Witness the Arctic

Volume 11
Number 1
10 May 2004

Distribution Date: 10 May 2004
Volume 11, Number 1

Feature Article

  • International Meeting Explores Change in the Arctic

  • The Evolution of the SEARCH Effort

  • 2004 SEARCH Science Steering Committee

NSF News

  • NSF Seeks New Director, Plans for Cyberinfrastructure

  • Arctic Sciences Section at NSF

Arctic Research Support and Logistics

  • New Logistics Report Available

  • VPR Unites Resources, Expertise to Support Researchers

  • Arctic Projects Demonstrate Power, Potential of GIS

  • Plans Move Forward for Alaska Region Research Vessel

ARCSS Program

  • Arctic System Science Program Guided by Community

  • Arctic System Synthesis Encourages Program Integration

  • Arctic-CHAMP Coordinates Freshwater Initiative Projects

  • Three SBI Cruises Collect New Data

  • New Program Directed at Coastal Zone of Arctic Alaska

  • HARC Activities Develop Cohesive Research Community

  • Workshop Explores Arctic Human Dimensions Research

Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • Antifreeze Helps Insects Survive Arctic Winters

Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Project Compares Changes in Bering Strait Communities

Arctic Social Sciences News

  • Workshop to Focus on Community-Research Partnerships

  • NSF Solicits Proposals for Studies in Human and Social Dynamics

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • U.S. Arctic Research Commission Opens Alaska Office

Polar Research Board

  • PRB Reports Address Effects of Oil and Gas, Polar Biology

Capitol Updates

  • Final 2004 NSF Budget Increases 3.9%

Education News

  • Polar Attraction: Linking Polar Science with Education

  • New Program Brings Teachers to Field Research

  • UArctic's north2north Student Mobility Program Grows

  • Institutions Participating in UArctic's north2north Mobility Program

  • BASC Brings Science to Schoolyard Saturday

  • Science for Alaska Lectures Draw Record Crowds

  • Center for Northern Studies Merges with Sterling College

International News

  • Iceland Hosts Arctic Science Summit Week 2004

  • Organizations Participating in ASSW 2004

  • ACIA Plans for Delivery, Discussions in 2004

  • Conference on Arctic Research Planning Set for 2005

  • CEON Initiative Gathers Support

  • Groups Plan for International Polar Year 2007-2008

  • A Brief History of the International Polar Years

  • Canada Launches Research Icebreaker Amundsen

  • Canada's Arctic Research Efforts Gain Ground

  • UN Law of the Sea May Alter Arctic Ocean Boundaries

  • Researchers will Explore Beringia Aboard Oden in 2005

  • Oden 's Route

  • AINA Funds Young Investigators with Grants-in-Aid

  • Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map Now Available

Science News

  • Polar Vortex Dynamics Disturb Arctic Upper Atmosphere

  • Broad Science Initiative Outlined for North Slope

  • Ecosystem Studies Planned for Eastern Bering Sea



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