The polar regions
capture the interest of many people, scientists and laymen. For this reason, communicating Antarctic research to the public has proven to be straightforward and successful. I have developed a strategy of integrating research, outreach and education that reaches a broad spectrum of learners.
Selected Press Coverage: The international press frequently reports about
and I have served as a point of contact. Below is a long list of selected articles that describe my research based on interviews with science reporters. The articles often include my pictures and illustrations. I have highlighted a few articles ( ). My two favorites are an article in Science 2005 and an article that was on the front page of the Los Angeles Times a few years ago.
New York City Polar Weekend: To help kickoff the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-09 in New York City, the American Museum of Natural History has hosted two days of lectures, panel discussions, films and family events, including a polar science fair. The IPY is one of the largest collaborative science programs the world has seen in 50 years. I have presented my subglacial lake research in a public lecture at the Kaufmann Theater and with an exhibition at the polar science fair.
Earth2Class: Earth2Class, coordinated by Dr. Michael Passow, is a unique science/math/technology learning resource for K-12 students, teachers, and administrators in the
metropolitan area. Earth2Class is created through collaboration by research scientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; curriculum and educational technology specialists from Teachers College,
and classroom teachers in the
metropolitan area. The program brings teachers to research scientists who share their research, techniques and findings during Saturday workshops. I have presented
during several Saturday workshops and will continue to participate enthusiastically in the Earth2Class project. See the most recent Lake Vostok lecture.
Lamont Open House: The annual Open House at Lamont attracts more than 4000 visitors. I have presented a Lake Vostok exhibit since 2001.
Selected Press Coverage of my Research in International News
- Naturvidenskab for Alle (Danish Popular Science Magazine): Lake Vostok, by Niels Elbrønd Hansen, p. 28, August 2, 2007.
- Field Notes: The VECO Polar Resource News Letter: Flying High with Michael Studinger, by Kip Rithner, p 5, July 14, 2007.
- LiveScience.com: Clues Found in Mystery of Antarctic Mountain Formation, by Charles Q. Choi, July 23, 2007.
- MSNBC: How did tallest peak in Antarctica take shape?, by Charles Q. Choi, July 23, 2007.
- New Scientist: Impossible peaks under Antarctica's ice, by Kate Ravilious, Vol. 2603, pp 38-40, May 9, 2007.
- Science News: Fits and Starts: What regulates the flow of huge ice streams?, by Sid Perkins, Vol. 171, No. 13, March 31, 2007.
- National Geographic News: by Mason Inman, Buried Lakes Send Antarctica's Ice Slipping Faster Into the Sea, Study Shows, February 21, 2007.
- NASA Web Feature: Antarctic Ice Sheet's Hidden Lakes Speed Ice Flow Into Ocean, May Disrupt Climate, by Gretchen Cook-Anderson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, March 5, 2007.
- BBC News: New lakes beneath Antarctic ice, February, 23, 2007.
- Nature Authors: Abstractions, by Virginia Gewin, Nature Vol 445, page xiii,February 22, 2007.
- Nature News: by Olive Heffernan: Large lakes in Antarctica speed up ice flow to the ocean, February 22, 2007.
- BBC News: by Jonathan Amos: Survey targets 'ghost' mountains, December 132, 2006.
- EMBO Reports: by Andrea Rinaldi: The cold side of life: The upcoming International Polar Year promises great advances in the exploration of the polar regions. Andrea Rinaldi, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) reports 7, 8, 759763 (2006).
- Discover Magazine,The Top 100 Science Stories of 2006: #82: Secret Lakes Lie Under Polar Ice & TheTop 8 Earth Science Stories of 2006: #7: Secret Lakes Lie Under Polar Ice, December 27, 2006,
- Lamont Press Release: "Two New Lakes Found Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet", by Ken Kostel, January 25, 2006.
- Geotimes: "Great Lakes of Antarctica", by Naomi Lubik, March 2006.
- ScienceNOW: "Frozen Land O' Lakes", by Mason Inman, January 31, 2006.
- Science News: "Cold and Deep. Antarctica's Lake Vostok has two big neighbors", by Sid Perkins, Vol. 169, No. 5, p 69-70, February 4, 2006.
