UA Statewide Briefs

Alaska Day brings guests Join us on Oct. 18 for two very special Alaska Day events! Alaska 2058: The Next 50 Years. A panel of experts in various subjects will engage in a conversation about the future of our state. Based in Anchorage at the UAA campus, the panel discussion will be videoconferenced to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Southeast where audiences will be allowed to ask questions and discuss their own visions for the next 50 years.

Local and Statewide campus news briefs

Fossils, climate change and HIV/AIDS research are all making news at Alaska's universities.

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Young marine scientists win big at Tsunami Bowl The first- and second-place winners of the Tsunami Bowl each won a one-year scholarship to the University of Alaska Fairbanks or the University of Alaska Southeast. The winning team will also get to compete in the national finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, to be held in Seward in April.

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Professors to be featured on local radio broadcast Creative writing professor Kathy Tarr and Gunnar Knapp, an economics professor and researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, will be featured on KSKA 91.1 FM Anchorage's program "Hold this Thought.

Campuswide Briefs

Proposed new sports arena gets a correction In November, TNL reported that a $65 million proposal for a new sports arena at UAA was included in the Board of Regents' proposed capital budget. It was sent on to Gov. Sarah Palin and is awaiting her approval before it is sent to the legislature.

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Chico State claims North Star FAIRBANKS - Alaska came agonizingly close to grabbing their first Mt. McKinley Bank North Star Invitational tournament title, only to see it slip away at the end, as a late Chico State run propelled them to a 74-65 win over the Nanooks.

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Palin denounces critics as cowards Several days after Palin returned to Alaska from her two-month odyssey as GOP vice president nominee, she unleashed a litany of complaints aimed at her critics. She called her critics cowards and jerks for chiding her anonymously, and insisted she never asked for the $150,000 wardrobe purchased for her use on the campaign trail.

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UAF teams raise $37,000 for healthy hearts FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks teams, led by Judy Jones and Marianne Freelong, strode past their goal and raised more than $37,000 for the American Heart Association Saturday during the 2008 Fairbanks Heart Walk.

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The University of Alaska Board of Regents wrapped up a two-day meeting in Juneau on Feb. 7. They approved schematic designs for a roofing and siding project at the Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel. The project, one of the university's top maintenance priorities, involves removing the existing roofing and exterior fascia boards and replacing them with new materials.

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Spring class schedule is posted online The Spring 2008 class schedule is now on UAOnline. Printed schedules are planned for release on Nov. 2. Priority registration begins on Nov. 12, and regular registration begins on Nov. 19. Dean named on Alaska's Top Forty Under 40 A program recognizing the state's top professionals younger than age 40 awarded UAA Dean of Students Bruce Schultz as a top 40 under 40.

Statewide Briefs

While the economy sinks, bank robberies rise The Wells Fargo Bank on East 5th Avenue in Anchorage was robbed last Friday. The subject was described as a white male in his late 30s, about 5'8, slender build, with short brown hair. The subject entered the bank and demanded money from the teller, but did not show or threaten to have a weapon.

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Two chair positions appointed at UAF FAIRBANKS - UAF appointed veteran educators to fill two of its endowed faculty chair positions for the first time. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Joel Shurkin will serve as the Charles W. Snedden Chair in Journalism for this academic year.

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The Seawolf Auction Seawolf Auction is May 8 at Sheraton Support UAA student-athletes and bid on great items at the 21st Annual Seawolf Auction, scheduled for Thursday, May 8, at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel's Howard Rock Ballroom. Doors open for the silent auction and casual buffet at 6 p.

Staewide Briefs

New ethics complaint filed against Palin With Troopergate barely behind her, Governor Sarah Palin faces yet another abuse of power charge. The complaint alleges that Palin used her official position as governor for personal gain, violating a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

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Canada Week focuses on religion The International Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at UAA is sponsoring a week of activities highlighting some aspect of Canada. The theme for this year will focus on religion in Canadian film, television and literature.

