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Arctic Research Seminar with Dr. Emily Choy

8 April 2021
Arctic Research Seminar with Dr. Emily Choy

ARCUS invites registration for the next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Emily Choy, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Dr. Choy’s presentation, titled “Marine Predators as Sentinels of Environmental Change in Arctic Ecosystems,” will be held via Zoom on Friday, 23 April 2021 at 9:00 a.m. AKDT (1:00 p.m. EDT). Registration is required for this event.

Witness Community Highlights

30 March 2021
Witness Community Highlights

The March 2021 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes three articles: President Biden Changes Leadership of US Arctic Research Commission, providing background information on David Kennedy, recently appointed Chair of the USARC; Appointment of Dr. Jennifer Mercer as Acting Section Head for NSF Office of Polar Programs Arctic Sciences Section, a summary of her broad scientific background and related field experience; and Request for Public Comment on the Draft Arctic Research Plan 2022–2026, an overview of the IARPC draft plan and guidelines for providing input.

For questions, or to suggest topics for future articles, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (betsy [at] arcus.org).

2020 Sea Ice Outlook Post-Season Report Now Available

26 March 2021
2020 Sea Ice Outlook Post-Season Report Now Available

The 2020 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Post-Season Report is now available online. The SIO is a community network activity led by the Sea Ice Prediction Network-Phase 2 (SIPN2) Project Team with contributions from key partners. This report includes in-depth discussions and analysis of factors impacting sea ice this past summer, the SIO contributions, regional observation, predicted spatial fields, Antarctic contributions, seasonal sea ice forecasting for the Alaska marine shipping industry, and a summary from the Sea Ice Drift Forecast Experiment (SIDFEx). This report also includes a discussion of lessons learned from the SIO Contributors Forum, and discussions regarding probabilistic assessment of the 2008-2020 Outlooks and an evaluation of SIO forecast skill relative to control forecasts.

Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Season Begins

23 March 2021
Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook Season Begins

The 2021 Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) season will begin this Friday, 23 March. SIWO is a resource for Alaska Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and others interested in sea ice and walrus in the Bering Strait region. The SIWO provides weekly reports during the spring sea ice season with information from the National Weather Service, local observers, and other sources on weather and sea ice conditions. Outlooks are available on our webpage and on Facebook.

Citizen Science Conference

11 March 2021
Citizen Science Conference

Save the date! This online event is scheduled for October 5-7, 2021.

This virtual conference, integrated with social media, will focus on sharing best practices and challenges of conducting citizen science research in the Arctic. This conference is in response to a growing community of Arctic researchers, Arctic communities, and Arctic visitors that are becoming more engaged in citizen science research. Although there are many resources regarding citizen science available online, they are not specific to the Arctic. A virtual conference will enable participants from across the Arctic to participate. A post-conference white paper, as well as archived presentations, will contribute to the overall citizen science community’s shared knowledge base, long-term goals, and a growing community of practice.

ASSW Sessions on Sustaining Collaborative Arctic Research Teams

10 March 2021

We would like to invite Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2021 participants to join our sessions on 25 March on “Experiences in Sustaining Collaborative Arctic Research Teams.” There will be two sessions on 25 March (11:30–13:30 GMT and 15:30–17:30 GMT). Each session will include oral presentations and lightning talks from poster presenters followed by an interactive discussion to share successes, failures and challenges faced when building and sustaining collaborative research teams. Additional resources shared by participants will also be made available on the ARCUS website after the meeting.

Witness Community Highlights

25 February 2021
Witness Community Highlights

The February 2021 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: NSF Arctic Sciences Section Head, Simon Stephenson, to Retire, a tribute to Stephenson’s extraordinary decades-long career at NSF and DOE’s Arctic Innovator Fellowship Promotes Technology Projects in Alaska, an overview of two projects initiated in the Alaskan ecosystem that have potential for broad global impacts.

Engaging Rural and Alaska Native Undergraduates and Youth in Arctic STEM

23 February 2021
Engaging Rural and Alaska Native Undergraduates and Youth in Arctic STEM

Announcing an upcoming workshop: Engaging Rural and Alaska Native Undergraduates and Youth in Arctic STEM, to be held online April 13-15, 2021.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together rural and Alaska Native undergraduates and youth, federal agency representatives, researchers on Arctic STEM projects, Indigenous faculty, and community members to discuss the gaps, challenges, opportunities, and successful practices to increase and support the representation of rural and Alaska Native undergraduates and youth in STEM education and career pathways. To ensure this process of learning doesn't replicate the top-down, outside-in model that can be extractive, our virtual workshop will include a collaborative process with all participants and interested organizations. This effort will produce recommendations for systemic change focused on increasing rural and Alaska Native and undergraduates and youth to consider entering STEM fields in Arctic Alaska.

Submit your interest form no later than Monday, March 8, 2021, by 5 PM AKST, if you'd like to participate in this online workshop.

Arctic Research Seminar with Dr. Gil Bohrer

22 February 2021
Arctic Research Seminar with Dr. Gil Bohrer

ARCUS invites registration for the next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Dr. Gil Bohrer, Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at the Ohio State University. Dr. Bohrer’s presentation, titled "Ecological Insights from the New Arctic Animal Movement Archive - Tracking Three Decades of Animal Movement across a Changing Arctic" will be held via Zoom on Friday, 12 March 2021 at 9:00 a.m. AKST (1:00 p.m. EST). Registration is required for this event.

