PENGUIn Group Heading To Antarctica

A group from Siena College will be heading to Antarctica to conduct research that could improve green power as well as astronaut and aircraft safety.

The project is being funded through $2 million in stimulus funding announced today by Siena College President Fr. Kevin Mullen and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko.

“The Recovery Act made an unprecedented investment in research and development to help foster the innovations of the future,” said Tonko. “Congratulations to Siena College and to the Science Department not just for being awarded this grant, but also for creating a culture that is advancing student skills, understanding, and opportunity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

The collaborative research program is called PENGUIn, said Allan Weatherwax, professor of physics and associate dean of the school of science.

PENGUIn (Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper-atmosphere Investigations) includes science and engineering teams from Siena, Dartmouth, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, The New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of New Hampshire and Augsburg College, officials said.

“Siena College will lead a consortium of scientists that will continue to develop and maintain a series of autonomous observatories in Antarctica that provide critical year-round ‘space weather’ data from the Earth’s harshest environment,” said Weatherwax.

The money was allocated to the National Science Foundation through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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