Registration Open for ARCUS Annual Meeting

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Call for Registration ARCUS (Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.) Annual Meeting
Tuesday, 1 November 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Alaska Time

ARCUS invites registration for this year’s ARCUS Annual Meeting. This virtual event will take place, online, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Alaska Time.

The ARCUS Annual Meeting is an important opportunity for ARCUS' Members, Board of Directors, staff, and other interested individuals to meet talk, and connect with one another around key Arctic research and education issues and collaboration opportunities.

This meeting is open to all interested participants (ARCUS membership is not a requirement) and there is no cost to attend. The meeting will focus on small group and breakout group discussions to encourage sharing and networking.

PolarTREC Program Update

After wrapping up several Arctic expeditions this summer, we are excited to announce that we are supporting our 2020 educators and teams on their PolarTREC expeditions to Antarctica starting this fall. We hope you will join us virtually by reading journals, posting comments, participating in live events from the field, and learning more about the polar regions!

We expect one additional NSF-funded Arctic PolarTREC educator to deploy on their expedition in 2023, after which the PolarTREC funding and grant will end. ARCUS will, however, continue to be actively engaged in education-research collaborations; building community; sharing successes; and supporting alumni, teachers, researchers, and the broader community.

Join the Polar Education List to continue to stay connected and learn about new resources, opportunities, and activities.

International Polar Week 2022

Illustration of the equinoxes.

It's that time of year when we educate and celebrate the equinox! The International Polar Week Collection is a collection of resources that celebrate the Equinoxes. Starting in 2012, International Polar Week is celebrated twice a year, in March and in September. The Equinoxes are the only time when everywhere on earth the day length is 12 hours, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the poles on a global scale!

Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program is Now Accepting Applications

Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program

The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program is now open. Ambassadors must be between the ages of 18-21 by January 2023 and must be residents of Alaska (out-of-state university students eligible). For accepted applicants there is no tuition or fee to participate and required transportation expenses will be covered by the program. To learn more about the Arctic Youth Ambassador Program, attend an optional virtual Question and Answer Session with AYA alumni. Q&A Sessions will be hosted on September 6 at 5:30pm and September 16 at 2pm.

Contact aya [at] to apply or nominate an Alaskan youth.

Deadline: September 25, 2022.

Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator Position Available

UA Careers

The International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at UAF is hiring a Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator. This person will lead the enhancement of IARC’s Diversity and Inclusivity work to include justice, equity and access; build on the IARC Diversity and Inclusivity program and initiatives for our staff, researchers, faculty and students; promote diversity, equity, inclusivity, justice, and access efforts with other UAF units, and will serve as the primary liaison between IARC and UAF Department of Equity and Compliance. This person will align IARC’s Diversity and Inclusivity activities with UAF’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. This person will support and be a resource for IARC efforts for equitable, ethical, and respectful engagement with historically marginalized groups, and align relationship building with Indigenous Peoples and communities while honoring and including Indigenous Knowledge. IARC is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, follow this link to IARC's DEI statement

Review of applications will begin on 3 October 2022. Questions can be directed to Dr. Elena Bautista Sparrow (ebsparrow [at], the hiring committee chair.

More can be found on the UA job information webpage.

PolarConnect Event with Rebecca Siegel

This is the planned route for sampling on the Norseman II

Please join us for a live PolarConnect event with teacher Rebecca Siegel and part of the Harmful Algal Blooms in Arctic Waters team on Thursday, 4 August 2022 at 9:00 AM Alaska (1 PM Eastern) time. Rebecca will be presenting while aboard the Norseman II somewhere in Arctic waters. She will be discussing the research she is participating in including showing us some benthic organisms and plankton species, as well as introducing us to some of the research team. We hope you can attend!

PSECCO Conference Travel Grant Program launched for US-based polar early career scientists and educators


The Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO) is opening the PSECCO Conference Travel Grant Program to US-based polar early career scientists and educators who are in need of funding to attend an international or domestic conference at which they intend to present polar science-related content. Travel funding grants aim to support polar early career scientists and educators with demonstrated financial need. The deadline by which to apply is August 14, 2022 at 11.59pm MT.