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2017 Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Nevada Annual Meeting

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2017 Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Nevada Annual Meeting

March 27 – 29, 2017

University of Nevada, Las Vegas – 4505 S Maryland Pkwy

Stan Fulton Building – Salon B Ballroom


The Annual Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Nevada Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, March 27-29, 2017 in the Stan Fulton Building.  Note: Different location than in the past.

The Annual Meeting will include oral presentations featuring research results of Nevada’s National Science Foundation-funded Solar Nexus project as well as presentations from Agency Program Officers on potential funding opportunities.  Additionally, the meeting will host a Science Communication, Graduate Student Workshop on Monday, March 27th and a student poster session on Tuesday, March 28th.  The objective of this meeting is to share Nexus research findings and outcomes, stimulate collaborations and discussions and plan for upcoming activities.


Attendees will include all individuals interested in learning about the latest in solar energy-water-environment science and education in Nevada, including NSF EPSCoR project team members and leaders; NSHE VPRs, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and administrators; Nevada stakeholders; members of the External Advisory Committee (EAC), and members of Nevada’s State EPSCoR Advisory Board.  All Nexus project faculty, technicians, and graduate students are expected to attend.

Travel Information

For travel funding information contact the Co-PI at your institution.  Please plan to attend the full 1.75 days of sessions (2.75 days for graduate students), which include complimentary breakfast and lunch.

March 27th   Full day science communication graduate student workshop

March 28th   All Nexus Participants full day meeting with poster session/reception

March 29th   All Nexus Participants meeting adjourns at 1:30 pm

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March 27, 2017

Graduate Students

Stan Fulton Building, Salon C

07:30 am – 08:00 am Graduate Student Workshop Breakfast
08:00 am – 03:00 pm Science Communication Graduate Workshop – Organizers:  M. Casella (NSHE) and J. Ewing-Taylor (UNR)  Facilitator:  Dr. Jane Palmer (Science Writer and Radio Journalist)

External Advisory Committee and Leadership Team Only

Hyatt Place Meeting Room 7

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm Presentation
05:00 pm – 05:15 pm Transportation to Site Demonstration
05:15 pm – 06:15 pm Site Demonstration
06:15 pm – 06:30 pm Transportation to EAC/Project Leadership Team Dinner
06:30 pm EAC/Project Leadership Team Dinner
March 28, 2017 (all events this day are plenary)  (All Nexus participants and EAC)


Stan Fulton Building, Salon B

08:30 am – 09:00 am Poster Setup (Salon A)
08:45 am Bell Trans Shuttle – Hyatt Place to Stan Fulton

Walking Directions

09:00 am – 09:30 am Breakfast
09:15 am – 09:30 am Welcome/Introductory Remarks
09:30 am – 10:45 am Nexus Presentations
09:30-09:45 J. Moon, D. Karas, C. Jose (UNLV) – High Temperature Materials for Solar Receivers
09:45-10:00 B. Das, S. Das and R. Mookherjee (UNLV) – Nanotechnology and Dust Mitigation on Solar Panels
10:00-10:15 M. Berli, M. Cablk (DRI), A. Sheets, L. Brazfield (NSHE) – NEXUS External Engagement Spotlight
10:15-10:30 J. Batista, S. Ahmad, S. Bukhary (UNLV). Understanding Energy Intensity and Carbon Footprint for Transport and Treatment of Drinking and Wastewater
10:30-10:45 S. Hiibel, C. Taylor (UNR) – Membrane Distillation for On-Site Water Reuse at Solar Facilities
10:45 am – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Nexus Presentations Continued
11:00-11:15 H. Livani, M. Etezadi-Amoli, S. Fadali, M. Majidi (UNR), Y. Baghzouz (UNLV) – Recapturing Wasted Energy in Water Pressure Reducing Valves via In-Conduit Hydro-power Generators
11:15-11:30 M. Casella, A. Sheets (NSHE) – Nevada STEM Mentor Network
11:30-11:45 S. Abella, D. Gentilcore (UNLV) – Mitigation of Solar Energy Impacts on Desert Ecosystems
11:45-12:00 H. Sun (DRI) – Solar Plant Impacts on Desert Soil Crusts and Mitigation Strategies
12:00 pm – 01:00 pm 1)    Lunch

