Antarctica

Government Shutdown
8:03 am
Tue October 22, 2013

NSF Cancels Antarctic Research Trip

NIU geologists Ross Powell and Reed Scherer in the Antarctic earlier this year.
Credit NIU Today

A multimillion-dollar Northern Illinois University research project in the Antarctic has been canceled. The National Science Foundation scrapped the project due to logistical delays caused by the recent government shutdown.

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Federal Shutdown
6:13 am
Thu October 10, 2013

NIU Prof: Shutdown Impacts Antarctic Research

NIU geologist Ross Powell is in a holding pattern. Powell and NIU geology professor Reed Scherer were scheduled to leave for Antarctica in December. Powell is leading the second field season of a study of the continent's ice shelf. Those plans are on hold as the federal government shutdown continues. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation. 

The number of project members had already been scaled back earlier this year due to the federal sequester.

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