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Antarctic Acronyms

In the third LFA 2 program, you will have heard University of Hawaii researcher, Dr. David Karl, speak of two of his research projects, Project HOT, which stands for "Hawaii Ocean Time-series" and Project COLD which is "Coupled Ocean-ice Linkages and Dynamics".

Now these acronyms are not only appropriate to their geographic venue and corresponding temperatures, but also relate to the specific science being undertaken. And, yes, they are also clearly designed for public consumption -- perhaps just a little tongue in cheek -- to provide a nice snappy name for what otherwise might sound rather dry.

Antarctic Acronyms invites you to come up with similar snappy titles for the following research projects featured during LFA 2. Below you'll find them as they're listed in NSF's 1996-97 Science Program Summary, which is -- it must be admitted -- not designed for public consumption, but for NSF/ASA planning purposes. We think students can make them just a little more accessible!

Just like Dr. Karl's HOT and COLD, we expect a word which relates directly to the research, and -- again as in Dr. Karl's efforts -- winners will have paid enough attention to the words and images seen on camera or read online in the Journals to have specific connection to the scientific processes and goals involved in the project.

Select one, give it your best shot, and send it to Jan Wee, PTK Education Outreach Coordinator, at jwee@mail.arc.nasa.gov by March 15th, 1997. Please send one entry per class/group!

Be sure to include the following:
  • Teacher's, Sponsor's or Parent's Name
  • School Name (if relevant)
  • Location (City, State/Country)
  • Grade/Age of Students
  • Number of Students Participating
  • List your ideas, indicating for each acronym what it means as well as the project code (e.g. S-003)
All participants will be recognized online via our web site!

The LFA 2 Team (in conjunction with each project's researcher if they have time) will make a final determination, and award a Grand Prize of a VHS set of the three LFA 2 videos, and a Certificate, to the winner's classroom, one for Elementary, one for Middle School and one for High School. Remember, the winner will be selected not just for a great name, but how that name memorably summarizes the research!

Good Luck!

S-003 Ozone Depletion, UV-B Radiation, and Vascular Plant Performance in Antarctica
Dr. Thomas Day

S-013 Changes in Adelie Penguin Populations at Palmer Station: The Effects of Long-Term Human Disturbance and Environmental Change
Dr. William Fraser

S-019 Reproductive Endocrinology of Free-Living Adelie Penguins on Torgersen Island
Dr. Carol Vleck

S-028... Long-Term Ecological Research on the Antarctic Marine Ecosystem: an Ice-Dominated Environment (Prey Component)"
Dr. Robin Ross

S-035... Long-Term Ecological Research on the Antarctic Marine Ecosystem: an Ice-Dominated Environment (Sea-Bird Component)"
Dr. William Fraser

S-035... Long-Term Ecological Research on the Antarctic Marine Ecosystem: an Ice-Dominated Environment (Microbiology and Carbon Flux)"
Dr. David Karl


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