Posts Tagged ‘National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grant’

Making a Mallow Core – Science in Middle School

A couple of weeks ago, I gave a presentation about the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project for 8th grade art and science classes in the Seattle Public School system. I am grateful to the brainstorming sessions with Heidi Roop, a scientist that I met at the WAIS field camp. She has teaching experience and is…

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Reflections from the Ice

I am home and sorting through notes, sketches and photographs from my travels south. Paul and I had a great time in New Zealand. We hiked in the Queen Charlottes, Abel Tasman,  and on the west coast; drove through wine country that felt like the Napa Valley; saw many strange birds and entire forests of…

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Another Blog about WAIS Divide

McMurdo Station – Happy New Year! I am working on a few blog posts for the new year, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out the blog of a science graduate student Heidi Roop, who is working at WAIS.  She is sponsored by the Exploratorium in San Francisco and took great video equipment into…

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Getting Ready to Go to Antarctica

December 4th, I will begin a long journey to the most inaccessible, remote location I could dream of ever reaching – the West Antarctic Ice Sheet .  I am going there to document the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project with support from the National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Program. Scientist are drilling a 3.5…

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Christchurch, New Zealand – springboard for ANTARCTICA!

Monday, December 7 (Sunday, Dec 6 in the USA) 27 hours and 3 planes later, I arrived (with about 20 other US Antarctic Program folks) in Christchurch, New Zealand; tired, but excited to be on my way.  The first day was spent in a jet lag stupor walking around this adorable city.  The people are…

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Flight to McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Today I awoke at 4:30am to get to my first ever military flight.  It was a C-17 from McChord Air Force Base, near my hometown of Seattle.  It was very similar to checking in for a commercial flight, except all the crew wear fatigues.  Once aboard, there was the same safety talk about seat belts…

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Happy Camper continued. . .

The next day, I awoke early, so got the whisperlite stoves going and soon we had hot water for cocoa, instant coffee and oatmeal – yummy.  The rest of the morning went by quickly.  We broke camp and then practiced calling MacOps (radio into headquarters).  “MacOps, MacOps, MacOps – this is Happy Camper, do you…

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Happy Camper School – Ross Ice Shelf – Day One

Friday morning I and nine other lucky souls began Happy Camper School with our very clever Kiwi (New Zealand) instructor Billy.  She is in the light green jacket.  Fortunately, it was a Ski Doo camping experience, so we didn’t have to haul our stuff out onto the Ross Ice Shelf, where we spent the next…

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McMurdo –

I am slowly getting used to the layout and pace of the station.  I have been walking around jetlagged and sleep deprived, so all of the new information is going in slowly, most of it dropping all around me.  The folks who work here know this and remind me to take it easy.  There is…

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