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August 27, 2014
NSF
Draft report on GEO Priorities and Frontiers, 2015-2020: An Invitation for Public Comment - IDPO

As you all are aware, the Division of Polar Programs at NSF is now within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). And for the past several months, the NSF GEO Advisory Committee has been working with GEO staff on an update to its 2009 report, GEO Vision, and there is currently an invitation for public comment on the draft report. Please see the message below from George Hornberger, Acting Chair of GEO, and Roger Wakimoto, Assistant Director of GEO, for more information about this report.

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For the past several months, the NSF GEO Advisory Committee has been working with GEO staff on an update to its 2009 report, GEO Vision. This draft report, Dynamic Earth: GEO Priorities and Frontiers 2015-2020, takes a different perspective than the last report. In the current climate of limited resources, this document seeks to set actionable goals and objectives for the next five years. It is not meant to be a comprehensive document of all GEO programs but rather a near-term plan of GEO-wide priorities. More detailed information on specific programs and thrusts is currently part of each of the four GEO divisions' planning activities (Atmosphere/Geospace, Earth, Ocean, and Polar).

The draft report is available at the NSF web site:
http://www.nsf.gov/geo/adgeo/advcomm/gpf-draft/

We are very interested in receiving your feedback on this document and encourage you to not only review and comment but also to share the draft with your colleagues. Please send your comments to geovision@nsf.gov by Friday, September 12th.

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.

George Hornberger, Chair, AC GEO
Roger Wakimoto, Assistant Director, GEO

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August 8, 2014
NSF
Update from Julie Palais - IDPO

Dear Antarctic Glaciology Program PIs and other interested community members,

I thought this would be a good time to let you all know that I will be doing a detail for at least 4 months (and perhaps longer) in the Division of Graduate Education (DGE) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. I will be working in the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) from November through February at a minimum and possibly for an additional 4 months (March through June). There will be someone filling in for me in the Antarctic Glaciology Program and that person will be announced by Dr. Scott Borg at a later time. I will be attending both the WAIS DIVIDE and the WAIS Meetings in San Diego during the last week of September and I will look forward to seeing you all at that time and I will be available to answer questions anytime during that week.

In the mean time I wanted to make you aware that the new Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) solicitation is out. The application deadline for Geosciences is November 4, 2014. Other deadlines can be found on the first page of the solicitation.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) application period is now open! NSF is soliciting applications for the GRFP until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014 ( https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do ). Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds:

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Page
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) PROGRAM SOLICITATION (NSF 14-590)
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14590/nsf14590.pdf

GRFP is also soliciting reviewers for the GRFP applications. This opportunity is described in a Dear Colleague Letter:

Dear Colleague Letter - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Invitation for Reviewers (NSF 14-107)
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14107

From the Dear Colleague Letter:
NSF seeks diverse panels composed of outstanding researchers and educators from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and backgrounds. NSF is particularly interested in recruiting STEM faculty and graduate education experts to be GRFP reviewers from Minority-Serving Institutions and predominantly undergraduate institutions to increase awareness of and participation in the GRFP opportunity at these institutions.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Julie Palais
jpalais 'at' nsf 'dot' gov
(On detail starting Nov. 3 to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program-GRFP)



 
July 16, 2014
IDPO
9-September DEADLINE: Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Arctic Research Opportunities Proposals - IDPO

As a reminder, the NSF 2014 Arctic Research Opportunities (14-584) full proposal deadline is October 21, 2014.

* If your proposal requires any kind of ice drilling, ice coring or borehole logging support from the IDDO group at the University of Wisconsin, you must contact IceDrill@dartmouth.edu at least 6 weeks prior to the proposal deadline, in this case by SEPTEMBER 9, 2014. *

For more information about requesting ice drilling support, visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml

For information and ideas about partnering with the IDPO for broader impacts, please visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/outreach_support.shtml

For information about the 2014 Arctic Research Opportunities (14-584) funding opportunity, visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14584/nsf14584.htm



 
June 12, 2014
IDPO
Spring 2014 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available - IDPO-IDDO

The SPRING 2014 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/

Topics include:
- Changing Seasons for Field Project Support: Wrapping up a Successful Antarctic Season and Readying for a Bustling Arctic Season
:: Blue Ice Drill at Taylor Glacier
:: Intermediate Depth Logging Winch at Siple Dome
:: Intermediate Depth Drill field test in Greenland
:: Blue Ice Drill and Hand Auger Kits for Greenland fieldwork

- New Technology for the Community
:: New Generation of an Intermediate Depth Drill
:: New Blue Ice Drill - Deep System
:: Deep Logging Winch
:: "Clow" Deep Logging Winch
:: Scalable Hot Water Access Drill
:: Agile Sub-Ice Geological Drill

- IDPO Organized Workshop for Future Deep and Intermediate Depth Ice Coring
- Don Lebar Announces Retirement
- Drilling and Logging Support to Science Projects

To view the newsletter, please go to:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/



 
May 15, 2014
IDPO
REMINDER: Request for Community Input - Draft 2014 Long Range Science Plan - IDPO

Will you need an ice core or an access hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade? If so, please read on and send us your input!

