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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) recently honored three AGU members. SCAR awarded its Medal for International Scientific Coordination to Ian Allison, senior principal research scientist and leader of the Ice, Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate Program for the Australian Antarctic Division, an agency of the government's Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. The citation noted that he has played a lead role for 30 years in international collaboration in climate science and that he “has investigated the Antarctic cryosphere for more than 40 years and participated in or led 25 research expeditions to the Antarctic.” Montana State University professor John Priscu was awarded the SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research. Priscu “has been studying the microbial ecology of Antarctic ecosystems for almost 30 years and is one of the leaders in the investigation of sub-glacial biogeochemical processes,” the award citation states. “His contributions to Antarctic science have been numerous, and his impact is great. John's work has been of the highest quality, and his approach to Antarctic limnology, biogeochemistry and cryospheric ecology have been extremely innovative and will be the benchmark for others to follow. He has literally discovered life in many places where no one has expected it.”