On March 24, 2017, ARCUS and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), in conjunction with the Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS) co-hosted the first ever Anchorage Arctic Research Day. This event, held on the UAA campus, brought together over one hundred Arctic researchers from the university, indigenous, federal, state, local, and non-profit entities to share descriptions of the work they are doing and to foster new collaborations. The day included welcomes from Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, UAA Chancellor Tom Case, and representatives of Senator Lisa Murkowski and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, gave a keynote address, discussing the US ARC's current priority goals for Arctic research as well as highlights of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council and the White House Arctic Science Ministerial meeting in September 2016.

There were two panels featuring UAA faculty members discussing their current Arctic research projects, one focusing on Social Sciences, Health and Humanities, and another on Natural Sciences and Engineering research. A third panel included researchers from federal, state and quasi-governmental agencies with offices in Anchorage, researchers and leaders from two Anchorage-based indigenous organizations – Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska and Aleut International Association - that participate as Permanent Participants to the Arctic Council, the head of the Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Institute of the North. IARPC participants presented an overview of the recently launched IARPC Arctic Research Plan, and discussed ways that researchers and community members could be involved. The executive director of the University of Alaska's Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) also described the work of this Department of Homeland Security-funded Center of Excellence. Bob Rich, ARCUS Executive Director, also gave an overview of opportunities for researchers to engage with ARCUS.


Time Event
Day 1 Wednesday, 9 March 2016
8:30 a.m.

Registration and coffee – in Rasmuson Hall lobby

Introduction and Background

9:00 a.m.

Chancellor welcome
Mayor welcome
ARCUS welcome

9:20 a.m.

Morning Keynote

Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission

9:45 a.m.

Panel – Uaa Arctic Research in the Social Sciences, Health and Humanities

Diane Hirshberg – director, Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, ISER

Matt Berman – Economics/ISER

Jordan Lewis – WWAMI School of Medicine

Medeia Csoba DeHass – Alaska Native Studies/Anthropology

Marie Lowe – ISER/Anthropology

Nelta Edwards – Sociology

Toby Widdicombe - English

11:00 a.m.

Panel – IARPC Arctic Research Plan Discussion

Led by Martin Jeffries

12:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 p.m.

Panel - Community Agencies

Carolina Behe, ICC (Inuit Circumpolar Council) Alaska

Betsy Baker, Executive director, North Pacific Research Board

Jim Gamble, Executive Director, Aleut lnternational Association

John Pearce, Chief, Wetlands and Terrestrial Ecology Branch, USGS, Alaska Science Center

Aron Crowell, Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian, at the Anchorage Museum

Thomas W. Hennessy, MD, MPH, Co-Chair, Arctic Human Health Experts Group. Director Arctic Investigations Program, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Wendy Loya – CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) Arctic Council Working Group & Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Molly McCammon, Director, Alaska Ocean Observing System

Nils Andreassen, Director, Institute of the North

2:40 p.m.

Arctic Domain Awareness Center

Randy Kee Maj Gen Ret. Director and Doug Causey, PI

3:00 p.m.

ARCUS Opportunities for Making Arctic Research Connections

Robert Rich, Executive Director

3:30 p.m.

UAA Natural Sciences & Engineering

Audrey Taylor – Geography & Environmental Studies

Jeff Welker – Biological Sciences

Tom Ravens - Engineering

Jamie Trammell –Geography & Environmental Studies/Alaska Center for Conservation Science

Paddy Sullivan – Biology/Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI)

Jess Grunblatt – UAA Alaska Center for Conservation Science

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Reception & Poster Exhibit – Lobby of Rasmuson Hall