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Take the JIRP Alumni Survey!

As part of our 70th anniversary celebration efforts, we are actively reaching out to alumni for some bits of information. Some items allow us to keep you in the loop with electronic communications, while others help us gather some data that we can use when applying for grants and other funding. All information is kept confidential and is NOT shared with outside agencies. 

As a way to say "thank you" for participating, we will send you a limited edition 70th anniversary FGER/JIRP patch! We look forward to hearing from you! 

Name *
What year(s) were you involved with JIRP and in what capacity (student, staff, faculty, etc.)?
Please tell us what you studied in college
Please tell us what advanced degree(s) you hold in the sciences
What is your current (or most recent, if retired) professional position?
Who was or has been the most influential JIRP faculty for you and why?
How did JIRP contribute to your professional or personal trajectory?
What was your most memorable JIRP experience and why?
Address *
Thank you for helping us out! Please let us know where we can send you a limited edition, 70th anniversary patch as a thank you for your participation.


Successful AGU Fall Meeting!

JIRP staff and students attended the week-long American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting, December 13-18 in San Francisco. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth in the Exhibit Hall to ask questions, learn about the program, and talk to JIRPers. We met lots of alumni and many more interested participants- who we hope to meet again!

We are very proud of our JIRP 2015 students and faculty who presented posters and gave talks during the conference. Most importantly, our students were able to present their research through a number of posters, listed here. Click on the links to read the full abstract.

A Survey of Spatial and Seasonal Water Isotope Variability on the Juneau Icefield 

Reflectance Spectra of the Juneau Icefield

Estimating Temporal Redistribution of Surface Melt Water into Upper Stratigraphy of the Juneau Icefield

Spatial and Temporal Variability of Winter Accumulation on the Taku Glacier, Southeast Alaska, between 2012-2015

Taku Glacier Dynamics in Response to Regional Climate Variability and Predicted Change

Bed Properties of the Taku Glacier from Flowline Modeling Inversion




Dr. Miller on the Juneau Icefield.  Photo courtesy of the Miller family.

Dr. Miller on the Juneau Icefield.  Photo courtesy of the Miller family.

Book: Memories of Maynard M. Miller

In 2011, then-JIRP Director Jay Fleisher spearheaded an effort to create a book for Dr. Miller. We are happy to announce that Memories of Maynard M. Miller and Other Juneau Icefield Lore is now available in a revised, spiral-bound 2nd edition. Total cost, including shipping and handling, is $35. All proceeds go directly to JIRP. Order your copy today!

Preview the first 13 pages here

Orders can also be made with a check (made out to FGER) sent to: FGER, 4616 25th Avenue NE, PMB 302, Seattle, Washington 98105


Remembering Maynard M. Miller (1921-2014)

Explore and contribute to the memory of Dr. Miller's legacy at the JIRP blog. Help us remember and honor his life.

Joan W. Miller JIRP Scholarship Fund

Announcing the Joan W. Miller JIRP Scholarship Fund - Your donation directly helps cover tuition costs of selected participants so that the JIRP experience can be accessible to all prospective students. 

Maynard M. Miller JIRP Legacy Fund

Help us build a bright JIRP future!  Please consider supporting JIRP through a donation to the Maynard M. Miller JIRP Legacy Fund




JIRP Updates

>Radio Dispatch

This season we are partnering with the Juneau public media outlet, KTOO, to record and air audio dispatches from the icefield! The first one aired on Friday, July 21st at 3:15pm Alaska time. We will post here and on our facebook page to notify everyone about upcoming segments.

For future episodes, listeners in the Juneau area can tune into 104.7FM. Or listen live on the KTOO website. Visit www.ktoo.org and go to KTOO or A Juneau Afternoon links to stream in real time.

The first episode featured Dr. Matt Beedle, JIRP Director of Academics and Research, JIRP faculty Chris McNeil, USGS, and student Ellie Honan who hails from Ireland. For those of you who were able to tune in,  we hope you got a taste of the history of JIRP and the importance of the JIRP glacier mass balance effort.


>Summer Newsletter

Link here to our Summer 2016 Newsletter. We are always excited to keep JIRP friends up to date on the program. Read a message from our Executive Director and interviews with students and faculty from last season...and more! We are celebrating our 70th anniversary this year and are looking to hear from alumni across the decades. The Alumni Survey (at left) is a great place to start!


>2016 Field Season Underway

The 2016 JIRP field season has begun! Our group is currently in residence on the the Icefield. Students will be writing articles about their research and life on the icefield which we will publish on our blog. In addition, we post frequent but casual on our Facebook page to keep friends and family informed as much as possible. 


        2016 JIRPers prepping for the C17 to C10 traverse. Photo courtesy Ibai Rico

>The JIRP Blog

Thank you to everyone for a successful 2015 season!

2015 JIRPers are all smiles at Camp 30, Atlin, BC

JIRP Affiliates Continue to Receive Awards for "From Icefield to Oceans" Poster

Designer and JIRP faculty, Kristin Timm, along with her collaborators, JIRP Board member Dr. Shad O'Neel, Dr. Eran Hood and Alison Bidlack (both former JIRP faculty), were recognized at this year's Visualization Challenge competition -The Vizzies. In addition, these researchers have just received the 2015 Eugene M. Shoemaker Communication Award. 

Their illustration, entitled "From Icefield to Ocean", was one of 300 entries in the annual  "Vizzies" competition and was honored with the People's Choice Award. The Shoemaker Awards for External Communications recognize USGS products that demonstrate extraordinary effectiveness and translating complex scientific concepts and discoveries into words and pictures that capture the interest and imagination of the American public.

Award-winning "From Icefields to Ocean" poster

Award-winning "From Icefields to Ocean" poster

The figure they developed depicts the important linkages between glaciers and the ocean. They felt it was particularly important to find a compelling way to communicate these research findings to Alaskans because Alaska's coastal glaciers are among the most rapidly changing on the planet and glacier runoff can influence marine habitats, ocean currents and economic activities. 

The figure was published in the March 2015 issue of Popular Science and can be seen along with other contest winners online http://www.popsci.com/icefield-ocean-alaska.



My JIRP experience strengthened in me a love of exploration that ultimately led to my participation in the space program, including the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. JIRP was fundamental to my growth as a scientist and as a person.
— Dr. Steven Squyres, Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University; Principal Investigator of Mars Exploration Rover Project

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