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Arctic Daily Update: November 7, 2016


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November 7, 2016  
1st International Muskox Health Ecology Symposium, November 7-10, 2016 (Calgary, AB Canada). The goal of this symposium is to share knowledge on muskox health ecology and sustainability across a variety of international stakeholders including community members/users, industry, wildlife management, and academia. We will discuss: the values, ecological, economic, social and cultural, of muskoxen; population status and trends; threats, vulnerabilities and resilience or sustainability; knowledge gaps; disease ecology; and existing and new tools for muskox health monitoring and research. For more information, please contact Susan Kutz.
Today's Congressional Action:  
The House and Senate are not in session.
Nunavut Government Takes Fresh Look at Immunizing Babies Against RSV. The Government of Nunavut has set up a working group to take a fresh look at how to protect infants against RSV lung infections, including the possible use of immunization, Health Minister George Hickes said Nov. 1 in response to questions from Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu Pat Angnakak. RSV, short for "respiratory syncytial virus," can cause a serious infection, called bronchiolitis, in the lower part of the lung. Nunatsiaq Online
Arctic Yearbook 2016: Focus on Arctic Council. Arctic policy wonks can finally get their fix of northern policy and analysis as the latest edition of the Arctic Yearbook hit the proverbial Internet stands over the weekend. "The Arctic Yearbook seeks the preeminent repository of critical analysis on the Arctic region, with a mandate to inform observers about the state of Arctic politics, governance and security," the open-access publication claims on its site. Radio Canadian International
More information on the 2016 Arctic Yearbook is available here.
Utqiagvik/ Barrow Hosts 'Historic US Senate Debate'- First Held North of Arctic Circle. "It's really exciting to be here for this historic U.S. Senate debate," moderator Rhonda McBride said last week as she opened a debate last week between candidates for one of Alaska's U.S. Senate seats. McBride, an Alaskan broadcast journalist, pointed out it was the first time such a high-profile political event has been held in the Alaskan Arctic - in this case, the city of Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow. "It was a good place to hold it," said Sherry McKenzie, principal of Barrow High School, which hosted the debate. "Y'know, we're the northernmost part of the United States." KUAC
Thousands of Giant Snowballs Appear on Siberian Beach in Weird and Rare Phenomenon. Thousands of giant snowballs have appeared on an Arctic beach in an extremely rare natural phenomenon not seen in the region for a generation. Images show the shore of the Gulf of Ob covered with snowballs - ranging from the size of tennis balls through to basketballs. Villagers from Nyda, on the Yamal Peninsula just above the Arctic Circle, started noticing the snowballs at the end of October. Ever since, the beach has been covered. Local resident Ekaterina Chernykh told the Siberian Times: "We have them only in one place. It's as if someone spilled them. They are all of different sizes, from tennis balls to volleyball. International Business Times
Itta 2 Edward Itta dies: Inupiaq Whaling Captain and Former North Slope Mayor. Former North Slope mayor and Inupiaq whaling captain Edward S. Itta died on Sunday, his family said. He was 71. He had been ill with cancer, his family said. Itta held many prominent roles in the American Arctic. He was captain of the Saggan Whaling Crew and from 2005 to 2011 served as mayor of the North Slope Borough, a sprawling territory at the northernmost edge of the U.S., where the majority of residents are Alaska Native. Alaska Dispatch News
Elections at Sigma Xi. The scientific research society Sigma Xi is holding an election in which only Sigma Xi members may vote. Several positions are open, including the President. The two presidential candidates are Dr. Lawson Brigham, representing the Alaska chapter, and Dr. Joel Primack, of the UCSC chapter in California. Members will receive ballots via email. Vote! Details here.
Legislative Actionfutureevents  
No Arctic legislation was formally considered yesterday.
Future Events
Arctic Indigenous Economies in Canada, November 9, 2016 (Seattle, WA  USA). The Arctic has long been a site for global economic activity particularly during the years of the whaling industry and the fur trade. Today, in what one might call a post-land claims environment, traditional livelihoods are integrated with Arctic Indigenous-owned businesses to create what one might call a uniquely Arctic economic model. The goal of the workshop is to better understand Arctic Indigenous economies - how they differ from economies outside the region, the challenges and opportunities they face today, and their future expectations and plans. The world has long approached the Arctic as a resource to benefit domestic and global economies, but increasingly those who call the region home are defining a distinct economic model and determining how they will interact globally. International studies is only beginning to integrate the voices of non-nation-state actors in considering global decision-making - how Arctic Indigenous people organize economically is a new frontier in international relations and one this workshop hopes to address. The event is sponsored by the Korea Maritime Institute and the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International, as part of the Agreement for Academic Cooperation, with partnering units - the East Asia Center, Center for Global Studies, Arctic and International Relations, and International Policy Institute in the Jackson School of International Studies, and the Global Business Center, Foster School of Business.
