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NSF Dear Colleague Letter: leveraging investments in education and polar science

The Research on Learning (DRL) and Undergraduate Education (DUE) divisions of NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate and the Office of Polar Programs have jointly issued a Dear Colleague Letter to encourage proposals that will leverage NSF’s investment in polar sciences and infrastructure and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education research and development. Continue Reading


Palmer Station pier reconstruction milestone announced

The National Science Foundation will make a major upgrade to the pier at the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station, located on Anvers Island on the Antarctic Peninsula. NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is currently in the process of finalizing the plans and designs needed to prepare for construction in the coming months. Continue Reading


DEADLINE Aug. 12: Coastlines and People initiative scoping sessions for Sept. 26-28 workshops

Prospective participants are encouraged to apply to attend scoping sessions that will identify priorities for NSF’s Coastlines and People research initiative. Applications are due by Aug. 12 (11:59 pm local time). The workshops will be held Sept. 26-28. Four, simultaneous, three-day scoping sessions will be hosted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and facilitated by Knowinnovation on NSF’s behalf. Workshop will be held in San Diego, Chicago, and Atlanta. A fourth “virtual” workshop will be scheduled on mountain time. Continue Reading


NSF Office of Polar Programs releases updated polar Code of Conduct

The National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) this month issued an updated Code of Conduct that restates important principles and expectations of professional conduct and acceptable behavior for all personnel who deploy to the Arctic or the Antarctic under OPP’s auspices. The code is a “shared statement of commitment to uphold ethical, professional, and legal standards.” Continue Reading


NSF Initiative on Coastlines and People: Apply to Attend Scoping Sessions

You are encouraged to apply to attend Coastlines and People (CoPe) Scoping Sessions to identify priorities for a research initiative focused on coastal regions. Applications are due by August 12, 2018 (11:59pm local time) and the workshops will be held September 26-28, 2018. Continue Reading


DEADLINE Aug. 6: Research community encouraged to participate in survey on future of Antarctic science vessels

An ad hoc subcommittee of the Office of Polar Programs’ Advisory Committee, dealing with the U.S. Antarctic Program’s (USAP) Research Vessel Procurement, is seeking the participation of the research community in reviewing and assessing the science-mission requirements and operational capabilities of replacement Antarctic research vessels. The subcommittee wishes to have all surveys submitted by Aug. 6. Continue Reading


University of Tasmania: Executive Director Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania, is seeking a new Executive Director. The Executive Director will lead the next chapter of the institute’s development to be one of the top three marine research institutes globally with pre-eminence in its fields of expertise. Continue Reading


DEADLINE, July 6: NSF Antarctic station-manager position open

The Office of Polar Programs in NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences is accepting applications for the position of manager at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the largest U.S. Antarctic research station and the logistics hub for the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. The station manager provides on-site, day-to-day oversight of the operation of supporting infrastructure and facilities at McMurdo for the execution of the annual program plan and oversee logistics and operations decisions that affect the execution of programs at South Pole and inland field camps. Continue Reading


Reminder - Webinar - TODAY 24 May 1:00 p.m. EDT - research opportunities Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

On May 24th at 1:00-2:30 pm edt, the Polar Research Board will hold a webinar hosted by some leading U.S. representatives to SCAR (Terry Wilson, Deneb Karentz, David Bromwich) to discuss this program development opportunity and the ways that you can best contribute to this process. Continue Reading


Request for Community Input - Draft 2018 Long Range Science Plan (U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office)

Each year the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program works with its Science Advisory Board and with the research community to update the IDPO Long Range Science Plan. This Plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community. Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to Icedrill at Dartmouth.edu ASAP or not later than May 30, 2018. Continue Reading


Microbial Resource System Hands-On training workshop

There is a planned Microbial Antarctic Resource System (mARS) Hands-On training workshop June 17-18 in Davos Switzerland held prior to the Polar18 Meeting. This is a great opportunity to bring both Arctic and Antarctic researchers together to discuss approaches to ecosystem and molecular data sharing. The workshop is open to polar microbial scientists, particularly those generating molecular genomic data sets that they are interested in sharing with the polar research community. Continue Reading


Webinar - 24 May - research opportunities Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an international body that brings together scientists from around the world for information sharing and research collaboration. A key mechanism of SCAR’s work is the suite of “Scientific Research Programs” that are established for fixed periods of time to catalyze and organize collaborations around particular topics deemed of critical importance by the scientific community. The current suite of Programs are nearing the end of their designated lifetimes, and a next generation of Programs are now being explored. On May 24th at 1:00-2:30 pm edt, the Polar Research Board will hold a webinar to discuss this program development opportunity and the ways that you can best contribute to this process. Continue Reading


Science Assistant sought for National Science Foundation Arctic Sciences

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Arctic Sciences Section is searching for candidates interested in being a science-assistant. The application period opened on April 26 and closes on May 14. For more general information about the range of duties science assistants carry out across the foundation, salary and other information, please see the NSF-wide announcement. Continue Reading


OPP seeks Antarctic Sciences Section Head

NSF’s Office of Polar Programs seeks to fill the position of section head in its Antarctic Sciences Section. The application period opened on April 3 and will close on May 15. The section head is a senior member of OPP’s management team and is responsible to the Office Director for the overall planning, management and commitment of budgeted program funds for the section. Continue Reading


OPP Employment Opportunities - Program Directors

The National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) announces a nationwide search for outstanding scientists to fill open Program Director positions to assist in research program management in programmatic areas of Arctic Sciences, Antarctic Sciences, and Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter Signals in the Soil - USA

The National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate, collaboration with the Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Geosciences directorates, has issued a “Dear Colleague” Letter (DCL) to encourage submission of Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to conduct research related to technologies, models, and methods to better understand dynamic soil processes. It also encourages proposals that include topics relevant to both the DCL and the NSF "Rules of Life" Big Idea and submissions of Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE). Continue Reading


Workshop on the Application of SmallSat and Commercial Imagery to Arctic Science - USA

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a workshop to bring scientists and experts together to discuss the new era of Arctic science enabled by the availability of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery. Participants will address questions that help drive new science and satellite collection strategies to report in a long-term science community-driven plan. When: May 21-22, 2018. Where: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Host: Polar Geospatial Center. Application Deadline: March 30, 2018. Continue Reading


Reminder: TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY - SCAR Open Science Conference

Applications for partial travel support are sought from students, post-doctoral researchers and other scientists at US institutions to attend the XXXV Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) in Switzerland from 19-23 June 2018. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2018. Continue Reading


Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research - 60 Year Anniversary

This week, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) marks six decades of successful international collaboration. Since its first meeting in The Hague on 3-5 February 1958, SCAR has grown an international network of thousands of scientists who share a common ambition to carry out Antarctic science for the benefit of society. With a membership representing the scientific communities of 43 countries, SCAR is instrumental in initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Policy against harassment affirmed

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP), which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, has issued a policy statement that affirms that the program "is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment, free of any form of harassment." The document notes that "harassment can take many forms" and provides definitions of behaviors that are deemed unacceptable, including "any unwelcome verbal or physical conduct" under the heading of "harassment." It also separately defines behaviors that constitute "sexual harassment." Continue Reading