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Problem Plastic: Investigating Microplastic Pollution in Nevada’s Waterways

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DSC06978Microplastics are plastic pieces ranging in size from 5mm to microscopic particles, in other words, the size of a pencil’s eraser or smaller. They've been found everywhere from the air we breathe to the deep ocean. A team of DRI researchers have begun to investigate these increasingly troubling pollutants in two bodies of freshwater in Nevada: Lake Tahoe and the Las Vegas Wash.

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Meet Kristin VanderMolen, Ph.D.

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Kristin VanderMolenKristin is an assistant research professor and social scientist. Right now, she is studying how warnings about extreme heat and heat waves are received and acted upon by vulnerable populations in southern California and northwestern Mexico. Learn more about her work in this profile.

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Preserving Nevada’s Lost City using drones

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Archaeologists in lost cityNevada’s “Lost City,” located northeast of Las Vegas on a terrace above the Muddy River, has been lost twice before – first abandoned by the native people who built it, then later flooded beneath the waters of Lake Mead – but a team of archaeologists from the Desert Research Institute’s Las Vegas campus hopes to ensure that it isn’t lost a third time.

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Meet Josh Sackett, Ph.D.

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Josh Sackett in the Environmental Microbial Lab April 2019Joshua Sackett, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher with the Division of Hydrologic Sciences at DRI's campus in Las Vegas. Josh specializes in the study of microbes that inhabit Earth’s deep subsurface environments. Learn more about his research in this Behind the Science profile.

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Meet John Watson, Ph.D.

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John Watson, Ph.D., is a research professor of air quality science with the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Reno. John specializes in air quality measurements, source apportionment (tracing pollutants to their sources), and adverse effects of air pollutants... 

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Meet Jim Hudson, Ph.D.

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Jim Hudson, Ph.D., is a research professor of physics with the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Reno. Jim specializes in cloud physics, and has worked throughout his career to gather and analyze field measurements of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) from around the world...

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Putting the Knowledge Fund to Work

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CRVB Feb 2018 Credit Cat Allison squareCreated in 2013, the Knowledge Fund spurs research, innovation, and commercialization in Nevada. Thanks to this support, researchers across the Silver State have been busy cultivating the intellectual property that will continue the diversification of our economy for years to come. DRI researchers have been awarded over $11 million by the Knowledge Fund. Learn more about DRI's Knowledge Fund supported projects in this blog.

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Q&A with Charlene Martin, DRI’s 2018 Technical Employee of the Year 

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Charlene Martin TEOY 2018Each year, faculty, students, and staff have the opportunity to nominate those technologists they believe go above and beyond to make DRI a great place to work for the Technical Employee of the Year award. From those nominations, a council of technical employees selects the recipient of the award. This year, the recipient is Charlene Martin, a financial accounting specialist who has served DRI for 24 years. 

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