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Pips Veazey

Pips Veazey

Primary UArctic Assembly Representative

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Pips Veazey is the Project Director for the Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a statewide program funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Alaska aimed at increasing research capacity. She is also the lead and co-creator of Vis-Space, a high-resolution visual environment designed to promote conversations about complex problems, develop creative solutions, and enhance team development.

Her research interests include the development and implementation of interdisciplinary research teams, collaboration planning, and team science leadership. She currently serves as a founding board member of the International Network for the Science of Team Science and a board member for the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States.

She loves sailing, has traveled extensively doing research on Antarctic sea ice, worked as a driller for the Greenland Ice Sheet Project, and fished commercially in the Bering Sea on a halibut schooner. Her doctoral work focused on the competencies required to manage and lead large interdisciplinary science teams and institutional hiring practices for team science leadership.


Laura Conner

Laura Conner

Alternate UArctic Assembly Representative


Laura Conner is an Associate Research Professor of Science Education at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Her research broadly addresses how people come to identify with science, as well as the value of real objects and experiences in learning. She was formerly the Head of Public Programs at the UA Museum of the North, where she directed the development of exhibits and educational programs.

Conner has led many externally funded initiatives for youth and teachers, both inside and outside the classroom. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona. Conner teaches graduate-level courses in science teaching and outreach and is active in University-level service.