Month: November 2011

2011 ECWG Exploration Grant awardees

2011 ECWG Exploration Grant awardees

This list of 2011 ECWG Exploration and Field Research Grants for graduate students includes each awardee’s name, the university he or she is attending, the academic discipline, the research topic, and the location where the research will be conducted.

  • Abigail Conrad, American University, anthropology, “Permaculture gardens: Investigating food security and alternative agriculture among smallholder farmers in Malawi, Malawi.
  • Rachel Cooper, Virginia Commonwealth University, biology, “Ocean acidification: Understanding ocean carbon cycling and the biological pump in a high CO2 world, Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Renee Gondek, University of Virginia, “Art, women, dress and ritual in Greek vase painting, Greece, Italy, and Cyprus
  • Nell Haynes, American University, anthropology, “Identity, violence, and Bolivian women’s wresting,” Bolivia.
  • Cora Ann Johnston, University of Maryland, biology, “Exploring the influence of evolutionary history on invasive species interactions in Hawaii,” Hawaii.
  • Heather Parker, Johns Hopkins University, Near Eastern studies, “The Levant comes of Age: The ninth century B.C.E. through script traditions,” Germany, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Cyprus.
  • Julia Reis, University of Virginia, civil and environmental engineering, “Planning for reservoir operation and land use with farmers and fishers of the Mekong Basin, Vientiane, Laos.
  • Andrew Zipkin, George Washington University, anthropology, Orche exploitation in the Middle Stone Age of northern Malawi, Malawi
2010 ECWG Exploration Grant awardees

2010 ECWG Exploration Grant awardees

The list of 2010 ECWG Exploration and Field Research Grants for graduate students includes each awardee’s name, the university he or she is attending, the academic discipline, the research topic, and the location where the research will be conducted.

  • Gerald Carter, University of Maryland, “Do vampire bats perform reciprocity?”, Illinois
  • Habiba Chirchir, George Washington University, “Adaptations to running, locomotor endurance and gracility in modern humans”, Washington DC and Texas
  • Peter Clark, West Virginia University, “A Comprehensive Assessment of Natural Resources and Visitor Impacts to Cliff Habitats in the New River Gorge National River”, West Virginia
  • Stephanie Hasselbacher, College of William and Mary, “Bilingual and Biliterate Language Socialization within the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana”, Louisiana
  • Kyle Hesed, University of Maryland, “Dispersal and Personal Relationships in the Red-Backed Salamander”, Maryland
  • Elise Larsen, University of Maryland, “Bird Community Responses to Disturbance and Succession at Mount St. Helens”, Washington
  • Derek Miller College of William and Mary, “The Jewish Community of Bridgetown, Barbados:  A Historical Archaeology Study”, Barbados
  • Thomas Saladyga, West Virginia University, “Land use pressure and climate impacts on fire regimes and forest regeneration in the upper Tuul River watershed”, Mongolia
  • Lori Sutter, College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, “Effects of Global Climate on plant stress and nutrient assimilation in tidal marshes along a salinity gradient”, Virginia
December talk on building South Pole station

December talk on building South Pole station

Jerry Marty, who was in charge of building the newest South Pole station, talked about the challenges of building the third and current U.S. South Pole station at the ECWG’s annual black tie dinner at the Cosmos Club on Saturday, Dec. 3. 2011.

Jerry Marty carries the U.S. flag leading the procession of flags of Antarctic Treaty nations from the old to the new South Pole Station on Jan. 12, 2007 for the dedication of the new station. National Science Foundation photo by Glenn Grant.

In his talk Marty focused on the challenges of building a 21st century scientific research facility at the Pole and on the exciting new science supported at the station.

This is the Centennial of the arrival of the first people at the South Pole. On Dec. 18, 1911 the Norwegian  explorer Roald Amundsen, and the four men with him arrived at the South Pole. All made it back safely. On Jan. 18 the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and the four men with him arrived to find the tent the Norwegians had left at the Pole. All died on their way back.

U.S. Navy Construction Battalion officers and men built the first U.S. South Pole Station in 1957. People have lived and worked at it and subsequent Pole stations since the first crew spent the Antarctic Winter of 1957-58 there. Marty first worked at the Pole during the 1974-75 “summer” season, which was the final year of construction of the second station. He led the construction of the third station, which was dedicated on Jan. 12, 2008.

More Information: The Antarctic Sun, published by the U.S. Antarctic Program, briefly tells the story of Marty’s life and his work as manger of the construction of the new station in its March 27, 2009 edition.

ECWG Annual Meeting

ECWG Annual Meeting

Explorers Club Washington Group members will meet at 5:45 p.m. at the Cosmos Club on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 — 15 minutes before the annual black tie event–to elect members of the Board of Directors Class of 2014 and conduct any other business to brought before the meeting.

Under the ECWG Articles of Procedure, the Ad-hoc Nominating Committee is responsible for providing a slate of five nominees for the next class of elected members of the Board of Directors, as well as nominees to fill vacancies in other classes.  The members of the Board of Directors are to be elected by the ECWG membership at the annual election meeting, which will be this coming December 3th and they take office immediately after that meeting.

Nominees for Board of Directors Class of 2014

  • James P. Blair FN09
  • R. Craig Cook MN01
  • Tony K. Meunier FE 84
  • Llewellyn M. “Lew” Toulmin MN04
  • Karen Ronne Tupek MN07

Nominees for the ECWG Officers are:

  • Chairman: Julius “Jay” Kaplan  MN01
  • Vice Chairman:  Susan Sawtelle  MN01
  • Secretary:  Margaret “Meg” Walsh  FN08
  • Treasurer:  Bruce Blanchard  MN78
  • Program Director:  Donald J. Gerson FE78
  • Membership Director:  Robert “Bob” Tallent FN07
  • Chairman, Grants Committee: Polly A. Penhale, FN91
  • Chairman, Public Relations and Outreach, John C. Williams, FN03
EC Forum

EC Forum

The Explorers Club Members Forum allows all Explorers Club members to discuss general issues, meet and introduce themselves to other members. When you click on the page below you will need to log on with your Explorers Club user name and password. If you’re a member but don’t have a password you can obtain one by clicking on “register” at the top, center of the page.

Explorers Club Members Forum

The Forums’ sections are:

  • General Forum for introductions and saying hello
  • Expeditions Seeking Members
  • Expedition Ideas for starting threads on expedition ideas
  • Base/Field Contact for technical discussions of communications afield

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