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Story By "Embedded" PRI Reporter Asks the Question "Is Thwaites Glacier Doomed?"
News  /  Thursday May 23, 2019
NSF/OPP and the U.K.'s NERC: Natural Environment Research Councill are jointly supporting a five-year, 25 million dollar deployment of researchers to investigate the fate of Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier. Thwaites drains an area...

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OPP Officials Attend Antarctic Search-and-Rescue Workshop
News  /  Thursday May 16, 2019
Dr. Kelly K. Falkner was one of three U.S. Antarctic Program officials who attended an Antarctic Search-and-Rescue Workshop held this week in Wellington and Christchurch, New Zealand....

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Getting a Close-up Look at How Antarctic Ocean Vegetation Weathers Change
News  /  Friday May 10, 2019
Alex Lowe, a postdoctoral student at Maryland's Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, scuba dives near NSF's Palmer Station, Antarctica. Lowe is part of a collaborative research effort involving scientists from University of Alabama,...

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Giant Antarctic Sea Spiders Weather Warming by Getting Holey
News  /  Tuesday May 7, 2019
Scientists have wondered for decades why marine animals that live in the polar oceans and the deep sea grow so large there, but nowhere else. And whether their size may make them...

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Really "Cool" Jazz
News  /  Wednesday May 1, 2019
To help celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30, John Mark Piper, a fire lieutenant at NSF's McMurdo Station, Antarctica volunteered his time and talents to play a number on the vibraphone...

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Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section Has Announced Two Vacancies May 16, 2019

Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section Has Announced Two Vacancies

A logistics manager and a transportation manager: The logistics manager oversees logistical and operational support systems needed to maintain and improve U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure and to enable Program-supported science. The transportation manager oversees intercontinental airlift and sealift operations for the U.S. Antarctic Program.

Research on Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Contexts May 3, 2019

Research on Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Contexts

A recent "Dear Colleague Letter" (DCL) stresses that NSF-as the nation's primary federal funder of basic science and engineering research-welcomes and supports competitive, peer-reviewed research proposals that advance fundamental knowledge about the nature and underlying dynamics of sexual and other forms of harassment, and mechanisms for evaluating harassment prevalence, prevention, and responses, in a range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, research, and workplace settings.

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OPP Announces Nationwide Search for Antarctic Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences Program Director


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