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Symposium Agenda

The National Science Foundation contributed funding in support of this polar science symposium.


A. Plenary Session (Chair S. Miller)
09:30 Opening remarks, Michael A. Lang, Office of the Under Secretary for Science – NMNH Baird Auditorium
09:45 1. Robert W. Corell, The Heinz Center: “OUR CHANGING CLIMATE: A GLOBAL POLICY ISSUE.”
10:15 2. Robert W. Wilson, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: “Cosmology from Antarctica.”
10:45 Break
11:00 3. Donal T. Manahan, University of Southern California: “An Overview of Biological Research at the Poles.
11:30 4. William W. Fitzhugh, National Museum of Natural History: “From Trash to Treasure: Smithsonian’s Arctic Venture, 1859-2007
12:00 Dr. Ira Rubinoff, Acting Under Secretary for Science: Welcoming Remarks
12:05 S. Miller, Plenary Session Remarks
12:15 Lunch

B. Polar Astronomy: Observational Cosmology (Chair: A. Stark, SAO) – Smithsonian Castle
01:30 5. John E. Carlstrom, University of Chicago: “THE 10-METER SOUTH POLE TELESCOPE: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF DARK ENERGY.”
02:00 6. Christopher L. Martin, Oberlin College: “Feeding the Black Hole in the Center of the Milky Way: AST/RO Observations.”
02:30 7. Christopher K. Walker, University of Arizona: “Terahertz Astronomy from the Coldest Place on Earth.”
03:00 Break
03:15 8. Nick Tothill, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: “Watching Starbirth from the Antarctic Plateau.”
03:45 9. Timothy J. McCoy, National Museum of Natural History: “Going to the Coldest Place on Earth to Learn about the Hottest Event in Earth’s History.”
04:15 Panel discussion
04:45 Closing remarks

C. Systematics and Biology of Polar Organisms (Chair: R. Lemaitre, NMNH) – NMNH Exec Conference Room
01:30 10. Angelika Brandt, Zoological Museum, University of Hamburg: “Biodiversity and Biogeography of the Deep Southern Ocean Benthos.”
02:00 11. E. Taisoo Park, Texas A&M University: “Species Diversity and Distribution of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Calanoid Copepods as Observed Mainly in Midwater Trawl Collections (a review).”
02:30 12. John S. Pearse, University of California, Santa Cruz: “Brooding in Southern Seas: Adaptation or Circumstance?
03:00 Break
03:15 13. Michael Vecchione, National Marine Fisheries Service: “Abundance and Diversity of Cephalopods in the Vicinity of the Antarctic Peninsula.”
03:45 14. Judith E. Winston, Virginia Museum of Natural History: “Systematics and Biology of Antarctic Bryozoans.”
04:15 15. Martin T. Nweeia, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
04:45 Panel discussion
05:15 Closing remarks

07:00 Public lecture and RECEPTION - Adam Ravetch and Norbert Wu
Smithsonian Castle and Schermer Hall

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2007

D. IPY Histories and Legacies (Chair: I. Krupnik, NMNH) – NMNH Exec Conference Room
09:00 16. Marc Rothenberg, National Science Foundation: “Declinometers, Barometers, Astronomical Phenomena, and the Risk of Death: Placing the First International Polar Year in the Context of Nineteenth-Century Scientific Collaboration, Cooperation, and Exploration.”
09:30 17. James R. Fleming, Colby College: “Advancing Polar Weather and Climate Research and Communicating Its Wonders: A History of Quests, Questions, and Capabilities.”
10:00 18. Fae L. Korsmo, National Science Foundation: “The Legacies of the International Geophysical Year: 1957-1958 and Beyond.”
10:30 Break
10:45 19. David H. DeVorkin, National Air and Space Museum: “Preserving the Origins of the Space Age: The Material Legacy of the IGY at the National Air and Space Museum.”
11:15 20. Noel D. Broadbent, National Museum of Natural History: “From Ballooning in the Arctic to 10,000 Foot Runways during the 1957-1958 IGY: Polar aeronautics and historic archaeology in Svalbard, and Antarctica.”
11:45 Panel discussion
12:15 Lunch

E. Environmental Change and Polar Marine Ecosystems (Chair: P. Neale, SERC) - Castle
09:00 21. Patrick J. Neale, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: “Ultraviolet Radiation Effects on Southern Ocean Plankton.”
09:30 22. Walker O. Smith, Jr., Virginia Institute Marine Sciences: “Southern Ocean Primary Productivity: A View to the Future.”
10:00 23. David J. Kieber, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry: “Biogeochemical Cycling of Organic Sulfur in Antarctica.
10:30 Break
10:45 24. Olav T. Oftedal, National Zoological Park: “Nutritional ecology of reproduction in the Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii).”
11:15 25. Chad L. Hewitt, Australian Maritime College, and Gregory M. Ruiz, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: “Latitudinal gradients and poleward spread of biological invasions in marine ecosystems.”
11:45 Panel discussion
12:15 Lunch

F. Methods and Techniques of Under-Ice Research (Chair: M. Lang, OUSS) - Castle
01:30 26. Michael A. Lang, Office of the Under Secretary for Science: “Scientific Diving Under Ice: A 40-year Bipolar Research Tool.”
02:00 27. Adam G. Marsh, University of Delaware, Lewes: “Environmental Genomics of Cold Adaptation.”
02:30 28. Gerald Kooyman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography: “Milestones in the Study of Diving Physiology: Antarctic Emperor Penguins and Weddell Seals.”
03:00 Break
03:15 29. Kenneth H. Dunton, University of Texas, Austin: “The Growth and Productivity of Arctic Kelp Populations: Thirty Years of Observations.”
03:45 30. Langdon B. Quetin, University of California, Santa Barbara: “LIFE UNDER ANTARCTIC PACK ICE: A KRILL PERSPECTIVE.”
04:15 Panel discussion
04:45 Closing remarks

G. Cultural Studies (Chair: W. Fitzhugh, NMNH) – NMNH Exec Conference Room
01:30 31. Igor Krupnik, National Museum of Natural History: “Watching Ice and Weather Our Way: Northern Residents Document Arctic Climate Change.”
02:00 32. Stephen Loring, National Museum of Natural History: “From Trading Post to Tent and Back Again: 125 years of Smithsonian Anthropology in the Eastern Arctic and Subarctic (1881-2007).”
02:30 33. Aron L. Crowell, NMNH Arctic Studies Center, Anchorage: “The People of Whaling: Alaska Native Interpretation of Smithsonian Collections.”
03:00 Break
03:15 34. Ann Fienup-Riordan, NMNH Arctic Studies Center, Anchorage: “Yup'ik Eskimo Contributions to Arctic Research at the Smithsonian.”
03:45 35. Ernest S. Burch Jr., NMNH Arctic Studies Center, Camp Hill: “Smithsonian Contributions to Alaskan Ethnography: the First IPY Expedition to Barrow, 1881-1883.”
04:45 Panel discussion
05:15 Closing remarks

07:00 Keynote speaker and RECEPTION - James W. C. White, University of Colorado, Boulder, "The International Polar Year: Science for Society" - Smithsonian Castle at Schermer Hall


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