College of Engineering & Science

DATE: 11-23-09

CONTACT: Esin Gulari, (864) 656-3202

WRITER: Susan Polowczuk, (864) 656-2063

Clemson dean treks to the South Pole for research

CLEMSON –– College of Engineering and Science Dean Esin Gulari travels to the South Pole Nov. 27 – Dec. 5 as part of the United States Antarctic Program. Gulari serves on the National Science Board and will review a broad spectrum of scientific research activities being conducted at the Crary Science and Engineering Laboratory at McMurdo Station and at the new Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

“I am honored to join a delegation of four NSB members on this trip to Antarctica to meet with scientists there who are working in disciplines that include biology, physics, medicine, atmospheric, earth, and ocean sciences” said Gulari.

The trip departs from Christchurch, New Zealand on November 30 and returns December 4 and the military flights are subject to delays based on the weather in Antarctica. Gulari can be followed on Pole Points, a blog of her travels.

Gulari and other members of the trip will conduct site reviews and report their findings to the National Science Board. The NSB is an independent body of advisors to both the president and Congress on broad national policy issues related to science and engineering research and education. It also serves as an oversight body for the National Science Foundation. Members are drawn from industry and universities, representing a variety of science and engineering disciplines and geographic areas. Gulari, the first and only South Carolinian to serve, was selected for her preeminence in research, education and public service. She is serving a six-year term that ends in 2014.