Witness the Arctic

Volume 12
Number 1
10 July 2006

Distribution Date: 10 July 2006
Volume 12, Number 1

Feature Article

  • Closing the Gap Between Scientific Research and Education

  • Advancing Science Education Through Teacher Research Experiences in the Arctic

Arctic Social Sciences Program

  • Study Explores Social Effects of TB in Southwest Alaska

  • Project Reveals Saami Prehistory in Coastal Sweden

Arctic System Science Program

  • ARCSS Investigators Contribute to Synthesis Efforts

  • New ARCSS Projects Pursue System-scale Synthesis

  • PARCS Synthesizes Records to Describe Past Climates

  • FWI Working Groups Begin Synthesis

  • SNACS Commences Field Work on Northern Alaska Coast

  • SBI Plans for Synthesis and Modeling Phase

  • Workshop Aims to Improve US/Russian Collaboration

Arctic Research Support and Logistics

  • Study Outlines Plans for Arctic Observing Network

  • NSF Seeks Observing Network Proposals

  • NSF Arctic Logistics Contract Awarded to VECO USA

  • Aging Polar Icebreaker Fleet Becomes NSF Responsibility

  • Committees Analyze Options for Icebreaker Operations

  • New Arctic Marine Laboratory Opens in Ny-Ålesund

Arctic Natural Sciences Program

  • Marine Sediment Chronicles History of Hubbard Glacier

  • Siberian Specimen Inaugurates Study of Paleogenomics

Interagency Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)

  • SEARCH Community Updates Implementation Priorities

  • BEST Plans for Implementation and Cooperation

NSF News

  • Stephenson Replaces Pyle as Head of OPP Arctic Section

  • NSF-wide Programs Support Varied Research Efforts

Capitol Updates

  • 1.8% Increase Returns 2006 NSF Budget to 2004 Level

Polar Research Board

  • PRB Provides Expertise for Many Purposes

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

  • John Farrell Takes Helm as Executive Director of USARC

Science News

  • Exploration of Arctic Canada Basin Finds New Species

International News

  • China Increases Polar Research Budget as IPY Nears

  • Nations Launch Asian Forum for Polar Sciences

  • Assessment to Evaluate Impacts of Arctic Marine Activity

Education News

  • Online Workshop Focuses on IPY 2007–2008 Education

  • Journalists Gain Intensive Field and Lab Experience



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