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Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Moves to New NSF Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on August 31, 2017
News  /  Monday August 28, 2017
The National Science Foundation is moving its headquarters to Alexandria, Va. The Office of Polar Programs itself will be among the first groups to move, as part of the six-week relocation process,...

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Hidden River Once Flowed Beneath Antarctic Ice
News  /  Monday August 28, 2017
NSF-funded Antarctic researchers from Rice University have discovered that flowing liquid water below the ice appears to play a pivotal role in determining the fate of Antarctic ice streams. The finding, which...

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Statement by Dr. Kelly K. Falkner, Head of NSF's Office of Polar Programs, on the Death of Charles R. Bentley
News  /  Thursday August 24, 2017
It is with great sadness that I, and his colleagues in NSF's Office of Polar Programs, note the passing of Charles R. Bentley (pictured on the left in 1958), a professor emeritus...

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Extreme Melt Season Leads to Decade-Long Ecosystem Changes in Antarctica's Dry Valleys
News  /  Wednesday August 9, 2017
An abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade, new research funded by...

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UPDATE: U.S. Antarctic Program Medical Reviews, Post Tropical Storm Harvey Sep 8, 2017

UPDATE: U.S. Antarctic Program Medical Reviews, Post Tropical Storm Harvey

U.S. Antarctic Program medical-review operations at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston have returned to near normal following a slowdown caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. OPP does not expect to issue further updates on this situation.


Borg Appointed Temporary Geosciences Assistant Director Sep 8, 2017

Borg Appointed Temporary Geosciences Assistant Director

Effective Sept. 1, OPP’s Scott Borg will serve as acting deputy assistant director in NSF’s Geosciences Directorate (GEO). He replaces Margaret Cavanaugh, who has been appointed deputy assistant director for NSF’s Biological Sciences Directorate. Borg recently served as acting head of OPP’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section.


Sahler joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section Sep 8, 2017

Sahler joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section

Erica Sahler has joined OPP as a program manager in the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section. She has experience in all aspects of construction, facilities, and ocean-engineering management. Prior to coming to NSF, Sahler served 25 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy's Civil Engineer Corps.


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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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