- Frontiers in Ecology: Dispatches, by Adrian Burton. Life under the ice. , p 116, March 2006.
- Nature Research Highlights: "Geology Under Ice", Vol 439, 23 February, 2006, page 894.
- PHYSORG.COM: "Two New Lakes Found Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet", January 26, 2006.
- Faces (Children Magazine): A Liquid Lake Wrapped in Ice, by Mary Reina, Faces, Volume 22, Number 9, p 28-29, May 2006.
- Press Release by Columbia University, NSF, and AGU: "New Map of Antarctica's Lake Vostok Reveals Two Distinct Parts, With Possibly Differing Ecosystems", by Mary Tobin (Columbia University), Harvey Leifert (AGU), and Peter West (NSF), July 7, 2004.
- ScienceNOW: "Two Ancient Lakes in One", by Kim Krieger, July 4, 2004.
- New York Times: "Seeing a Great Lake Through Two Miles of Ice", published August 17, 2004, (link to short article).
Unfortunately, the large 1/3 page illustration of my gravity inversion on the front page of the Science Times is not available on-line.
- Geotimes: "Vostok's complicating ridge", by Sara Pratt, Vol. 39, No 9, p 38-39, September 2004.
- Earthwatch Radio: "A living lake", by Cassie Wyss, broadcasted on November 10, 2004.
- Earthwatch Radio: "Watery Worlds Beneath the Ice", by Cassie Wyss, broadcasted on November 22, 2004.
- New Scientist: "Twin mysteries beneath the Antarctic ice", Issue 2454, July 3, 2004, page 17.
- Popular Science: "Exploration: Ice Breakers". November 2004, page 44-45. Includes large color illustrations of my gravity inversion work by Garry Marshall. Unfortunately they are not avilable on-line.
- La Recherche: "Vostok: deux lacs en un", by Hélène Le Meur, No 378, Spetembre 2004, page 15. Requires subscription.
- Global Voice (Taiwan): "A Deepening Mystery", October, 2004, page 28-30, A great bi-langual article for teaching English as a second language. Includes a CD-ROM with learning material. Not available on-line.
- German Public TV ARD, Globus: Magazin für Forschung und Umwelt: "Der Vostok-See: Ein riesiger, geheimnisvoller See unter einem vier Kilometer dicken Panzer aus Eis". Ein Film von Sylvia Nagel.
- Geotimes: “Mini-Vostok”, by Christina Reed, July, 2002.
- Science News: “Motion of ice across Lake Vostok revealed”, Vol 161(16), page 203, April 20, 2002.
- Mesa Acher Israelian National Geographic Magazine: 5 page article (in Hebrew) about my Lake Vostok research
and field work, August 2002, pp 62 - 66, Journal homepage.
- Los Angeles Times: “A Sea of Mystery, Frozen in Time”, by Robert Lee Hotz, March 4, 2001.
- Scientific American: “Out in the Cold”, by W. Wayt Gibbs, March 1, 2001, full text requires subscription.
- Science: “Lake Vostok: Stirred, Not Shaken”, by Robert Irion, March 3, 2001.
- Geotimes: “East Antarctica played opossum”, by Christina Reed, April 1, 2001.
- Science News: “Living it up below the ice sheet?”, March 3, 2001. Full text requires subscription to Science News.
My Research featured in Textbooks
- Pre-Algebra, by Ron Larson, Laurie Boswell, Timothey Kanold, and Lee Stiff, McDougal Littell, Boston. There is a nice example of "Math in the real world" in Chapter 1, Lesson 1.5 on page 33, that features my research at Vostok.
- The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 5th Edition, by Brian J. Skinner, Stephen C. Porter, Jeffrey Park, John Wiley & Sons, 648 pages, ISBN: 0-471-15228-5.
- Introduction to GIS for Petroleum Industry, by Dean Gaddy, Pennwell, 200 pages, ISBN: 0-87814-804-3.
- TechTV's Catalog of Tomorrow, 1st Edition, by Andrew Zolli, Que Publishing, Indiana, published: Sep 24, 2002; 304 pages, ISBN: 0789728109.
Magnetic Work on the Hudson River (I participated in the field work)