News Briefs

David Registe named GNAC Athlete of the Year

David Registe, a star member of UAA’s track and field team, was named the male “Athlete of the Year” for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. This is the first time a UAA athlete has won this special honor.

Originally from Palmer, Registe has racked up other honors during his time at UAA. His forte is the long jump, and he was named the 2007 GNAC Champion, 2008 GNAC Champion, 2008 All-American and 2008 NCAA Division II National Champion.

Registe is a sophomore majoring in elementary education. For more information on David Registe and his latest accomplishment, visit

Northrim gives ISER $300,000 new research

The Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA has received a three-year $300,000 grant from Northrim Bank to fund a new research initiative, “Investing for Alaska’s Future.” Scott Goldsmith, professor of economics at ISER, will direct the initiative, studying the importance of investment for building a strong Alaska economy. Additional funding for the first year will be provided by a grant from the University of Alaska Foundation.

This research initiative will help Alaskans better understand the relationship between government policies and economic development, help inform investment decisions, and monitor state economic and fiscal conditions. The results will be made available to the public in a series of reports.

UAA joins forces with University of the Arctic

Early this June, UAA and four other institutions were accepted into the University of the Arctic, known as UArctic, at an annual meeting in Edmonton, Canada. UAA is now among 116 organizations associated with UArctic, a network of universities, colleges and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North.

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Dr. Hannele Zubeck, a professor in UAA’s School of Engineering and chair of the Arctic Engineering program, presented UAA’s membership application to the UArctic Council on June 3. The Council unanimously accepted the application, thus partnering UAA with the University of Alaska Fairbanks as Alaska’s institutional members.

UArctic’s overall goal is to create a strong, sustainable circumpolar region by empowering northerners and northern communities through education and shared knowledge. It promotes education that is circumpolar, interdisciplinary and diverse in nature, and draws on combined strengths to address the unique challenges of the region. UArctic recognizes the integral role of indigenous peoples in northern education and seeks to engage their perspectives in all of its activities.

Dr. Douglas Causey, vice provost for Research and Graduate Studies and dean of the Graduate School, authored UAA’s application. “UAA wants to fully participate in educational programs based at the undergraduate, graduate and life-time learning components,” Causey said. “UAA’s first contribution to the UArctic network is to co-host a Thematic Network in Arctic Engineering and Science together with the Lule? University in Sweden.”

Zubeck, UAA’s co-lead for the network, said that the goal is to enhance the innovations in technologies used in the construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure, housing, public/private facilities, vehicles, machinery and equipment in order to improve the quality of life and allow the development of natural resources in the Arctic. Planned activities include joint education programs, curriculum development, research cooperation and knowledge sharing. The UArctic programs, such as faculty exchange and student exchange, as well as distance education via e-learning, are utilized for educational programs.

More information about UArctic and its programs can be found online at For more information about UAA’s involvement with UArctic, contact Zubeck at (907) 283-6535 or [email protected] For information on UAA’s Arctic Engineering program, visit