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  • Sunlight touches a snowy city in this aerial view.

    Long-term views of a changed Alaska

    December 01, 2023

    As an instructor for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, I have stood before a group of Alaskans every Tuesday night this November. During the most recent class session of Ned Rozell's Alaska, I asked 17 people what changes they have noticed in this giant peninsula during their time here.

  • A stalk of bull kelp grows in Kachemak Bay

    -led project will look for rare-earth elements in Southeast Alaska seaweed

    November 28, 2023

    A -led research team has been awarded a $1.9 million federal grant to explore whether seaweed are absorbing rare-earth elements near a rich deposit in Southeast Alaska.

  • The legs, feet and skis of three cross-country skate skiers are visible in the photo as the skiers glide across a packed snow surface.

    Surfing in winter on cross-country skis

    November 28, 2023

    With mild temperatures and ample snow, much of Alaska is now primed for cross-country skiing. It's a sport for all ages, made possible by friction.

  • A group of young women traverse a snow field on a rope line at Gulkana Glacier. Photo by Hannah Mode.

    Inspiring Girls* Expeditions 2024 accepting applications

    November 28, 2023

    Inspiring Girls* Expeditions Alaska is accepting applications for a unique suite of tuition-free backcountry science and art education programs in summer 2024.

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