2)    SmartStart Presentation

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm Nexus Presentations Continued
01:00-01:15 D. Uz, T. Harris (UNR) – Residential Rooftop Solar Energy Regulations Across the US
01:15-01:30 E. Marti (UNLV) – Teacher Professional Development: Bringing Engineering Design and Solar Energy Concepts into the Classroom
01:30-01:45 S. Strachan, E. Fritzinger, H. Munoz, C. Scully-Allison, V, Le, F. Harris (UNR) –  Comprehensive QA/QC Management Software Environment for Fine-Resolution Scalable Sensor Datasets
01:45-02:00 F. Harris, S. Dascalu, E. Fritzinger, S. Strachan, L. Yang, V. Le, H. Munoz, C.  Scully-Allison (UNR) – Data streaming and Visualization
02:00 pm – 03:15 pm Agency Presentations
Dr. Carole Read, NSF Program Officer, Energy for Sustainability Program
Dr. Avi Shultz, Acting Director for DOE Concentrated Solar Program and member of the Sunshot Initiative
03:30 pm – 04:30 pm Agency Program Director round tables with faculty and students1
04:30 pm – 06:00 pm Graduate Student Poster Session (Salon A)
06:00 pm Day 2 Adjourns

1)    NEXUS attendees: Dinner on own

2)    EAC Meets in Hyatt Place Hotel – Meeting Room 7

06:10 pm Bell Trans Shuttle – Stan Fulton to Hyatt Place

Walking Directions




March 29, 2017  (All Nexus Participants and EAC)


Stan Fulton Building, Salon B

07:30 am Bell Trans Shuttle – Hyatt Place to Stan Fulton

Walking Directions

07:30 am – 08:00 am Breakfast
08:00 am – 09:45 am 1)    Publication Sandbox Sessions

2)    EAC develops recommendations – Salon A

09:45 am – 10:00 am Break
10:00 am – 11:00 am 1)    Proposal Sandbox Sessions

2)    EAC report-out to leadership team – Salon A

11:00 am – 11:30 am EAC reports out recommendations to all participants
11:30 pm – 01:30 pm Working Lunch (box lunches)

1)    Component Teams Meet – Year 5 planning

Research – Salon B

Cyberinfrastructure – Room 220

Workforce Development and Diversity – Executive Conference Room

2)    EAC departures

11:45 am Bell Trans Shuttle – Stan Fulton to Hyatt Place

Walking Directions

01:30 pm Meeting adjourned; Departures
01:30 pm Bell Trans Shuttle – Stan Fulton to Hyatt Place and continues to McCarran International Airport

Walking Directions

1Each PD at a table and faculty go to the person/table they want to talk to.

2015 Poster Session Collage half size

Graduate Student Poster Presentation

All graduate students participating in research funded by the National Science Foundation and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) Solar Energy, Water & the Environment Nexus in Nevada project are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting and provide a research poster presentation. A poster session and reception will be held on Tuesday, March 28th so that students may share their research with other project members and the External Advisory Committee.

Abstracts and Headshot Photo Due:  Monday, March 6, 2017 to

Poster Format and Abstract Guidelines


All posters should be 36” X 48” and should include the information below. Students should bring their posters with them on March 28th and take then down after the reception. Wall space and materials will be provided in order for students to display their posters.

 Title: Include a banner frame clearly stating the title of the poster, your name, your mentor(s) name, institution, and department. Be sure to include the NSF logo and the logo of your institution.

Overview: Clearly articulate what you did, how you did it, why you did it, and what it contributes to your field and the larger field of human knowledge.

Introduction: Specify the main argument of your study, provide an overview of what you did, the evidence that supports that argument, and point out the significance and value of the research. Be succinct in this one-frame element.

Method: Illustrate how you conducted your project.

Results (If applicable): Indicate what your research has revealed.

Conclusion: Include an explanation of the ways the results satisfy the research objective. Illustrate how your findings impact scholars in your field and members of the broader intellectual community.


Full Support: “This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIA-1301726.”

Partial Support: “This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIA-1301726.”


Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Poster Setup: 8:30am

Annual Meeting: 9:00am-4:30pm

Poster Presentation: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Poster Break Down: 6:00pm


Salon A Ballroom
Stan Fulton Building
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Project incomplete?

If you have any preliminary results, use them as examples of the kind of results you hope to obtain. Discuss the significance of these results.

If you don’t have any preliminary results, you can focus on projected results: what do you think you might find when your results are complete?

Whether you have complete, partial, or only projected results, keep in mind that your explanation of those results—their significance—is more important than the raw results themselves.

