Cathy Sandeen is an educational leader who is committed to providing opportunity for more Alaskans to earn degrees and credentials through strategic innovation. She began serving as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage in September 2018. UAA is Alaska’s largest postsecondary institution. Prior to joining the University of Alaska system, Sandeen was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension for four years. As vice president for education attainment and innovation at the American Council on Education, she lead ACE's nationwide effort to increase post-secondary educational attainment. She also held leadership positions in the University of California system including at UCLA, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Sandeen earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She was named an American Council on Education Fellow in 2010-11. A prolific writer and speaker, Sandeen has published and presented widely on the issues surrounding educational innovation and nontraditional students.
Liza Mack is Aleut, born and raised in the Aleutians and has over 20 years of experience working in and around Native organizations and communities. She is a PhD Candidate in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Her dissertation research focuses on natural resource management, knowledge transfer and engagement of Native communities in the regulatory process. She has an A.A. in Liberal Arts from UAS Sitka, a B.A. and M.S. in Anthropology from Idaho State University. She has taught Native Cultures of Alaska and Intro to Unangam Tunuu as an adjunct instructor at UAF. She is familiar with the local, regional, state, federal and international board processes that take place in Alaska and the Circumpolar North. She values the importance of engaging Native people in these settings. Liza Mack is currently the Executive Director of the Aleut International Association.
James (Jim) Hemsath has forty years' experience managing large projects and economic development in the Arctic. As a Project Development and Asset Manager at AIDEA he was responsible for major assets such as the Ketchikan Shipyard and the Red Dog mine storage and port. As a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Arctic Energy Office he managed research projects at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. As a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North he developed and led an International Polar Year project on Arctic Energy. He was a recipient of a NASA Faculty Fellowship to Kennedy Space Center. James Hemsath has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. Jim received his Doctor of Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve on the Science and Technical Advisory Panel of the North Slope Science Initiative and as is a member of Alaska’s State Committee on Research (SCoR), and most recently appointed as a Board Member for the Alaska Aerospace Corporation.
Anita Moore-Nall is a Multicultural Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the College of Health, Division of Health Sciences and Applied Health Research. Her research interests include structural geology, hydrothermal brecciation processes, economic and industrial mineral exploration, medical and environmental geology and geography, cultural earth science, and climate change. Her research interests stem from work she did both during my dissertation, working in industry and growing up on several Native American reservations. She completed her B.A., B.S., and Ph.D. at Montana State University.
Steve Colt is a research professor of energy economics and policy at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He previously spent 32 years as an economist at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Williams College and MIT, respectively, and served as ISER director from 2007 to 2010. Steve’s research has focused on energy systems, sustainable utilities, tourism, and climate change in the North. He recently completed a village energy planning model tailored to small Alaska communities, and he is particularly interested in better understanding heat and transportation energy use in Alaska.
Arlo’s parents are Martha Ramoth-Schindler from Selawik, Alaska and Joseph Davis from Butte, Montana. He grew up between Nome and Selawik. He was part of the Cub Scout trip from Nome to Provideniya, Russia in the late 1980s and later traveled throughout the whole Soviet Union and then around the world. He has been to over twenty countries with his latest trip to Svalbard, Norway, for a class on energy development in the Arctic with a focus on sustainable energy, as part of his Masters degree work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Arctic policy. His thesis revolves around international relations theory with the main research question “why is the Arctic free of armed conflict?” Arlo is a Rural Admissions Counselor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Marit Anne Hauan
Marit Anne Hauan is a Norwegian author and the former director of the Tromsø Museum. She is a folklorist and studied at the University of Bergen. She has published a number of articles in journals and anthologies, as well as the book Ny-Ålesund - Stories from Mining Life in Svalbard. Her field of research is narrative tradition and the role of narratives in the constitution of identity, masculinity and regionality, as well as popular belief and cultural heritage in regional contexts. She was editor of the journal Tradisjon and a member of the editorial board for Acta Borealia, a Nordic journal of circumpolar societies. Hauan was the project leader for the research group "Doomed to choose freely?" and worked with Nordic Young People Researchers. She was a member of the steering committee for Kven research, the Research Council of Norway / the University of Tromsø, a member of the National Polar Research Committee, and a member of the University Board at the University of Tromsø. She also served NESH, the National Ethics Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities.
