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OPP's Arctic Sciences Section welcomes Kate Ruck as a Research Support & Logistics Manager

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OPP's Arctic Sciences Section welcomes Kate Ruck as a Research Support & Logistics Manager

April 27, 2022

The Office of Polar Program (OPP) Arctic Sciences Section welcomes Ms. Kate Ruck as a new Research Support & Logistics Manager.

Ms. Ruck is joining OPP from serving as a Science Project Manager with QED Enterprises Inc., on a management support contract to the Arctic Research Support & Logistics Program. In this position she provided coordination and science support that included oversight of the prime support contract for logistics services in the Arctic. Ms. Ruck joined QED after working at NSF as a Science Assistant and has been affiliated with the Arctic Sciences Section for over six years.

Before coming to NSF, Ms. Ruck earned her Master of Science in Oceanography from The College of William & Mary where she was an active research member of the U.S. Antarctic Science community, specializing in marine science projects aboard NSF’s contracted Antarctic Research Vessels: the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer and the R/V Laurence M. Gould. She also earned her Bachelor of Science from James Madison University. Overall, Ms. Ruck has participated in 12 Arctic/Antarctic field seasons and has over ten years of experience in the development and implementation of polar research.

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2022 budget of $8.8 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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