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UNI supports Arctic social science conference in British Columbia

May 12, 2014

Andrey Petrov, assistant professor, geography, 319-273-3507,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- An National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to the University of Northern Iowa is being used to support the eighth International Congress of Arctic Social Science (ICASS) on Thursday, May 22, through Monday, May 26, at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC. 

The ICASS is the official meeting of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), which brings together scholars and other researchers interested in the Arctic. The focus of this congress will be "Northern Sustainabilities." The funding will be used to support the participation of early-career scholars, native scholars and northern native community members.

The organizers are Andrey Petrov, assistant professor of geography at UNI and councilor of the IASSA, and Gail Fondahl, president of the IASSA. They will use the award to build interdisciplinary capacity and scholarship by supporting increased participation in the event, which will have more than 450 registered participants from around the world. It will feature keynote speakers, several panels, and arts and cultural events.

For additional information, contact Petrov at 319-273-3507 or