The Desert Research Institute Annual Convocation

 

convocation

Latin for 'calling together' - Convocation is a group of people formally assembled for a special purpose or ceremonial meeting.

DRI’s Convocation is our singular opportunity to gather as a community to acknowledge the success of our faculty and students in an institute-wide ceremony. Given the extent and diversity of recognition encompassed in DRI’s academic awards, it is appropriate that all of DR comes together annually to: celebrate DRI’s overall research and academic successes; acknowledge and honor those faculty and staff whose achievements merit distinction; and, recognize, thank and steward the individual donors, companies and foundations who’ve supported those accomplishments.


2017 Recipients

AWARD NAME

RECIPIENT

DONOR NAME

Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars 
in the Early Stages of Career Development Award
Vera Samburova Sue Wagner
Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in
Atmospheric Sciences
Jessica M. Tomaszewski Sue Wagner
Regents' Rising Researcher Award Casey Schmidt Board of Regents - Chris Haynes
Colin Warden Memorial Endowment Award Nathan Chellman Maureen Warden

DIVISION AWARDS

RECIPIENT

DONOR NAME

Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences - National Chad Crotty Beth Davis/
Sandra Powers
Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences - Local Sophia Jamaldin Beth Davis/
Sandra Powers
Grad Advisor of the Year Award Greg M. Pohll  
George Burke Maxey Fellowship Khaled Pordel  
George Burke Maxey Award in Water Resources Kelley Sterle  

RETIREMENT AWARDS

RECIPIENT

DONOR NAME

over 25 years  Mike Walters DRI
over 30 years   Dr. Ken C. Taylor, Jr. DRI
over 25 years  Sandi McCue DRI
over 15 years   Dr. Kent Hoekman DRI
over 27 years  Dr. Colleen M. Beck DRI 
over 23 years  Charles E. Whitaker DRI 
over 33 years Lycia M. Ronchetti DRI
over 30 years Karen J. Gray DRI
over 22 years Barbara Holz-Montemayor DRI
over 20 years Barbara J. Jackson DRI

EMERITUS LIST 

   

  

Dr. Ken C. Taylor, Jr.  

  

Dr. Kent Hoekman  
  Dr. Darco Koracin  

GRADUATES IN ACADEMICS

RECIPIENT 

Advisor

UNR, Atmospheric Sciences Jessica Connolly Vera Samburova
UNR, Atmospheric Sciences Ehsan Erfani Dave Mitchell
UNR, Atmospheric Sciences Ashok Kumar Pokharel Mike Kaplan
UNR, Atmospheric Sciences Kerwyn Texeira Mike Kaplan
UNR, Hydrologic Sciences Benjamin Trustman Daniel Obrist and Rina Schumer
UNR, Hydrologic Sciences Guy Smith Greg Pohll
UNR, Hydrologic Sciences Nicholas Paasche Clay Cooper
UNR, Hydrologic Sciences Cara Nadler Greg Pohll
UNR, Hydrologic Sciences Brian Anderson Rina Schumer
UNLV, Water Resource Management YuZhen Feng Kumud Acharya
UNLV, Biological Sciences Katie Willever Duane Moser

2016 Recipients

AWARD NAME

RECIPIENT

DONOR NAME

Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars 
in the Early Stages of Career Development Award
Rosemary W. H. Carroll Sue Wagner
Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in
Atmospheric Sciences
Natalie M. Freeman Sue Wagner
Regents' Rising Researcher Award Adam Watts Board of Regents - Chris Haynes
Colin Warden Memorial Endowment Award Zachary Arno Maureen Warden

DIVISION AWARDS

RECIPIENT

DONOR NAME

Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences JD Lancaster, Ph.D., Anthropology OSU
Derek Reaux, wPh.D., Anthropology, UNR
Beth Davis
Sandra Powers
Grad Advisor of the Year Award Eric Wilcox  
George Burke Maxey Fellowship Xueke Yang  
George Burke Maxey Award in Water Resources Daniel Saftner  

PRESIDENT'S MEDAL

RECIPIENT

 
  Switch  
  Governor Brian Sandoval  

RETIREMENT AWARDS

RECIPIENT

DONOR NAME

  Hampden Kuhns DRI
   William Coulombe DRI
  Johann Engelbrecht DRI
   Brenda Cristani DRI
  Cindy O’Kelly DRI 
  Martha McRae DRI 

EMERITUS LIST 

   

  

Johann Engelbrecht  

  

