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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.


Sahler joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section Sep 8, 2017

Sahler joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section

Erica Sahler has joined OPP as a program manager in the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section. She has experience in all aspects of construction, facilities, and ocean-engineering management. Prior to coming to NSF, Sahler served 25 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy's Civil Engineer Corps.


Bohnhoff Joins OPP as Polar Environmental, Safety and Health Section Head Aug 17, 2017

Bohnhoff Joins OPP as Polar Environmental, Safety and Health Section Head

Scott Bohnhoff has been appointed to head OPP's Polar Environmental, Safety and Health section, effective Sept. 5th 2017. Bohnhoff has more than 30 years of experience in executing occupational-safety, fire-protection, industrial-hygiene and environmental programs, both in the federal government and the private sector.


Burns Joins OPP as Antarctic Integrated System Science Program Director Aug 17, 2017

Burns Joins OPP as Antarctic Integrated System Science Program Director

Jennifer Burns, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, has joined OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section as program director for Antarctic Integrated System Science. Burns replaces Paul Cutler, who is now OPP's Antarctic glaciology program director.


Notice: Flight Operations To and From McMurdo Station Jul 31, 2017

Notice: Flight Operations To and From McMurdo Station

Conditions at the new Phoenix compacted-snow runway prevent the use of wheeled aircraft during the warm part of the austral summer. This situation, along with other operational constraints, will limit the number of flights to and from McMurdo Station in support of science and operations from approximately December 9, 2017, until February 1, 2018.


