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The University of Alaska Fairbanks has provided funds for new leadership of the U.S. Corporation of the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA).  Dr. Carl Benson, Chairman of the Board of Governors, and Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geophysics at UAF, announced the appointment of  Dr. Ken Tape as Executive Secretary.  The appointment is for about one-third time at present. 

Dr. Tape is an ecologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Institute of Northern Engineering.  As a youth, he attended the public school system in Fairbanks, and later obtained a B. A. in Geology from Carleton College, a M. S. in Geology and a Ph. D. in Biology at UAF.  Dr. Tape has broad interests in the arctic natural sciences, including its people and history.  His research describes the impacts of 20th century climate warming on various components of the Arctic tundra ecosystem, including vegetation, permafrost, hydrology, and wildlife.  He has a book and a traveling museum exhibit called The Changing Arctic Landscape.  Dr. Tape will be working closely with AINA membership and leadership in the U.S. and Canada.

The Arctic Institute will resume its “Arctic Roundtable” series May 6th 2014 at 6:00pm at the Westmark Hotel in downtown Fairbanks to discuss “How We Value Education?” Education is an issue of widespread importance in the Arctic but determining how we assign value to it is not easy or obvious.  Dermot Cole will moderate a panel of several education experts, with questions and discussion from the audience. This will be the 16th Arctic Roundtable. 


US Board of Directors

 Matthew Sturn

Matthew Sturm, Ph.D.
Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775

 Fritz Nelson Fritz Nelson, Ph.D.
American Geographical Society Library
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201 
 Jim Lawler Jim Lawler, Ph.D.
National Park Service
Fairbanks, AK 99701 
  Lynn R. Everett, M.S.
Byrd Polar Research Center
Columbus, OH 43210-1002 
 Tom Newbury Tom Newbury, Ph.D.
U.S. Department of the Interior (retired)
P.O.B. 771406
Eagle River, AK 99577 
  Mark Johnson, Ph.D.
Institute of Marine Science
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775 
 Ken Tape

Ken Tape, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Water & Environmental Research Center
Institute of Northern Engineering
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fiarbanks, AK 99775