Ensuring the future of sustainable solar energy requires more than simply determining how to use the Sun’s rays more efficiently. It requires understanding solar energy’s water requirements and its impacts on the environment. Also, research on solar energy depends on the creation of a secure cyberinfrastructure to support data collection, sharing and processing. Read More
By definition deserts are dry and water is scarce but, sometimes, sources of this precious liquid are hidden in this arid environment. Groundwater aquifers that lie deep beneath the land surface already supply 15% of the Las Vegas water requirements. Now scientists are questioning whether shallow groundwater, which typically contains more salts and is known as brackish water, also has the potential to provide much needed water for human and industrial use. Read More
Life as an undergraduate in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) typically involves going to lectures, doing course projects and sometimes conducting controlled experiments in the lab or the field. The NEXUS-funded Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) aims to give students that little bit extra to prepare them for the outside world by engaging them in real research projects. Read More
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