The Giving Fund Winter Speaker Series
The Giving Fund’s Winter Speaker Series is an opportunity for community members to come together and get to know each other better, all while learning about relevant local topics.
2020 SCHEDULE + SPEAKERS
JANUARY 30 | DRIVING IN SNOW + ICE
Officer Pete Mann, Truckee CHP
Public Information Officer and Rangemaster at California Highway Patrol in Truckee, Pete also maintains the often hilarious and always informative Truckee CHP Facebook page.
FEBRUARY 6 | THE PHYSICS OF SNOW
Bernhard Bach, UNR
Director of Undergraduate Laboratories, Physics Department, University of Nevada, Reno, Bernhard’s background is in the field of diffractive and reflective optics, as it relates to spectroscopic applications. He has had a hand in designing and fabricating optics that have seen use in various space programs. He also worked as a scientist and climber in Peru.
FEBRUARY 20 | HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING TIPS
Daniella Luchian, Sierra Bakehouse
Daniella studied Baking and Pastry Arts at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She has worked for Gary Danko’s Restaurant in San Francisco and The French Pastry School in Chicago. Daniella came to Truckee from the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Orlando and then Tahoe. She is the owner of Sierra Bakehouse, a commercial bakery in Truckee which is open to the public on Friday mornings.
MARCH 5 | THE ART OF GROOMING
Per Hurtig, Tahoe Donner XC Groomer
The son of a Swedish heavy equipment operator, Per is grooming for his 8th year at Tahoe Donner Cross Country and enjoys putting out the best product possible every night. He tries to ski the next morning to inspect his work and see if there is anything he can do to improve the grooming quality. Per rowed in a four-man team in the 1980 Olympics and still competes with the same team at the world masters level 40 years later.
MARCH 19 | MICROPLASTICS IN LAKE TAHOE + SIERRA NEVADA SNOW
Monica Arienzo, Ph.D and Meghan Collins, M.S., Desert Research Institute
Since 2016, Monica has been an Assistant Research Professor at Desert Research Institute (DRI), Division of Hydrologic Sciences, focusing on albedo impacts in seasonal snow areas and glaciers for hydrologic application, human impacts in high latitude environments and linkages between fire, temperature and hydrology. Meghan has been with DRI since 2015 focusing on STEM education and leading a citizen science project, Stories in the Snow. She also teaches environmental science topics at Nevada community colleges.