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Your Feedback is Needed: Take the NSF Content Survey
Wednesday August 04, 2021
We have put together a short survey to let us know your role within the polar community, your preferred communications channels, and what content you are interested in receiving! The survey should...

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Antarctic Stations Celebrate 2021 Midwinter's Day
Wednesday July 21, 2021
In Antarctica, the winter solstice is the longest night of the year and marks the halfway point of winter. Since the time of the early explorers, those who work in Antarctica during...

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McMurdo Station medical evacuation
Monday July 12, 2021
The National Science Foundation is grateful for the assistance provided by the New Zealand Defense Force during the medical evacuation from McMurdo Station that took place last weekend. Antarctica New Zealand, with...

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RESEARCH UPDATE: Researchers use ice-penetrating radar to better understand Antarctic glaciology
Thursday July 01, 2021
A recent publication from NSF-funded research by scientists at UC Santa Cruz has examined how electrical conductivity, and not radar reflectivity alone, should be used in investigating subglacial materials....

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RESEARCH UPDATE: Young Weddell seals need to practice navigating before hunting
Monday June 28, 2021
According to a new NSF-funded study from California Polytechnic State University, Weddell seal pups may be one of the only types of seals to learn to swim from their mothers....

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The Antarctic Sun is the official source for news of the United States Antarctic Program and US Antarctic Stations.

Program Announcements

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NSF selects Roberta Marinelli as director of the Office of Polar Programs Aug 4, 2021

NSF selects Roberta Marinelli as director of the Office of Polar Programs

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Roberta Marinelli to serve as director of the Office of Polar Programs, overseeing Arctic and Antarctic research and operational support for polar facilities. Dr. Marinelli brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, having served in OPP as a program director in Antarctic Biology and Medicine (1997-2000) and in Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (2005-2011). Her deep understanding of NSF's fundamental role in creating opportunities for the research community and supporting polar science research infrastructure has led to advanced international partnerships to improve Antarctic research capabilities.

Jonathan "Mike" Prince joins Office of Polar Programs as Antarctic Research Vessel Program Manager Jul 23, 2021

Jonathan "Mike" Prince joins Office of Polar Programs as Antarctic Research Vessel Program Manager

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section is excited to welcome Mr. Jonathan "Mike" Prince as the Antarctic Research Vessel (ARV) Project Manager. In this position, Mr. Prince is responsible for providing technical guidance and direct engagement on overall project development, design, planned construction, and delivery of the Antarctic Research Vessel, a major Office of Polar Programs MREFC initiative. Mr. Prince coordinates with contract personnel, vessel support groups, other sections in OPP, as well as other programs throughout NSF to achieve the project goals.

Michael Gencarelli appointed Planning Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program
Lauren Lipuma joins the U.S. Antarctic Program as Antarctic Communications Editor


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.