All of that and more can be found on this micro-blog created by NIU Board of Trustees Professor Reed Scherer in geology. Scherer just recently returned from a historic research expedition in the Antarctic.
He was part of a large team of researchers who successfully drilled through the overlying Antarctic ice sheet and sampled directly the waters and sediments of Subglacial Lake Whillans. The effort, which made headlines worldwide, marks the first successful retrieval of clean whole samples from an Antarctic subglacial lake.
NIU Board of Trustees Professor Ross Powell served as one of the lead scientists on the expedition, and other NIU participants included doctoral student Timothy Hodson; undergraduate geology major Brian Guthrie; computer science research associate John Winans; and adjunct professor Betty Trummel, a Crystal Lake elementary school teacher and education outreach specialist.