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PolarTREC Teachers Celebrate Antarctica Day in Two Separate Events, One Live From the South Pole
News  /  Wednesday November 29, 2017
Educators affiliated with the NSF-funded PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) this week will participate in two separate events to commemorate Antarctica Day, which falls on Dec. 1. Antarctica Day commemorates...

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Testing a Space-Communications Technology in Antarctica That May One Day have Applications in Polar Research
News  /  Monday November 27, 2017
On Nov. 20, a "selfie" snapped at NSF's McMurdo Station in Antarctica was transmitted to the International Space Station using a technology that may one day enable a future interplanetary internet....

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Antarctic Detector Offers First Look at How Earth Stops High-Energy Neutrinos in Their Tracks
News  /  Monday November 27, 2017
An interdisciplinary team of researchers using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica has measured how certain high-energy neutrinos are absorbed by the Earth, as opposed to passing through matter as most neutrinos...

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Thanksgiving Greetings From One of the U.S. Antarctic Program's Military Partners
News  /  Monday November 27, 2017
In this two-minute video, officers and enlisted personnel from the New York Air National Guard 109th Airlift Wing offer holiday greetings to friends, family and others on this Thanksgiving Day....

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DEADLINE: Dear Colleague Letter on Provision of Capabilities for Storing, Curating, and Managing Scientific Ice Cores for the NSF Research Community Due February 15 new item Dec 6, 2017

DEADLINE: Dear Colleague Letter on Provision of Capabilities for Storing, Curating, and Managing Scientific Ice Cores for the NSF Research Community Due February 15

NSF Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is seeking expressions of interest from organizations interested in providing storage, curation, and scientific-management capabilities for ice cores collected in support of scientific research. The goal to ensure secure, long-term, cost-effective archival of and access to ice cores for use by the scientific community.


DEADLINE: Request for Information on Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Needs Due December 8 Oct 12, 2017

DEADLINE: Request for Information on Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Needs Due December 8

NSF has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in an Oct. 6 Dear Colleague Letter to assess the science and engineering community�s needs for mid-scale research infrastructure. The information will be used to develop an infrastructure strategy, in accordance with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The submission deadline is Dec. 8.


Alexandra Isern Appointed Acting Head of OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section Oct 2, 2017

Alexandra Isern Appointed Acting Head of OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section

Alexandra Isern, OPP's Program Director for Antarctic Research and Logistics Integration, will serve as acting Head of OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section. Her 120-day appointment began on September 22, 2017. Isern has been with NSF for sixteen years, eight of which have been in Polar Programs.


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A site map of the proposed new McMurdo Station taken from the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel Report

Take a look at the National Science Foundations's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.


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International Jazz Day is celebrated at South Pole Station

Video: International Jazz Day is Celebrated at South Pole Station

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