Oden News Flash! Before we get to today's topic I need to make an announcement....Set your calendars for our 2nd Live Webinar on Wednesday, January 7th! Our first live event was a great success and we are excited to give everyone another chance to participate. By Jan. 7th we will be nearing the end of the scientific data collection portion of the expedition and we will be able to announce some preliminary results. Go to the PolarTREC home page and go to the Live From IPY link to register for the event. Before our first webinar I posted an attached document that helps you understand how to get the most out of the webinar and how to prepare your students. You can find that document on my Dec 13th journal.
Holiday decorations are appearing all over Oden! Today's journal is a collection of photos that tries to capture some of the ways that the international group of scientists, crew, technicians and teachers aboard the Oden are preparing for the holidays. Yesterday was the Summer Solstice that marked the longest day of the year for the Southern Hemisphere and the official beginning of summer in Antarctica. In the afternoon we all gathered on the stern deck, in the bright sunshine for our official greeting card photo. Apparently this also signaled the rush to get into the holiday spirit and I started to notice decorations appearing around the ship. The scientific collection and analysis of data continues 24 hours a day, but during break times you can find people creatively transforming the holiday traditions of their homes into shipboard works of art. I created an 18" tall version of a Christmas tree, complete with penguins that I put on display in the starboard mess. The Swedes celebrate Christmas with a party on the 24th and everyone is invited. Enjoy!