Each year in the spring 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. The Long Range Science Plan is a community-driven document that provides a look into the future for planning, and it does not require that the drilling be done by IDDO or any other specific entity. The Plan gives the funding agencies and support providers advance notice of upcoming community science endeavors that will involve ice coring or drilling, and the Plan also enables other community members to identify areas for potentially synergistic efforts.

If you will need an ice core or a hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade, please make sure that the high-level articulation of your science is captured in the current draft update of the Long Range Science Plan!

Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu ASAP or not later than May 21.

Submission deadline: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

To download the working draft, please visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml#scienceplan



 
May 2, 2014
IDPO
Request for Community Input — Draft 2014 Long Range Science Plan - IDPO

Will you need an ice core or an access hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade? If so, please read on and send us your input!

Each year in the spring 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, and it drives the formation of the associated IDDO Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. Together, the two plans provide the basis for multi-annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDPO-IDDO, and the plans give the funding agencies advance notice of upcoming community science needs.

If you will need an ice core or a hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade, please make sure that the high-level articulation of your science is captured in the current draft update of the Long Range Science Plan!

Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to Icedrill@Dartmouth.edu ASAP or not later than May 16.

Submission deadline: Friday, 16 May 2014

To download the working draft, please visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml#scienceplan



 
April 24, 2014
IDPO
Visit Us This Weekend at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC! - IDPO

If you're in the DC area this weekend please come to the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 26-27, and visit our Exhibit!

Polar Detectives, Apply Here!
Just as clues helped Sherlock Holmes solve murder mysteries, "fingerprints" hidden deep in glacier ice help today's polar scientists decode climates of the past. What are they finding, and why is it important to you? Try out your own detective skills by touching and analyzing an ice core from Greenland that originated as snow hundreds of years ago. Create a model glacier and watch it flow. Get the real scoop on abrupt climate change as you talk with a scientist who traversed to the South Pole!

Location: Natural Sciences Pavilion, Hall DE, Booth Number 5620

http://www.usasciencefestival.org/



 
April 8, 2014
IDPO
New Master Class Series Targets Science Communication Skills - IDPO

Polar Educators, International (PEI), an international organization created to sustain and enhance the many successful education initiatives begun under the last International Polar Year (http://www.polareducator.org/), is pleased to announce the development of a new Master Class series targeting a dual audience: educators seeking cutting-edge professional development on the latest polar science discoveries and researchers interested in learning proven tactics for communicating scientific concepts in a clear and meaningful way.

We welcome your support in getting the word out to your graduate students, early career researchers, and educational contacts, and have attached a flyer advertising the first class, "Slip Sliding Away: Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise," held 7-23 May 2014, for that purpose.

Featuring leading researcher Dr. Richard Alley and polar educator, Ms. Nell Herrmann the class is being offered free to all participants. Membership in PEI is required for participation in Master Class activities. Registration is due by 2 May 2014, with the initial web seminar taking place Wednesday, 7 May 2014 @ 8PM EDT/Thursday, 8 May 2014 @ 0000 GMT.

Further information on how to participate is available at:
http://www.polareducator.org/activities/master-class

Many thanks for helping us to get the word out about this exciting opportunity!



 
March 11, 2014
IDPO
Winter 2013 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available - IDPO-IDDO

The WINTER 2013 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/

Topics include:
- Successful Project Support Amidst an Uncertain Antarctic Field Season
:: Taylor Glacier
:: Siple Dome
:: Beardmore Glacier

- Equipment Development
:: Deep Logging Winch
:: Intermediate Depth Drill
:: Blue Ice Drill - Deep
:: Scalable Hot Water Access Drill
:: Agile Sub-Ice Geological Drill
:: Agile Ice Coring Drill (400-900m)

- Dartmouth, UNH and UW-Madison Continue Leadership of U.S. Ice Drilling Science and Engineering
- Educational Outreach

