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James V. Taranik

AKA James Vladimir Taranik

Born: 23-Apr-1940
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Died: 21-Jun-2011
Location of death: Reno, NV
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Geologist, Physicist
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Desert Research Institute

Military service: U. S. Army Engineer Command, Vietnam

Geophysicist and remote-sensing technology expert who worked at NASA during the early space shuttle missions. Later, as President of the Desert Research Institute, he adapted the institute's sophisticated satellite imagery to new areas of research, including environmental research and geological exploration.

Father: Vladimir Taranik
Mistress: Jeanette Taranik
Brother: Nikolas
Wife: Colleen
Son: Daniel
Daughter: Debra

    University: BS Geology, Stanford University (1964)
    University: PhD Geology, Colorado School of Mines (1974)
    Administrator: Dean, Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada at Reno (1982-87)
    Professor: Geophysics, University of Nevada at Reno (1982-87)
    Administrator: President, Desert Research Institute (1987-98)
    Administrator: Director, Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, University of Nevada at Reno (2000-04)
    Administrator: Director, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada at Reno (2004-09)
    Professor: Geological Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada at Reno (2009-11)

    NASA Program Scientist, Space Shuttle program (1979-82)
    US Interior Department Principal Scientist, Earth Observation Systems Data Center, USGS (1975-79)
    Member of the Board of Earth Satellite Corp. (1997-2002)
    Member of the Board of Newmont Mining (1986-2010)
    Member of the Board of Klamath Basin Geopower (2002-11)
    Bronze Star (1970)
    American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (1985)
    American Association of Petroleum Geologists
    American Astronautical Society
    American Geological Institute Foundation
    American Geophysical Union
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Explorers Club Fellow (1985)
    Friends for Harry Reid
    Geological Society of America Fellow (1978)
    International Academy of Astronautics (1994)
    Mountain States Legal Foundation
    Society of Exploration Geophysicists

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