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.
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.