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Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research


NSF Webinar: Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a National Science Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. In advance of the July 26, 2021 deadline, program officers will hold two webinars about the program: (1) Friday, May 14, 2021, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern time, and (2) Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern time. Continue Reading

US Antarctic Science Meeting (July 12-15)

US-SCAR is hosting an online meeting on 12-15 July 2021 for US scientists who are conducting research in, from or about Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Scientists interested in getting involved in Antarctic research through US programs are also welcome and encouraged to attend. This conference is open to all US scientists and anyone interested in US Antarctic research. There is no registration fee. Continue Reading

New SCAR Scientific Research Programs Community Meetings

Announcing two community meetings for new SCAR Scientific Research Programs: (1) Near-term Variability and Prediction of the Antarctic Climate System (AntClimnow), and (2) Integrated Science to Inform Antarctic and Southern Ocean Conservation (Ant-ICON). Both Scientific Research Programs have upcoming community meetings. Continue Reading

New Pier to be Constructed in 2021-2022 at Palmer Station, Antarctica

The National Science Foundation is moving ahead with plans to rebuild the pier at Palmer Station, its research facility on Anvers Island, Antarctica. The new pier will be more than three times larger than the current one, extending farther out from the station into deeper water to allow the mooring of larger ships. Continue Reading

USAP Sexual Assault/Harassment Prevention and Response (SAHPR) Program

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs has entered into an agreement with the Department of the Interior’s Federal Consulting Group. The agreement contracts a team of experts to assist the NSF in the creation of a U.S. Antarctic Program Sexual Assault/Harassment Prevention and Response program. Read more at: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=302518&org=OPP Continue Reading

NSF Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Webinars

The Antarctic Sciences (ANT) and Arctic Sciences (ARC) sections of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) invite you to two upcoming webinars on the OPP Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OPP-PRF) on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm EDT and Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT. Please join Arctic Social Sciences Program Director, Erica Hill, and Antarctic Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Program Director, Dave Sutherland, at these informal webinars to learn about the basics of the OPP-PRF and have any questions you bring addressed. You’re welcome to send advanced questions to OPP Postdoc Research Fellowships (opp-prf@nsf.gov). Registration is required to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Continue Reading

NSF-sponsored Workshop: Detecting adaptive evolutionary events in genomes of polar species

A two-day workshop will be held at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience (University of Florida) during August 16-17, 2021 (arrival on the afternoon of August 15th). The workshop organizers, Dr. Scott Santagata and Dr. Joseph Ryan, will lead participants through a series of computational exercises having the following goals: (1) Construct orthologous gene assignments (OrthoFinder), prune paralogous genes (PhyloPYPruner), align orthologous gene (MAFFT), and multi-gene phylogenetic relationships (RAxML); (2) Establish collaborative research groups to test for genes under positive selection from diverse organisms and habitats (e.g., polar, terrestrial, marine, tropical) using genomic and transcriptomic datasets; (3) Evaluate current analytical methods for determining positive selection (e.g., PAML, HyPHy) and their statistical significance. Application deadline is June 01, 2021. Continue Reading

OPP ANTARCTIC Virtual Office Hours - April 19, 2021

The Antarctic Sciences (ANT) and Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Sections of the OPP will be hosting virtual Office Hours on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm Eastern time to share information with the academic community regarding evolving plans for upcoming seasons, funding opportunities, and the USAP Sexual Assault / Harassment Prevention & Response (SAHPR) Program. Current awardees, pending proposers, and future proposers are welcome to attend. To participate, you must register. Continue Reading

News from SCAR - March 2021

The SCAR Delegates Meeting was held last week online and we welcome a new SCAR President, Yeadong Kim (Korea), and a new Vice President, Deneb Karentz (United States). Jefferson Simões (Brazil) was re-elected to a second term as Vice President, and Gary Wilson (New Zealand) and Muthalagu Ravichandran (India) continue in their vice-presidential roles. SCAR also has two new full country members, the Czech Republic and Turkey; and a new associate member, Mexico. Continue Reading

Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OPP-PRF)

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) offers postdoctoral research fellowships (PRF) to provide opportunities for early career scientists, including social scientists, to accomplish one or more of the following goals: expand their work across traditional disciplinary lines, develop new partnerships connecting the polar regions and/or non-polar research communities, and provide entry to researchers who have traditionally had limited access to polar research resources, sites and facilities. The fellowship program encourages the integration of new investigators who have not previously worked in polar regions and/or innovative techniques that have not previously been applied to polar science into polar research. Continue Reading

Appointment of Dr. Jennifer Mercer as Acting Section Head for NSF Office of Polar Programs Arctic Sciences Section

Dr. Jennifer Mercer is serving as the acting Section Head for the Arctic Section at the US National Science Foundation. She is a program manager for Arctic Sciences and Arctic Research Support & Logistics. She also serves as Chair of the international Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO), and she co-leads the Atmospheres Collaboration Team for the US Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC). Continue Reading

Request For Information (RFI): Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) at the Poles

