Charlie Bentley Commemorative Event

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Our dear friend, mentor and colleague, Charles Bentley, passed away on August 19th after a beautiful and accomplished life and career. A commemorative reception will be held on Friday, September 22nd on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus. Light refreshments will be served. While a formal program will not be held, guests will be able to visit a number of spaces to view photos, videos, Antarctic memorabilia and to share stories of the man that touched so many lives.

As we plan for this event, please feel free to send any photos of Charlie that you would like included in a slide show shown at the gathering to In addition, if you are a former student of Charlie's, please visit this website to add your information (and that of your own students, if applicable) to Charlie's academic family tree.

Event: Commemorative Reception honoring Charlie Bentley
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Location: UW-Madison Geoscience Building, 1215 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706
Time: 5:00 - 8:00pm

**RSVP: To assist the hosts in planning for refreshments, please RSVP to by Friday, September 15th.**

A memorial service will be held the following day on September 23rd at the Unitarian Church, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53705 at 10:00am, with a reception to follow. A private burial will be held on Sunday.

We hope you will join us. Please feel free to distribute this far and wide. All are welcome.

There was an obituary in the New York Times:

Charles Bentley, pioneering UW-Madison glaciologist, dies

Charles R. Bentley, an intrepid University of Wisconsin-Madison glaciologist and geophysicist who was among the first scientists to measure the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the late 1950s, died Aug. 19 in Oakland, California. He was 87.

Bentley spent the bulk of his career studying the Antarctic Ice Sheet and the continent beneath it.

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Spring 2017 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The SPRING 2017 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:

Topics include:

  • IDDO Welcomes New Field Support Manager
  • Antarctic Cargo Returns to Madison
  • Field Support to 2017 Arctic Projects
  • Equipment Development
    • Stampfli 2-Inch Drill
    • Rapid Air Movement (RAM) Drill
    • Sediment Laden Lake Ice Drill
    • Foro 3000 Drill
  • IDPO and IDDO Lead Successful Science Advisory Board and Technical Advisory Board Meetings in Madison, WI
  • White Papers from the Subglacial Access Science Community Planning Workshop Available
  • IDPO Involved in Multiple Education and Outreach Events
    • School of Ice
    • Checking Out Your Team
    • IDDO Outreach Event
    • Polar Educators International (PEI) Workshop
  • IDDO Driller, Robb Kulin, Selected by NASA to Join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class
  • Requesting Ice Drilling Support

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Request for Community Input - Draft 2017 Long Range Science Plan

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 for the community. This also drives the formation of other plans, for example the IDDO Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. The plans provide the basis for multi-annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDPO-IDDO and others, 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, or a rock core from under shallow glacial ice, please make sure that the high-level articulation of your science is captured in the current draft update of the IDPO Long Range Science Plan!

Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to ASAP or not later than May 25, 2017.

Submission deadline: 25 May 2017

To download the working draft, please visit:

Winter 2016-17 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The WINTER 2016-17 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:

Topics include:
- Successful Deployment of IDDO's Two New Rock Coring Drills
- 2016-2017 Antarctic Field Season Wraps Up
- Equipment Development: Stampfli 2-Inch Drill, Rapid Air Movement (RAM) Drill, Sediment Laden Lake Ice Drill
- IDPO Involved in Multiple Education and Outreach Events: Education Outreach Event at Montshire Museum, School of Ice, Checking Out Your Team, New Education Outreach Website
- IDPO Hosts Successful Town Hall at AGU Fall Meeting
- Requesting Ice Drilling Support

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April 11, 2017 DEADLINE: Requesting Ice Drilling Support for NSF Antarctic Research Opportunities (17-543) program solicitation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs has issued a new solicitation (17-543) for Antarctic research proposals. NSF's full proposal deadline is May 23, 2017.

