.

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UAA to host free "Curiosity Landing Party" Aug. 5 when the rover lands on Mars

Simulation: : 'Curiosity,' the NASA rover, will land on Mars at 9:31 pm AKDT Sunday, Aug. 5. Come watch at UAA in ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building (CPISB), first floor lecture hall, Room 120.Simulation: : 'Curiosity,' the NASA rover, will land on Mars at 9:31 pm AKDT Sunday, Aug. 5. Come watch at UAA in ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building (CPISB), first floor lecture hall, Room 120.

UAA astronomers Dr. Andy Puckett has put out the word. The public is invited free to come watch the rover "Curiosity" land on Mars. The first floor lecture hall in CPISB, Room 120, will be available to observe the NASA news feed from 7:30-10:30 pm on Sunday, Aug. 5.

From Andy:

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Love your smartphone? iPad? Hybrid car? Read this.

UAA geochemist LeeAnn Munk in Chile: Lithium is a critical element for rechargeable batteries. It can be extracted from lithium brines by pumping the liquid into ponds and evaporating the salt water. Her work will determine if this is a sustainable process.UAA geochemist LeeAnn Munk in Chile: Lithium is a critical element for rechargeable batteries. It can be extracted from lithium brines by pumping the liquid into ponds and evaporating the salt water. Her work will determine if this is a sustainable process.When a USGS colleague wandered into geology professor LeeAnn Munk's UAA office one day and asked, "What do you know about lithium?" she had to honestly answer, "Not much."

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Kids Count Data: Alaska's kids rank 30th for overall child well-being

Latest data: The index has four categories: health, education, family and community, and economic well-being.Latest data: The index has four categories: health, education, family and community, and economic well-being.The data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book ranked Alaska 30th in terms of overall child well-being.

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Will work for alcohol and chocolate: Hamsters!

In the labIn the labUAA psychology professor Gwen Lupfer-Johnson, Ph.D., "Dr. Gwen," as her students call her, began studying social learning and transmission of food preferences among Siberian dwarf hamsters 13 years ago.

After working with them for years, she was very surprised to discover they like the taste of grain alcohol. In fact, they like it so much they sometimes choose it over water.

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UAA anthropology colleagues enjoy Denali Highway adventure

Running the Denali Highway: A support vehicle and runner on the road in early July.Running the Denali Highway: A support vehicle and runner on the road in early July.Anthropologists frequently go to annual conferences to share research papers and listen to the work of others. But sometimes those sessions are long, hard on the backside, and leave room for some creativity for how to incorporate movement into a sedentary experience.

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Are you up on the 49th State Angel Fund?

UAA's Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies explains UAA's new endeavors to commercialize research at the 49th State Angel Fund Forum on May 17, 2012.

UAA Seed Fund from Mayor Sullivan on Vimeo.

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UAA researchers develop 'Buddy,' a smartphone app to help manage drinking disorders

How often do you hear the expression, "There's an app for that!"

Two UAA researchers have developed just such a tool to help people with drinking problems manage their behavior.

'Buddy' app: Created by UAA researchers, the new smartphone app for managing drinking behavior is at the cusp of the mHealth or mobile health movement.'Buddy' app: Created by UAA researchers, the new smartphone app for managing drinking behavior is at the cusp of the mHealth or mobile health movement.

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What are you doing for Solstice?

Don't miss local artist Michael Conti's take on Solstice, opening June 21 with a reception @ 5-7 pm at the UAA Student Art Gallery.
Michael Conti's 'Solstice': Opening reception 5-7 pm Thursday June 21 at the UAA Student Union Gallery.Michael Conti's 'Solstice': Opening reception 5-7 pm Thursday June 21 at the UAA Student Union Gallery.

Read about what to expect at the show (hint: a camera obscura).

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Anthropologist's research highlights surprising connections between Mexico and Alaska

Connections between Anchorage and Mexico? For many Alaskans that brings to mind the Alaska Airlines terminal at the Seattle-Tacoma airport in March, suitcases full of swimwear, flip-flops and guidebooks.
Acuitzio PlazaAcuitzio Plaza

But beyond a sunny vacation destination for vitamin D-starved northerners, Mexico is one part of a complex "home" identity for a sampling of Anchorage residents.

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Armchair astronomers: You've got a front-row seat this week in Anchorage

Whirlpool Galaxy: Photographed by UAA astronomer Dr. Travis Rector.Whirlpool Galaxy: Photographed by UAA astronomer Dr. Travis Rector.On the heels of that amazing Transit of Venus, the American Astronomical Society meets this week in Anchorage. The UAA Physics and Astronomy Department is the local host, and there are some pretty incredible free talks that local residents are invited to.

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Venus Transit talk available on UAA's You Tube channel; Planetarium Open House 1-9 pm June 5

Egyptian art: This is a depiction by Egyptians of what they imagined was happening in the sky at night. This image is from DiIulio's talk.Egyptian art: This is a depiction by Egyptians of what they imagined was happening in the sky at night. This image is from DiIulio's talk.Ron DiIulio, the planetarium director and astronomy program director at the University of North Texas, gave a free public lecture at the UAA Planetarium June 1, offering background on the Venus Transit that will take place Tuesday, June 5 between 2:06-8:47 p.m. During the transit, if we have clear skies, viewers will be able to see the planet Venus move across the face of the sun.

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