Polar Artists Group
Home
Artist Statement
Biography & Achievements
view work by other Polar Artists
Peter J. Wasilewski contact the artist contact the artist
BIOGRAPHY
Peter J. Wasilewski

Name:
Peter J. Wasilewski

The Artist. Dr. Peter Wasilewski, a NASA scientist and Doctorate of Sciences recipient from the University of Tokyo, researched magnetic properties of meteorites, Moon rocks and Earth rocks. Upon graduating from George Washington University, he turned down a tryout for the Baltimore Colts professional football team to participate in an expedition to the world's largest piece of ice - Antarctica. Peter fell in love with the frozen continent and has since gone back on 6 different expeditions over 25 years. During an early exploration near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula Peter trod where no human had set foot before and there stands an ancient volcano that bears his name-Mount Wasilewski. Later expeditions would have him collecting meteorites on the pale blue ice near the Trans-Antarctic mountains. He would sample this ice and learn about the “color” and shape of the ice crystals that could be seen in thin sections of the ice.

The Medium. Water ice is one of the most widespread, intriguing, and familiar compounds on the planet, in the solar system, and beyond. On the planet it falls as snow, forms lacy deposits on winter windows, creates skating surfaces on lakes, gracefully drapes rock cliffs, packs thickly on the polar oceans, and lays even thicker on the ice caps blanketing Greenland and Antarctica. Beyond the planet Earth, ice is present in the frozen oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa, in the particles of Saturn’s rings, and in the spectacular tails of passing comets. Beyond the Solar System, many light years beyond the Earth, ice is present in the dense molecular clouds in regions where new stars form. Of the 11 forms of water ice so far identified, only the form found on Earth can provide a ‘Frizion.’ This is because it is hexagonal ( a crystal property that explains the needle and stellar snowflakes and is responsive to the interaction with polarized light.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Select Web sites related to Frizion

MEDIA HITS:
Olympic Ice is Different in a 'Frozen Light'
NASA Scientist Looks at Olympic Ice in a Frozen Light

WEB FEATURE/PORTAL (RELEASE DATE: 2/24/06)
www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2006/olympic_ice.html
www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/olympic_ice.html

HITS UPDATED 6PM EST 2/28/06

SUMMARY: This story received GOOD coverage, mostly from Web media.
Highlights included: Innovations Report, Huff-Report.com, MSNBC.com,
Photonics Online, PhysOrg.com, RedTram.com, Science Daily, Terra Daily,
Topix.net, and Yahoo! News. International coverage: Canada, France,
Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom.

Major Media Outlet Coverage:

INNOVATIONS REPORT (GERMANY):
www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/physik_astronomie/bericht-55827.html
PHOTONICS ONLINE:
www.photonicsonline.com/content/news/article.asp?docid=4181711e-2183-428b-9255-b89d8b68d68a&atc~c=771+s=773+r=001+l=a&VNETCOOKIE=NO
PHYSORG: www.physorg.com/news11186.html
SCIENCE DAILY: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/02/060224193103.htm
TERRA DAILY: www.terradaily.com/reports/Looking_At_Olympic_Ice_In_A_New_Light.html
The FRIZION website: www.frizion.com
The top story from the NASA website: www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/2003/0508ice_photo.html
Earth science picture of the day: www.epod.usra.edu/archive/epodviewer.php3?oid=85216
The Astronomy picture of the day: www.antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030529.html
www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10/Number/356807/Main/356806
www2.gwu.edu/~magazine/archive/2004_spring/docs/alumni_newsmakers/dept_
lumni_artists.html

www.jcwinnie.biz/wordpress/?p=678
www.phy.duke.edu/~hsg/54/related-links.html
http://conversasdexaxa3.blogs.sapo.pt/arquivo/2005_02.html

The web sites below are art sites and education sites that picked up the Frizion images and the accompaniment text to present the interesting Frizions to their audiences. The sites from which the text and images are derived are the “top story” site and the APOD site

Links about atmospheric light phenomena that includes Frizion:
www.homepages.wmich.edu/~korista/about-lightsky.html

Art site picked Frizion:
www.farlimas.com/skyeye/skydatatext/space141text.html

Direct Correspondence to:
elected member of
Peter J. Wasilewski
12290 Carroll Mill Road
Ellicott City, Maryland 21042 USA
Founder and Director of FRIZION
Tel & Fax: 443-542-9635
Email: peterw@blueiceonline.com
Web: www.frizion.com
P.A.G.
To use or purchase, any of these images, contact the artist.
All rights reserved. All images and text © Copyrights belong to the artist.
Member of The Polar Artist Group, www.polarartists.com
go to top of page