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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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VIDEO: Change-of-Command Ceremony at the 109th Airlift Wing, Which Supports NSF Polar Science.
News  /  Tuesday October 17, 2017
Col. Michele Kilgore became the first woman to command the only ski-equipped aircraft unit in the U.S. military during a change-of-command ceremony on Sunday at Stratton Air National Guard Base in New...

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Spending the Antarctic Winter Learning to Become Proficient Radio "Hams"
News  /  Thursday October 12, 2017
This Southern Hemisphere winter, 11 people at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station passed exams administered by the National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) certifying various degrees of competency in the field of...

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Scientists Scour Antarctica for Ancient Life
News  /  Monday October 2, 2017
Researchers working in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys have found evidence, in ancient dried microbial mats, of microorganisms that may have been alive for thousands of years. The discovery could have implications for...

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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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