News & Events


November 18, 2020

Commissioner Larry Mayer elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Dr. Larry Mayer was among the 62 members of the 60,000-member American Geophysical Union (AGU) elected to the 2020 class of Fellows, scientists who have made considerable contributions to geological and geophysical research.

November 10, 2020

University of Alaska Arctic Research Director appointed to the USARC

On November 10, 2020, President Donald J. Trump appointed Maj. Gen. Randy “Church” Kee, USAF (ret), to the USARC. “I…look forward to supporting the important work of the Commission in advising the President and the Congress on the Arctic Research enterprise,” said Kee.

August 14, 2020

President Trump appoints Jon Harrison as Chairman of the USARC

“It is an enormous privilege to lead the US Arctic Research Commission,” said Harrison. “At a time of profound change in the world’s most critical but least understood region, the importance of research, exploration, and cooperation could not be greater.


February 2–3, 2021 | Virtual Workshop

Using Sewage Monitoring to Investigate Infectious Disease

Join us for a virtual, free workshop featuring guest speakers and panelists from Alaska and around the world! 

Sponsored by the

US Arctic Research Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Workshop Topics

The two day workshop will cover:

  • An overview of the current state of the science of Wastewater Epidemiology
  • How this technology is being used during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Testing goals and potential sampling approaches for Alaska’s unique and varied remote communities
  • Ethical privacy considerations when conducting these activities in small communities


The workshop is open to the public, though aimed at health and water/sanitation professionals.


Contact Caitlin Turberville, Research Coordinator,
US Arctic Research Commission

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