Arctic Research Collaboration Workshop

17 February 2021
Arctic Research Collaboration Workshop

Join UCIrvine, the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), and IARPC Collaborations for a virtual Arctic Research Collaboration Workshop on Friday, 16 April from 9am-1pm AK/1-5pm ET. Learn from experienced interdisciplinary researchers as they share examples of successful collaborative research projects and reflect on the processes that support project conceptualization, disciplinary integration, and effective engagements with local communities. The workshop will also include a hands-on collaboration sprint to help stimulate new project ideas. Individuals and teams are invited to apply by Wednesday, 17 March.

The Arctic Research Collaboration Workshop is the second activity in a new collaborative research event series designed to provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Network with potential project partners
  • Workshop interdisciplinary research ideas
  • Meet with Arctic research funders

ARCUS Board Update

16 February 2021
ARCUS Board Update

Congratulations and lots of gratitude to our re-elected Board members, Peter Webley (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Diane Hirshberg (University of Alaska Anchorage), Kaare Erickson (UIC Science), and Pips Veazey (University of Alaska Fairbanks), who were elected for a new term ending 2023.

ARCUS 2020 Annual Meeting Report

3 February 2021
ARCUS 2020 Annual Meeting Report

A meeting report on the 2020 ARCUS Annual Meeting, held virtually on 29 October 2020, is now available. The meeting brought together more than 128 individuals from the Arctic research community, including 41 attendees from ARCUS Member Institutions and 26 ARCUS Individual Members. This annual open meeting serves as an important opportunity for the ARCUS community to share updates, explore common issues, and discuss collaboration opportunities.

Call for ARCUS Committee Member Nominations

2 February 2021
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To continue discussions initiated at our 2020 Annual Meeting, ARCUS announces a call for nominations for members to serve on a new ad hoc committee that will focus on building the Arctic research community’s capacity for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Committee members will serve a 1-year term and will play an important role in developing the initial goals and direction of this new group’s efforts, and provide input to ARCUS’ activities around this topic. Committee members will be expected to join virtual meetings approximately 4-6 times through the year, and will have additional opportunities to work on specific activities. Self-nominations from all disciplines, career levels, and research backgrounds are welcome. Stipends may be available for committee members, depending on the scope of time and involvement of the committee member.

Self-nominations should be sent to Brit Myers at brit [at] arcus.org by Monday, 15 February and include:

  • Name, Affiliation, & Contact Information
  • Resume, CV, or link to a professional webpage
  • A brief statement explaining why you would like to be part of the committee and what you would like to contribute.

Arctic Research Seminar Series with Dr. Kent Moore

26 January 2021
Arctic Research Seminar Series with Dr. Kent Moore

ARCUS invites registration for the next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Dr. Kent Moore, Professor of Physics and Vice-Principal Research at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Dr. Moore’s presentation, titled Anomalous Collapses of Nares Strait Ice Arches Leads to Enhanced Export of Arctic Sea Ice will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 at 9:00 a.m. AKST (1:00 p.m. EST). Registration is required for this event.

Witness Community Highlights

22 January 2021
Witness Community Highlights

The January 2021 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes the article, “The 2020 Arctic Report Card.” The Arctic Report Card, initiated in response to the need for concise and timely Arctic information, serves as a readily available resource for viewing the rapid changes that have engulfed the region. This article shares highlights from The 15th annual NOAA Arctic Report Card, which was released on 8 December 2020 as part of the American Geophysical Union 2020 Fall Meeting.

Arctic Research Speed Networking Event

11 January 2021
Virtual Speed Networking Event

Join IARPC Collaborations, the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), and UCIrvine for a virtual Arctic research speed networking event on Friday, 5 February at 9am AKT / 1pm ET. Over the course of 1.5 hours, researchers will be split into a series of small groups to rapidly get to know one another and brainstorm future collaborations. Groups will be organized across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on grouping social scientists and natural scientists together.

The Arctic Research Virtual Speed Networking event is the first activity in a series designed to provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Network with potential project partners
  • Workshop interdisciplinary research ideas
  • Meet with Arctic research funders

Browse 2021 Arctic Events

7 January 2021
Browse 2021 Arctic Events

ARCUS' Arctic Calendar is an online, searchable calendar of major meetings and events relevant to the Arctic science, education, and policy communities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events have made postponements, cancellations, or have moved online. The calendar is updated daily to reflect these ongoing changes. We encourage anyone organizing an event to submit it for inclusion on the calendar. We also welcome other Arctic organizations to link to the Arctic Calendar. Events can be submitted through this online form or by emailing calendar [at] arcus.org

Happy Holidays from ARCUS!

21 December 2020
Happy Holidays from ARCUS!

From all of us here at ARCUS, we wish you the very happiest and healthiest of holidays—and look forward to all that the Arctic research and education community will achieve together in 2021!

Witness Community Highlights

17 December 2020
Witness Community Highlights

The December 2020 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes the article “NSF's Navigating the New Arctic Program: Projects Funded in 2020.” Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), one of NSF's 10 Big Ideas, has supported fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, engineering, and computing and information sciences since 2017. A wide range of topics and regions are represented in the 21 Arctic research projects that were funded in 2020. This article includes a list of the 2020-funded NNA projects, with brief descriptions.

ARCUS Early Career Conference Funding Award Winners Selected

30 November 2020
ARCUS Early Career Conference Funding Award Winners Selected

ARCUS would like to congratulate the winners of our first Early Career Conference Funding Award! This year’s 16 awardees received support for virtual conference registration and fees. Congratulations to: Mark England, Hayley Cynar, Allison Cluett, Shima Shams, Raven Mitchell, Adrian Charles, Courtney Collins, Patricia Johnston, Austin Roy, Lucia Gonzalez, Stephen Greenlaw, Joy O'Brien, Emily Fedders, Xueke Li, Ian Baxter, and Ingalise Kindstedt!