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Event: Chat live with marine biologists in Antarctica
Tuesday November 23, 2021
Join marine biologist Amy Moran and her team live from McMurdo Station, Antarctica as they conduct research in the coldest ocean water on the planet!

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Job Opportunity: Program Manager (Station Manager, Antarctica)
Tuesday November 23, 2021
The NSF Office of Polar Programs is searching for searching for a McMurdo Station Manager to provide on-site day-to-day oversight of the operation of supporting infrastructure and facilities in Antarctica.

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U.S. Antarctic stations celebrate Polar Pride Day
Thursday November 18, 2021
Polar Pride Day celebrates the LGBTQ+ individuals who support and conduct polar research. Polar Pride demonstrates the international commitment to supporting and enhancing diversity in polar research.

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Honoring the military on Veteran's Day
Wednesday November 17, 2021
Since the early days of Antarctic exploration, the U.S. military has played a critical role.

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Research Update: Scientists improve constraints on Physics of the Big Bang from the South Pole
Tuesday November 16, 2021
Data from the BICEP/Keck experiments at the South Pole may hold the key in unlocking answers about the early Universe.

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The Antarctic Sun is the official source for news of the United States Antarctic Program and US Antarctic Stations.

Program Announcements

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NSF selects Roberta Marinelli as director of the Office of Polar Programs Aug 4, 2021

NSF selects Roberta Marinelli as director of the Office of Polar Programs

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Roberta Marinelli to serve as director of the Office of Polar Programs, overseeing Arctic and Antarctic research and operational support for polar facilities. Dr. Marinelli brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, having served in OPP as a program director in Antarctic Biology and Medicine (1997-2000) and in Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (2005-2011). Her deep understanding of NSF's fundamental role in creating opportunities for the research community and supporting polar science research infrastructure has led to advanced international partnerships to improve Antarctic research capabilities.

Jonathan "Mike" Prince joins Office of Polar Programs as Antarctic Research Vessel Program Manager Jul 23, 2021

Jonathan "Mike" Prince joins Office of Polar Programs as Antarctic Research Vessel Program Manager

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section is excited to welcome Mr. Jonathan "Mike" Prince as the Antarctic Research Vessel (ARV) Project Manager. In this position, Mr. Prince is responsible for providing technical guidance and direct engagement on overall project development, design, planned construction, and delivery of the Antarctic Research Vessel, a major Office of Polar Programs MREFC initiative. Mr. Prince coordinates with contract personnel, vessel support groups, other sections in OPP, as well as other programs throughout NSF to achieve the project goals.

Michael Gencarelli appointed Planning Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program
Lauren Lipuma joins the U.S. Antarctic Program as Antarctic Communications Editor


Special Report

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

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