September 1997 Volume XXXII


Message from the former Director, Office of Polar Programs: "Looking toward the future" 

Cornelius Sullivan ends term at NSF 

Submitting manuscripts to the Antarctic Journal 

Current Antarctic Literature 

News from "The Ice" and Beyond 

NSF External Panel supports replacing Amundsen­Scott South Pole Station 

Recent Congressional actions related to the NSF FY98 budget 

R/V Polar Duke ends 13 years of service to antarctic science 

President sends greetings to antarctic stations 

Diatoms in a South Pole ice core: Serious implications for the age of the Sirius Group by Davida E. Kellogg and Thomas B. Kellogg 

Recycled marine microfossils in glacial tills of the Sirius Group at Mount Fleming: Transport mechanisms and pathways by Arjen P. Stroeven, Michael L. Prentice, and Johan Kleman 

Foundation awards of funds for antarctic projects, 1 September 1995 through 30 September 1996


The R/V Polar Duke arrived in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on 4 June 1997, ending its 13-year mission in support of antarctic research for the National Science Foundation. Antarctic Support Associates, NSF contractor, unloaded supplies and equipment for storage until they are put aboard the Laurence M. Gould, a new ship being built by Edison Chouest Offshore for antarctic service. 

This issue introduces the monthly online Antarctic Journal. The Office of Polar Programs hopes readers will like the increase in frequency from quarterly to monthly as well as the shift to online access. The change eliminates the cost of printing and mailing the former quarterly issues, which will no longer be prepared. 

This issue is big because it has some of the backlog of a recurring feature, lists of National Science Foundation antarctic awards, that used to be in the printed quarterlies. Another recurring item, monthly weather summaries from U.S. antarctic stations, also will be brought up to date in future issues. After the backlog is gone, the size each month will be about eight pages. 

The annual review issue, consisting of articles by investigators about the recent and ongoing research, will continue in both print and online versions. 

The Antarctic Journal has had several changes since its inauguration in 1966 as a medium for information about, and related to, the U.S. Antarctic Program. The magazine belongs to you, its contributors and readers. As always, NSF will welcome ideas for improvement.