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Deep Under Antarctica, Looking for Signs of Life
January 15, 2013 
New York Times 

Three major scientific projects set out this season to seek evidence of life in lakes deep under the Antarctic ice — evidence that could provide clues in the search for evidence of life elsewhere in the solar system, perhaps in Mars's past, or even now under the surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. But only one of the projects, a $10 million expedition from the United States, has a chance of identifying long-hidden microbes before the weather on the frigid continent puts an end to drilling in about a month. FULL STORY >

Cientifico tico estudiara sismos que suceden en lago subglacial
December 30, 2012
La natión 

The WISSARD project was the headline story in La Nacion, the largest paper in Costa Rica, and features Dr. Marino Protti, an experienced seismologist from the Costa Rican Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, OVSICORI-UNA. Protti is helping to monitor the movement of the Whillans Ice Steam. FULL STORY > 

WIRED SCIENCE Mountains of Madness: Scientists Poised to Drill Through Antarctic Ice and Into Gothic Horror
December 27, 2012

Ring in the New Year with a fun article by Doug Fox in Wired Science FULL STORY >

Cool student research? This is downright cold
December 12, 2012

NIU undergraduate joins WISSARD scientists in the field during the 2012-2013 Antarctic season. FULL STORY >

WISSARD project poised to explore subglacial Lake Whillans 

November 9, 2012
Published by the Antarctic Sun, Peter Rejcek, Antarctic Sun Editor 

An overview of the interdisciplinary WISSARD project. The article provides good background on the project and information about the goals for the current 2012-2013 season. FULL STORY >

NIU Prepares for Antarctic Adventure 

Septmeber 10, 2012

NIU scientists prepare for Antarctic exploration with Lake Tahoe test. FULL STORY > 

ANDRILL Science Management Office Highlights Hot Water Drill 

August 23, 2012
Journal Star 

ANDRILL Science Management Office at the University of Nebraska Lincoln unveils new hot water drill for the WISSARD project. FULL STORY >

Robotic submarine makes media splash
January 4, 2011

They haven’t put NIU’s new 28-foot-long, 2,200-pound robotic submarine in the water yet, but geologists Ross Powell and Reed Scherer have already made a big splash. FULL STORY >

NIU, DOER Marine unveil robotic submarine to explore beneath Antarctic ice shelf
December 14, 2010

Northern Illinois University and DOER Marine today unveiled a new 28-foot long, cigar-shaped robotic submarine to be used in exploration beneath the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. FULL STORY > 

Antarctic Lake Research featured in Nature, International Weekly Journal of Science
March 23, 2010

At a meeting last week, scientists from Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States described their plans to explore the planet's last uncharted ecosystems by drilling into three subglacial lakes in Antarctica. Nature: Teams set for first taste of Antarctic lakes FULL STORY > 

NIU will use robotic submarine to explore melting occurring below Antarctic ice 
October 5, 2009 

NIU geologists are helping to lead a multi-million-dollar, five-year investigation of melting near the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) using a 24-foot-long robotic submarine that will be lowered through more than a half-mile of ice into ocean water. FULL STORY >

New evidence shows past global warming had major impact on Antarctic ice 
March 23, 2009 

New scientific evidence fills in an important missing piece of the puzzle as scientists wrestle to determine how global warming will affect the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). FULL STORY >

From beneath Antarctica’s Ross Sea, scientists retrieve pristine record of the continent’s climate cycles
April 16, 2007

Frequent climate fluctuations on the world’s southernmost continent have been so extreme over the past 5 million years that Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf, a floating slab of ice the size of France, oscillated in size dramatically, and perhaps even disappeared for periods of time when the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may have been smaller, according to scientists engaged in an unprecedented international geologic drilling project.

Crystal Lake 4th-grade teacher selected to participate in Antarctic research program
August 31, 2006

Fourth-grade teacher Betty Trummel is willing to go to the ends of the earth to make learning an adventure for her students. Toward that end, she’s headed to the Antarctic this fall—again.

More NIU scientists named to Antarctic geologic drilling program
November 2, 2005

Two additional Northern Illinois University professors have been selected to participate in the $30 million drilling project known as ANDRILL, an international effort to recover geologic records buried beneath the Antarctic sea in order to gain a better understanding of contemporary global warming trends.

$12.9 million ANDRILL grant to fund U.S. Antarctic research efforts
August 9, 2005

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $12.9 million Antarctic research grant to a consortium of five U.S. universities headed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The grant supports an ambitious international effort to probe deeper than ever before into geological strata buried beneath the frozen sea to help scientists better understand contemporary global warming trends.

Getting to the Bottom of Global Warming
Winter 2006
Northern Now 

With global warming now recognized by most scientists as one of the top threats facing our planet, researchers are turning their attention to determining its causes, the rate of warming and its ramifications for our future. Few efforts in coming years will be more ambitious and larger in scale than a $30 million project led in part by Northern Illinois University geologist Ross Powell.