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NSF Director Subra Suresh
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Subra Suresh on the Ice

NSF director makes first visit to USAP facilities in Antarctica

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NSF Director Subra Suresh in cockpit of LC-130 airplane.
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Scientist Randol Aikin explains the BICEP telescope to Marcia McNutt, Subra Suresh, Carl Wieman and Scott Borg during a visit to the South Pole.
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South Pole Telescope researcher John Ruhl talks with Carl Wieman and Lori Garver.

Subra Suresh External U.S. government site, the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) External U.S. government site, visited U.S. Antarctic Program External U.S. government site stations and field camps during a five-day visit in November, accompanied by the heads of some of the nation’s leading science agencies.

Above, Suresh stops at the geographic South Pole on Nov. 18.

It was Suresh’s first visit to Antarctica since he was sworn in as the 13th NSF director in October 2010. NSF, a $7-billion federal agency, supports basic research and education across all fields of science and engineering. NSF, through its Office of Polar Programs (OPP) External U.S. government site, manages the U.S. Antarctic Program.

Suresh was joined on his visit by Marcia McNutt External U.S. government site, director of the U.S. Geological Society (USGS) External U.S. government site, Lori Garver External U.S. government site, deputy administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) External U.S. government site, and Carl Wieman External U.S. government site, associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy External U.S. government site.

Scott Borg, head of OPP’s Antarctic Sciences Division External U.S. government site, accompanied the group during its tour of the McMurdo and South Pole External U.S. government site research stations and various field camps.

The group met with researchers and support staff throughout the visit, which included a day trip to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, a remote but high-tech research outpost focused on astrophysical science.