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.

Dandini Medal of Science Award

The Alessandro Dandini Medal of Science is the Desert Research Institute’s top honor in recognition of scientific accomplishment.  From 1992 to 2003, ten outstanding research faculty members received the award for work that displayed scientific achievement of the highest degree. The award was created in 1992 by Countess Angela Dandini, in honor of her late husband, Count Alessandro Dandini, the acclaimed scientist, industrialist and inventor.

Dr. John Watson—Award Recipient 1992 for his contributions to the field of atmospheric sciences.  Dr. Watson’s research includes studies on source apportionment, visibility, particle sampling and analysis, field study design and management, and motor vehicle and fugitive dust emissions.  He has written numerous publications on air quality and pollution, and has worked with the EPA and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Dale Johnson—Award Recipient 1993 for his research on soil chemistry, forest ecosystems and natural resource management.  Dr. Johnson is world-renowned for his studies on the impact of acid rain on forests and soils, how fires affect forest ecosystems, and the effects of increases in carbon dioxide on forests.  He has written extensively on his fields of study and is also a recipient of the Board of Regents Researcher Award.

Dr. Nick Lancaster—Award Recipient 1994 for his research on desert sand dunes.  Dr. Lancaster is the world’s premiere expert on desert sand dunes and his scientific studies have taken him all over the world.  His work focuses on dune sedimentary processes, ground penetrating radar and optical dating of dune deposits, and the impacts of climate change on desert regions, among other topics.

Dr. John Hallett—Award Recipient 1995 for his work in the field of atmospheric science.  Dr. Hallett is an expert in the area of cloud physics, cloud electrification, atmospheric chemistry, climate dynamics and physical meteorology.  His work has earned him several awards and an international reputation, especially for his work on the role of ice crystals in the atmosphere.

Dr. Richard French—Award Recipient 1996 for his contributions to the fields of hydraulic processes on alluvial fans and open channel hydraulics.  Dr. French’s work is focused on water resources and environmental problems of arid regions.  He is also a member of ASCE’s Water Resources Engineering Executive Committee and has written four books on the subject of hydraulics.

Dr. Judy Chow—Award Recipient 1997 for her work on national and international air quality and her effort to characterize the smallest and most health-threatening airborne particles.  Dr. Chow has over 34 years of experience in her fields of study and has written many articles, book chapters, presentations and technical reports of the subjects of atmospheric science, air quality and environmental health research.

Dr. James Hudson—Award Recipient 1998 for his work in understanding cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and their relationship to climate change.  Dr. Hudson’s work with CCN has taken him around the world and led to other discoveries on climate change and air pollutants.  His areas of research include cloud and aerosol physics, atmospheric chemistry, climate dynamics, and physical meteorology. 

Dr. Ken Taylor—Award Recipient 1999 for research on the causes of climate change, specifically ice core paleoclimate studies. Dr. Taylor has worked on every United States deep ice coring project since 1981, and is the Chief Scientist for the WAIS Divide Ice Core program in Antarctica, funded by the National Science Foundation.  He has also written many peer-reviewed publications on the subject.

Dr. Alan Gertler—Award Recipient 2000 for his work focusing on the environmental impacts of vehicle emissions in actual traffic conditions.  Dr. Gertler has studied air pollution across the world.  His work has been applied to the creation of fuel and engine performance technologies, street and highway design, and vehicle pollution reduction strategies.

Dr. Barbara Zielinska—Award Recipient 2002 for advancing the institute’s capabilities for detecting, identifying and quantifying harmful chemical components in air pollution samples.  Dr. Zielinska’s research areas include ambient air and source sampling, and chemical and physical analysis.  She also has published many works on the subject and she often gives presentations on organic emissions and ambient aerosols around the world.

Dr. Glenn Berger—Award Recipient 2003 for his work in luminescence dating.  Dr. Berger has researched geochronology, geoarchaeology, paleoenvironmental records, and optical dating.  His career has led to the development of many new technologies and methods in Ar-Ar thermochronology and luminescence dating.

