Join us for the 2016 Stanford Earth Distinguished Speaker Lecture with Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Commission. This annual lecture is aimed at drawing together all members of the Stanford Earth community – students, faculty, and staff – for a topic of broad scientific concern and public interest. This year's event is cosponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
Fran Ulmer is a seasoned Arctic policy expert, academic administrator, and politician. She held elective office in Alaska for 18 years, including terms as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska from 1994 to 2002, the first woman elected to statewide office. She went on to serve as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). In 2011, President Obama appointed her chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC). And in 2014, Secretary Kerry asked Ulmer to serve as a Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy.
Ulmer has served on numerous state and federal boards including the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010, as well as the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. She was the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council, and cochair of the Aspen Institute' s Commission on Arctic Climate Change. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and a J.D. cum laude, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.