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50 Years Of Women In Antarctica

50 Years Of Women In Antarctica

Features | Perspectives
Wednesday October 23, 2019

Fifty years ago, four female researchers traveled to the McMurdo Dry Valleys, opening the door for women to work on the frozen continent. Last week, The Byrd Polar Research and Climate Center hosted a special Women in Antarctica symposium to commemorate.


The Reality and Revisioning of Antarctica

The Reality and Revisioning of Antarctica

Features | Perspectives
Monday April 08, 2019

Antarctica is often thought of as a wilderness, both by people who have never been to the continent and people who have worked and lived there for years. Writer Caitlin Scarano wants to challenge the very notion of wilderness. Scarano, who received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December, spent four weeks at McMurdo Station and its surroundings. While there, she met with members of the McMurdo community to gather their stories and hear their impressions of the southernmost continent.


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Apr
01
2019

Appreciation: Dick Bowers, 1928-2019

Features | Perspectives

Dick Bowers, the U.S. Navy engineer who led the construction of both McMurdo and South Pole stations has died. Bowers passed away on January 29, 2019, at the age of 90.


Jul
06
2015

So Long, and Thanks For All the Fine Memories

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Outgoing Antarctic Sun editor Peter Rejcek reflects on his tenure with the U.S. Antarctic Program, which started more than a decade ago at the South Pole Station. Until then, the former Texan had never really driven in snow before.


Jun
08
2015

Firsthand Account

Features | Perspectives

Amanda Biederman is a scientist at Palmer Station, located in one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth, the West side of the Antarctica peninsula. Amanda offers her perspective on Antarctic climate change, ice shelf loss, and the dangers of taking the stability of Antarctic ice for granted.


Nov
21
2012

Passing the Seasons

Features | Perspectives

The time for the research vessel Laurence M Gould's return to Chile had come and the voyage to southern hemisphere finds winter awaiting.


Oct
12
2012

Passing Through

Features | Perspectives

The fact that many on the research vessel Laurence M. Gould had been through the Panama Canal before did nothing to diminish our sense of anticipation. Crossing that narrow ribbon of water and commerce that connects two great oceans is not something that one tends to shrug off.


Jul
01
2011

Fleeting Thoughts

Features | Perspectives

Dr. Steven Untracht is the physician at Palmer Station for the austral winter in Antarctica. When not attending to his duties, the station surgeon spends as much time as possible with the researchers because "science is Antarctica's culture." He offers a perspective on some of the ongoing studies and the implications of climate change for the Antarctic Peninsula.


May
20
2011

Cropping Up

Features | Perspectives

Susan MacGregor doesn't have your typical South Pole winter-over position. Her job takes her daily into an environment of bright lights, high humidity and delightful warmth as operator of the South Pole Food Growth Chamber.


Jan
28
2011

The Penguin Perspective

Features | Perspectives

Penguins truly are one of the feel-good animals in the popular imagination. But there is very little fun loving or playful about the lives of Adélies. They live in the most brutal environment in the world. Yet these birds are masters in their environment, yet do no damage, supreme in their ability to survive.


Apr
09
2010

Beauty and the Cold

Features | Perspectives

Genevieve Ellison was on her routine rounds ensuring the rubbish at the South Pole Station was secure and snug when she made an unimaginable discovery. She describes the beauty and the cold that exists at the bottom of the world.


Oct
02
2009

Benign Space

Features | Perspectives

Richard Panek went to the South Pole on an NSF grant to see the astronomical facilities as part of the research for his next book. His topic is about a mystery that many researchers feel might be the most significant and profound in science today: What comprises the vast majority of the universe?


Feb
20
2009

Rock Star Scientists

Features | Perspectives

Even though though Elaine Hood married a chemist, it wasn't until two years later, when she met a Russian solar physicist, when it dawned on her that it really is the scientists who impress her the most. As she admits "If you see a 50-year old lady chasing a scientist down the hallway, begging for an autograph, it may be me. They're my rock stars."


Jan
23
2009

Prepping for Science

Features | Perspectives

Ben Bachelder braves Antarctic storms, high altitudes and persnickety stoves in the support of science. He tells the tale of setting up camp in the middle of East Antarctica, an area of high scientific interest and a useful place if you want to shed a few pounds as well.


Nov
21
2008

Cosmological Crisis

Features | Perspectives

Anil Ananthaswamy talks about how cosmology today is in crisis. He asks, "Can the next generation of experiments in cosmology and particle physics help anchor the theories to reality?" Experiments at the South Pole may be key to answering that challenge.


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