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NEWS CCW Staff Writer JUNEAU - Most Alaskans spend their summers soaking up as much of the seasonal warmth as possible, but since 1946 crews of icefield researchers have been doing just the opposite. The Juneau Icefield Research Project (JIRP), begun under the direction of Dr. Maynard Miller, has given students from all over the world the opportunity to study glacier sciences in nature's classroom while trekking across the pristine landscape of the Juneau Icefield. Today, JIRP continues to train many of the world's leading glacier researchers.

Students from around the world study on Juneau's icefield

The JIRP 2009 group. Back Row: Andrew Siliski (Mass.), Kyal Burrill (British Columbia), Chris McNeil (Mass.), Ryan Cassotto (N.H.), Alexander Stwertka (N.Y.). Front Row: Melanie Kunz (Switzerland), Florence Vauden (Switzerland), Candace Burnette, (Ore.). JIRP faculty (not pictured) are Toby Dittrich (Ore.), Scott McGee (Anchorage), Matt Heavner (UAS Juneau),  and Cathy Connor (UAS Juneau).
(photo courtesy of Juneau Icefield Research Project)
The JIRP 2009 group. Back Row: Andrew Siliski (Mass.), Kyal Burrill (British Columbia), Chris McNeil (Mass.), Ryan Cassotto (N.H.), Alexander Stwertka (N.Y.). Front Row: Melanie Kunz (Switzerland), Florence Vauden (Switzerland), Candace Burnette, (Ore.). JIRP faculty (not pictured) are Toby Dittrich (Ore.), Scott McGee (Anchorage), Matt Heavner (UAS Juneau), and Cathy Connor (UAS Juneau). (photo courtesy of Juneau Icefield Research Project)
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