About the Event
On Wednesday June 23 at 8:00 PM Eastern, the Byrd Center and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be co-hosting a virtual tour of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. Join us for a special tour of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica and wander through the halls of the research station, traverse the Antarctic ice sheet to visit a field site, and stand at the ceremonial South Pole during this virtual adventure! This tour will feature Karla Heidelberg and Margaret Knuth from NSF Office of Polar Programs, Michalea King from the University of Washington, and Santiago de la Peña from the Byrd Center.
If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or ASL interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Karina Peggau at firstname.lastname@example.org (email) or 614-688-8279 (phone). Requests made by June 16 will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.
NSF Office of Polar Program Website: https://nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=OPP
U.S. Antarctic Program Website: https://www.usap.gov/
More about SPoT: https://antarcticsun.usap.gov/features/4397
More about jobs in Antarctica here: https://nsf.gov/geo/opp/opportun.jsp
For more information on the Antarctic Treaty: https://www.ats.aq/index_e.html
If you want to explore the VR tour of South Pole or Greenland: virtualice.byrd.osu.edu/
The Antarctic Sun is a great place to explore more about researcher and life in Antarctica: https://antarcticsun.usap.gov/
The Artist & Writers Program: https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/aawr.jsp
Here is a link to a collective of artwork from Antarctic Artists and Writers: https://www.aawcollective.com/
If you have follow-up questions please reach out to: OPP Webmaster <email@example.com>
Meet the Panelists
Santiago is a research scientist with the Glacier Dynamics research group at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State University. Santiago uses remote sensing to study the effects of climate change on larger ice sheets, including Greenland and Antarctica.
Michalea King is a post doctoral scholar at the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington. In her research, Michalea uses remote sensing to study changes to the Greenland Ice Sheet. She has participated in multiple fieldwork campaigns, including two campaigns in Greenland, one at South Pole Station, Antarctica, and served as a teaching faculty member for the Juneau Ice Research Program, Alaska.
Karla Heidelberg is currently an on loan to NSF from the University of Southern California, through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignments Program, severing as a Program Director in the Office of Polar Programs Antarctic Sciences section. In her role, Dr. Heidelberg manages the funding program for Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Research.
Margaret Knuth has worked at the National Science Foundation since 2013. As Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program, she manages and oversees operations and logistics across all USAP’s stations, field sites, gateways, and port facilities. She also leads USAP’s logistics collaborations with other National Antarctic Programs.