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Media Advisory 12-019

U.S. Antarctic Program's Blue Ribbon Panel Releases Report Findings on Logistical Improvements to Support the Advancement of Science

Blue Ribbon Panel discusses report recommendations after reviewing Antarctic science support operations

More and Better Science in Anatarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness and an iceberg.

Blue Ribbon Panel discusses Antarctic logistics to support science.

July 19, 2012

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The U.S. Antarctic Program's Blue Ribbon Panel, established by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation, hosts a press conference to discuss the results of their report titled, "More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness." The report reviews U.S. science support operations in Antarctica and discusses recommendations for increased logistical effectiveness to support this important science research.

What:News briefing to announce the release of the U.S. Antarctic Program's Blue Ribbon Panel report that reviews science-support operations on the continent of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Who (In Speaking Order):Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences
John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Subra Suresh, Director of U.S. National Science Foundation
Norm Augustine, Chair, U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel

Where:National Academy of Sciences
Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

OR--Via webcast: To listen to the live webcast news briefing in a "listen-only" mode, go to:

When:Monday, July 23, 2012
2 p.m. EDT (Please arrive by 1:30 p.m. onsite for press check-in.)

RSVP:Please submit your name and press credentials to Debbie Wing and to receive an EMBARGOED copy of the Executive Summary of the U.S. Antarctic Program's Blue Ribbon Panel Report. The Executive Summary and Full Report are embargoed until 2:00 p.m. EDT, July 23, 2012.


Media Contacts
Deborah Wing, NSF, (703) 292-5344, email:

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