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Call of the Wild

Cheryl Rosa relishes life at the edge. She is based in Anchorage now as deputy director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, which helps develop recommendations and implement policies that guide research on everything from oil drilling to food security. The call of the wild came early. In junior high, she read survival books. “Not many girls did that, and I was just fascinated with being able to survive and be self-sufficient,” she says. “I think it makes a lot of sense to be able to stay close enough to what’s happening in the natural world [and] be able to keep yourself from dying. That’s my comfort zone.”