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Alexandra Isern Appointed Antarctic Earth Sciences Program Director

U.S. Antarctic Program

U.S. Antarctic Program

December 2, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Alexandra Isern has been appointed as the new Program Director for Antarctic Earth Sciences in the Division of Antarctic Sciences of the Office of Polar Programs.

Dr. Isern brings broad experience in teaching, research, science policy, and research management to the Program. Her research background in sedimentology, paleoceanography, geochemistry, and sediment geophysical properties was enabled in large part by the Ocean Drilling Program. Alex has extensive experience at NSF, having served in the Division of Ocean Sciences where she was involved in a number of programs as well as the Ocean Observatories Initiative. For the past two years Dr. Isern has been a Research Support Manager in the Office of Polar Programs, Division of Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics. Prior to coming to NSF, Dr. Isern taught for several years at the University of Sydney and served as a Program Officer for the Ocean Studies Board and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate at the National Research Council. Dr. Isern received her BSc in Geology from the University of Florida, her MSc in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, and her PhD in Geology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

Alex will be taking up her new duties effective Monday, 26 October 2009, but she will continue to work with colleagues in the Division of Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics so as to avoid interruptions in research support duties associated with her prior position.

Alex can be reached at (703) 292-7581 or

Sincerely, Scott Borg

Scott Borg
Division Director, Antarctic Sciences
Office of Polar Programs
National Science Foundation

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