Wagner Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences

The Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences celebrates 20 years this year!Peter B. Wagner

Ms. Sue Wagner—Nevada Gaming Commissioner, former Nevada Lieutenant Governor, DRI employee, and widow of Dr. Peter B. Wagner—created the Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences in 1998.

Dr. Peter B. Wagner, an atmospheric scientist who had been a faculty member at the Desert Research Institute since 1968, was killed while conducting research in a 1980 plane crash that also claimed the lives of three other Institute employees.

In 1981, Dr. Wagner’s family and friends established a memorial scholarship to provide promising graduate students in the Desert Research Institute’s Atmospheric Sciences Program a cash award to further their professional careers. Ms. Wagner later extended that opportunity nationally and specifically for women, through the creation of the Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award in 1998.

The Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences is based on a paper competition and awarded to a woman pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or a related program at a university in the United States. The amount of the award is $1,500.

Download the Wagner Award informational brochure.


2018 Winner and Finalists:

Wagner Award 2018 Ceremony Brochure CoverWinner: Isabel McCoy
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
Her winning paper: "Identifying Meteorological Controls on Open and Closed Mesoscale Cellular Convection Associated with Marine Cold Air Outbreaks"

Finalist: Lauren T. Fleming
Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
Her paper: "Molecular composition of particulate matter emissions from dung and brushwood burning household cookstoves in Haryana, India"

Finalist: Julia Montoya-Aguilera
Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
"Secondary organic aerosol from atmospheric photooxidation of indole"

The winners and finalists will present their papers at DRI's Northern Nevada Science Center in Reno, NV, on July 19th, 2018, and will have dinner with Ms. Wagner and the selection committee that evening.

Click the cover of the ceremony brochure to learn about past winners of the Wagner Award and where they are now.


Please return to this page soon for information about the 2019 Wagner Award submission process.

Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. in a program of atmospheric sciences or a related field as of the application deadline date. Applicants must submit a paper based on original research directly related to the identification, clarification, or resolution of an atmospheric or climatic problem.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee is composed of faculty from the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program. Papers will be evaluated based on the following content areas:

  • Originality of ideas expressed and presentation of concept;
  • How well the subject matter relates to real-world atmospheric or climatic problems or their resolution; and
  • How well the research is defined by the introduction, methods, results, and conclusions of the manuscript.

An entry into this competition can be based on a manuscript that has been either submitted, accepted for publication, or appeared in press within the past 12 month before the application deadline. Authors are encouraged to address broader impacts of their work for the field of atmospheric sciences. Manuscripts submitted for consideration for this award should be a report of work done primarily by the applicant. The applicant should be the first author but not necessarily the single author. The submitted manuscript should be in a form acceptable for publication in a scientific journal. Length should be no more than 15 pages of double-spaced text, exclusive of figures, title page, and references using minimum 12-point font. Reprints of published papers will be accepted, if it appeared in press within the past 12 months. Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by the Award Selection Committee.

An applicant should submit a PDF file of the full manuscript and a cover letter describing her graduate program of study by email or regular mail (postmarked by the deadline date) to:

Dr. Vera Samburova
Chair of the Selection Committee
Wagner Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences
Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway Reno, NV 89512
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Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars in the Early Stages of Career Development

The Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence, established in memory of DRI atmospheric scientist Dr. Peter Byrne Wagner, recognizes outstanding scientific accomplishments of DRI faculty in the early stages of their careers. The Wagner award recognizes scholars who meet standards of excellence in research creativity, productivity, and contributions to science. Furthermore, recipients of the award must demonstrate a deep commitment to the Institute through both internal participation in activities and programs as well as leadership in the broader scientific community. Wagner award recipients will receive a $1,500 prize for their achievement. 

