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Penhale to receive 1998 AGU Ocean Sciences Award

U.S. Antarctic Program news

Upcoming deadlines for special funding opportunities

Scientists are reminded that deadlines for a number of National Science Foundation cross-directorate or other special funding opportunities that should be of interest to the polar community are approaching. The table lists each of these National Science Foundation programs and the associated deadlines.
Funding opportunity Deadlines
Life in Extreme Environments (LExEN) for FY-98 (NSF 97-157) Proposals: 15 January 1998
Science and Technology Centers (STC; NSF 98-13) Proposals: 12 February 1998a
Full proposals: 3 September 1998
Earth System History (NSF 97-161) Proposals: 15 January 1998
Major Research Instrumentation (NSF 98-16) Proposals: 30 January 1998
A Possible Antarctic Geological Repository (NSF 97-156) Letters of interest: 1 February 1998
aBefore submitting a proposal, interested researchers were required to submit a "notice of intent" by 6 January 1998.

Penhale to receive 1998 AGU Ocean Sciences Award

In recognition of her success and dedication in building and maintaining a high-quality, balanced polar science program, Polly A. Penhale, program manager for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Antarctic Biology and Medicine Program, will receive the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) 1998 Ocean Sciences Award in February 1998 at the AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, California. The award is made in recognition of excellence and lasting contributions to ocean sciences.

As a science administrator, Dr. Penhale has developed a research program that includes not only diverse single-investigator projects but also large, multidisciplinary projects, some of which are international in scope. Under her management the traditional single-investigator portion of the polar biology and medicine program has become a competitive but balanced program, embracing the diverse constituencies in the biology and medicine communities. This is exemplified in the results of a recent study that found that if the biology and medicine program did not exist, proposals would be distributed among 31 different NSF programs. Through her efforts, the U.S. Antarctic Program has become an active component of such important international projects as the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study and the Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics program. She has also taken an active role in the organizations that provide scientific input to the Antarctic Treaty system. These activities demonstrate her commitment to protecting and preserving the unique environment of the antarctic region.