- Joseph J. Grzymski, PhD: "DRI and DNA: The Biggest Little Community Population Health Study: Genotyping for Improved Health Education and Outcomes in Northern Nevada"
- The Renown/Desert Research Institute Community Health Project: Understanding Social, Economic, and Environmental Determinants of Health in Northern Nevada
Dr. Grzymski, Senior Director of DRI's Applied Innovation Center and Associate Research Professor, Computational Biology and Microbiology at DRI, discussed the motivations behind the Renown/DRI Community Health Program, a few initial results, and some observations on engaging our community in human subject research. Northern Nevada is a diverse geographic, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic setting that makes remarkable population health research possible. We hope to create meaningful, sustainable change in caring for people, improving health, and better understanding disease.
- Steven Nightingale: The Culture and Literature of Spain
- Reno native Steven Nightingale is a widely anthologized poet, novelist, and essayist. For his presentation, Steven drew from his book, "Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God", which has been acclaimed by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. It was named one of 2015's best travel books by The Telegraph and The Independent. His most recent book is titled, "The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace".
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- Douglas Stoup, "Polar Exploration and Climate Change"
- Douglas Stoup has skied to the North and South Poles more times than anyone on earth. Stoup supports the work of climate science researchers by reporting direct observations and measurements from his polar trips, and by creating new types of equipment that further their studies. He has witnessed recessing glaciers in Greenland, warming water temperatures in polar regions, and seen changes in krill populations. He has helped scientists by inventing equipment that helps when gathering data in cold places. One example is a type of polar beacon that helps track environmental changes. He has also designed an ice bike that can be used to travel over snow in Antarctica that would be faster than traveling by skiing.
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