The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States is a new group of 15 universities and other institutions with direct interests in arctic research and education. The consortium was planned last January and formalized by representatives from 31 organizations in October in Fairbanks at the 1988 Arctic Science Conference. ARCUS president is Luis Proenza of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

ARCUS aims to provide agencies and policy makers with information about arctic problems, improve educational opportunities in arctic science, and develop partnerships in research. “We're working on our first proposals,” said executive director Chris Shepherd at ARCUS headquarters at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He said the executive committee was also considering how ARCUS could work on arctic components of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, based on recommendations in Arctic Interactions (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo., September 1988).