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Secrets of Successful Solar

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Sky imaging instrumentCredit Eric Wilcox SQUARESolar energy can only be generated when the sun is shining, so to guarantee a reliable source of electricity requires using power from other sources when the sun goes down or clouds shade solar panels. “This poses both a technical and an economic challenge,” says DRI's Eric Wilcox, Ph.D. “How can we design systems so that solar power is maximized and backup power generation is minimized?”

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Meet Nina Oakley, Ph.D.

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Oakley squareNina Oakley, Ph. D., is an assistant research professor in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, NV, and a regional climatologist with the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC). Nina specializes in the study of atmospheric conditions that lead to extreme landscape events such as debris flows, landslides, flooding, and avalanches. She is originally from California...

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Collaborative Research in the Lake Tahoe Basin

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DRI NSF Lake Tahoe 1964Since the early 1960s, the DRI has conducted research in the Lake Tahoe Basin to develop critical scientific knowledge and protect the treasured ecosystem for the enjoyment of generations to come. With the annual Tahoe Summit happening next week, we've rounded up a handful of current projects in the basin to highlight the wide range of DRI research serving Lake Tahoe.

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Craig Rosen Selected as National STEM Ambassador

  • Category: Awards and Honors

Craig Rosen at May Sci Be With You, Credit Dave Becker

One of just 50 national education, business, and non-profit professionals chosen for the honor, DRI's Craig Rosen was invited to collaborate with STEM leaders from around the country at the STEM Leadership Alliance Summit on July 8th through 11th. Their goal? To address current questions and challenges facing STEM education and create an agenda for meaningful change. 
 


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Meet Vic Etyemezian, Ph.D.

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vic etyemezian small2Learn about the work of Vic Etyemezian, Ph.D., a research professor in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, NV. Vic specializes in the study of dust emissions, including dust that occurs along roadways, volcanic ash, and landscape dus t. Vic holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master’s degree in environmental engineering...

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Volcanic Ash Suspension

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George Nikolich showcases equipment that measures dust emissions.

Mount St. Helens remains an active threat to communities and infrastructure in Washigton's Cascade Range. DRI researchers are studying volcanic ash resuspension by wind to help determine engineering requirements for regional facilities in preparation for a potential volcanic eruption in the future.

 

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Meet Brittany Kruger, Ph.D.

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Kruger 011718 squareLearn about Brittany Kruger, Ph.D., a staff research scientist in geobiology with the Division of Hydrologic Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, NV. She specializes in the study of microbes that live in deep underground environments, such as those found inside of deep mines. Brittany is a Minnesota native, and holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. 

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Meet Hans Moosmüller, Ph.D.

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Moosmuller 6Learn about the work of Hans Moosmüller, Ph.D., research professor in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, NV and senior director of DRI’s Wildland Fire Science Center. Hans specializes in the study of aerosols, which are tiny particles of solids or liquids that become suspended in the atmosphere and canimpact air quality, climate, and visibility (i.e., dust, wildfire smoke, smog). 

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Meet Casey Schmidt, Ph.D.

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Schmidt webLearn about the work of Casey Schmidt, Ph.D., an assistant research professor of biogeochemistry at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev. He specializes in ecological engineering, which is a field of study that combines elements of engineering, ecology and design to help solve environmental problems. Casey holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in soil and water science from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in biology from the University of Washington.

 

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