Hyatt Place hotel, Exterior view

Hyatt Place

4520 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169

Lodging Reservations

The room block is now closed.  If you need assistance please contact

Complimentary Airport Shuttle

Complimentary Hotel Shuttle to and from McCarran International Airport, 702-369-3366.

Hotel Amenities

Complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi, 24-hour fitness center, breakfast.  Check-in time 3:00 pm and check-out time 12:00 pm.

Shuttle Schedule

Monday – March 27, 2017

No shuttle provided – please see walking directions to Stan Fulton below.

Tuesday – March 28, 2017

8:45 am      Depart Hyatt Place to Stan Fulton
6:10 pm      Depart Stan Fulton to Hyatt Place

Wednesday – March 29, 2017

7:30 am      Depart Hyatt Place to Stan Fulton
11:45 am    Depart Stan Fulton to Hyatt Place
1:30 pm      Depart Stan Fulton to Hyatt Place and to McCarran International Airport

Walking Map from Hyatt Place to Stan Fulton

The Stan Fulton building is within walking distance of Hyatt Place (0.7 mile).

Directions to the Stan Fulton Building

  • If you are going EAST on Flamingo: drive past the building and make the first right turn (about 1/10th of a mile from the Flamingo/Swenson intersection) after the Solar Arrays into the UNLV campus. There is a red and gray sign that says Stan Fulton Building on the corner. Make another right turn and drive past the Recycle Bins and into the parking lot
    on the right.
  • If you are going WEST on Flamingo: make a U‐turn at Swenson and follow the instructions above.
  • If you are going NORTH on Swenson (from Hyatt place): make a right turn on Flamingo and follow the instructions above (see pictures).
  • If you are going SOUTH on Swenson: make a left turn on Flamingo and follow the instructions above.
  • **** IMPORTANT: If you are taking a taxi cab or rideshare to the Stan Fulton Building, DO NOT let the driver drop you off at the 4505 S. Maryland Parkway UNLV address! ****This will leave you with a 15 minute walk before you get to the Stan Fulton Building, which is where you want to go. Tell the driver that you want to be dropped off or picked
    up at the Stan Fulton Building, which is located on the southeast corner of Swenson and Flamingo and give them the instructions as detailed above.

Parking Near Stan Fulton Building

Lot R and Lot T

Student Parking and Handicap Parking

Walking Map from Hyatt Place to Stan Fulton

The Stan Fulton building is within walking distance of Hyatt Place (0.7 mile).

2016 NEXUS annual meeting with session students

Science Communication Graduate Student Workshop

Monday, March 27, 2017
7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Stan Fulton Building – Salon C Ballroom
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Learn one of the most important skills you’ll need to learn for your science career in industry or in academia: How to communicate your science.  Outcome: Video recorded elevator speech posted on the Nexus website.

The work shop will cover three main areas:

Science Communications 101
Communicating with the Media
Preparing an Elevator Pitch

All Nexus graduate students are strongly recommended to participate in this workshop.  Students traveling should plan on arriving in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 26 as the workshop will start early on Monday.  Don’t delay!  Register for the workshop and annual meeting today to participate in this wonderful opportunity!

Facilitator:   Dr. Jane Palmer (Science Writer and Radio Journalist)
Organizers:  Michele Casella (NSHE) and Dr. Jacque Ewing-Taylor (UNR)

March 27, 2017     DRAFT AGENDA
Graduate Students

Stan Fulton Building, Salon C Ballroom

07:30 am – 08:00 am Breakfast

Morning     8:00 – 12:00

08:00 am – 09:00 am Communicating your science 101 (Interactive Lecture)
09:00 am – 09:15 am Break
09:15 am – 10:15 am Communicating to the media (Interactive Lecture)
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 10:50 am Crafting your Elevator Pitch
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Break into groups of four: prepare and practice elevator pitch. Practice giving the pitch to the group and incorporate feedback.
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch

Afternoon     12:45 – 3:00

12:45 pm – 01:30 pm Practice giving your elevator pitch to the group and incorporate feedback
01:30 pm – 03:00 pm Each student to give their pitch and be videoed

Dana 214x300Dr. Gayle Dana
NSF EPSCoR Project Director/Principal Investigator

Profile Image, Michelle CasellaMichele Casella
Diversity Plan Lead
Education, Outreach & Diversity Administrator

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Communications Specialist

Profile Image, Marcie JacksonMarcie Jackson
NSF Research Administrator

Mayara Cueto-Diaz, NSF Program CoordinatorMayara Cueto-Diaz
NSF EPSCoR Program Coordinator

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