For the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC), 2012 was a year of continued growth and further development of our research capacity and outreach activities. In this 2011-2012 annual highlights issue for the AK CSC, you will learn about new investments in research capacity to support high-performance simulation modeling activities, as well as providing state-of-the-art radar equipment to observe and document glacier dynamics. We also continued to place a high priority on training early career scientists. All of these early career scientists are addressing challenging issues related to climate variability and impacts on natural resource management, and once again you will meet one of the AK CSC funded graduate students. In addition, this issue introduces the AK CSC outreach efforts at both the secondary and post-secondary levels—highlighting innovative programs to encourage the next generation of scientists and decision makers. We hope you enjoy learning about the AK CSC and we encourage you to visit our websites or email us to learn more about our research, education, and outreach activities.