Martha McRae  
  Alan McKay  

GRADUATES IN ACADEMICS

RECIPIENT 

DEGREE

   Yazeed Alsubhi, Atmospheric Sciences, UNR MS
  Megan Johnson, Atmospheric Sciences, UNR MS
   Gustavo Riggio, Atmospheric Sciences, UNR MS
   Samantha Tabor, Atmospheric Sciences, UNR MS
  Anna Tai, Atmospheric Sciences, UNR MS
  Matt Fearon, Atmospheric Sciences, UNR PhD
  Daniel McEvoy, Atmospheric Sciences, UNR PhD
  Nick Nauslar,  Atmospheric Sciences, UNR PhD
  Sandra Rayne, Atmospheric Sciences, UNR PhD
  Matt Bromley, Geography, UNR MS
  Nathan Chellman, Hydrology, UNR MS
  Ben Trustman, Hydrology, UNR MS
  Erik Cadart, Hydrogeology, UNR MS
  Laura Craig, Hydrogeology, UNR MS
  Emily Kaminski, Wildlife Ecology, UNR BS
  Harrison Forrester, Natural Resources & Environment, UNR MS
  Chase Carthen, Computer Science & Engineering, UNLV MS
  Taylor Ball, Geosciences, UNLV MS
  Jeremy Koonce, Geosciences, UNLV PhD

2015 Recipients

AWARD NAME

RECIPIENT

YEAR

Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars 
in the Early Stages of Career Development Award
Dr. Rishi Parashar  2015
Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in
Atmospheric Sciences
Laura Kreidberg 2015
NSHE Rising Researcher Award Dr. Amanda Keen-Zebert  2015
Colin Warden Memorial Endowment Award Nina Oakley 2015

DIVISION AWARDS

RECIPIENT

YEAR

Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences Alejandra Cartagena-Sierra, Univ. of Texas, El Paso 2015
Grad Advisor of the Year Award Daniel Obrist 2015

RETIREMENT AWARDS

RECIPIENT

YEAR

  Rick Purcell 2015
   Alan McKay 2015
  Russ Cullison 2015
   Barbara Zielinska 2015

EMERITUS LIST 

   

  

Mary Miller  

  

Barbara Zielinska  

GRADUATES IN ACADEMICS

RECIPIENT 

DEGREE

   Nicholas Beres MS
  Amanda Young MS
   Stefano Benato PhD
   Zach Johnson PhD
  Kathryn Bywaters PhD
  Robert David MS
  Allison Flickinger MS
  Ryan Liebert MS
  Lauren Falvey MS
  Christine Hedge MS
  Britt Johnson PhD
  Matt Bromley MS
  Paula Matheus-Carnivale PhD
  Tatianna Menocal MA
  Erika Lomeli Uribe MS



2014 Recipients

AWARD NAME

RECIPIENT

YEAR

DONOR

Honorary Technical Employee of the Year Award Jeffrey Saunders 2014 TAC
Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars 
in the Early Stages of Career Development Award
Dr. John Mejia  2014 Sue Wagner
Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in
Atmospheric Sciences
Dana R. Caulton 2014 Sue Wagner
NSHE Regents Researcher Award Dr. Alison Murray 2014 Board of Regents - Chris Haynes
NSHE Rising Researcher Award Dr. Justin Huntington 2014 Board of Regents - Chris Haynes
Colin Warden Memorial  Ehsan Erfani 2014 Maureen Warden
Endowment Award      

DIVISION AWARDS

RECIPIENT

YEAR

DONOR NAME

George Burke Maxey  Fellowship Award # 1  Jamie Myers 2014  Elizabeth W. Stout
George Burke Maxey  Fellowship Award # 2  Laura Craig  2014  Elizabeth W. Stout
George Burke Maxey Award In
Water Resources Research # 1
Jackson B. Crews 2014 Dr. George B. & Jane C. Maxey
George Burke Maxey Award In
Water Resources Research # 2
Ryan Liebert 2014 Dr. George B. & Jane C. Maxey
Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences Joe Dan Collins, Jr. 2014 Beth Davis/Sandra Powers
2014 Outstanding Graduate Student 
by the UNR Grad. Student Assoc.
Jackson B. Crews 2014 UNR
Grad Advisor of the Year Award Mike Kaplan 2014  

RETIREMENT AWARDS

RECIPIENT

YEAR

 
  over 35 years Mary Miller 2014 DRI
  over 31 years Dr. William Albright 2014 DRI
  over 22 years Robert Jones 2014 DRI
  over 27 years Darko Koricin 2014 DRI
  over 28 years Todd Mihevc 2014 DRI

EMERITUS LIST 

     

