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Antarctic Logistics Blue Ribbon Panel report

During a press conference at the National Academy of Sciences on 23 July 2012, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation announced the publication of a new study of future options for logistical support of the U.S. Antarctic Program. 

The report, More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness, is available at

23 July 2012

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Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  12-604) Posted August 30, 2012

Innovation Corps Teams Program
(NSF  12-602) Posted August 28, 2012

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows
(NSF  12-601) Posted August 27, 2012

Ocean Acidification
(NSF  12-600) Posted August 16, 2012

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  12-599) Posted August 16, 2012

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  12-569) Full Proposal: September 12, 2012, Deadline for REU Site proposals except for those requiring access to Antarctica

Arctic SEES
(NSF  12-553) Full Proposal: September 14, 2012

Documenting Endangered Languages
(NSF  11-554) Full Proposal: September 15, 2012

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  12-516) Full Proposal: September 28, 2012

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  12-563) Full Proposal: October 3, 2012

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News See All
frozen lake sediments of an Antarctic glacier Study Suggests Large Methane Reservoirs Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet
Released August 29, 2012
News From the Field
meltwater rivers, Greenland ice sheet Greenland Melting Breaks Record Four Weeks Early
Released August 15, 2012
News From the Field
Photo of the Aurora Australis ove the 10-meter South Pole Telescope. NSF's South Pole Telescope Discovers a Galaxy Cluster Creating Stars at a Record Pace
Released August 15, 2012
Press Release
image of Arctic sea ice How Do They Do It? Predictions Are in for Arctic Sea Ice Low Point
Released August 14, 2012
News From the Field
An Australian Airbus A319 jet. Patient Successfully Evacuated From Antarctica
Released August 9, 2012
Press Release
polar graphic Humpback Whales Staying in Antarctic Bays Later Into Autumn
Released July 30, 2012
News From the Field
Illustration of an iceberg with uppermost part above the water with beams of light from the ice. Blue Ribbon Panel Unveils Findings on Logistical Improvements to Support Antarctic Science
Released July 23, 2012
Press Release
Photo of the Russian icebreaker Vladimir Ignatyuk breaking a path in sea ice in Antarctica. NSF Charters Icebreaker to Support U.S. Research Stations in Antarctica
Released July 3, 2012
Press Release
Discoveries See All
Image of Roald Amundsen. A Legacy of the Race to the South Pole: New Scientific Discoveries in Antarctica
Forbidding though Antarctica is, the stations located there are nevertheless irresistibly inviting to scientists, as Antarctica supports a cornucopia of unique life-forms, geologic wonders, and marine and atmospheric conditions
Released  May 31, 2012

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