To view the newsletter, please go to:
http://www.icedrill.org/icebits/



 
February 21, 2014
SCAR
Scientific Highlights for SCAR Standing Groups - IDPO

Attention Ice Drilling and WAIS Divide Ice Core Colleagues -

IF YOU HAVE ANY RECENT RESULTS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE ON ANTARCTIC RESEARCH (SCAR) TO BE AWARE OF, PLEASE SEND THE INFORMATION TO THE MOST APPROPRIATE MEMBER OF ONE OF THE SCAR STANDING GROUPS (either the Standing Scientific Group on Geosciences or the Standing Group on Physical Sciences):

http://www.scar.org/researchgroups/physicalscience/
http://www.scar.org/researchgroups/geoscience/

----- Message from Berry Lyons -----
We are looking for scientific "highlights" over the past year from each of the Standing Groups to present to the Treaty Parties at the upcoming meeting. So now is the time to advertise the great science that is being done by US scientists and subsidiary groups. Please send me a paragraph (a few sentences) and references/citations, where possible, about your work/results. Please respond by the end of the month to one of the SSG members mentioned below. These are your representatives to the SCAR Standing Scientific Groups.

Thanks very much in advance
http://www.scar.org/researchgroups/geoscience/

Berry

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January 16, 2014
IDPO
4-March DEADLINE: Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Antarctic Research Proposals - IDPO

As a reminder, the NSF 2014 Antarctic Research (13-527) proposal deadline is April 15, 2014.

* If your proposal requires any kind of ice drilling or ice coring support from the IDDO group at the University of Wisconsin, you must contact IceDrill@dartmouth.edu at least 6 weeks prior to the proposal deadline, in this case by MARCH 4, 2014. *

For more information about requesting ice drilling support, visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/scientists.shtml

For information and ideas about partnering with the IDPO for broader impacts, please visit:
http://www.icedrill.org/scientists/outreach_support.shtml

For information about the 2014 Antarctic Research (13-527) funding opportunity, visit:
http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5519



 
January 7, 2014
IDPO
Registration & Lodging: Feb 25-27 South Pole Ice Core and IDPO Ice Coring workshops at UC-Irvine - IDPO

As a reminder, there are two back-to-back workshops taking place in UC-Irvine on 25-27 February: the South Pole Ice Core Workshop (25-26 Feb), followed by the IDPO Community Workshop on Ice Coring (26-27 Feb). Community members are welcome at both workshops.

REGISTRATION:
If you plan on attending either, or both, workshops we need you to complete the short registration form at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=15972 . We need you to complete this registration form even if you have verbally (or via email) told us that you are attending either workshop. While there is no registration fee to attend either workshop, we need you to register so that we know how many people are coming to each workshop so that the meeting room will be sized appropriately.

LODGING:
A block of hotel rooms have been reserved at the Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport. This room block is for both the South Pole Ice Core Workshop participants and the IDPO Community Workshop on Ice Coring participants.

Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport
8700 MacArthur Boulevard
Irvine CA 92612
800.854.3012
http://atriumhotel.com

Room Block Name: SPICECore
$95.00 +tax per night
** Cut Off Date: February 8, 2014 **

WORKSHOP LOCATION:
University of California, Irvine
Department of Earth System Science
Croul Hall 3101
Irvine, CA 92697-3100
http://www.ess.uci.edu/

SOUTH POLE ICE CORE WORKSHOP:
A 1.5-day workshop will be held on 25-26 Feb 2014 at UC-Irvine to make plans in advance of the April NSF-PLR Antarctic Research solicitation deadline for proposals aimed at working on the South Pole ice core. The first drilling season for the 1500-m South Pole core is still slated for 2014-2015, so ice will be available for analysis starting in summer 2015. Among items to discuss at the Irvine workshop will be decisions on the proposed core cut plan, so that researchers can plan their projects around realistic allocations of ice volume. We expect the workshop to be light on research presentations, and heavy on time for making concrete plans. Discussions of South Pole will end by noon on 26 Feb.

For more information, visit: http://spicecore.org/meetings/2014-planning-workshop.shtml
For questions about the South Pole Ice Core Workshop, email contact@spicecore.org

IDPO COMMUNITY WORKSHOP ON ICE CORING:
Community members interested in identifying the next deep and intermediate-depth drilling sites in Greenland and Antarctica (using the DISC Drill and Intermediate Depth Drill) are invited to participate with the Ice Core Working Group in a short meeting to identify community consensus on the target sites and dates at the upcoming IDPO Community Workshop on Ice Coring at UC-Irvine on 26-27 Feb 2014 (workshop will begin at 1:30pm on 26 Feb). Results from these discussions will form the basis of the drilling sites identified in the Long Range Science Plan for 2014-2024. There is no registration fee for the meeting. An agenda for the workshop will be posted in January.

For more information, visit: http://icedrill.org/2014-community-workshop-ice-coring/
For questions about the IDPO Community Workshop on Ice Coring, email icedrill@dartmouth.edu



 


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