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Antarctic Seal Research Featured in Children's Book
News  /  Tuesday November 14, 2017
Roxanne Beltran has spent several seasons in Antarctica studying the behavior of Weddell seals. Now, the doctoral student from the University of Alaska Fairbanks' College of Natural Science and Mathematics has distilled...

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Intensifying Winds Could Increase East Antarctica's Contribution to Sea Level Rise
News  /  Thursday November 2, 2017
A team of NSF-funded researchers, led by scientists at The University of Texas at Austin, has published a paper arguing that the Totten Glacier, the largest glacier in East Antarctica, is being...

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NASA's IceBridge Launches 2017 Antarctic Flights, Which Will be Supported in Part by NSF's Office of Polar Programs
News  /  Wednesday November 1, 2017
Scientists with NASA's longest-running airborne mission to map polar ice, Operation IceBridge, completed a successful science flight on Oct. 29, inaugurating their 2017 survey of Antarctic sea and land ice....

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Year-to-Year Changes in Penguin Populations Difficult to Understand and Predict, Researchers Say
News  /  Tuesday October 17, 2017
An analysis of all known data on Adelie penguin populations over the last 35 years has found that only a small fraction of year-to-year changes in Adelie penguin populations can be attributed...

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DEADLINE: Request for Information on Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Needs Due December 8 Oct 12, 2017

DEADLINE: Request for Information on Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Needs Due December 8

NSF has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in an Oct. 6 Dear Colleague Letter to assess the science and engineering community’s needs for mid-scale research infrastructure. The information will be used to develop an infrastructure strategy, in accordance with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The submission deadline is Dec. 8.


Alexandra Isern Appointed Acting Head of OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section Oct 2, 2017

Alexandra Isern Appointed Acting Head of OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section

Alexandra Isern, OPP's Program Director for Antarctic Research and Logistics Integration, will serve as acting Head of OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section. Her 120-day appointment began on September 22, 2017. Isern has been with NSF for sixteen years, eight of which have been in Polar Programs.


DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER: Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research Sep 19, 2017

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER: Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research

NSF's Geosciences and Education and Human Resources directorates have issued a "Dear Colleague Letter" (DCL) to encourage the submission of proposals that "will leverage the extensive investment in polar sciences and infrastructure, and education research and development, to promote an informed citizenry and the next generation of polar scientists."


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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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