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Esther Ciammachilli

Esther Ciammachilli is a former part-time broadcaster at KUNR Public Radio.

February 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, which once provided African-Americans the chance to play professional baseball before the game was integrated.

Now, a century later, African-American participation in baseball is lagging. The number of black Major Leaguers is only 8.4%, according to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports.

Reno Little Theater has a free Latin American cultural festival set for tomorrow with food, live music, theater, art and storytelling.  It’s an open house to kick off “La Gente: Latino Theater at RLT.”  

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Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, we’re talking about geriatric medicine and dementia. Our guests are Dr. Alia Tuqan. She’s a practicing geriatrician and assistant professor of internal medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

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Businesses and real estate around the Sparks Marina took a hard hit after the recession and both have been slow to regain momentum. That, together with some high-profile ecological issues, has left many in the area with mixed perceptions about the health and vitality of this lake community. For our series, Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways, Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli reports.

Lisa G. is known as the Mayor of the Sparks Marina. She’s the owner of Marina Paddle Fit, one of the only businesses currently open there. Lisa takes great pride in this lake.

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In this installment of the UNSOM health watch, we’re talking about new research being done to treat breast cancer and a recent breakthrough discovery made by doctors and scientists at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Joining us to talk about this new finding is Dr. Iain Buxton, a research scientist and professor of Pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and he serves as chairman of the Department of Pharmacology. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

The Nevada State Prison in Carson City has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

The Nevada state prison dates back to 1862 and housed inmates for 150 years before shuttering its doors a few years ago because of budget cuts. 

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A team of scientists and business leaders from the Desert Research Institute in Reno is trying to change the way businesses make decisions that may be impacted by extreme weather. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has more.

On a rainbow-colored map of the Las Vegas Strip, scientist Andrew Joros explains the focus of the new WINDS platform, which stands for Weather Intelligence and Numerical Decision Support

“Let’s say I want a time series of any kind of meteorological variable over the MGM. You can pull it up like this.”

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Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch we’re talking about the new E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center that is currently under construction of the University of Nevada Reno campus and importance of student health and fitness. Our guests are Jim Fitzsimmons, director of campus recreation and wellness at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

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Truckee Meadows Community College will use a $4.3 million gift to help high school students prepare for jobs in what is shaping up to be a demanding technical industry in northern Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has that story.

The grant is the largest gift TMCC has ever received. The money will allow the school to inaugurate the Technical Pathway program and begin the second phase of renovations to the Edison site, the school’s center for technical training.

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Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch we’re talking about the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at UNR and the wide range of diagnostic and analytical services it performs to support state and national public health disease prevention and environmental health. Our guests are Stephanie Van Hooser, administrative director for the lab and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine.

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An infectious disease testing laboratory in Reno was the first to spot the correlation between sick residents and cucumbers tainted with bacteria, an epidemic that has now hit 31 states. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has more.

At this point, 418 people including nine in Nevada have gotten sick from the bacteria Salmonella Poona. But before the CDC knew what was causing the outbreak, the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory was working to solve this problem.

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Wolf Pack football coach Brian Polian is being sanctioned for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Polian has been fined $10,000 after receiving two unsportsmanlike penalties in Nevada’s game against Arizona this past Saturday.

He's also subject to additional reporting to the athletics director and the department will have an administrative presence on sidelines during games. Polian will face automatic suspension and larger fines for further offenses.

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In this installment of the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch we're talking about programs on the UNR campus that help students lead a sober lifestyle and help those in recovery.  Joining us are Daniel Fred, project coordinator for the NRAP program at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Jordan Fugate, a graduate student and serves as the associate program coordinator for NRAP. Leading this discussion is Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

It's football season and as Nevada race and sports books gear up for their busiest time of year, gaming officials warn against the dangers surrounding illegal sports betting.

The American Gaming Association estimates sports fans nationwide will wager $95 billion on NFL and college football games this season, the majority of which will come from illegal bets.

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September is National Preparedness Month, an initiative that encourages the public to prepare for emergencies such as natural disasters. We're talking about finding and accessing credible and useful websites that can help people before, during and after disasters. Our guest is Mary Schultz, director of the Savitt Library at the School of Medicine. Leading this discussion as always is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

Below is a list of the websites mentioned in this health watch segment. 

All week KUNR has been looking into the challenges of implementing the new Education Savings Account program for our series Nevada’s Gamble on School Choice. Some have questioned whether the program is unconstitutional because the funds can be used at private religious schools. The State Constitution says, “No public money of any kind…shall be used for sectarian purposes.” But some, including Kristopher Dahir the director of Excel Christian Academy in Sparks, say once parents are given an account, the money in it belongs to them similar to a tax refund.

  

Another person in Washoe County is infected with West Nile Virus. That makes two confirmed in the last week, as well as one horse in Washoe Valley. 

The Washoe County Health District reports the latest individual lives near Hidden Valley in east Reno and was hospitalized for several days with the neuroinvasive form of the virus. This form can access and infect the nervous system and cause symptoms such as fever, muscle and joint pain and headache.  

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The fall 2015 semester at UNR is underway with a record 21,000 students in attendance. The year has only just begun and staff at the Student Health Center is already busy. To talk more about student health and wellness for the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch is Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, director of student Health Services at UNR and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

  

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With the legalization of same-sex marriage, some economists think Nevada’s weddings business could grow by roughly $30 million a year. But the wedding industry itself has been slow to react to this change and gay couples are still fighting for social acceptance. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli looks at what same-sex couples in Washoe County can look forward to before and after they say “I do.”    

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The Nevada Department of Transportation reports a 60 percent spike in the number bicycle fatalities compared to the same time last year.

There have been eight bicycle fatalities in Nevada so far this year. As of August 2014, there were only five: Three in Washoe County and one in Clark and Lyon Counties respectively. Every fatality thus far in 2015 has occurred in Clark. That’s a 700% increase for that area. NDOT spokeswoman Meg Ragonese says it’s difficult to pinpoint what’s happening but…

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