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Palmer Station Celebrates 50 Years of Antarctic Discovery
News  /  Thursday March 22, 2018
Fifty years ago this week, NSF's Palmer Station was established on Anvers Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula. The 34 people currently on station celebrated the occasion on March 20 with cake, a...

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VIDEO: N.Y. Air Guard Flies Unique Aircraft in Support of Polar Science
News  /  Tuesday March 20, 2018
In this newly released Department of Defense video, Aircraft Commander Maj. Malcolm Schongalla, of the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard, discusses the logistical support the unit provides...

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Flying to Safety
News  /  Monday March 12, 2018
An Argentine Navy helicopter, from the Argentine vessel Almirante Irízar, safely extracted an NSF-funded research team and camp equipment from Antarctica's Joinville Island on the morning of March 11, 2018 after the...

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That Which Remains... From a Global Extinction
News  /  Tuesday March 6, 2018
The fossilized remains of the vertebra and foot of a lystrosaurus, a plant-eating dinosaur which lived about 250 million years ago, embedded in exposed rock high in the mountains of Antarctica. The...

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Policy Against Harassment Affirmed Jan 31, 2018

Policy Against Harassment Affirmed

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP), which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, has issued a policy statement that affirms that the program "is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment, free of any form of harassment."

MacDonald joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section Jan 24, 2018

MacDonald joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section

Brian MacDonald has joined OPP's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section as Capital Planning Manager. MacDonald will work closely with AIL experts to implement a long-range capital plan to insure the nation's Antarctic stations continue to support world-leading science well into the future.

NSF seeks Program Director, Arctic Systems Sciences Program: Applications Due January 29 External U.S. government site
DEADLINE: Dear Colleague Letter on Provision of Capabilities for Storing, Curating, and Managing Scientific Ice Cores for the NSF Research Community Due February 15


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 Foundations's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.