University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman (left) visits with Seismology Lab Director Graham Kent in the KUNR studios.
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Naturally, most of us feel and remember only the large earthquakes, like the jolts that rattled through south Reno a few days before Christmas this past year. Or the 2008 swarm that went on for months that felt like years in west Reno. And there are less noticeable earthquakes occurring all the time as well.

Not only is northern Nevada earthquake country, it’s also the epicenter of worldwide earthquake research that’s happening every day right here at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Julia Ritchey

A new minor being offered at the University of Nevada, Reno, is teaching students how to build batteries from scratch — the same type that Tesla is preparing to mass produce at the nearby Gigafactory.

Graduate student Marylou Lindstrom is explaining the process for making a lithium-ion coin cell battery to a group of students decked out in white coats and safety goggles.

She's one of 21 people enrolled in the Battery and Energy Storage Technologies minor added to the College of Engineering.

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The City of Reno’s Historic Resources Commission is urging caution when it comes to plans for historic homes in the University of Nevada, Reno’s so-called Gateway District on Center Street.

At a recent commission meeting, UNR was criticized for not doing enough to spare the homes from campus expansion plans.

Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com says a number of the houses are in the path of potential new dorms and academic buildings.

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The City of Reno’s Historic Resources Commission is meeting April 7 to discuss historic homes located in the University of Nevada, Reno’s so-called Gateway District. ThisisReno.com contributor Bob Conrad reports. 

 

Some citizens are concerned that UNR’s new master plan will impact the historic homes on Center Street south of campus.

UNR spokeswoman Heidi Gansert said the university is not planning to demolish the homes.

Kevin Carman (left) visits with Warren "Bum" Rapp in the KUNR studios.
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The subject of drones is a hot topic in the news, and Nevada is a hotbed of activity.

With the Silver State selected as one of just six U.S. drone-testing sites—and the only site chosen as an entire state and not just a single location—the university is a catalyst and collaborator for developing drones and other advanced autonomous systems.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits in the KUNR studio with anthropology professor Sarah Cowie (center) and university alumna Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission. March 2016
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In what is believed to be a first, a University of Nevada, Reno professor was recently named one of the 105 Presidential Early Career Award recipients for scientists and engineers by President Barack Obama.

Anthropology professor Sarah Cowie received the honor for her work at the historic Stewart Indian School in Carson City, in collaboration with the Nevada Indian Commission. 

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman and James Faulds, research professor and director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and State Geologist
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Nevada is known as the Silver State, but as a geological treasure, that doesn't begin to capture Nevada's richness that ranges from its vast untapped geothermal energy to leading in gold and lithium production.

President Marc Johnson (left) visits with Terina Caserto and Gabe Kennedy in the KUNR studios.
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The University of Nevada, Reno's new William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center has just opened on campus. And one of the important services to be housed there is focused on support students who are also veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The veterans' services have been brought together to facilitate efficient collaboration in the new facility under the name of the Nevada Military Support Alliance Veterans' and Military Center. 

New UNR Student Center Is One-Stop Shop

Feb 26, 2016
Luiza Vieira

 

A new resource center at the University of Nevada, Reno, opened its doors for students on campus this week. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has more on the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center. 

The four-story building, is surrounded by windows, modern architecture and different spaces to welcome students. The building combines many services that were once spread out around campus, like the writing center and help for veterans.

"If I were to describe it in a very simple term I would say collaboration."

David White Jr.

Dave White, a junior studying special education at the University of Nevada, Reno, has just published his first book. It’s a story for children about overcoming obstacles, something Dave has done in his own life. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has this profile.

“Pop-pop, why don’t we go onto space? Why don’t we go to the moon?”

Dance for Democracy
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An event this weekend combines words we rarely hear together: Dance for Democracy. That should create a lot of interest to entice local high school and college students age 18 and over to join in this event at 8 p.m. Saturday night, Feb. 13, at Mambo's Night Club 3652 S. Virginia Street (near the Atlantis Resort Casino). 

The event is intended to show that the political process can be fun and to engage more young people and Latinos in the political process with the Nevada caucuses just a week away.

Feb 11 Forum cancelled; event to be rescheduled

Feb 5, 2016
Naomi Klein
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THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS IS SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FEBRUARY 11 FORUM FOR EXCELLENCE LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED. SPEAKER NAOMI KLEIN HAS LARYNGITIS. 

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While the summits take place and debates rage on over climate change, some wonder why America hasn't made more progress as a global leader on this front. Bestselling author and journalist Naomi Klein says U.S. capitalism as it has evolved today is a major reason. 

Scott Tyler, PhD, UNR Foundation Professor of Geological Sciences and Engineering
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Fiber optic cable usually brings to mind rapid telecommunications and data transfer. The high-tech, hair-breadth cable has also become a critical environmental device being used by a researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno. It helps measure the water temperatures in Lake Tahoe, European glaciers and Cambodia's waterways. Even controlled burns in Arizona have benefited from soil temp measurements using this technology.  

University of Nevada, Reno sophomore Shahil Pema at the KUNR studios.
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An important facet of the University of Nevada, Reno's mission is to reflect and promote diversity in every way possible.

Sophomore Shahil Pema, a first-generation student from Las Vegas, is a shining example of the quality of current students on campus as part of the university's record levels of diversity. Pema was the guest of University President Marc Johnson on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (interviewed by David Stipech; air date 1-22-16).

Anne McMillin, APR

On this segment of Health Watch we hear about some of the community wellness programs at the University of Nevada thanks to Dr. Susan Harris.

Anne McMillin talks with Harris to find out more about how the programs, which are offered at the Sanford Center for Aging, are designed to support people on their path to health and wellness. The discussion goes into detail about these free-of-charge workshops that are open to the public. 

Alexa Ard

To reduce costs, the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College police forces are merging. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Talks of a consolidation between the UNR and TMCC police forces have been happening for over a decade, but now the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents has voted to make it happen.

Adam Garcia is UNR’s police chief.

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman (left) and Business Dean Greg Mosier in the KUNR studios. December 2015.
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The University of Nevada, Reno's MBA program is a half-century old this year and has changed with each era, today preparing business professionals for the complex and rapidly shifting global and entrepreneurial landscape, according to its dean.

Greg Mosier, dean of the College of Business, discussed the MBA (Master of Business Administration) and other programs in the College of Business with University Provost Kevin Carman, as guests on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (interviewed by David Stipech, air date 12-18-15).

Alexa Ard

More than half of incoming college freshmen in Nevada require remediation in math, English or both.  Although the University of Nevada, Reno's numbers aren't as high, administration still faces the issue. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports.

Last year, UNR placed 33 percent of its freshmen in courses with remedial content compared to 58 percent at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson (left) visits with the University’s Monster Fish researcher Dr. Zeb Hogan in the KUNR Studios. 12-2-15
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If you’ve watched National Geographic’s television show NatGeo WILD or visited the Discovery Museum in the past several weeks, you’re likely to have encountered what are called Monster Fish. Zeb Hogan, assistant research professor with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Biology, has studied these fresh-water fish—the largest in the world—for nearly 20 years.  

UNR Awarded Bike Friendly Status

Nov 17, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the University of Nevada, Reno and the entire region for being bike friendly. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

This is the first time UNR has gotten this recognition, joining 127 other colleges and universities across the U.S.

Amy Fitch is a lecturer and head of the Campus Bicycle Committee, which helped spearhead the nomination.

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