Lab hosts students’ quest for knowledge of the Arctic
The U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory recently hosted a visit of Colby-Sawyer College students studying Life in the Arctic at the Hanover, New Hampshire, campus. Polar Researcher Dr. Chris Polashenski provided an overview presentation of CRREL’s Arctic research program. The students also visited the biochemistry lab for a briefing by Physical Scientist Robert “RJ” Jones on microbes in ancient soils that were collected from the lab’s Fox Permafrost Tunnel, Scientist Bruce Elder shared his work on sea ice and glacial cores. Additionally, researchers shared with the students the renaming of Barrow, Alaska, to its traditional Iñupiat name, Utqiaġvik, which refers to a place for gathering wild roots. Utqiaġvik has been home to the Iñupiat, an indigenous ethnic group, for more than 1,500 years.