NEW YORK — Jack Swickard, president of the International UFO Museum and Research Center directors in Roswell, was elected to the executive committee of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute board.
Bob Brinkmann, professor and director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., was re-elected president of the NCKRI board.
Ronald T. Green, hydrogeologist with the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, was elected vice president of the board.
The research institute’s board meets each fall in conjunction with the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting and each spring at NCKRI headquarters in Carlsbad, N.M. This year, however, the board met in the Explorers Club at the invitation of executive director George Veni, a member of the club.
|Brinkmann in Explorers Club Trophy Room|
Brinkmann said the meeting table in the club’s Trophy Room was the same table used by President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt in drafting the Panama Canal Treaty — or Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty — of 1903.
NCKRI is a non-profit, government-supported institute headquartered whose goals are to conduct, support, facilitate, and promote programs in cave and karst research, education, environmental management, and data acquisition and sharing.
Congress created NCKRI in 1998 to:
• Further the science of speleology;
• Centralize and standardize speleological information;
• Foster interdisciplinary cooperation in cave and karst research programs;
• Promote public education;
• Promote national and international cooperation in protecting the environment for the benefit of cave and karst landforms; and
• Promote and develop environmentally sound and sustainable resource management practices.
NCKRI started as a federal institute within the U.S. National Park Service. In 2006, NCKRI changed to a non-profit corporation to boost its ability in creating partnerships with other organizations, raising funds, and responding quickly to new opportunities. NCKRI is actually a hybrid non-profit. It is an independent 501(c)(3) corporation but maintains its Congressional mandates, obligations, and funding.
It was created through three partners: The federal government through the National Park Service, the State of New Mexico through New Mexico Tech, and the City of Carlsbad.