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IceCube and The Askaryan Radio Array 2022 Journals
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IceCube and The Askaryan Radio Array 2022
13 February 2023 What even is real life?!?!?
Bye Antarctica :( My travel out of the South Pole and McMurdo Station were surprisingly smooth. I was personally hoping for delays and more time "on the ice" but the Fates weren't with me. Or maybe…
3 February 2023 Support Staff Superheroes!
Supporting Science As I reflect back on my time in Antarctica, I keep thinking of all the amazing support staff that made my entire experience so amazing. For every scientist here, there are 5 more…
22 January 2023 My Last Days in Antarctica
Some luxuries again! I made it back to McMurdo Station and the first thing I did was shower and do laundry! The water had been under maintenance at the South Pole before I left so I was happy to be…
20 January 2023 The Hardest Day
The South Pole has been the most amazing, unique, fun, cold, beautiful, and awesome place I've ever been. I spent years applying to PolarTREC, and then years waiting when the pandemic hit - and two…
18 January 2023 Thank you for your support!
The Best Live Stream Ever! Thank you to everyone for tuning in this morning! It was amazing to see so many smiling faces! I'm in awe of technology and it's crazy I was able to talk to you from…
17 January 2023 Science Spotlight at the South Pole!
SO. MUCH. SCIENCE Over my two weeks here at the South Pole, I have gotten to meet THE most amazing scientists working on the coolest projects! I want to highlight some of them here for you! IceCube…
16 January 2023 Postcard Project FAQ's Round 2!
An Overview Before leaving for Antarctica, I ran a few outreach programs having friends, family, and students fill out postcards I designed. Every person asked a question that I am responding to. It…
15 January 2023 We're COVID Free!
COVID Precautions When I was preparing to come to Antarctica, I took a lot of precautions to prevent bringing a virus down here. Even something small like a cold can be devastating when living in…
13 January 2023 Are you allowed to have fun?!?
Work comes first! We do spend a lot of time working here at the South Pole. After all - that is what we came here to do! I helped an Askaryan Radio Array (ARA) team member, Alisa, plug in some…
12 January 2023 Knowledge Nuggets 5-8
On my social media platforms - @elaine.explains - I shared 24 "Knowledge Nuggets" - bits of trivia about Antarctica counting down to my departure date (and Christmas)! I'd love to share them with you…
14 January 2023 Drivers Ed - South Pole Edition!
Trainings, trainings, and more trainings Living and working at the South Pole is pretty normal in a lot of aspects (we have heating, plumbing, beds, showers, etc.). So sometimes it is easy to forget…
10 January 2023 Postcard Project FAQ's Part 1
An Overview Before leaving for Antarctica, I ran a few outreach programs having friends, family, and students fill out postcards I designed. Every person asked a question that I am responding to! It…