CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability Antarctic Lecture Series Presents Karen Joyce

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The School of Global Environmental Sustainability fall 2012 Antarctic Lecture series will feature Karen Joyce at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Fort Collins Library, 201 Peterson St. Joyce will discuss her 22 years of work with scientists in Antarctica at McMurdo Station.

McMurdo Station is the largest community in Antarctica. This U.S. research center and logistics hub was built on the bare volcanic rock of Hut Point Peninsula on Ross Island in 1955. McMurdo Station is a logistics hub for many areas of research: glaciology and glacial geology, aeronomy and astrophysics, biology and medicine, geology and geophysics, and ocean and climate systems.

Joyce has worked with all researchers on the ice: geologists, hydrologists, atmospheric scientists, and biologists. As a writer, a marathoner, and an instructor of "Guts and Butts” at McMurdo Station, Joyce has lead an interdisciplinary science computer network “fix-it-fast” center.

Joyce’s presentation, titled “Snow Job – Working for Science in Antarctica,” will outline her experiences of “life on another planet” in Antarctica over the last two decades, emphasizing how she avoided freezing to death by fixing computers at McMurdo Station.

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability champions interdisciplinary research and education on problem solving for sustainable issues across all eight colleges at CSU. It prepares students to address the multiple economic, environmental and societal challenges of global sustainability through broad-based research, curricular and outreach initiatives.