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Talking Science with the General Public

Talking Science with the General Public

Science | Education and Outreach
Tuesday October 17, 2017

Scientists spent a long weekend in August learning how not to talk like a scientist. Educators from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the University of Colorado, Boulder trained a class of 32 early career polar scientists on techniques to share their science with the general public.


Empowering Educators at the School of Ice

Empowering Educators at the School of Ice

Science | Education and Outreach
Wednesday July 15, 2015

To the casual observer, mid-June may not seem like the ideal time to explore the science of ancient ice. However, last month, as the hot sun beat down outside, a dozen geoscience professors donned boots and thick red parkas to brave sub-zero freezers and learn the secrets embedded in ice many thousands of years old, from the coldest places on Earth.


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Dec
04
2014

Reaching Out

Science | Education and Outreach

Memphis is a long way from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, but Alex Eilers has brought thousands of students, teachers and others along on an expedition to study Weddell seals.


May
29
2014

Exchange Program

Science | Education and Outreach

The Joint Antarctic School Expedition, a pilot collaboration of the national Antarctic programs of Chile and the United States, brought high school students and teachers to Punta Arenas, Chile, in February 2014.


Dec
13
2013

Networking

Science | Education and Outreach

Antarctica is not as remote as it once was. Planes reduce travel time to just a few hours. It's possible to exchange instant messages between McMurdo Station and New York City. Big experiments stream gigabytes of data. But computer power in the polar regions still lags. The NSF is working to change that.


Apr
05
2013

Cyberinfrastructure

Science | Education and Outreach

Marco Tedesco was recently appointed the Polar Cyberinfrastructure Program director at the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs. In an interview, Tedesco talks about the potential benefits of cyberinfrastructure to the U.S. Antarctic Program.


Nov
16
2012

Lost Antarctica

Science | Education and Outreach

James McClintock, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and National Science Foundation-funded researcher, has distilled 30 years of research and experiences in Antarctica into a new book, Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land.


Aug
03
2012

Changing with the Times

Science | Education and Outreach

It's been 26 years since the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) had held one of its biannual meetings in the United States before July's gathering of about 900 scientists, national program managers, students and others in Portland, Ore. It was long overdue, according to outgoing SCAR President Mahlon "Chuck" Kennicutt II.


Aug
03
2012

Growing Pressure

Science | Education and Outreach

Antarctica faces an uncertain future amidst growing pressures from global climate change and human activities - a major conservation challenge that will require a commitment from scientists, policymakers and others with interests in protecting the environmental and scientific values of the southernmost continent.


Jun
15
2012

Getting Started

Science | Education and Outreach

The International Polar Year resulted in astounding discoveries and built new observation networks in the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet. But perhaps one its most enduring legacies won't be found in a journal or dataset: The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists has grown into a major force in cyrospheric research.


Jun
01
2012

Legacies and Lessons

Science | Education and Outreach

Three years after its official end, the groundbreaking discoveries of the International Polar Year have been collected in a new report sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The consensus: The historic scientific collaboration between nations was a smashing success.


Oct
07
2011

Eye on the Future

Science | Education and Outreach

Remote observatories generating gigabytes of data on the weather from Antarctica's vast ice sheets. An array of buoys and gliders bobbing and cruising through the Southern Ocean. Satellites using ever more powerful sensors to peer through disintegrating ice shelves. It's a possible vision of the future offered by a committee of scientists and experts tasked with identifying and summarizing priorities in the Antarctic.


Sep
23
2011

Heinz Awards

Science | Education and Outreach

Richard Alley, Evan Pugh professor of Geosciences at Penn State, is a recipient of a $100,000 Heinz Award for being a leader in climate and polar ice studies.


May
13
2011

Hope for Education

Science | Education and Outreach

Lesley Urasky went to Antarctica to teach her students at Rawlins High School in Wyoming something about polar science and the history of the continent's vast ice sheets. But perhaps the biggest lesson she imparted from her month-long adventure with a team of scientists in the central Transantarctic Mountains is never give up on a goal.


Nov
05
2010

Race to the End

Science | Education and Outreach

It was one of the great rivalries of the 20th century, a sort of heavyweight matchup of the day's great polar explorers: Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott. The Race to the South Pole is now a major exhibit at New York's American Museum of Natural History.


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