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A last push to deregulate The Bush administration is working hard to enact a wide array of federal regulations before a new administration takes over in January and while Congress is not in session to veto. The regulations would weaken government rules that currently protect consumers and the environment.

State Bar withdraws motion on Stevens’ license

The Alaska Bar Association has withdrawn its motion to suspend the law license of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, now that the federal corruption case against the Alaska republican has been dismissed. The bar filed its motion with the state Supreme Court after Stevens was convicted in October on seven felony counts of violating ethics rules.

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Solar design and homebuilding workshops target energy costs Upcoming workshops offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer ideas and techniques to help residents lower their home energy bills. Learn how to tap into the sun's energy at a solar design workshop offered Saturday by Extension energy and housing specialist Rich Seifert.

News in brief

Updates on Alaska's state universities with a special look at what's new at UAA.

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Former CAS Dean dies Dr. Wayne C. Miller, Dean for the UAA College of Arts and Sciences (cas) from 1990-1996, died this past week in Tampa, where he lived. Dr. Miller was 67 and had been an advocate of liberal arts and sciences education - helping to raise millions of dollars through faculty grants and research contracts from corporations and foundations.

The Edge Update: An Alaskan in space, cellphone privacy and a UK election disaster

The Edge Update can be heard every day on KRUA 88.1 The Edge, UAA's student-run radio station.

Search committee likely for new UA president

The chairwoman of the University of Alaska Board of Regents says a plan will be drafted this summer to find a replacement for outgoing UA President Mark Hamilton. Cynthia Henry says it's too early to say whether the 11-member board will look for another "nontraditional" candidate such as Hamilton, a former Army major general who took the UA job in 1998.

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Advisory committee to help UA president plan streamlined future UA President Mark Hamilton is calling on a campus-led advisory committee to help with streamlining and improving service at UA's System Office. The system office, which provides administrative and leadership support for the 16-campus UA system, was recently reviewed by external consultants Terry MacTaggart, who has extensive higher-education experience at numerous university systems in the lower 48 states; and Brian Rogers of Fairbanks, former chair of the Board of Regents and a previous UA vice president.

Grand Opening of the Fireside Cafe

Chancellor Fran Ulmer cuts the ribbon at the unveiling of the name of the Amenities Building Coffee Shop September 15. The winning entry was...

The Edge Update: Alaska legislative session, Trump congressional feuds and Myanmar violence

Alaskan legislators have revealed the bills they’ll be working to push through in the upcoming legislative session, and only a handful address the budget...

Nationwide Briefs

A Uranium Rush strikes the Grand Canyon Due to a renewed interest in nuclear power, uranium claims surrounding the Grand Canyon have skyrocketed. According to the Department of the Interior, uranium claims are now over 1,000 - just five year ago there were ten.

News Briefs

Former USUAA vice president Justice Brooks was convicted of assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief after he entered a "no contest" plea to the charges. The prosecution dismissed two other assault charges. Brooks entered his new plea June 22 and, at a June 28 hearing, his sentence was suspended and he was placed on three years' probation.

College Bound

Prop 8 protests rage on In Sacramento, Calif., the largest crowd yet gathered at the State Capitol for the fi fth day in a row protesting the recent rulings of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. Prop 8 has brought together over 5,000 activists who have gathered in front of the Capitol to protest the rulings and to voice their anger for the ruling.

Kingpin ordered to pay victims

A judge has ordered a former sex trafficker to pay $3.6 million in restitution to 11 victims. Don Arthur Webster, an Anchorage resident also known as Jerry Starr, was convicted last year of multiple counts of sex trafficking. According to testimony at his trial, Webster operated sham dating services that were fronts for prostitution.

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USUAA releases initiatives The Union of Students UAA recently passed a resolution to ask professors to help keep the cost of textbooks down. According to a report signed by student government president John Roberson III, he met with the Faculty Senate executive board to share ideas on how students and faculty can work together on textbook pricing.