National Park Service Press Release

For Immediate Release:
September 18, 2007
David Barna, 202-208-6843
Janet Matthews, 202-208-7625

Daniel Odess selected as Assistant Associate Director, Park Cultural Resources Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The National Park Service (NPS) today announced the selection of Dr. Daniel Odess as Assistant Associate Director, Park Cultural Resources Programs. In this position, Dr. Odess will coordinate the park cultural resources programs including the Park Historic Structures and Cultural Landscapes, Park History, Park Museum Management, Archeology, and Park Ethnography programs. Dr. Odess will begin his new position October 29.

Dr. Odess has been Curator of Archaeology at the University of Alaska Museum since 2001 and was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2007. In this position, he has served as department head and curator of a collection of 850,000 objects. While at the University of Alaska Museum, Dr. Odess has supervised the museum’s collections management, supervised staff and students, and established and maintained relationships between the museum and tribal and other governmental agencies. He secured grant support from the National Park Service and the National Science Foundation for archeological research, as well as funding through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Dr. Odess holds a Ph.D. degree in anthropology from Brown University.

“We are pleased that Dr. Odess will be joining the Washington, DC offices of the National Park Service,” said Janet Snyder Matthews, Associate Director, Cultural Resources. “We look forward to working with him as he develops the programs and priorities for the five disciplines represented by Park Cultural Resources.”

Dr. Odess began his career as an archeological crew member on the Saint John Island Project in Newfoundland, Canada. Subsequent positions included museum studies instructor, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University; NAGPRA consultant, Milwaukee Public Museum; post-doctoral research archeologist, Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution); and visiting and adjunct professorships at Brown University and George Washington University.

Dr. Odess is co-editor of Honoring Our Elders: A History of Eastern Arctic Archaeology and author of numerous articles on archeology of Alaska and the Arctic region.