Fostering understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the Polar Regions through outreach, education, and research. Penn State University.

Polar Day March 22, 2016

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Polar Day March 22, 2016 is open and free to the public.

Schedule

Contact Pernille at polar@psu.edu for more info

McCoy Natatorium  8:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session is now FULL
Identical sessions of 30min/each. By prior arrangement only by emailing polar@psu.edu
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Demo With Buzz Scott, Oceanswide.org

Come “fly” the ROV and get dressed out in Arctic Survival suit only to be dropped in the pool. ROVs are used extensively by the scientific community to study the ocean. A number of deep sea animals and plants have been discovered or studied in their natural environment through the use of ROVs. In the USA, cutting edge work is done at several public and private oceanographic institutions.

Forest Resource Building 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session is now FULL
Identical sessions of 30min/each. By prior arrangement only by emailing polar@psu.edu.
DIY Drones over Greenland: Imaging Polar Landscapes
with Dr. Doug Miller, Penn State

Demo of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and as a hands-on activity we’ll allow students to use our visible and NGB cameras to take images of a man-made “polar landscape”…a ground area that will have a mix of vegetation and “man-made” snow and ice…

HUB-Robeson Freeman Auditorium 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky

Presented in partnership with The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Of Water and Ice

Experience the Polar Regions as never before through the eclectic artistry of composer, author, musician, and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky). Revered in the hip-hop world as a master turntablist, Miller is a sonic artist who hears music in almost everything

Experience the polar regions as never before through the eclectic artistry of composer, author, musician, and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky). Revered in the hip-hop world as a master turntablist, Miller is a sonic artist who hears music in almost everything—from visual forms and economic theory to the great outdoors. In 2007 and 2008, Miller undertook two expeditions to Antarctica to shoot a film and create an acoustic portrait of the rapidly changing continent. That led to his celebrated 2011 publication The Book of Ice and his 2013 album Of Water and Ice. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Miller traveled to the Arctic Circle in 2014 and came away with the inspiration for another volume of music, Arctic Rhythms. Accompanied at Eisenhower Auditorium by a Penn State School of Music graduate student string quartet, Miller creates an evocative multimedia trip through the Arctic landscape. He juxtaposes images with live and recorded hip-hop, electronic, and minimalist music to create a unique experience. Miller has previously collaborated with an array of musicians, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. MIT Press published his award-winning book Rhythm Science in 2004. The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum have featured his writing, and he’s the editor of Origin Magazine. His work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennial for Architecture, Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, and other museums and galleries throughout the world.

HUB-Robeson Freeman Auditorium 1:10 p.m. -2:00 p.m. 
 Suzi Eszterhas
 The Life of a Wildlife Photographer
 
Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer based in California. Best known for her work documenting family life on the African savanna, she has undertaken commissions and led instructional photography tours and workshops everywhere from Antarctica to the Arctic and Alaska to Montana. Her photographs have been published in books, magazines and newspapers all over the world.
HUB-Robeson Lobby by Freeman Auditorium 2:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Book selling and signing by Suzi Eszterhas
 
Ms. Eszterhas will sign books from her Eye on the Wild
…which are beautifully photographed book for young children shows all aspects of the animal’s life in the wild, with close-up pictures of the family group in its natural habitat. Written for 4-7 year olds.
and Wildlife Rescue series.
…each book introduces a species of animal in danger somewhere in the world and invites readers inside a rescue center that helps them. Suzi’s photographs give readers a rare view of the animals and the high level of care they receive. Written for 7-10 year olds.
HUB-Robeson Freeman Auditorium 2:35 p.m. -2:55 p.m.
Dr. Mark Ballora, Professor of Music, Penn State University.
Data Sonification
 
Music of migration and phenology: listening to counterpoints of muskox and caribou migration, and cycles of plant growth.
HUB-Robeson Freeman Auditorium 3:05 p.m. -3:50 p.m.
Dr. Susan A. Kaplan
Professor of Anthropology, Director of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center

Find a Way or Make One: Untold Stories of Robert Peary’s North Pole Expedition Quest