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Louann Rank

Louann Rank was Assistant Professor in the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) from 1999 to 2002, when she began interdisciplinary doctoral studies at UAF working with rural Yup'ik Eskimo communities related to traditional subsistence practices and the mapping of traditional place names. Traditional Yup”ik place names contain ecological and cultural information used by earlier generations to find good fishing, hunting and other subsistence resources, but the younger generation no longer used many of the sites. Her goal was to reconstruct Yup'ik landscape interpretation through oral history interviews, language revitalization, and mapping.

Louann was born in Youngstown, Ohio and spent her late childhood in California. In 1974, she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor of arts degree in social science. She went on to study natural resource sustainability in African development at Humboldt State University, where she earned a master of arts degree in social science in 1983, and then attended Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in its master of environmental studies program from 1984 to 1985. From 1986 to 1988, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa.

Loann came to Alaska in December 1988 for a job as rural services coordinator in Bethel where she traveled to the homes of the developmentally disabled residents in the region to organize village-based support services, and in January 1990, she became director of the Bethel Community Services' Developmental Disabilities Program. She eventually became Administrator of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health, where much of her time was spent directing three residential treatment and rehabilitation programs. She was later Family Services Coordinator for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Louann began teaching university courses in rural development while still living in Bethel.

In 2004, as part of her doctoral research, Louann collaborated with the Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on oral history interviews in the villages of Akiak, Akiachuk and Tuluksak, Alaska and helped create the Yupiit School District Project Jukebox.

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