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Short to Head Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section new item Jul 18, 2017

Short to Head Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section

Stephanie Short, a former official of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has been appointed to head OPP’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL), effective August 20, 2017. Short has more than twenty years of experience in project management and operations with the Department of Energy (DOE).


Sheppard Assumes New Role Within Antarctic Logistics Section Jul 13, 2017

Sheppard Assumes New Role Within Antarctic Logistics Section

Col. Paul Sheppard (USAF Ret.) has been appointed as Chief Program Officer within OPP's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL). He came to NSF in 2011, after 28 years of military service, and was responsible for executing all logistics operations for the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program.


New Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Safety and Occupational Health Policy Jun 21, 2017

New Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Safety and Occupational Health Policy

The Office of Polar Programs has made official its Safety and Occupational Health policy. The written policy, which applies to all of OPP’s science operations in both the Arctic and Antarctic, was signed by Susanne LaFratta, who heads OPP’s Polar Environment, Safety, and Health Section, on June 14, 2017.


Dr. Douglas Kowalewski Joins the NSF Antarctic Sciences Section Jun 15, 2017

Dr. Douglas Kowalewski Joins the NSF Antarctic Sciences Section

Dr. Douglas E. Kowalewski has joined OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section as program director for Antarctic Earth sciences. He will replace Thomas Wilch, who has managed the program since June 2015 and whose appointment will end on August 30, 2017.


DEADLINE: Applications for Polar Geospatial Center Summer Boot Camp For Polar Researchers Due June 14, 2017 Jun 1, 2017

DEADLINE: Applications for Polar Geospatial Center Summer Boot Camp For Polar Researchers Due June 14, 2017

The NSF-funded Polar Geospatial Center and the University of Minnesota have announced the 2017 University of Minnesota Summer Polar Boot Camp, an intensive, four-day geospatial workshop held from August 7th to 10th, 2017, on the university's Twin Cities campus.


USAP Prime Contractor to Hold “Industry Days” Conferences for Upcoming Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) Projects May 18, 2017

USAP Prime Contractor to Hold “Industry Days” Conferences for Upcoming Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) Projects

Leidos Innovations Corporation (Leidos), who provides logistical support to the National Science Foundation (NSF) managed U.S. Antarctic Program, is holding two upcoming "industry days". Leidos is encouraging prime and lower-tier subcontractors who are interesting in learning more about projects and acquisition under the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) program, to attend the upcoming conferences.


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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