9:58 a.m., March 10, 2009----The University of Delaware's Arctic research and educational resources are featured in a special insert in the current edition of Witness the Arctic, the biannual newsletter published by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS).
The printed publication is distributed to more than 14,000 arctic scientists, educators, agency personnel, and policy makers. Download a PDF of the document here.
Among the UD research programs and cultural resources highlighted are the following:
- Cosmic ray research, including the Anti-Electron Sub Orbital Payload (AESOP) and Spaceship Earth projects, led by the Bartol Research Institute in the UD Department of Physics and Astronomy.
- The Permafrost Group in the UD Department of Geography, which oversees the Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) program, a global change monitoring network with participants from 15 countries and 160 sites.
- The Sea Ice Experiment: Dynamic Nature of the Arctic (SEDNA), led by researchers in the departments of Geography and Computer and Information Sciences, which is analyzing the interaction among the atmosphere, sea ice, and the ocean to improve predictions of sea-ice cover and impacts on communities.
- Numerous projects led by the College of Marine and Earth Studies, from tracking freshwater fluxes out of the Arctic Ocean, to modeling the interaction between clouds and solar radiation to improve understanding of their effects on climate.
- The nonfiction book Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness, Murder and the Collision of Cultures in the Arctic in 1913, written by McKay Jenkins, Cornelius A. Tilghman Professor of English, and published by Random House in 2005 about the murder of two priests by Eskimos in the Canadian Arctic.
- UD's world-class Inuit art collections, including the Frederick and Lucy S. Herman Native American Art Collection and the Mabel and Harley McKeague Collection of Alaskan Inuit Artifacts, which offer the public insight into the rich culture of the Inuit and serve as an important focus of research and teaching at the University Gallery and the Center for Material Culture Studies.
- A brief history of Arctic research activity at UD, which began with William S. Carlson, who was president of UD from 1946-1950 and a polar researcher.
Formed in 1988 and headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska, ARCUS is a non-profit consortium comprising member institutions from the United States, Canada, Finland, Germany, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The consortium provides leadership in advancing knowledge and understanding of the Arctic through serving as a forum for planning, facilitation, and implementation of disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, synthesis and distribution of scientific information, and education of scientists and the public.
For more information about University of Delaware polar research and outreach activities, visit this Web site.