President Obama has named former Alaska Lieutenant Governor Fran Ulmer as chairwoman of the Arctic Research Commission.
The commission develops a national Arctic research policy and assists in establishing a program plan to implement the policy.
Ulmer served as lieutenant governor from 1994 to 2002 under Governor Tony Knowles and was the first Alaska woman elected to statewide office. She is currently the chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage and she plans to step down June 1.
She was one of seven members of Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
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