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CReSIS chosen for elite NSF overview

The National Science Foundation has chosen the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) to be part of a select group of exhibitors at NSF's Budget Overview and Open House, today in Arlington Va.

The event is designed to inform governmental officials, professional and corporate entities, media and the general public about the importance of NSF-funded research as it pertains to its 2008 budget request. Only 16 funded projects have been invited to participate in the open house at NSF headquarters.

Researchers at CReSIS are charged with developing technologies to better understand and predict the role of polar ice sheets in climate and sea level change. Engineers, scientists and students affiliated with the center will conduct field investigations and compile and analyze data to characterize ongoing rapid changes in polar ice sheets, as well as develop models that explain and predict ice sheet interactions.

At the open house, the center will display a model of the Meridian Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle, which is used to gather ice sheet data in harsh polar climates. CReSIS also will present a graphic display featuring all its areas of research from science and technology to fieldwork.

Sivaprasad Gogineni, director of CReSIS and distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Stephen Ingalls, associate director for administration; and two students from partner institutions will staff the CReSIS exhibit.

CReSIS is made possible by a five-year, multi-million dollar award from NSF, which began in June 2005. It is the largest single federally funded research program at KU or any university in Kansas. KU is lead institution of the center, which also draws upon expertise at Elizabeth City State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maine.

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February 5, 2007 : Vol. 31, No. 10

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