75th Anniversary of the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory

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The Ukpeaġvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC) is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5 in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, and online.

Events during the week will include the Enhancing Arctic Science and Engineering Workshop, Regional Development Tours, and forums on Arctic science to plan for the next 25 years of Arctic research. In-person activities will include tours of Utqiaġvik, Barrow Arctic Research Center, Inupiat Heritage Center, Iḷisaġvik College, Search and Rescue Facility, and NOAA Facilities.

Organizers invite all interested scientists and engineers, Indigenous leaders, Arctic community members, policymakers, government organizations, and businesses to register.

The community of Utqiaġvik has been ground zero for Arctic research, dating as far back as the first International Polar Year of 1881, when the Signal Corps and the Smithsonian sponsored the establishment of a permanent station for meteorological, magnetic, tidal, and pendulum observation. In the early 1940s, the Arctic Research Laboratory (ARL) was established and was later known as the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL). NARL was under the guidance of the United States Navy until 1980 to support petroleum exploration and Arctic research in what is now known as the Naval Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA). In 1984, the facility was transferred to UIC, and UIC Science continues to support the operations today.

The 75th anniversary of NARL will celebrate the Arctic research foundation built by the Inupiaq Elders and past researchers. Their hard work and dedication, through the years, have ensured a future for Utqiaġvik and North Slope-based Arctic science.

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Registration deadline: July 31, 2022

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