Media Advisory 07-006
U.S. Launches International Polar Year on Feb. 26
National Science Foundation and National Academies to co-host kick-off in Washington, D.C.; event will be webcast live
February 22, 2007
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The United States will mark the start of International Polar Year (IPY) with an event hosted by the National Academies and the National Science Foundation on Feb. 26, 2007, in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, a panel of polar scientists will discuss the latest research and present an overview of expeditions to take place during IPY. There will also be remarks from government leaders whose agencies play an active role in this international effort.
International Polar Year is a global research effort to better understand the polar regions and their climatic effect on the Earth. More than 200 scientific expeditions will take place over the next two years to study changes to permafrost, the melting of polar ice sheets, and marine life in the cold and dark. The research completed during IPY will provide a baseline for understanding future environmental change.
Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., eastern time
Auditorium, 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 and submit questions using an e-mail form.
Ralph Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences
U.S. Government Leadership Panel:
Panel of Scientists:
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Public registration for this free event and more information about IPY is available online at http://www.us-ipy.org/.
Maureen O'Leary, National Academy of Sciences, (202) 334-2138, email@example.com
Peter West, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-7761, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana Topousis, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-7750, email@example.com
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