Thank Yous!

This blog is particularly important, because there were a whole lot more people behind the scenes for this trip that there were on the front line ….

THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  to the following wonderful folks ..

Thank you to our Electrical Engineering Research Team:

Erik Gamez  and Jake Hansen who, along with David Lubbers, helped figure out what equipment we should take for the electrical testing and developed the electrical connection methods we took with us.  This is their senior design project, and they will all be graduating this spring.

Thank you to our Mathematics Research Team:

Adam Gully, Christian Sampson, Ben Murphy,  and Jingyi Zhu who helped develop the mathematical models that will be used to better understand the data.  These graduate students have done a fantastic job in all regards.  We also appreciated Adam’s thoughts about the ways we needed to be prepared, based on his previous trip to Antarctica, and the wonderful core holders he built.  Dr. Elena Cherkaev, also a mathematics professor, is helping to develop inverse models to utilize this data and better understand the implications of the science.

Thank you to Della Rae Riker, Administrative Assistant in the math department, who did EVERYTHING in her power to get us to Antarctica, with our stuff, with all of our stuff, with ALL of our stuff.  She was the organization behind the expedition.

Thank you to Antarctic New Zealand, who provided the most fantastic support for this mission.  Paul Woodgate, in particular, provided excellent help and information.  ANZ suited us up professionally and well, and provided excellent support for our field camp.

Thank you to Dr. Tim Haskell, who ran the K131 field camp.  Tim did everything from requesting spare parts and chain saws to keeping the generator running (a huge effort in and of itself), the yellow buckets emptied, and keeping  all of us safe, secure, and effective.  In addition to the daily efforts, and the special efforts required at times, Tim was an incredible source of information and science. A HUGE thank you to Tim!

Thank you to the wonderful staff and support at Scott Base, Antarctica.  What an amazing crew, capable of ushering us naive novices and all of our stuff safely and efficiently through a rather complex field expedition.  Thank you for the friendly, family-style support and care!  We really felt looked after and safe under your watch.

Thank you to our collaborators, Dr. Malcolm Ingham and Dr. Pat Langhorne, in particular, and their students, Sean Buchanan and Stefan.  Malcolm instigated and facilitated our trip to K131, and both he and Pat provided much technical insight and discussion.   Pat also provided all of the exquisite sea ice crystalography you see in our work.  Thank you for opening up this beautiful view of the sea ice to us.  We look forward to continued collaboration and sharing of data as ideas progress.

Thank you to the National Science Foundation who supported this work financially.

Arctic Natural Sciences and Division of Mathematical Sciences (administered through ARC):  NSF Grant ARC-0934721   (Collaborations in Mathematical Geosciences, this is the main grant supporting the measurement project.)

Division of Mathematical Sciences: NSF Grant DMS-0940249   (Mathematics and Climate Change Research Network, also supporting Ken Golden’s sea ice work and the expedition)

NSF Grant DMS-0602219   (Math Dept. VIGRE, supporting Joyce Lin and Math undergraduates doing ‘Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU))

The NSF is a key supporter of scientific discovery and development in the US, and we are extremely grateful for their support of this endeavor.

Thank you to the University of Utah, for providing a research environment that allowed us to generate the ideas and concepts that got us here in the first place.  We value the continued support for our labs, our students and our research.  And, knowing that we now have some pretty huge crates headed our direction, we thank whomever finds us the space we need to prepare for the next leg of our research expedition — an upcoming Arctic trip to compare the ice on the other side of the earth.

And finally, we thank our families, who did without us for a month and welcomed us back with warm homes, lots of fresh veggies, and (in the case of our four legged family), wagging tails!  We missed them, and talked about them, and know that they gave up much so we could go on this expedition.

And finally finally finally (this is Cindy speaking), I want to thank the other members of our Antarctic team — Dr. Ken Golden, Dr. Joyce Lin, and David Lubbers — for some of the best belly laughs I’ve had  in a very long time!  and all the while, working like wild things until the wee bright hours of the midnight sun on this exciting and engaging research project.  Thanks for making it happen!


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