Dr. Wagner's career at the Desert Research began in 1968. His research involved the development of new instruments and their use in exploring cloud motions and electrical processes in the atmosphere. While conducting research on March 2, 1980, Dr. Wagner and three other Institute employees lost their lives in a tragic plane crash. In 1981, family and friends established the Peter B. Wagner Memorial Endowment to provide several recognition programs for graduate students at DRI. In 1998, Dr. Wagner's widow, former Nevada Lieutenant Governor Sue Wagner, added to the Wagner Memorial Endowment to establish the Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence for DRI Scholars in the Early Stages of Career Development.

Previous Recipients

2017 Vera Samburova, Ph.D.
2016 Rosemary Carroll, Ph.D.
2015 Rishi Parashar
2014 John Mejia
2013 Justin Huntington
2012 Joseph Grzymski
2011 Anna Gannet Hallar
2010 Donald "Matt" Reeves
2009 Daniel Obrist
2008 Julian Zhu
2007 
Ross Edwards
2006 Alison Murray
2005 Paul Verburg
2004 Ken Adams
2003 Vanda Grubisic
2002 Xiaolong "Bill" Hu
2001 Christian Fritsen & David Benson
2000 David Mitchell

Eligibility

Candidates for the award must be full-time permanent DRI faculty at Rank II at the time of nomination.

Nomination Criteria
  1. Candidates may be nominated based on a cumulative body of published work recognized by the scientific community for its quality, intensity, or breadth of contribution or for a single, peer-reviewed publication that offers the rigor, creativity, importance, and presentation that sets a new standard in the discipline.

  2. Candidates may be nominated on the basis of peer recognition reflected by awards, memberships, and invitations to participate in scholarly pursuits.

  3. Candidates should have demonstrated a strong commitment to DRI through service on Division or Institute committees, participation in Institute events and activities, and representation of DRI in the scientific community.

Selection Criteria

The Wagner Medal will be given on the basis of scientific and service achievement that bring recognition to the scientist and DRI. The two major criteria are the quality of publications and peer recognition.

Specific considerations include:

Publications

  • Emphasis on quality (leading journals in the field)
  • Many incremental publications adding up to a major achievement
  • A single publication, or limited number of publications, known to have a major impact on the field

Peer Recognition

  • Societal awards
  • Citation indices
  • Guest lectures
  • Invitations to participate in national and international symposia
  • Membership on national and international committees

Service

  • Membership on Division and Institute committees
  • Participation in Institute activities
  • Advising graduate and undergraduate students
  • Teaching
  • Membership in professional societies
  • Outreach activities
Nomination Deadline

Nominations are due by March 16. Each nomination must be accompanied by supporting materials, including an up-to-date resume, which will allow the Selection Committee to judge each nomination fairly. Send nominations and supporting materials to your Division Director.

President's Medal

The purpose of the DRI President's Medal is to recognize those who have exhibited significant dedication to furthring the Institute's mission and goals through their time, support, or expertise.

The DRI President's Medal was instituted because, unlike the other University and Community College System of Nevada components, DRI cannot confer honorary degrees. Similarly, the Medal can honor those people who are not eligible to receive the Regents' Distinguished Nevadan Award, i.e., public officials, DRI faculty and staff, and individuals who may reside outside the State of Nevada such as sponsors, who support DRI's national and international mission.

Recipients
2012
  • Mary and Tom Gallagher
2010
  • Mark Alden
2008
  • Nate Cooper
  • Nazir and Mary Ansari
  • Kenneth G. Ladd
2006
  • Tom Schoeman
  • Senator William J. Raggio
  • KOLO-TV Channel 8
2005
  • Nevada Power Co.
  • Jim Kropid
2004
  • Harvey Whittemore
  • David Loeb
  • Fred Gibson
2003
  • Joe Dini, Jr.
  • Rudolf Gunnerman
  • The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Troy E. Wade II
2002
  • Dr. Art Anderson
  • R. Richard Costello
2001
  • Sue Wagner
  • Paul Fisher
2000
  • Fred Davis
  • Lou Emmert
1999
  • Jerry Cail
1997
  • Sandy Miller
  • Betty Stout
  • Angela Dandini