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ECSU Research Week 2013 was held February 11th through 15th on the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) campus in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The event was sponsored in part by the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS). Dr. Linda Hayden, Associate Director of ECSU operations at CReSIS and Director of CERSER at ECSU, served as...
For the first half of 2013, the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets is hosting two visiting Ph.D. students from Denmark. Ulrik Nielsen and Christian Panton are visiting the University of Kansas to take advantage of the unique resources and expertise available at CReSIS. This will help each of these researchers to more fully develop Ph.D...
This February, the National Snow and Ice Date Center (NSIDC) introduced “Greenland Ice Sheet Today,” a website that aggregates the latest satellite data and surface melting analysis of the Greenland Ice Sheet. “2012 saw a huge increase in melt,” said Dr. Ted Scambos, Lead Scientist at the NSIDC. NASA asked the NSIDC to create the website because...
Lauren Brown joined CReSIS at the University of Kansas two years ago as an Office Assistant. This May, she will be graduating from KU’s five-year MARH (Master of Architecture) program. During her time at CReSIS, Lauren’s work ethic and organizational skills have been an asset to the office. She believes that as an architecture student, she has...
Ryan Ondracek joined CReSIS in December of 2012 and spent four months at the Center as part of the Project Search Program. Project SEARCH is an educational and employment training program for students with developmental disabilities in their last year of high school eligibility.. He currently attends Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Kan...
Soroush Rezvanbehbahani, originally from Tehran, Iran, joined CReSIS in January 2013 as a GRA for Prof. Leigh Stearns. He is currently a Ph.D. student studying geology at the University of Kansas and has a MSc in Geology from the University at Buffalo, New York and a BSc in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran...
This spring CReSIS researchers again deployed with NASA’s Operation IceBridge, providing the technology and expertise necessary to help scientists and modelers better understand and predict the behavior of Earth’s ice caps. This time around the CReSIS team will be working aboard NASA’s P-3 Orion Aircraft. The aircraft was fitted with several...
The International Glaciological Society (IGS) is coming to Lawrence, KS, USA later this year for an important conference, and organizers are currently accepting abstract submissions. All researchers interested in presenting should submit their abstracts by April 27, 2013. If accepted, notifications will be sent out by May 17, 2013. CReSIS will...
CReSIS’ Je’aime (Jamie) Powell of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) was recently honored with an award at the 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Awards. Powell won the award for Student Leadership at the graduate level. Other award winners came from prestigious positions in private industries, universities, military and government. Photo: Je'...
CReSIS’ Leigh Stearns was recently awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAREER Award to research the flow dynamics of Antarctic glaciers. The award will support the construction of a new online and interactive model that will allow students and researchers explore glaciological data and test model hypotheses. “My goal is to create an...
CReSIS often sends its researchers to national and international conferences to contribute and learn about the latest developments in science, engineering and education, among others. In May alone, CReSIS sent scientists and scholars to three conferences in the U.S. and Europe. These events are essential to trading knowledge and allowing students...
Dr. Zongbo Wang joined CReSIS in May 2013 as an assistant research professor. Wang graduated from the Beijing Institute of Technology in 2009. Since graduating, he has moved around the world, living in China, Spain, the Netherlands and Singapore. Wang’s research interests are focused around digital systems, real-time radar signal processing and...
An updated topographic map of Antarctica was recently released using data from NASA’s Operation IceBridge. Called Bedmap2, the dataset provides scientists with the clearest image yet of Antarctica’s bedrock. The new map is an improved version of the original topographic map of the frozen continent, called Bedmap, which was created more than 10...
CReSIS will host a major conference on radioglaciology for the International Glaciological Society (IGS) in Lawrence, Kansas, USA on September 9-13, 2013. Though some details for the IGS Conference are still being determined, several important elements have already been finalized. Dr. Richard Alley , of Pennsylvania State University, will be the...
The CReSIS Education Team recently released an animated game and video that teaches kids (and adults) some basic facts about polar science. “Kids don’t really understand what glaciers are or how they work,” said Cheri Hamilton, CReSIS Education Outreach Coordinator. “So we’re trying to teach kids the basics about snow and ice.” In “CReSIS: Explore...
