NCKRI's enabling legislation, identifies NCKRI's mission is to:
1) further the science of speleology;
2) centralize and standardize speleological information;
3) foster interdisciplinary cooperation in cave and karst research programs;
4) promote public education;
5) promote national and international cooperation in protecting the environment for the benefit of cave and karst land forms; and
6) promote and develop environmentally sound and sustainable resource management practices.
Dr. George J Veni
Co Principal Officer
Dr. Penelope Boston
400-1 Cascades Avenue
Carlsbad, NM 88220
caves karst research education institute environment
Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)
Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)
Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Y12)
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Developing a Virtual Cave Experience
Ohio State University Ph.D. candidate Christopher Atchison is developing a virtual cave experience for persons with limited mobility. Atchison has assembled a team of mobility-impaired student interns who have no prior in-cave experience. The students will gain cave and karst knowledge through a series of workshops and by going underground. They will later document their experiences in ways that will be analyzed to find common successes and deficiencies in the educational program, and to guide the development of the virtual cave experience. NCKRI is supporting this project with the developent of a workshop and by data collection.
The final phase of the project will create a computer-generated virtual reality cave environment at the Ohio Supercomputer Center. This experience will be conducted through the use of three separate virtual environment technologies to determine which methods and virtual features are the most effective for the students' diverse abilities. They will also provide an innovative and interactive design for virtual reality modeling, moving educational theory for geospatial perception, mobility, and visualization into a solid methodology.
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Board of Directors
as of 6/7/2016
Mrs. Hazel Medville
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
University of South Florida
Southwest Research Institute
Bureau of Land Management
Geological Society of America
National Park Service
United States Geological Service
Tampa Bay Water
E. Calvin Alexander
University of Minnesota
City of Carlsbad
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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION
Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?
Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY
Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?
Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?