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Looking for a Few Good Firefighters
News  /  Tuesday September 19, 2017
WIRED magazine has published an online story on the recruitment of firefighters to serve in the NSF-funded U.S. Antarctic Program. There are still openings for qualified firefighters who are willing to spend...

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The Ice Detectives
News  /  Tuesday September 19, 2017
Columbia Magazine, published by Columbia University, features a story that focusses on the work of NSF-funded researchers, such as Columbia's Robin E. Bell, and projects such as IcePod, a collaborative effort with...

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Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Moves to New NSF Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on August 31, 2017
News  /  Monday August 28, 2017
The National Science Foundation is moving its headquarters to Alexandria, Va. The Office of Polar Programs itself will be among the first groups to move, as part of the six-week relocation process,...

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Hidden River Once Flowed Beneath Antarctic Ice
News  /  Monday August 28, 2017
NSF-funded Antarctic researchers from Rice University have discovered that flowing liquid water below the ice appears to play a pivotal role in determining the fate of Antarctic ice streams. The finding, which...

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DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER: Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research new item 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."


UPDATE: U.S. Antarctic Program Medical Reviews, Post Tropical Storm Harvey Sep 8, 2017

UPDATE: U.S. Antarctic Program Medical Reviews, Post Tropical Storm Harvey

U.S. Antarctic Program medical-review operations at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston have returned to near normal following a slowdown caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. OPP does not expect to issue further updates on this situation.


Borg Appointed Temporary Geosciences Assistant Director Sep 8, 2017

Borg Appointed Temporary Geosciences Assistant Director

Effective Sept. 1, OPP’s Scott Borg will serve as acting deputy assistant director in NSF’s Geosciences Directorate (GEO). He replaces Margaret Cavanaugh, who has been appointed deputy assistant director for NSF’s Biological Sciences Directorate. Borg recently served as acting head of OPP’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section.


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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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