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February 26, 2007

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The U.S. opening ceremony for the International Polar Year took place at the National Academies with over 400 people in attendance. Guests viewed recent video from the polar regions and heard from polar scientists about research to begin under this initiative. High-level government officials also participated in the event.

Robin Bell (chair) James E. Berner David Bromwich Calvin Robert Clauer Jody Deming Andrew G. Fountain Richard Glenn Jackie Grebmeier Sven D. Haakanson Lawrence Hamilton Larry D. Hinzman David Karl Stephanie Pfirman Diana Harrison Wall John E. Walsh James White Warren Zapol