Short to Head Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section
Sheppard Assumes New Role Within Antarctic Logistics Section
New Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Safety and Occupational Health Policy
Dr. Douglas Kowalewski Joins the NSF Antarctic Sciences Section
DEADLINE: Applications for Polar Geospatial Center Summer Boot Camp For Polar Researchers Due June 14, 2017External Non-U.S. government site
USAP Prime Contractor to Hold “Industry Days” Conferences for Upcoming Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) Projects
New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the NSF Antarctic Research Program Solicitation (NSF 17-543)
New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Antarctic Artists and Writers (AAW) Program
Dear Colleague Letter: Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Employment Opportunities - Program Directors (Open Until Filled)
Submission of Proposals to New Antarctic Research Program Solicitation: Deadline, May 23, 2017
Applications for 11th Antarctic Biology Training Program Due April 17, 2017 External U.S. government site
NSF Seeks Program Director, Antarctic Earth Sciences Program: Deadline, Open Until Filled
New NSF Program Director, Antarctic Glaciology
NSF Seeks Section Head, Polar Environment, Safety and Health: Deadline, February 10, 2017 External U.S. government site
NSF Seeks Section Head, Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics: Deadline, January 24, 2017 External U.S. government site
NSF Seeks Program Director, Antarctic Integrated System Science: Deadline, January 12, 2017
Applications for Field Experiences in Greenland and Antarctica for High School Students Due January 31, 2016 External U.S. government site
Teacher Applications for Palmer LTER Project Due December 23, 2016 External U.S. government site
U.S. Antarctic Program Investigator Dies in Snowmobile Accident External U.S. government site
Statement From Dr. Kelly K. Falkner on the Death in Antarctica of Gordon Hamilton
New NSF Solicitation: The Future of Thwaites Glacier and its Contribution to Sea-level Rise
Polar Staff Members Awarded at 2016 NSF Director's Awards Ceremony External U.S. government site
Carr Joins NSF's Division of Polar Programs Environmental, Safety, and Health Section
Electronic Answering System Set Up to Handle Temporary High Volume of Calls About Antarctic Physical-Qualification Process
Dear Colleague Letter: Support For Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research
Antarctic Infrastructure Positions Open
Polar Research Community Advice and Opinions Sought on NSF Polar Programs Realignment
New United States Antarctic Program (USAP) Deployment Requirement: MMR Vaccine Now Mandatory
Message from Polar Senior Leadership the passing of Thomas N. Taylor
National Safety Stand Down, May 2-6, 2016
Brian W. Stone to Serve as NSF Director's First Chief of Staff
Dr. Scott Borg Honored With Presidential Award External U.S. government site
Dr. Paul Cutler Appointed Program Director, Antarctic Integrated System Science Program
Dr. Thomas Wilch Appointed Antarctic Earth Sciences Program Director
Dr. Christian Fritsen Appointed Program Director for Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
Dear Colleague: Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research
Call for Researcher Applications to Host a PolarTREC Teacher in the 2016-2017 Season; Application Deadline: September 8, 2015External Non-U.S. government site
In Memorium: Winifred Reuning
NSF Seeks Facilities Construction and Maintenance Manager for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics
Antarctic Stations Celebrate 2015 Midwinter's Day
Dr. Sonya Lyatsky appointed Assistant Program Director for Antarctic Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences External U.S. government site
NSF Invites News Media to Apply for the Opportunity to Report on NSF-Supported Antarctic Research, Application Deadline July 31, 2015 External U.S. government site
NSF Seeks Program Director, Antarctic Integrated System Science: Deadline, June 23, 2015
Facts about the NSF and the United States Antarctic Program
Michael E. Jackson Joins PLR's Antarctic Sciences Section External U.S. government site
Ms. Susanne LaFratta Appointed Section Head for the Polar Environment, Safety and Health Section of Polar Programs External U.S. government site
Environmental Policy Specialist; Polar Environment, Safety and Health Section: Deadline, April 10, 2015 External U.S. government site
U.S. Researchers Can Apply for Travel Funds, International Antarctic Earth Science Symposium, Goa, India, July 2015
Glacial Isostatic Adjustment Training School Opportunity: Deadline, March 31, 2015
NSF/Polar Antarctic Funding Opportunity: Deadline, April 15, 2015
Statement by Dr. Kelly K. Falkner, Director of the Division of Polar Programs, on the Death of Alberto Behar
Restrictions for Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the United States Antarctic Program
USAP Participant Notice: Baggage Allowance Reduced Between Christchurch and McMurdo
Maj. Gen. Robert A. Knauff, Former New York Air National Guard Commander, Dies in Glider Crash
Draft Report on GEO Priorities and Frontiers 2015-2020, An Invitation for Public Comment
Scott Borg nominated for SAMMIE award External U.S. government site
Chile Waives Reciprocity Fee for Travelers
Dear Colleague Letter Regarding Proposals for the Antarctic Sciences Solicitation External U.S. government site
Information Related to the U.S Government Shutdown
USAP Dental X-Ray Requirements Changed
2014-16 USAP Participants Guide Now Available
USCGC Polar Star Stands Down From Antarctic Rescue; Will Proceed to McMurdo Station to Conduct Break-In
Staff Changes in the Division of Polar Programs External U.S. government site
Fiscal Challenges Facing the U.S. Antarctic Program - A Message to the U.S. Antarctic Program Research Community External U.S. government site
Staff Changes in Antarctic Sciences External U.S. government site
USAP Deployment Forms Updated
NSF Charters Icebreaker to Support U.S. Research Stations in Antarctica External U.S. government site
NSF/POLAR Funding Opportunity: Antarctic Artists and Writers Program - Deadline May 31, 2013 External U.S. government site
National Science Foundation Realignment Plans (Press Statement 12-002) External U.S. government site
2012 Midwinter's Day Greetings from the United States Antarctic Stations
Research Vessel Icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP) Charter Extended
NSF/POLAR Antarctic Funding Opportunity - Deadline May31, 2012
Antarctic Support Contractor Seeks Qualified Job Applicants
New Program Officers Join Antarctic Sciences Division
New Report Unveils Eight Questions to Drive Future Research in AntarcticaExternal Non-U.S. government site
USAP Grantee Alert: Icebreaker Status - Updated August 25, 2011
Norm Augustine to Lead Review of Antarctic Science
Read the NSF Press Release
New Zealand Earthquake: Updates and Impact on the United States Antarctic Program
UNOLS Hosts February Workshop on New Polar Research Vessel Development
IGY Scientist Left Indelible Mark on Polar Sciences External U.S. government site
Subra Suresh Confirmed as NSF Director External U.S. government site
USAP Participants Alert: September 2010 Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Status
Deceased University of Wisconsin Professor was Polar Pioneer in Meteorology External U.S. government site
NSF Releases Open Government Plan External U.S. government site
ARSV Laurence M. Gould Charter Extension
NSF Launches Open Government Web Page External U.S. government site
NSF Director to Lead New Purdue Global Institute External U.S. government site
AGIC Customer Service Plan Available to View
USAP Air Post Office Will No Longer Accept Registered Mail
USAP Baggage Allowance Changes
USAP Email Address Format Changing
New Generation of Polar Researchers (NGPR) SymposiumExternal Non-U.S. government site
International Polar Year (IPY) Sea Ice DayExternal Non-U.S. government site
U.S. Opening Ceremony Celebrates the International Polar Year (IPY) External U.S. government site
New ANtarctic geological DRILLing (ANDRILL) Project Site ReleasedExternal Non-U.S. government site
The WAIS Web Site External U.S. government site
"What's cool about WAIS?" Site External U.S. government site
International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 External U.S. government site
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