  5/14/2014

William H. Albright    

  4/14/2014

Roger Jacobson     

  4/14/2014

Dave Mouat    

  9/26/2013

John Gardner    

  9/26/2013

Eric Fujita    

GRADUATES IN ACADEMICS

RECIPIENT 

DEGREE

  2013 - December Joanna Redwine PhD Dept. of Geological Sciences & E
  2013 - December Ema Kuhn PhD Bioligical Sciences
  2013 - December Faegheh Moazeni PhD Civil and Environmental Engine
  2013 - August Gareth Trubl MS Environmental Sciences
  2013 - June Justin DeMaio M.A.  Anthropology
  2013 - Spring Nate Pepe MS Dept. of Geological Sciences & E
  2014 - May Dan Sauceda MS Atmospheric Sciences
  Tracy Backes MS Hydrology
  Jackson Crews PhD Hydrogeology 
  Wyatt Fereday MS  
  Murphy Gardner MS  
  Shannon Holt MS Hydrology 
  Chris Pearson MS  
  Hal Voepel PhD Hydrology 

2013 Recipients

Nevada System of Higher Education Regents Researcher Award
Hans Moosmüller

Nevada System of Higher Education Rising Researcher Award
Rajan Chakrabarty

Ansari Medal for Excellence in Science Award
Duane Moser

Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars in the Early Stages of Career Development Award
Justin Huntington

Peter B. Wager Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences
Kelly E. McCusker

Colin Warden Memorial Endowment Award
Stefano Benato

Maki Faculty Chair of Hydrologic Sciences Award
Rina Schumer

George Burke Maxey Graduate Student Fellowship Award
Noah Fraser

George Burke Maxey Graduate Student Paper Award
Wyatt Fereday

Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences
Donald D. Pattee

2013 Retirement Awards

Debora Noack
Steve Salaber
Tom Swafford
Randy Nicholson
Arlen Huggins
Dorothy Miller
Eric Fujita
Stephen Zitzer
Giles Marion

2012/2013 Graduates

Diana Francisco
M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, UNR

Tom Malamakal
M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, UNR

JD McAlpine
M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, UNR

Ashley Pierce
M.S. Environmental Science and Health, UNR

Mark McDanial
M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, UNR

Mahesh Bhattarai
Ph.D. GPHS, UNR

Mustafa Eissa
Ph.D., UNR

Knut Mehler
Ph.D. Geoscience, UNLV

Stephen Maples
M.S. Hydrogeology, UNR

Ramon Naranjo
Ph.D. GPHS, UNR

Rebecca Simanek (previously Lawrence)
M.S. Hydrogeology, UNR

Clinton Davis
Ph.D. Environmental Science and Health, UNR

Robert Read
M.S. Biochemistry, UNR

Melissa Thaw
M.S. Water Resource Management, UNLV

Erich Uher
M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, UNR


2012 Recipients

Desert Research Institute President’s Medal
Mary and Tom Gallagher

Desert Research Institute Retirement Award
Dr. John Hallett

Desert Research Institute Retirement Award
Dr. Roger Jacobson

Desert Research Institute Retirement Award
Jim Romaggi

Nevada System of Higher Education Rising Researcher Award
Dr. Anna Gannet Hallar

Nazir and Mary Ansari Medal for Excellence in Science Award
Dr. Hans Moosmuller

Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars in the Early Stages of Career Development Award
Dr. Joseph J. Grzymski

Colin Warden Memorial Endowment Award
Jackson Crews

DRI Visiting Scholar for Global Sustainability
Dr. Braimah Apambire

George Burke Maxey Fellowship Award
Jackson Crews

George Burke Maxey Award in Water Resources Research
Dan Pasteris

Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences
Stephen J. LaValley – University of Nevada, Reno

General Frederick Lander Scholarship for Native American
Clarice Charlie and Lena Migala

Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences
Kristen Lani Rasmussen


2011 Recipients

Honoring faculty and graduate students having done exceptional work

2011 Nevada System of Higher Education Rising Researcher Award
Dr. Rina Schumer

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2010 Ansari Medal for Excellence in Science Award
Dr. Eric V. McDonald

2010 Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars in the Early Stages of Career Development Award
Dr. Donald M. “Matt” Reeves

2011 Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars in the Early Stages of Career Development Award
Dr. Anna Gannet Hallar

2011 Colin Warden Memorial Endowment Award
Jazmin Aravena

2010 Maki Faculty Chair of Hydrologic Sciences Award
Dr. Jianting “Julian” Zhu

2011 George Burke Maxey Graduate Student Fellowship Award
Zachary Johnson and Mustafa Eissa

2011 George Burke Maxey Graduate Student Paper Award
Ramon Naranjo and Marion Bisiaux

2011 National Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences
Anthony Taylor

2011 Nevada Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences
Nathaniel Pepe

2010 General Frederick Lander Scholarship for Native Americans
Justin Zuniga

2010 Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences
Maria Cazorla

2011 Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences
Rasa Grivicke

DRI and the DRI Foundation wish to thank Nazir and Mary Ansari, Sue Wagner, Maureen Warden, Beth Davis, and Sandra Powers for their support of the awards.