One Week Left to Contribute to Drafting of IARPC
Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee
Contribution Deadline: 29 April 2016.
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is currently soliciting information from the Arctic research community and the public to help shape the next Arctic Research Plan for FY 2017-2021. They are looking for funded projects or programs that IARPC can incorporate as Research Objectives and Performance Elements in support of the new research goals. Research Objectives are a specific set of tasks contributing to a research goal (e.g., Improve knowledge of biophysical and chemical interactions and feedbacks as well as their role in the regional context). Performance elements are specific, measurable, attainable activities that demonstrate progress towards achieving the objectives. (e.g., Complete three years of abundance surveys of marine species in the region).
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The Arctic Horizons panel “Polar Issues VI: Arctic Horizons 2025: NSF forum on the Future of Arctic Social Research “ was held at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting on April 1st, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. Panelists included: Andrey N. Petrov (Organizer), University of Northern Iowa, Jessica K. Graybill (Moderator), Colgate University, Scott Stephenson, University of Connecticut; Kelsey Nyland, Michigan State Univ.; Victoria A. Walsey, University of Kansas; Ben Bradshaw, University of Guelph; Timothy Edmund Heleniak, Nordregio - The Nordic Centre for Spatial Development; Hal Salzman, Rutgers University; Dmitry A. Streletskiy, George Washington University; Jay T. Johnson, University of Kansas; Natalia Loukacheva, UNBC.
A moderated panel discussion also involved the audience in a townhall format. One of the guest speakers was Hon. Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission. 20 other AAG audience members participated in the discussions. There was... Read more
The Arctic Horizons townhall discussion forum was held during the Arctic Science Summit Week on March 14th, 2016 in Fairbanks, AK. About 40 participants represented a variety of disciplines (anthropology, geography, economics, political science, archeology, sociology, as well as humanities). There was a significant international participation. Early career scholars and indigenous researchers were also among the forum speakers.
All participants were asked to respond to the following questions: What are the domains of human experience in the North that warrant further attention on the part of the social science researchers over the next 10-15 years? What should be funding priorities for NSF in respect to Arctic social sciences?
The consensus in the room was the Arctic social sciences are rapidly developing, and need to take a more prominent place at NSF. Arctic social scientists should engage with natural sciences and humanities to develop interdisciplinary... Read more
A group of 53 conference participants joined us in Sitka, Alaska on March 3rd for our Arctic Horizons town hall event. The group was diverse, including scholars from various points in their career (students to late career researchers) and anthropologists working in a variety of settings (e.g. state and federal agencies, universities, in the private sector).
Participants worked in break-out groups for an hour to consider the question: What are the domains of human experience in the North that warrant further attention on the part of the social science researchers over the next 10-15 years? We then met as a larger group for an hour to discuss and record the results of break-out group discussions. The discussion was lively and the results are an important contribution to our overall project, and ultimately, the final report. Thank you to all of the participants for joining us.
ARCTIC HORIZONS DISCUSSION FORUM
March 14th 2016
Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), FAIRBANKS, AK
DISCUSSION FORUM: ASSW, Fairbanks, AK:
Arctic Horizons: Re-envisioning Social Science Research Priorities in the Arctic
Monday, March 14th
(part of the “Reframing Understandings of the North” Arctic Science Summit Week Public Event)
Schaible Auditorium, UAF
Our goal is to ensure broad participation from as wide a range of stake holders as possible. Discussion forum will be a part of the social sciences day and will begin at 9:30 am with a short introduction to the project by the organizers. This will be followed by a discussion session from 1:30 to 3 pm during which attendees can provide input,... Read more
Written in February 2016 by Debra Corbett and Diane Hanson
For the Aleutian Islands Working Group (AIWG)
An informal gathering of people who love the people and environment of the Aleutian Islands
The Aleutian Islands, a unique habitat for human beings, compriseacurving, subarctic archipelago linked to a continental landmass at their eastern end. The islands straddle one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world althoughmany resources (e.g. migrating mammals and birds, plants) are seasonal. Prehistoric humans developed the most comprehensive maritime adaptation on the planet-- as profoundly specialized as Pleistocene big game hunters, the bison dependent cultures of the Great Plains, or high altitude herding people.
Asa long narrow archipelagobetween two oceans and two continents, the islands are a complex mosaic of physical and biological micro-environments that required constant human adaptation. Environmental variability... Read more
The Portland workshop wrapped up earlier this week and was a great success. Video, PowerPoints, and other workshop materials will be posted to the website in the coming weeks. Workshop participants discussed the Changing Arctic (see this post) and then focused on the following questions:
How has Arctic social science changed in the last 20 years? Why do these changes matter to social sciences, the broader scientific community, and to society at large?
What is the future of Arctic social sciences? What key questions remain unanswered regarding integrated social and social-ecological systems in the Arctic that require concerted research effort in the next 10-15 years?
What are your thoughts on the broader impact of Arctic social science and the future of Arctic social science? Please share in the comments below.
In addition to holding various regional workshops and townhall meetings (see a full list here), the Arctic Horizons organizers welcome contributions from the Arctic research community at large. What do you think the research priorities should be for the Arctic social sciences community over the next 10-15 years?
Over the coming months we will be posting discussion questions from the workshops on this blog. We invite you to share your ideas in the comments on the blog posts. Your contributions will be included in the final project report alongside the recommendations from each of the workshops and town hall meetings.
Our first set of discussion questions have to do with the changing Arctic.
What do you see as the most important changes affecting the Arctic now and in the coming decades? What evidence is this change based on? Are further changes discussed locally? ... Read more
The first Arctic Horizons workshop will be February 7-9, and will be hosted by the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University. Although all five workshops will be addressing the same major questions (http://arctichorizons.org/workshops ), the unifying theme of the Portland workshop will be Arctic Social Sciences in the 21st Century: Integrating Past, Present, and Future Human Ecodynamics in Arctic Social Science Research.
This stems from the fact that the members of our team are all archaeologists, and we all take the approach that looking back through time can help us to look forward.
About 50% of the attendees at the Portland workshop are archaeologists. However, the balance of the attendees represents a wide range of disciplines, including economics, geology, sociocultural anthropology, linguistics, etc. (click... Read more
Town Hall Meeting at the Alaska Anthropological Association Conference in Sitka: Arctic Horizons: Re-envisioning Social Science Research Priorities in the Arctic
The Arctic Horizons team is holding a town hall session at the Alaska Anthropological Association Meetings in Sitka, Alaska. Please join us Thursday evening, March 3rd, at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Our session will begin at 4:30 with a reception, which will be followed by a short introduction by the organizers (Anderson and Etnier). We will share the key results from our first regional workshop and explain the organization and goals of our town hall. This will be followed by a two hour session during which attendees can provide input, ask questions, and generate discussion.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to “Arctic Horizons” when you register for the conference: ... Read more