ECSU Research Week 2013 was held February 11th through 15th on the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) campus in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The event was sponsored in part by the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS). Dr. Linda Hayden, Associate Director of ECSU operations at CReSIS and Director of CERSER at ECSU, served as...
Three CReSIS graduate students have received fellowships from the prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program. Jerome Mitchell and Theresa Stumpf were recently awarded the fellowship and Emily Arnold’s fellowship, which was first awarded last year, was renewed for another year. Fewer than 17 percent of all applicants were...
Photo 1: IGS banner welcomes delegates. Photo courtesy of CReSIS. Lawrence, Kansas, USA—September 2013 saw close to 100 delegates converging at the University of Kansas (KU) for the International Glaciological Society’s (IGS) second Symposium on Radioglaciology. The Symposium started with an icebreaker reception on the ninth floor terrace of the...
The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) brings science education into the classroom with the help of Cheri Hamilton, CReSIS' K-12 Educational Outreach Coordinator. Hamilton and the Education Team work year-round to teach students about sea level change, glacier dynamics, water properties, icebergs, global warming, and remote sensing...
Four CReSIS REU students, former and current, participated in the 2013 International Glaciological Society (IGS) Symposium held at the University of Kansas in September. All four students presented posters during the poster session and attended conference sessions and events. Photo 1: CReSIS Associate Director of Education Dr. Linda Hayden poses...
Photo: Dr. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen with an ice core from the NEEM Project on the Greenland ice sheet. Photo courtesy of the University of Copenhagen. As a high school student in Denmark, Dr. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen was eager to study nature. Her curiosity in exploring the natural world led her to study the ice sheets as an undergraduate, and her initial...
Dr. Haiyang Chao joined CReSIS in August 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU). Dr. Chao attended Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China where he received a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering in 2001 and Master’s in 2005. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from...
Dr. Richard Alley, professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, was kind enough to do an interview with CReSIS about his career, climate change and the future of scientific research. Dr. Alley recently visited CReSIS when he was the keynote speaker at the International Glaciological Society’s (IGS) Symposium on Radioglaciology in...
Dr. Stephen Yan is working on a project for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) that will enhance several of the radar technologies developed by CReSIS. “We are developing an upgraded and integrated version of our Snow and Ku-band radars,” said Yan, an assistant scientist at CReSIS. The Snow radar is used to measure the thickness of snow over...
The 2013 Science and Technology Center (STC) Directors Meeting was held at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon from August 21-23, 2013. Hosted by the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP), this year’s conference theme was “Charting Today the Science and Technology of Tomorrow.” The agenda...
CReSIS researchers recently participated in several research missions with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA in the Antarctic to collect new data. While several NSF-funded missions are still ongoing in the Antarctic, NASA’s Operation IceBridge (OIB) just wrapped up, and for the first time in the program’s history, the mission was...
As part of its mission, the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) Education Team strives to integrate polar science-related topics into classrooms and educational conferences nationwide. Their goal is always to promote knowledge and research of glaciers, remote sensing of ice sheets, polar ecosystems, and ultimately the effects that...
With a research season that only lasts from October to February, scientists and researchers must plan years in advance to take advantage of what little time they have to study in the polar region. But on October 1st, 2013 the United States Federal Government shut down, furloughing over 800,000 nonessential employees; over 1.3 million essential...
Each year, the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) REU Program selects exceptional undergraduate students for a summer research experience. The program, led by the CReSIS Education Coordinator Darryl Monteau,is currently accepting applicants for summer 2014. Image 1: REU 2014 promotional flyer. (Image by Elizabeth Post) Monteau said...
CReSIS student researcher Kyle Purdon was awarded first prize at the University of Kansas’ (KU) 2013 GIS Day for a paper on an open source field deployable spatial data infrastructure. "Winning this competition is validation from my peers, the local community, and professionals in the field,” said Purdon, a graduate student in the KU Geography...
In late August, researchers from the UK, Canada, and Italy announced via a study published in Science the discovery of an enormous canyon hidden beneath the Greenland ice sheet since before the dawn of mankind. Approximately 80% of the data in the study were collected by CReSIS instruments on NASA Operation IceBridge missions between 2009 and 2012...

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