Subra Suresh on the Ice
NSF director makes first visit to USAP facilities in Antarctica
Posted December 2, 2011
Subra Suresh , the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) , visited U.S. Antarctic Program 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) , manages the U.S. Antarctic Program.
Suresh was joined on his visit by Marcia McNutt , director of the U.S. Geological Society (USGS) , Lori Garver , deputy administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) , and Carl Wieman , associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy .
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.