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Today in History: Polar Explorer Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. was born
Monday October 25, 2021
Today marks the 133rd birthday of Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr. An American naval officer and explorer, Byrd made several trips to the Arctic and Antarctica.

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Celebrating 49 Years of the Marine Mammal Protection Act
Thursday October 21, 2021
Forty-nine years ago, the Marine Mammal Protection Act was signed into law to address the growing concerns of Americans on the impact that humans were having on the oceans and their inhabitants.

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Making Music At McMurdo Provides A Taste Of Home
Wednesday October 20, 2021
Workers On The Ice Build Friendships And Community Through Music

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Black carbon in the Southern Hemisphere increased after the 13th-century Maori arrival in New Zealand
Monday October 18, 2021
Following the 13th- to 14th-century settlement of Maori in New Zealand, researchers saw an increase in black carbon deposits in Antarctica.

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VIDEO: Explore How the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration is Working to Reduce Uncertainty About Future Sea-Level Rise
Thursday October 14, 2021
The Florida-sized Thwaites Glacier straddles some of the deepest bedrock in the southern continent. But warming ocean water from the Amundsen Sea is causing the glacier to melt at a worrying speed.

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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.