ArcticNet annual Scientific Meeting 2016, December 5-9, 2016 (Winnipeg, MP Canada). ArcticNet will host its 12th Annual Scientific Meeting. The ASM2016 will welcome researchers, students, Inuit, Northerners, policy makers and stakeholders to address the numerous environmental, social, economical and political challenges and opportunities that are emerging from climate change and modernization in the Arctic. As the largest annual Arctic research gathering held in Canada, ArcticNet's ASM is the ideal venue to showcase results from all fields of Arctic research, stimulate discussion and foster collaborations among those with a vested interest in the Arctic and its peoples.
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 12-16, 2016 (San Francisco, CA  USA). Anticipating about 25,000 attendees, AGU's Fall Meeting will again be the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. 2016 marks the meeting's 49th year and there will be approximately 20,000 oral and poster presentations in over 1,700 sessions, many of which will focus specifically on Arctic science. Among the highlights, the "2016 Arctic Report" will again be released, IARPC will hold a "Town Hall Meeting" on Thursday, Dec. 15th, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Moscone West Room 2003, and NASA will have a Town Hall on Operation IceBridge on Dec. 14th, in Moscone Room 202 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
34th Annual Alaska Health Summit, January 17-19, 2017 (Anchorage, AK USA). The theme of this year's health summit is "The Changing Landscape of Public Health."  This meeting feature tracks focusing on Advocacy for Public Health, Social and Economic Determinants of Health, Interdisciplinary Partnerships, Public Health Research and Evaluation, and Health Promotion.
Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 23-27, 2017 (Anchorage, AK  USA). The annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium (AMSS) is Alaska's premier marine research conference. It brings together roughly 800 scientists, educators, resource managers, students, and interested public to discuss marine research being conducted in Alaskan waters. Research will be presented by geographic theme, including the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands, and the Arctic. Topic areas will include ocean physics, fishes and invertebrates, seabirds, marine mammals, local traditional knowledge and more. Keynote presentations will be held Monday, January 23rd; Gulf of Alaska presentations will be on Tuesday, Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands on Wednesday, followed by the Arctic on Thursday.
Alaska Forum on the Environment, February 6-10, 2017 (Anchorage, AK  USA). This statewide gathering of environmental professionals, community leaders, Alaskan youth, conservationists, biologists and community elders will be holding its 19th meeting to continue providing a strong educational foundation for all Alaskans and a unique opportunity to interact with others on environmental issues and challenges. As many as 1,800 people are expected to attend AFE this years meeting.
6th Annual Fletcher Arctic Conference, February 17-18, 2017 (Medford, MA USA). Fletcher Arctic VI, a TEDx-style event, will showcase the ideas, stories, and initiatives of people who live and work in the Arctic. The conference will bring together inspiring leaders, innovative business people, expert scientists, and artists from the pan-Arctic region. Building on The Fletcher School's interdisciplinary approach, Fletcher Arctic VI will be a forum to engage in conversation and spark open and constructive debate between speakers and participants, providing deep insights into this unique and rapidly changing region.
IV International Forum, March 2017 (Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation) Arkhangelsk will host the Forum. The Forum will be titled Human in the Arctic and will be aimed at putting together joint efforts of the international community to promote effective development of the Arctic region as a territory for comfort life, work and leisure. The Forum will be attended by government officials, representatives of international organizations and prominent business communities, centers for political studies, Polar researchers and members of the international Arctic expeditions, foreign political scientists and economists, Russian and foreign journalists from leading international media organizations. The Forum will be attended by the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin. Additional information will be announced here.
The Arctic Science Summit Week, March 31- April 7, 2017 (Prague, Czech Republic). This event is sponsored by the University of South Bohemia in Cecke Budejovice, the Faculty of Science, and the Center for Polar Ecology of the Czech Republic. The Science Symposium will address the three sub-themes: changes in the Arctic, global implications of Arctic changes, and images of global change on the Arctic.
Ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences: People and Places (ICASS IX), June 8-12, 2017 (UmeÃ¥, Sweden).ICASS IX's theme is People & Place. Research on social sciences and humanities have a great responsibility to address the challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic, with a specific focus on the many different parts of the Arctic and the people that live there. The multiple Arctics have lately been addressed by many policy makers and researchers. The purpose is often to counteract the stereotypic understanding of the Arctic too often represented by icebergs and polar bears. A focus on people and place highlights the many variances across the region in terms of climate, political systems, demography, infrastructure, history, languages, legal systems, land and water resources etc.
POLAR 2018, June 15-27, 2018 (Davos, Switzerland). POLAR2018 is a joint event from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). The SCAR meetings, the ASSW and the Open Science Conference will be hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL under the patronage of the Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research. The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF is organizing POLAR2018.

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