Fallout

The first full day after the end of the U.S. government shutdown brought lots of activity to Palmer Station, including the departure of the Laurence M. Gould from its icebound berth.

The first full day after the end of the U.S. government shutdown brought lots of activity to Palmer Station, including the departure of the Laurence M. Gould from its icebound berth.

As the dust begins to settle on the U.S. government shutdown, we’re beginning to hear the first somber stories about scientists whose research plans were irrevocably altered or, in some particularly heartbreaking cases, altogether terminated by the 17-day lapse in federal funding. Nature has an essay here by Gretchen Hofmann, a professor of marine biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara; one of Hofmann’s graduate students missed her opportunity to deploy to the ice this season. The piece contains news of several other scientists with similar stories. In the sort-of-related-but-not category, Jonathan Eisen has some great screenshots here of various U.S. government Web sites as they appeared during the shutdown.

Here at Palmer, the first full “regular” day after the financial crisis brought the departure of the Laurence M. Gould from its berth at the Palmer pier. The day also brought lots of activity to the Bio building, which houses most of the laboratories here. All of the research groups who will be on station this spring spent several long hours setting up their equipment and supplies. Next week, I’ll introduce some of the scientists with whom my group will be working over the coming months.

A good weekend to everyone back up north,

Jamie

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