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ISER and University of Alaska faculty and administrators leading international Arctic research and education efforts

University of Alaska faculty and administrators have leadership roles in several national and international Arctic research organizations, including ISER’s own Diane Hirshberg. In December 2017, Dr. Hirshberg was elected to a three-year term on the Board of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. Dr. Hirshberg also was re-elected to a second three-year term on in the International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council in June 2017. In addition, she continues to serve as Advisor to the UAA Chancellor on Arctic Research & Education, facilitating UAA’s engagement in the University of the Arctic (UArctic), building the Arctic research community at UAA, and co-organizing the Anchorage Arctic Research Days along with ARCUS, the Institute of the North and the Anchorage Museum.

The ARCUS Board is led by another UAA faculty member, Board President Dr. Audrey Taylor, an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at UAA. Dr. Taylor is in her second three-year term on the board, and was elected President in December. Another UAA professor, Dr. Jeffrey Welker, Professor of Biological Sciences, is serving in a new leadership capacity in Arctic research. In 2017, he was appointed the first UArctic Research Chair (a collaborative appointment between UArctic, the University of Oulu and the University of Alaska Anchorage). His role is to implement and drive collaborative actions among UArctic members; develop research cooperation that includes undergraduate, graduate, PhD and postdoctoral scientist training; and build partnerships with the broader Arctic community. Finally, in June 2018 University of Alaska Fairbanks Vice Chancellor for Research Larry Hinzman was elected president of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Council.

There are many other University of Alaska faculty and administrators taking leadership in national and international Arctic research and education efforts and organizations, and ISER is pleased to be a part of this important work.

2018-07-23T17:35:56+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: News|

Save the Date for July Cohort Call

July Cohort Call Mon, July 23 10-11am Information to attend webinar: Adobe Connect link to join meeting: To join by audio, dial: 1-866-832-7806; enter Participant Code: 8204436

Please join us for an Adobe Connect training around completing your coalition’s PFS project deliverables (State Annual Narrative Report, Step 4 and Step 5 Fidelity Checklists). This time will be spent assisting you in working through the required reports, and answer any questions before they are due on July 31.

Access updated versions of Fidelity Checklists on the PFS website on the State and Federal Reporting webpage. Each checklist is also available in the PFS Guidance Document.

For any questions, please contact Hope Finkelstein ( and DETAL (

2018-07-16T16:04:06+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: AKPFS_only|

PFS Annual Narrative Reports (due July 31, 2018)

The state annual (narrative) report will serve as a tool to document important work accomplished under the PFS grant showcasing your coalition’s success stories. Examples of the kinds of information to include in your coalition’s narrative report include the following items:

  • Specific strategies
  • Data and graphs
  • Photos
  • Limited jargon and prevention speech (write for people not familiar with prevention work)
  • Can be 1 page (front and back)

A guideline with specific details to use for completing the report is available at this link. Please submit completed reports to Hope Finkelstein, State Coordinator ( by July 31, 2018.

Note: Coalitions are NOT required to submit any additional financial reporting other than the already required GEMS report. The link above is to the REVISED State Narrative Report Guidance Document as of July 16.

2018-07-16T16:38:51+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: AKPFS_only|
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