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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


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

Award-winning "From Icefields to Ocean" poster

Award-winning "From Icefields to Ocean" 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.

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.



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

We want to hear from our JIRP alumni

Please take a moment to submit your contact information and let us know what you're up to.  Fill out the form on the 'Contact' page and help keep us up to speed.  

JIRP blogs from the field

During the past few summer expeditions, participants have blogged from the Juneau Icefield.  Relive the experiences of JIRP 2012, 2013, and 2014 to get the insiders view of JIRP! 

All JIRP 2013 posts are archived here. 

All JIRP 2012 posts are archived here. 

JIRP 2016

The priority consideration period for applications to JIRP 2016 has now closed. Applicants who submitted complete application packets by February 15th have been reviewed and notified of their admission status.  Please contact us at fger.jirp@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to inquire about available space for this year. 

*Please note that the 2016 field season has been extended by  one day. JIRP 2016 will run June 24 - August 20.*

Thank you to everyone for a successful 2015 season!

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

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

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

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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