Engineering school deans dismissed

August 25, at 3:30, the Dean of the School of Engineering Rob Lang walked into the office of Mike Driscoll, Executive Provost of Academic Affairs. An hour later, Associate Dean Grant Baker also walked into the office. Both men walked out with a letter of dismissal. Lang said that their work did fit with the vision of the university. Chancellor Tom Case disagreed.

Alaska bat researchers brace for white-nose syndrome

A fungus that has wiped out millions of bats since appearing on the East Coast a decade ago is making its way to Alaska.

The eagle has landed at Merrill Field: FedEx donates Boeing 727 to Aviation program

When landing, pilots are taught to aim for the numbers. The numbers denote the beginning of the runway and they are used as a reference point on final descent. A pilot aims for the numbers, flattens the plane out and then lands somewhere further down the runway. When a 100,000 pound jet lands on the 4000 ft. runway at Merrill Field the goal is to actually land on the numbers. Instead of aiming for the numbers the pilot aims for the Northway Mall.

Alaska Legislature approves statewide workplace smoking ban

The bill, written by Sen. Peter Micciche, prohibits smoking in workplaces across Alaska, such as restaurants, bars and other businesses, and even includes public transportation like taxis.

Millennials: The stingy blood donors

Millennial blood donations make up 10 percent of slim totals.

Claudia Lampman appointed interim vice provost for student success

“When something doesn’t go right for a student here, it doesn’t go right for one of my kids, and there are a lot of students on this campus that I feel like are my kids,” Lampman said.

Providing a solution to Anchorage homelessness with Think Tank

The “What does a solution to homelessness in Anchorage look like?” Think Tank event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Consortium Library, room 307. The event is free, and open to all students, staff, faculty and other community members.

What ever happened to The Dome?

After over five months, little is still known about the progress of The Dome

UA will raise student employee pay to minimum wage

There are about 1,400 student employees in the UA system, according to UA Human Resources, and approximately 20 percent of them are paid below state minimum wage. Their wages range from $8.50 to $9.75 an hour.

Meet the students running for office in the spring USUAA election

President and vice president candidates include: Alec Burris and Geser Bat-Erdene, and Jada Caudel and IntiMayo Harbison.

Friends, pints and the Anchorage Curling Club

For more information about the Anchorage Curling Club and to look at their events calendar, you can visit their website at anchoragecurling.com.

New UAA chancellor appointed

UA President Jim Johnsen announced in a press release on May 30 that Cathy Sandeen would be the next chancellor of UAA. Sandeen...

New shifts in UA leadership positions prompt salary adjustments

Since last year, The Northern Light has published an organizational chart of university leadership including the base salary for deans, vice provosts, vice chancellors...

RED ZONE: Without a trace

Drugs used to facilitate sexual assault are often undetectable and unreportable

Compensation review finds faculty salary competitive, executive salary below market median

An analysis of the compensation in the UA system found that faculty and staff receive competitive salaries in comparison to the market median. Executives...

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Alaskan student

Learn to spot symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and get the most of Alaska's winter.

Marijuana tax revenue reaches $4.5 million for state of Alaska

After the state began collecting marijuana tax in October of 2016, the total revenue for fiscal year 2017 came to $1.7 million. Brandon Spanos, deputy director of the department, says that the numbers are not surprising.

Chemistry degree now open for enrollment

Students can once again obtain a degree in chemistry, three years after the program was suspended due to a faculty shortage.

Safest cities in Alaska ranked

Survey based on FBI crime statistics ranks 24 Alaskan cities

Do UAA alumni donate to the university?

Jim Johnsen, president of the University of Alaska, has spoken about increasing philanthropy to the university to offset declining contributions from the State of Alaska. In the fall of 2013, UA had a general fund allocation of over $376.7 million. This fall, the fund allocation was roughly $317 million.

‘It’s more and it’s familiar’: John Stalvey appointed as interim provost for academic affairs

John Stalvey, formerly dean of UAA’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed interim provost for Academic Affairs. Duane Hrncir’s term as interim provost...

Senate proposes smoke-free workplaces

In his 2017 sponsor statement regarding Senate Bill 63, Sen. Peter Micciche wrote, "SB 63 seeks to protect Alaskan employees from the adverse health effects of secondhand smoke by providing a statewide smoke-free workplace law for business and public places."

University travel expenses include national advocacy

Over the last five years, $322,911.69 was spent on trip expenses for members of the Board of Regents. The board consists of 11 regents...

ESL courses cut, English proficiency standard raised

Students who would normally take ESL courses are now in developmental English courses.

Students react to tuition increase at forum

While the University of Alaska’s tuition is lower than its peer institutions, Johnsen said the community college costs are higher.

UAA housing struggles with occupancy rates

In the academic year of 2010-2011, the occupancy rate was around 95 percent in the fall and 90 percent in the spring. This year’s data shows a decrease of about 10 percentage points in both fall and spring. This is the lowest fall occupancy UAA housing has ever experienced.

Anchorage vote-by-mail election breaks record for voter turnout

It's important to note that the data for this year's election is from an unofficial report and the official numbers will be confirmed on April 17. Even after polls had closed Tuesday night, elections officials still had thousands of ballots to process through the week and posted summaries by 5 p.m. each day.

Audio Piece: Alaska bat researchers brace for white-nose syndrome

Bat research in Alaska has only started gaining traction within the last decade or so and biologists are working to gather even the most...

RED ZONE: University of Alaska Title IX compliance scorecards released

UAA was rated compliant on 16 of 18 items related to addressing sexual harassment, lined out by the Office of Civil Rights' Voluntary Resolution Agreement.

New coal-fired plant to replace old boilers at UAF

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is building the nation’s only new coal plant, according to Reggie Greathouse, utilities superintendent for UAF. The $245 million...