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A Significant Polar Birthday
News  /  Wednesday July 18, 2018
On July 16, 1872, Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen was born. He led the expedition that was first to reach the South Pole....

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Reconstructing Antarctica's Prehistoric Past
News  /  Wednesday July 18, 2018
The associate curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County holds a three-dimensional model of the brain of a Cryolophosaurus, the first carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica....

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NSF Press Conference Highlights Groundbreaking Neutrino Discovery
News  /  Thursday July 12, 2018
Researchers announced that using data gathered by IceCube at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, scientists have identified a super massive black hole as the source of some of the highest energy cosmic...

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Previously Unsuspected Volcanic Activity Confirmed Under West Antarctic Ice Sheet at Pine Island Glacier
News  /  Tuesday July 10, 2018
Researchers say the newly discovered heat source could contribute in ways yet unknown to the potential collapse of the ice sheet....

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Construction Begins on Information Technology and Communications Primary Operations Facility at NSF's McMurdo Station, Antarctica
News  /  Thursday July 5, 2018
NSF has authorized Reston, Va.-based Leidos Corp., its prime Antarctic contractor, to begin construction on a new facility that will house upgraded and centralized network operations and telecommunications at McMurdo Station, the...

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NSF Antarctic Station-Manager Position Open: Deadline, July 6, 2018 Jun 14, 2018

NSF Antarctic Station-Manager Position Open: Deadline, July 6, 2018

The Office of Polar Programs in NSF's Directorate for Geosciences is accepting applications for the position of manager at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the largest U.S. Antarctic research station and the logistics hub for the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. The deadline for application is July 6, 2018

NSF Seeks Antarctic Sciences Section Head: Deadline, May 29, 2018 Apr 4, 2018

NSF Seeks Antarctic Sciences Section Head: Deadline, May 29, 2018

NSF's Office of Polar Programs seeks to fill the position of section head in its Antarctic Sciences Section. The section head is a senior member of OPP's management team and is responsible to the Office Director for the overall planning, management and commitment of budgeted program funds for the section. The application period opened on April 3 and will close on May 29.

Dear Colleague Letter: Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Employment Opportunities - Program Directors (Open Until Filled)
Policy Against Harassment Affirmed


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.