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2021 Nevada Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR Statewide Meeting

Posted on: April 12th, 2021 in: NASA EPSCoR, NASA Space Grant


April 30, 2021
All Sessions Held Via Microsoft Teams


The 2021 Nevada NASA Programs Virtual Statewide Meeting will be held April 30, 2021. All sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams. The Statewide Meeting will include oral and poster presentations featuring research results of Nevada NASA EPSCoR and Nevada NASA Space Grant funded projects as well as a keynote address.  The objective of this meeting is to share Nevada NASA research findings and outcomes, stimulate collaborations and discussions and plan for upcoming activities.

Attendees will include all individuals who have received NASA research project awards from the Nevada NASA Space Grant and Nevada NASA EPSCoR in 2020 and 2021 as well as affiliates and advocates of the programs. All Nevada NASA project faculty and students, who are able, are expected to attend. Registration is required by April 23, 2021.

Travel Information
No travel will be required. All sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams.

April 30:  Full day meeting

All Day

Check out this year’s poster session at: (link to be updated once posters have been submitted)

9:00 – 9:15am

Meeting Kick-Off: NV Space Grant and NV NASA EPSCoR Updates

9:15 – 10:55am

Oral Presentations (Six 15 min talks with extra time for Q&A)

– Dr. Alireza Tavakkoli (UNR): A Novel Deep Learning Conditional Generative Adversarial Network for Producing Angiography Images from Retinal Fundus Photographs for Non-Invasive Assessment of Spaceflight Associated Neuroocular Syndrome

– Dr. Xiaoliang Wang (DRI): Using Reference Aerosols as Transfer Standards to Characterize Spacecraft Smoke Detectors

– Lisa Katz (UNR): Snowpack and Meteorological Factors Contributing to Rain on Snow Flooding in California’s Northern Sierra Nevada

– Dr. Jun Zhang (UNR): Artificial Muscles for Compliant and Versatile Robots

– Dr. Aude Picard (UNLV): Organic Carbon Signatures Preserved by Biogenic Minerals

11:00am – 12:00pm

Resume Tips and Tricks: presented by savvy NASA personnel for NV students (but faculty are welcome to listen in or visit the poster websites and NASA Video Vault)

12:30 – 1:30pm

Keynote Speaker: The Mars 2020 Mission by Dr. George Tahu, Deputy Director / Lead Program Executive, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Science Mission Directorate

1:40 – 2:20pm

Oral research presentations (Two 15 min talks with extra time for Q&A)

– Dr. Monica Arienzo (DRI): Tahoe Rain or Snow: Monitoring Precipitation Phase through Citizen Science

– Dr. Richard Plotkin (UNR): Black Holes in Nearby Galaxies

2:30 – 3:30pm

NASA Proposal Writing Workshop – Tips from NSHE faculty who attended a NASA EPSCoR 2-day proposal workshop: Dr. Daniel Saftner, Dr. Farnaz Hosseinpour, Dr. Hans Moosmüller and Dr. Eric Wilcox (DRI)

3:30 – 4:30pm

Poster Competition – an opportunity to “chat” with the student presenters

4:30 – 4:45pm

Meeting Wrap-up

Registration is required. Please register by April 23, 2020.

Make sure to upload a completed NASA Media Release as part of your registration.

Student Poster Presentation Abstract/Title submissions are due April 26, 2021.

All students participating in research funded by the Nevada Space Grant are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting and provide a research poster.

In lieu of presenting in person at our Statewide Meeting and to ensure that graduating undergraduate and graduate students have an opportunity to share their research results, NV NASA Programs is sponsoring a virtual poster competition.

Due Date: April 26, 2021 at 5:00 pm (PT)

Eligibility: Students currently enrolled within a Nevada institution of higher education are eligible to participate in the poster competition. This poster session is limited to 25 entrants.

Deadline to Submit Poster and Video

Annual Meeting Day

Opportunity to “chat” with Poster Presenters

Poster Winners Announced

Monday, April 26, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

3:30pm – 4:30pm

4:30 – 4:45pm

Poster Format and Abstract Guidelines


All posters will be digital PDFs uploaded on the registration site. Please visit the Virtual Poster Presentation Registration Page for details.

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 Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium 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.

Poster Abstract Preparation Guidelines and Submission: All confirmed participants must upload a final poster and video by April 26, 2021. See submission page for details. Please note that failure to submit required items by the required date will result in disqualification from the competition.

Poster Session and Judging: Judges will evaluate posters based on overall poster appearance, technical content and student’s response to judge’s questions. (See Poster Evaluation Criteria form for more information.) The top 3 competitors will be awarded a prize.  All competitors will receive a token of appreciation. The competition will be held Friday, April 30, 2021 throughout the meeting. Winners will be announced at the end of the meeting (between 4:15pm-5:15pm.


Full Support: “This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant No. 80NSSC20M0043.”

Partial Support: “This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant No. 80NSSC20M0043.”

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.

Dr Lynn Fenstermaker

Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker
Project Director

Gibran Chavez-Gudino
Research Administrator