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AT&T sponsors DRI Visiting Scholar for Global Sustainability

Dr. Braimah Apambire named inaugural scholar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 24, 2012

Reno ­­­­—A former Desert Research Institute (DRI) assistant research professor and University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) hydrologic sciences graduate student has been named as the DRI Visiting Scholar for Global Sustainability. Braimah Apambire leads the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s water initiative and spearheaded the development of the Foundation’s strategic plan for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming in Africa. 

Through the DRI Visiting Scholar for Global Sustainability program, Apambire will continue his collaborative research with DRI scientists on West Africa watershed studies that evaluate the sustainability of water resources.West Africa is undergoing desertification and this combined with increasing water demands in rural parts of these countries makes knowing the sustainable available water resources of this area critical.

"More than 13 percent of the developing world's population—close to 900 million people—do not have access to potable drinking water supplies. In certain population segments of Africa and Asia, clean drinking water coverage can even be as low as five percent,” Apambire says. “Eighty percent of illness and death among children in these regions is attributed to unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation and hygiene, he added."

After graduation, Apambire was an assistant research professor at DRI, where he studied international and southern Nevada water issues and taught numerous classes at UNR and other universities on water supplies in developing countries. He also received the UNR Program of Hydrologic Sciences “Outstanding Faculty Award” in 2000-2001. Apambire also founded the Students Association for International Water Issues at UNR.

“DRI is grateful to the AT&T Foundation for helping the institute meet its critical mission of creating new partnerships and recruiting talent to DRI and Nevada,” said Dr. Stephen Wells DRI President. “One of DRI’s great success stories is our ability to retain strong relationships with postdoctoral researchers and provide them with opportunities to grow and develop new programs as well as establish collaborations with current DRI faculty. I worked with Braimah while he was a graduate student and now he’s built a tremendous world-renowned reputation and research program.”

Apambire spent six years as director of the WASH Sector at World Vision, where he led the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of global WASH strategies and large-scale integrated programs. He has served as a board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and member of the steering committee of the Global Water for Sustainability Program. Apambire has researched and published articles and reports on water issues in developing countries and on water quality and human health. He received a doctorate in hydrogeology from UNR; a master’s degree from the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Center, Canada; and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana.

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