Elizabeth Arnold 

Elizabeth Arnold is an award-winning national journalist who began her career in Alaska. After twenty plus years of national and international reporting, as White House correspondent, Congressional correspondent, and National Political correspondent for National Public Radio, she returned to Alaska and is currently an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. A well known voice on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, Arnold was also a regular presence on PBS Washington Week in Review and the Newshour.

Among many other notable awards, she was honored with the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Silver Baton, the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Arnold has extensive reporting experience in the North. She has produced a multitude of stories about people and issues from some of the most remote places in the Arctic, including two expeditions to the North Pole.


The Shared Beringian Heritage Program recognizes and celebrates the natural resources and cultural heritage shared by Russia and the United States on both sides of the Bering Strait. The program works to improve local, national, and international understanding of these resources and sustain the cultural vitality of Native peoples in the region.

National Park Service 

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we are proud to safeguard these more than 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But our work doesn't stop there.

We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2016), we are the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

We fulfill our mission chiefly by issuing limited-term grants -- currently about 12,000 new awards per year, with an average duration of three years -- to fund specific research proposals that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective merit-review system. Most of these awards go to individuals or small groups of investigators. Others provide funding for research centers, instruments and facilities that allow scientists, engineers and students to work at the outermost frontiers of knowledge.