The University of Alaska Board of Regents has selected Jim Johnsen, a senior vice president of Alaska Communications, to be the 14th UA president.

Tegan Hanlon
A new study commissioned by the Alaska Legislature says that the state’s school funding program largely works well for its school districts, and found that an increasing proportion of spending on instruction is tied to better student performance.Nathaniel Herz
Outgoing University of Alaska President Pat Gamble announced Tuesday that UA Regent Mike Powers will serve as the interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks starting September 1.Tegan Hanlon
UAF officials say students will likely see more crowded classrooms and fewer duplicate offerings of required introductory courses.Associated Press
Better Alaska mapping, more understanding of mineral resources, more study of the effects of thawing permafrost and more help to Arctic communities coping with crumbling coastlines and vulnerable infrastructure are among the tasks that the U.S. Geological Survey plans in its newly released five-year Arctic strategy.Alaska Dispatch News

High school students help out on an archaeological dig across the street from the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station during the first two weeks of July 2015 in Talkeetna. 

Zaz Hollander
 The University of Alaska plans to eliminate or suspend a number of majors this year to deal with an ongoing budgetary squeeze on the state's public universities.Associated Press
Five years after the death of former Sen. Ted Stevens, the millions of pages he accumulated over decades remain off limits to researchers, locked away three floors below ground at the UAF Rasmuson Library in Fairbanks. The plan now is to move the entire collection to Anchorage this summer.Dermot Cole
Kotzebue middle schoolers Katelyn Dela Rosa and Tahayla Baker were among 47 students who built and flew their own drones as part of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s STEM Career Explorations camp.Jillian Rogers

Youth peer mentors work with youngsters building computers at the July Middle School Academy hosted by the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at UAA. 

Erik Hill