UNI will host Arctic research center

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A group of researchers have established a center for Arctic studies at the University of Northern Iowa.

The National Science Foundation awarded a $749,000 grant to Andrew Petrov, a UNI assistant professor of geography, to run the program over the next five years.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1fnY2zQ ) that on Tuesday, Arctic researchers came to Cedar Falls to celebrate the new center, called Arctic-FROST.

Petrov says the international environmental and social scientists who will work through the center will focus on what sustainability means to the Arctic community. That will include plenty of research on global warming, but that won’t be the sole focus.

Gail Fondahl, who heads the International Arctic Science Committee, says Arctic residents are marginalized and have high rates of suicide and domestic violence.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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