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The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility near Gakona comprises a 40-acre grid of towers to  conduct research of the ionosphere. The facility was built and operated by the U.S. Air Force until Aug. 11, 2015, when ownership was transferred to UAF's Geophysical Institute.

Ever since the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program opened in 2003, people have been intrigued by the field of antennas off mile 11.3 of the Tok Cutoff Road. Long a conversation piece for people who questioned what Department of Defense scientists were doing in the Copper River Valley far from any town, HAARP will soon host its first campaigns under University of Alaska Fairbanks ownership.

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A newly awarded federal grant will allow the University of Alaska Fairbanks to purchase a new piece of science equipment for analyzing isotope ratios of heavy elements such as strontium and mercury. The instrument will be the first of its kind in Alaska, allowing University of Alaska students to do isotope analysis without traveling to the Lower 48.

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UA Press releases book celebrating diverse LGBTQ communities in Alaska

The University of Alaska Press released “Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry” edited by Martha Amore and Lucian Childs. Diversity has always been central to Alaska identity, as the state’s population consists of people with many different backgrounds, viewpoints and life experiences. This book opens a window onto these diverse … Continue reading UA Press releases book celebrating diverse LGBTQ communities in Alaska

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Photo courtesy of Mike Seper  Eco Zipline owner Mike Seper is studying for his MBA degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks while operating his business in Missouri.

Mike Seper is one of thousands starting the semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Like more and more of his classmates, though, he’s never been to Fairbanks. You’ll find Seper, an MBA student, an hour and 20 minutes west of St. Louis in a small trailer office, which acts as the gateway to a mile-long course of cables zigzagging through Missouri’s infamous hills. “I always knew I wanted to own my own business,” he said, “but wasn’t sure what it would be.” In 2010 it became clear, and he opened Eco Zipline.

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