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP) and the Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate request input from interested parties on the goals, values and approaches for managing the Antarctic Artist and Writers (AAW) Program and possibly expanding that program to include the Arctic. In addition, OPP and EHR request input into whether the NSF program which selects and sends educators to the Arctic and Antarctic regions should be under a common management structure. Organizations representing artists, writers, scientists, educators (both formal and informal), and Arctic residents and individuals are encouraged to respond by the deadline, April 7, 2021. Continue Reading

Upcoming NSF Office of Polar Programs Arctic and Antarctic Science virtual office hours

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs is holding separate office hours for Arctic and Antarctic Sciences. These webinars will cover program updates, funding opportunities, and season planning around COVID-19. Current awardees, pending proposers, and future proposers are welcome to attend. You must register to attend these sessions. Continue Reading

Job opportunity: NSF Office of Polar Programs seeks Section Head of Arctic Sciences

The Section Head, Arctic Sciences Section, a senior member of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) management team, is responsible to the Office Director for the overall planning, management, and commitment of budgeted program funds for the Section. The incumbent works closely with the OPP Front Office Integration Team on matters concerning environment, safety, health, communications, budget and policy in implementing research objectives requiring an Arctic presence, and with the Section Head for Antarctic Sciences in supporting research activities occurring at both poles. Continue Reading

Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Data and Sample Reuse in Polar Research

This new NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Data and Sample Reuse in Polar Research from the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) encourages submission of proposals that leverage existing data, physical samples, and non-physical samples (e.g., films, recordings, etc.), as well as those that facilitate the reuse of existing data. In this way, OPP aims to support both the Arctic and Antarctic research communities to drive polar science forward while capitalizing on NSF's previous research investments. Continue Reading

Feb. 16, Virtual Industry Day for Operations and Science Support to the United States Antarctic Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) manages the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) on behalf of the Nation. USAP encompasses all U.S. scientific research and related logistics in Antarctica and aboard ships in the Southern Ocean, and USAP’s world class science relies on seamless integration between operations and research support. NSF is beginning acquisition planning for a follow-on to the current Antarctic Support Contract, and we want to hear from interested parties at a Virtual Industry Day on Tues, February 16, 2021 (10:00 AM EST to 3:00 PM EST). You must pre-register for this event. For more information and how to register, visit http://bit.ly/35F2qwM. Continue Reading

Seeking your Input on NSF Progress on 2015 Strategic Vision for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research

In 2015, the National Academies released A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research, which recommended three large-scale priority research initiatives in addition to a core program of broad-based research for the U.S. National Research Foundation’s Antarctic Program. These priorities are: (1) How fast and by how much will sea level rise? The Changing Antarctic Ice Sheets Initiative; (2) How do Antarctic biota evolve and adapt to the changing environment? Decoding the genomic and transcriptomic bases of biological adaptation and response across Antarctic organisms and ecosystems; and (3) How did the universe begin and what are the underlying physical laws that govern its evolution and ultimate fate? A next-generation cosmic microwave background program. The National Academies’ committee is currently conducting a mid-term assessment to evaluate the state of progress in reaching the goals recommended in the 2015 study, explore recent scientific and technological developments that provide new opportunities to expand this progress, and address current implementation challenges in advancing these research areas. In support of the committee’s evaluation of progress toward Priorities 1 and 2, the committee will be holding web conferences via Zoom to get input from the scientific community via facilitated discussions. If you are interested in providing input, please register for the meetings using the links provided. Continue Reading

NSF Office of Polar Programs Arctic and Antarctic Science virtual office hours

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs is holding separate office hours for Arctic and Antarctic Sciences. These sessions will cover program updates, funding opportunities, and season planning around COVID-19. Current awardees, pending proposers, and future proposers are welcome to attend. You must register to attend these sessions. Antarctic Sciences Virtual Office Hours: December 7, 2020, 4:00-5:00pm EST. Arctic Program Manager Office Hours: December 10, 2020, 4:00-5:00pm EST. Continue Reading

USAP-DC webinar 11 November 3pm EST

The United States Antarctic Program Data Center (USAP-DC) will hold a webinar on 11 November at 3 pm EST to provide an overview of services offered and an introduction to the website https://www.usap-dc.org/. The session will include a demonstration of how to use USAP-DC to search for datasets, as well as how USAP-DC supports US researchers in fulfilling their data management obligations. We will show how to create a data management plan and explain the process of registering projects, depositing datasets, and linking to externally-archived datasets. The session will be held on zoom and recorded. Participants can register to receive the link to the webinar and access to the recording. Continue Reading

Graduate Student Position focused on East Antarctic Seismology

The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Alabama (UA) seeks a motivated student who is interested in pursuing graduate studies in earthquake seismology. Full-time student support is available starting Fall 2021 to assist with projects focused on East Antarctic tectonics and seismicity (associated with NSF award 1914698). Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae and cover letter to Dr. Samantha Hansen (shansen@geo.ua.edu). Candidates should also follow the application procedures outlined by the UA Graduate School (https://graduate.ua.edu/prospective-students/apply-now/), and applications received by January 15, 2021 will receive priority. Applicants from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Continue Reading