The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) and the National Science Board (NSB) are jointly responsible for the oversight of the U.S. research programs underway in Antarctica. President Peterson was recently recommended by the NSB chairman to serve as a member of a review team and to participate in a site visit scheduled for December 7-11, 2010.
While in Antarctica, he reviewed a broad spectrum of scientific research activities and participated in discussions with scientists conducting the research. He toured McMurdo Station science projects and facilities, including the Crary Science and Engineering Center; reviewed the science programs at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and various field locations; took a helicopter tour of the Dry Valleys; and visited various historic sites such as Cape Royds, Cape Evans and the Discovery Hut. Dispatches from his trip are included below.