* If your NSF 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 at least 6 weeks prior to the proposal deadline, in this case by April 11, 2017. *

IDPO/IDDO contact deadline: April 11, 2017
NSF full proposal deadline: May 23, 2017

For more information about requesting ice drilling support, visit:

For information and ideas about partnering with the IDPO for broader impacts, please visit:

For information about the 2017 Antarctic Research Opportunities (17-543) funding opportunity, visit:

Ice Drilling Support for NSF Polar Proposals

The NSF Antarctic Science section will now accept proposals at any time for solicitation ANT 18-530, and the NSF Arctic section will accept proposals at any time for solicitation ARC 16-595. Scientists who are proposing research that will require ice coring or ice drilling, and associated education and outreach activities, should request field support from IDPO-IDDO by completing a Field Project Support Requirements form available at , and/or follow the directions regarding obtaining outreach support at . Scientists should send the information to at least 3 weeks before the target date for submitting your NSF proposal.

IDPO-IDDO Field Project Support Requirements Form:

IDPO Outreach Support for Scientists:

ANT 18-530 solicitation:

Frequently asked questions for ANT 18-530:

ARC 16-595 solicitation:

Science Planning Workshop: Research with the Rapid Access Ice Drill


Science Planning Workshop: Research with the Rapid Access Ice Drill
March 2-3, 2017
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
La Jolla, California

John Goodge, University of Minnesota Duluth
Jeff Severinghaus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

We invite you to participate in a science workshop to help shape future interdisciplinary research with the Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID). Goals and initial planning for the workshop are outlined in this announcement. Please see the RAID website to register with an expression of interest.

Goals of the workshop: RAID is in Antarctica! Now is a good time to bring together the scientific community interested in using the RAID system for deep glacial and subglacial sampling, and for the boreholes it will create, including integrated ice drilling, ice and rock coring, borehole logging, and geophysical data acquisition. This workshop will provide a venue to bring scientists together to explore new science questions or approaches; define science goals; seek synergies between different disciplines for RAID; and develop a coherent community science plan for use of this unique drilling system. The workshop will be a great opportunity to bring together researchers with scientific interests in ice-sheet dynamics, paleoclimate, borehole logging, the ice-sheet interface, exposure and uplift histories, subglacial bedrock geology, subglacial sediments, microbiology, heat flow, potential-field geophysics, seismology, geodetics, and ice-penetrating radar.

When: Thursday and Friday, March 2-3, 2017. This will be a 2-day meeting, convened from 0800-1800 each day. Participants are encouraged to arrive in San Diego on March 1 and depart either the evening of the 3rd or over the following weekend. Please check the RAID website ( or contact one of the conveners for information.

Where: Scripps Institution of Oceanography and University of California San Diego in La Jolla.

Who: The workshop is open to all scientists interested in using or contributing to the science enabled by RAID. Please pass this announcement on to anyone who might be interested. Please help us reach young investigators and under-represented groups by sharing this announcement and suggesting to us the names of people we can contact.

Cost: There will be no meeting registration cost. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided. NSF is funding the workshop in order to provide partial travel to some US participants for travel and accommodation. Preference will be given to young and under-represented investigators.

Responses: Interested participants should complete an electronic reply on the RAID website ( to provide an Expression of Scientific Interest so that we can plan for the number of attendees and workshop agenda.

Contact information:
Jeff Severinghaus
Tomomi Ushii
John Goodge

Additional Information: Visit the RAID WEBSITE or download the WORKSHOP BROCHURE.


The Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) unit seeks a motivated individual to work within a dynamic team that supports research in the Arctic and Antarctic. This position requires strong problem-solving skills, excellent customer service, understanding of mechanical and electrical systems and willingness to deploy to the Polar Regions for a duration of up to 3 months.

For more information, visit:

Fall 2016 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available

The FALL 2016 quarterly update of IDPO and IDDO activities is now available at:

Topics include:
- IDDO Equipment On Its Way to Antarctica for 2016-2017 Field Season
- Field Support to Antarctic 2016-2017 Projects
- Equipment Development: Agile Sub-Ice Geological Drill, Winkie Drill, Rapid Air Movement Drill, MAgIC Drill/Intermediate Depth Drill-Light, Foro Drill, Deep Ice Sheet Coring Drill
- Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions AGU Town Hall Meeting
- Call for Nominations: Science Advisory Board to the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office
- 2016 Technical Advisory Board Meeting
- Education and Outreach
- Requesting Ice Drilling Support
- Field Support to Science Projects

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