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


Polar Day March 22, 2016

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

Arctic Ecosystems and Sea Ice Decline

Dr. Marc Macias-Fauria, Oxford University
Thursday May 12, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Paterno Library, Foster Auditorium

Previous Speakers

Dr. Patrick Sullivan

Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Environment and Natural Resources Institute, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK. spoke on the subject of “Soil nitrogen availability constrains growth and allocation of treelike trees in northwest Alaska” on January 15th, 2014 at Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park Campus.

Dr. Julienne Stroeve at Polar Day 2014

Dr. Julienne Stroeve from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO will present “The Arctic On The Fast Track Of Change” at Polar Day 2014

Dr. James Dixon at Polar Day 2014

Dr. James (Jim) Dixon is the Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He is a foremost authority on the peopling of the New World. In fact, Dr. Dixon is one of the primary advocates for a new hypothesis that t humans entered the New World from Siberia by […]

Buzz Scott ROV

Buzz Scott, Director, ROV demo at Polar Day

The Mythical Northwest Passage Comes to Be: Discussion of the Arctic, the United States, and the Law of the Sea

Brian M. Barnes, Director and Professor, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Brian M. Barnes visits this September.

Duane Froese

Sponsored by The Polar Center invited speaker Duane Froese, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta spoke on the subject of “Ice Age Beringia: ancient permafrost, the mammoth steppe and longterm environmental change in northwestern North America” Caption: From Left; Dr. Russ Graham, Soumaya Belmecheri, Dr. Duane […]

U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and Strategy for the Arctic Region Symposium

Tuesday 10/20/2015, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, University Park

FYI THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED. The Meaning of Ice: People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities

Dr. Shari Fox Gearheard, University of Colorado Boulder
Monday January 25, 2016 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Paterno Library, Foster Auditorium.

Greening of the Arctic: How Shrubs Are Changing the Tundra

Jennie R. McLaren, Asst. Professor, Depart. of Biological Sciences, U of T at El Paso
Thursday November 19, 2015 4:00 – 5:00 p.m, 8 Mueller Lab, University Park

Resilience in social-ecological systems in Northwest Eurasia (RISES)

Dr. Bruce C. Forbes, Research Professor, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
Wednesday February 17, 2016 4:00 – 5:00 pm Paterno Library, Foster Auditorium

Phenology-Caribou-Muskox Sonification

Music of migration and phenology: listening to counterpoints of muskox and caribou migration, and cycles of plant growth. Data Sonification Dr. Mark Ballora, Professor of Music, Penn State Dr. Eric Post, Professor of Biology, Penn State Christian John, Graduate student, Penn State caribou-phenology-sonifications 2 Or if you would prefer to watch it on YouTube: Phenology-Caribou-Muskox Sonification Here is your […]