Veronika Simonova is a faculty member in Social Anthropology at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. She has also been a research fellow in the Arctic Social Sciences program. Her research focuses on perceptions of the land, masculinity, and mobility, with special emphasis on southeast Siberia.
Zoya Tarasova is a researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge (Division of Social Anthropology). She studies the Siberia Satha and gender in the Arctic, with special emphasis on kinship, personhood, new reproductive technologies (IVF), human-animal relationships, rural-urban migration, post-Soviet social and cultural transformations.
Nelta Edwards is a Professor of Sociology at University of Alaska Anchorage where she teaches introduction to sociology, social stratification, social science statistics, environmental sociology and sociology of gender. She has also taught sociology of the north. Her current research projects are on adequate housing in the north and student success among first generation students at UAA.
Robin Bronen is co-founder and Executive Director the Alaska Institute for Justice where she works as a human rights attorney and senior research scientist affiliated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology.
Dr. Herminia Din
Dr. Herminia Din is professor of art education at University of Alaska Anchorage. She specializes in museum technology and community-based art education. Since 2008, she has been advancing the Junk to Funk project—a community-based art series focuses on using recycled materials to create beautiful yet finished functional artworks in an open studio art environment. She received the 2013 UAA Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Sustainability for her efforts to raise awareness of the “reduce” and “reuse” methods of dealing with waste products. In 2014, she began the Winter Design Project, a collaborative learning experience connecting faculty and students to take an in-depth look at “ice” and “snow” from a new perspective and to inspire further artistic creation and/or creative solution. Currently, she collaborates with colleagues from Nesna, Norway to create awareness of plastic pollution in the Arctic by using community art as an action for change. Grounded in educational theory and practice, Dr. Din contributes her expertise to engage students in hands-on learning experiences focused on a theme of global significance.
Tom Ravens is a Professor of Civil Engineering at UAA who is working with collaborators to develop the Arctic Coastal Risk Network. Tom has expertise in Arctic coastal processes and hazards including coastal hydrodynamics and sediment transport, coastal flooding, coastal erosion, and permafrost thaw. He is working to incorporate both thermal and mechanical processes in tools to forecast and address Arctic coastal hazards and risks. In addition to his coastal hazards research, Tom has done hydrokinetic energy research focusing on resource assessment, assessment of hydraulic and sediment transport impacts of hydrokinetic device deployment, and lab and field test of devices. Prior to joining the UAA faculty in 2007, Tom was a tenured Associate Professor at Texas A&M University where he addressed coastal erosion, sediment transport, and design of artificial marshes.
Vanessa Raymond is a sociotechnologist interested in Arctic security issues, indigenous data sovereignty, and ethical tech. She holds a M.A. from University of Alaska Fairbanks in Arctic Governance with a focus on Arctic Security, and a B.A. from Hampshire College in Cultural Studies. Her M.A. thesis "Projecting Absence: a decade of U.S. Arctic intelligence, policy, and perceptions of Russia" used text analysis and critical discourse theory to examine risk perceptions of Arctic security. Vanessa is an IT Project Manager and founder of Convene North, an organization that seeks positive change for Northern communities through technology.
Lisa Bloom is an author and teacher who divides her time between Berkeley, California, and New York. She is the author of Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expedition; With Other Eyes: Looking at Race & Gender in Visual Culture, and Jewish Identities in American Feminist Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity. Her current book project explores contemporary art and climate change.
Philippe Amstislavski is an Associate Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He received his PhD from the City University of New York, his MEM from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, his M.Arch from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his BSN from the Moscow Nursing College. His academic areas of interest are climate change and community adaptation and resilience, GIS and remote sensing of changes in hydrologic cycles, pollutant detection and bioremediation, and environmental risk assessment and communication.