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Juneau and Atlin Presentations

As the 2015 season winds down, JIRP students are preparing for their annual Atlin, BC and Juneau, AK community presentations. Our 32 students are excited to share what they have learned over the past 50 days spent on the Juneau Icefield.

JIRP invites the Atlin community at the Atlin Rec Center on August 15th at 7pm. Cookies provided!

Join us in Juneau, AK at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center at 8pm on August 17th at 8pm. Both events are FREE and open to the public!

JIRP students are prepared to answer questions, such as:

  • What is life like on the Icefield?
  • What's happening on the Taku Glacier terminus?
  • How do we see through ice?
  • How do we travel across the Icefield?
  • What is the health of the Icefield in 2015?
  • And more!


Read about JIRP's academic curriculum, our new operating structure and this year's cohort of students. We also recognize the Juneau Community Foundation and their generous financial support of JIRP, give an overview of the 2014 season and highlight some partnerships.

We want to hear from YOU! Please go to our contact page to give us your current email address and we can keep you abreast all things JIRP!

The 2015 Student Blog is now up and running. Check in throughout the summer for photos and updates from students about their field research and life on the icefield. 


JIRP Affiliates Awarded at 2015 Vizzies

People's Choice Award winning illustration

People's Choice Award winning illustration

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. 

Their illustration, entitled "From Icefield to Ocean", was one of 300 entries in the annual competition and was honored with the People's Choice Award. 

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. 

The JIRP Blog

JIRP 2015

When:  June 23 to August 18, 2015

Where:  The Juneau Icefield of Alaska and British Columbia

Who:  Undergraduate, graduate and upper-level high-school students 

What:  An unrivaled educational and expeditionary experience

2015 Equipment List

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

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

Participants of JIRP 2014 at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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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