For more than 30 years Linda Leask edited, researched, and developed hundreds of ISER publications. At UAA’s Fall Commencement next weekend, she will be honored with staff emerita status in recognition of her outstanding service to the university and ISER.
“Linda crafted ISER’s stylistic face. Readers of ISER publications are probably unaware of how hard Linda worked to make our publications clear and understandable. That is the remarkable contribution of a great writer and editor like Linda,” said ISER Director Ralph Townsend.
Leask, who retired in June, began as a research associate at ISER in 1977 and became editor in 1986. During her more than 40-years at ISER, Leask developed a depth of knowledge of some of Alaska’s most pressing social and economic issues, including fiscal policy, education, fisheries management and child welfare.
“She was just a delight to work with,” said Vic Fischer, who served as its first director from 1966 to 1976, and is still with ISER.
Leask worked with Fischer as well as subsequent ISER directors and researchers to transform complex research into easy-to-understand and accurate publications.
“She always understood the message you were trying to get across and helped you focus, in a constructive way, on the changes that needed to be made,” Fischer said.
In addition to editing, Leask independently researched and wrote numerous publications.
Current ISER Director Townsend, along with ISER researchers and past directors nominated Leask for the staff emerita award which recognizes extraordinary and meritorious contributions beyond the staff member’s job responsibilities.
“The experience, skill, and dedication Linda brought to ISER cannot be replaced,” Townsend said.