Le Moyne professor headed to Antarctica

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - It may be winter here, but it's technically summer in Antarctica.

One Le Moyne professor is leaving next week with other scientists to head to the South Pole. 

For Dr. Hilary McManus, of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, says this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

McManus is one of 80 female scientists picked from around the world for this expedition.

"We go to Antarctica one because it's remote, we're not connected for 3 weeks while we're on the ship, but then because that is one place where the effects of climate change are visible,” McManus said. 

Antarctica is the culmination of a yearlong program called Homeward Bound, a groundbreaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women. 

It aims to heighten the impact of women with a science background to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet the next decade.

“The goal is over 10 years is to have 1,000 women as part of this network. 1,000 women working together on informing climate change policy I think is just an amazing goal,” she said. 

McManus will spend three weeks in Antarctica, but the amount of knowledge and information she plans to bring back to the classrooms here at Le Moyne will last much longer than that.

"I hope to bring back a lot of different information regarding climate change and not just what my base is, but there's one team I've been working with on addressing water scarcity,” McManus said. 

You can follow her journey here. 

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