Celebrate Antarctica Day on December 1st!

The flags of the original twelve signatory nations of the Antarctic Treaty fly at McMurdo Station's administrative building. McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Photo by Timothy R. Dwyer (PolarTREC 2016), Courtesy of ARCUS

Antarctica Day is an international holiday recognizing the anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959. It is celebrated on December 1st each year. Along with Midwinter Day, it is one of Antarctica's two principal holidays. Celebrate Antarctica Day with us! Join us for a live event from the Dry Valleys of Antarctica with PolarTREC teacher Lucy Coleman. The presentation will focus on the history of the Antarctica Treaty and how it relates to science conducted in Antarctica, in particular with the project Lucy is part of Microbial Interactions in Antarctic Lakes. This event will take place on 1 December 2022, starting at 9:00 AM Alaska Time. This event is free to attend but registration is required.

PolarTREC Alumna Wins 2022 MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education

Sarah Slack

PolarTREC Teacher Sarah Slack has won the 2022 MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education. MƒA says that Slack was chosen for the award for the exceptional ways that she has influenced the teaching profession. The organization added that Slack was selected because she constantly strives to learn new knowledge and new approaches to learning, as well as being a model of true leadership. Congratulations to Sarah!

Now Open: Juneau Icefield Research Program 2023 Student Applications

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Student applications are now open for the Juneau Icefield Research Program 2023 field season. Application materials are due December 18th for priority consideration. Applications submitted after the due date will be considered on a rolling basis.

The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) offers a summer field course for students interested in undergraduate-level Polar sciences with a focus on glaciology, climate processes, glacial geomorphology, periglacial ecology, and interactions between these systems. JIRP is also appropriate for graduate students with limited experience in these topics. Students learn through academic and research interactions with rotating faculty from around the world. Workshops, field trips, and lectures focus on the primary topics listed above but also cover Alaskan geologic history, geomatics, and remote sensing, geophysics, scientific literacy, and science communication. In addition, the program capitalizes on the expertise of rotating faculty members to cover current questions in science.

Antarctica! The first ever book launch live from Antarctica!

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Antarctica! Live The first ever book launch live from Antarctica online event Tuesday, 18 October 2022.

Author Lily Simonson spent three months as an artist-in-residence (through the NSF-funded program, Antarctica Artists and Writers Program, at a scientific research station in Antarctica. Drawing upon her extraordinary experiences there–from scuba diving beneath the world’s largest expanse of sea ice to living in a tent atop an active volcano–she brings the stark continent to life in her debut children’s book, Antarctica!

Dr. Andrew Thurber, whose scientific research inspired the story, will be Zooming live, underwater, beneath the sea ice in Antarctica!

The presentation will be approximately 20-minutes, followed by a Q&A from questions submitted by students in advance.

Once registered for the FREE event, a Zoom invite and link will be sent to the provided email address. We look forward to seeing you and your class in Antarctica on October 18th!

Webinar: Let's Go to Antarctica!

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Join Dr. Morgan-Kiss and her field team to learn about their upcoming Antarctica field season. PolarTREC teacher Lucy Coleman (2014) will be joining Dr. Morgan-Kiss as part of the team investigating Microbial Interactions in Antarctic Lakes.

Registration Open for ARCUS Annual Meeting

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Call for Registration ARCUS (Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.) Annual Meeting
Tuesday, 1 November 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Alaska Time

ARCUS invites registration for this year’s ARCUS Annual Meeting. This virtual event will take place, online, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Alaska Time.

The ARCUS Annual Meeting is an important opportunity for ARCUS' Members, Board of Directors, staff, and other interested individuals to meet talk, and connect with one another around key Arctic research and education issues and collaboration opportunities.

This meeting is open to all interested participants (ARCUS membership is not a requirement) and there is no cost to attend. The meeting will focus on small group and breakout group discussions to encourage sharing and networking.

PolarTREC Program Update

After wrapping up several Arctic expeditions this summer, we are excited to announce that we are supporting our 2020 educators and teams on their PolarTREC expeditions to Antarctica starting this fall. We hope you will join us virtually by reading journals, posting comments, participating in live events from the field, and learning more about the polar regions!

We expect one additional NSF-funded Arctic PolarTREC educator to deploy on their expedition in 2023, after which the PolarTREC funding and grant will end. ARCUS will, however, continue to be actively engaged in education-research collaborations; building community; sharing successes; and supporting alumni, teachers, researchers, and the broader community.

Join the Polar Education List to continue to stay connected and learn about new resources, opportunities, and activities.

International Polar Week 2022

Illustration of the equinoxes.

It's that time of year when we educate and celebrate the equinox! The International Polar Week Collection is a collection of resources that celebrate the Equinoxes. Starting in 2012, International Polar Week is celebrated twice a year, in March and in September. The Equinoxes are the only time when everywhere on earth the day length is 12 hours, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the poles on a global scale!

Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program is Now Accepting Applications

Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program

The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program is now open. Ambassadors must be between the ages of 18-21 by January 2023 and must be residents of Alaska (out-of-state university students eligible). For accepted applicants there is no tuition or fee to participate and required transportation expenses will be covered by the program. To learn more about the Arctic Youth Ambassador Program, attend an optional virtual Question and Answer Session with AYA alumni. Q&A Sessions will be hosted on September 6 at 5:30pm and September 16 at 2pm.

Contact aya [at] alaskaconservation.org to apply or nominate an Alaskan youth.

Deadline: September 25, 2022.