LISTEN: Alaskans asked to weigh in on Arctic Research Plan

Scientific research in the Arctic helps improve our understanding of the region and the way it’s changing, while also relying on and incorporating Indigenous knowledge. Researchers are planning out what the next five years of scientific investigation will look like there, and they want Alaskans to weigh in.

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Larry Hinzman, Executive Director, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee & Assistant Director for Polar Sciences, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Nikoosh Carlo, Director, Arctic Research Plan Development Director & CEO, CNC North Consulting


Comment by June 11, 2021, via any of the following methods:

  • Submit comments via the Federal Register Notice
  • Email comments to
  • Send hardcopy written submissions to Roberto Delgado, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Leave a voicemail at (703) 783-1658 or (888) 657-7759 (toll free)


Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

Send an email to (Comments may be read on air).

Post your comment during or after the live broadcast on social media (Comments may be read on air).

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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