Course detail: Antarctica

According to historians Antarctica was officially discovered in 1829 by Captain von Bellingshausen, a German sailing under the flag of the Russian empire. Among the seven continents it is fifth in size but is the highest, driest, and coldest of all continents. It is of interest for economic, scientific research and exploration. We will discuss what life is like there, its beauty, and dangers as well as scientific allure.

An Osher membership fee of $25 is required to enroll in this class. If you have not paid your membership fee, please click on the blue link below under "course accessibility" to add the membership fee to your shopping cart. Then continue shopping to select your courses and/or events. If you have questions about whether or not you have paid your member fee, please call 785-864-6779.

Instructor Bios:
Gisela A.M. Dreschhoff
has spent a total of 20 field seasons in both polar regions, Antarctic, and Greenland, studying the effects of solar particles on the polar atmosphere which leaves a signature in the ice to be studied in ice cores. Some of her honors include a mountain peak in Antarctic named the Dreschhoff Peak. She has been named Fellow of The Explorers Club and currently she has an adjunct appointment in geology and physics/astronomy at KU.

Ernest Angino is a retired professor of geology and civil engineering at the University of Kansas. He has spent more than 45 years studying energy resources and Antarctic geochemistry. Among his honors is the Angino Buttress, a mountain range in Antarctic. He has also worked in radiation science that led to the development of the Lithium Fluoride Dosimeter.

Randy Van Schmus is a retired KU geology professor (1967-2007). His specialty is measuring ages of old rocks, and he has done research in Africa, Antarctica, Brazil, Canada as well as the U.S.A. He also did research on meteorites while in the USAF.

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Course pre-requisites
(required) Osher Membership Fee

 Session Information: OC24357F (5 seats (12%) remaining)

Schedule: Every day, starting on 08/02/24 and ending on 08/02/24
Times: 02:00pm-04:00pm CDT
In-Person : $25.00


Thank you for registering for this Osher in-person course. The class will meet at the Osher Institute, St. Andrews Office, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence, KS. We look forward to seeing you in class.


Name Additional Resources
Gisela Dreschhoff

Facility Detail

Osher Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility In Person
1515 St. Andrews Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66047

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $5.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 7 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.