Public Release:  National Academies advisory: April 6 symposium celebrating the International Polar Year

National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation will co-host a symposium that highlights the early accomplishments of International Polar Year -- the global research effort to better understand the polar regions. With more than 200 scientific expeditions and a thousand research projects to discuss, the speakers will focus their talks on climate change, polar ice sheet stability and sea level, polar ecosystems, and people in the changing Arctic.

DETAILS:

Monday, April 6, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may watch a live video webcast of the event at http://national-academies.org. The event is free and open to the public. Registration required. The agenda and registrations are available online at http://www.dels.nas.edu/prb/.

Reporters who wish to attend must register in advance with the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information, tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.

SPEAKERS:

  • RALPH CICERONE, president, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • ARDEN L. BEMENT JR.; director, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va.
  • HAJO EICKEN, associate professor of geophysics, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • DAVID HOLLAND, director, Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science, New York University, New York City
  • TIM KILLEN, assistant director for geosciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va.
  • STEPHANIE PFIRMAN, Hirschorn Professor and chair, department of environmental science, Barnard College, New York City
  • DIANA WALL, founding director, School for Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • JAMES WHITE, fellow and director of Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, and professor of geological sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder

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