Science and Technology Research Institutes

National Cave and Karst Research Institute Inc

  • Carlsbad, NM
  • www.nckri.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Developing a Virtual Cave Experience

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Service Areas

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International

The National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) facilitates and conducts programs in research, education, data management, and stewardship in all fields of speleology through its own efforts and by establishing an international consortium of partners whose individual efforts are supported to promote cooperation, synergy, flexibility and creativity.

ruling year

2008

Principal Officer since 2007

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Dr. George J Veni

Co Principal Officer since 2002

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Dr. Penelope Boston

Keywords

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caves karst research education institute environment

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Also Known As

NCKRI

EIN

42-1741207

 Number

7553324276

Physical Address

400-1 Cascades Avenue

Carlsbad, NM 88220 6215

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Y12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$0.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) facilitates and conducts programs in research, education, data management, and stewardship in all fields of speleology through its own efforts and by establishing an international consortium of partners whose individual efforts are supported to promote cooperation, synergy, flexibility and creativity.

Funding Needs

Through Annual Giving at the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, donors and friends support the Institute's areas of greatest need, including scholarships, equipment, facilities maintenance and improvements, research and exhibit development.  The annual fund is the cornerstone to the fundraising program.  Annual gifts support: Student scholarships Graduate fellowships Cultural events Travel grants Guest lecturers Cave and Karst research Exhibits As important as these funds are, equallysignificant is the spirit and generosity in which they are given.  Through gfts to the Annual Giving program, our supporters demonstrate their regard for the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, its mission and their desire to support that mission.  Thank you for your support!  Your gift has never been more important.

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National Cave and Karst Research Institute Inc

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Principal Officer

Dr. George J Veni

Co Principal Officer

Dr. Penelope Boston

BIO

Dr. George Veni is an internationally recognized cave and karst hydrogeologist.  Prior to NCKRI, he owned and served as principal investigator of George Veni and Associates for more than 20 years. He has conducted extensive karst research throughout the United States and in several other countries. He has published and presented over 170 papers and five books, on hydrogeology, biology, and environmental management and karst.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Hazel Medville

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