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USPA Newsletter April 2024

Check out our third issue of the USPA newsletter

This issue offers some very interesting history lessons, takes a deeper look at Batagay, and catches up on what our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is doing.

USPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are essential elements of scientific discovery and innovative engineering solutions. The USPA is therefore committed to DEI for all; welcoming differences in race, color, religion, economic status, age, national origin, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The USPA Board of Directors, officers and members will stand and work together with all who strive to eliminate the challenges, barriers and exclusionary practices faced by underrepresented peoples. We will achieve this by promoting a safe and inclusive environment for all people to participate in USPA activities and leadership, and especially by welcoming and partnering with indigenous communities who live in the northern and permafrost regions that are the focus of our science and engineering.

Our Mission

The purpose of the USPA is to encourage scientific and engineering investigations on permafrost and related topics and to disseminate results related to permafrost research. The position of the USPA is to encourage sharing knowledge and data in permafrost science. The USPA specifically promotes awareness of permafrost among the public and training of new generations of scientists and engineers to work in fields related to permafrost science and engineering. The USPA cooperates in sponsoring the International Conferences on Permafrost and co-sponsors other support activities and meetings.

We have been working to form a strong national organization of scientists and engineers interested in permafrost research. The International Permafrost Association (IPA) hosts an International Permafrost Conference every four years. The USPA strives to contribute to IPA activities and is well-represented in national and international meetings where issues related to permafrost are discussed. Permafrost is an important component of the hydrosphere, biosphere and cryosphere and we need to educate the public in understanding its importance while we work to better understand how permafrost terrain continues to be influenced by natural and human disturbances.

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