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Geography co-hosts environmental science boot camp:

Project HEATHow do temperatures vary in space and time? Why do animals move around to find the “right” temperature? How do scientists collect and analyze temperature data in the field or from space? These are some of the questions a group of 16 middle school students tackled during a science “boot camp” held at UNR 16-20 June. Supported by NASA, “Project HEAT” (Hot Environments, Animals, and Temperature) was hosted by the Geography’s Laboratory for Conservation Biogeography, the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education, the Dean’s Future Scholars Program. The boot camp was largely about getting kids hands-on experiences. These ranged from field observation and brainstorming research questions to designing experiments and analyzing and reporting data. Along the way, the kids also learned a bit about GPS navigation, climate change, ornithology, remote sensing, and geospatial science and engineering careers here in Reno and beyond.
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International Workshop at UNR - Franco Biondi, co-organizer

Mountain ecosystems scientists to convene at University July 16-19 International workshop to discuss socio-ecologic issues of mountain environments.
6/11/2014 - By: Mike Wolterbeek / NEVADA Today article

University of Nevada, Reno researchers, visiting scholars and the Long Now Foundation tour the Snake Range Subalpine climate/environmental monitoring site in the Bristlecone Pine forest at 11,000-foot elevation in eastern Nevada. The allure of pine forests, majestic granite peaks and rushing rivers has always drawn mankind to mountaintops. The same intrigue......Link to article

Department of Geography Colloquium presents:

Geography Colloquim Presents....Come join us our End of the Year BBQ, Wed May 7th beginning at 11:30am in Evans Park, across 9th street at the south end of campus.

Two Geography Graduate Students Win Prestigious and Competitive Awards to Attend PalEON Workshop at the University of Notre DameCongratulations to Anna Patterson & Sarah Schmid who have been selected as candidates for the 2014 PalEON summer camp/course on Assimilating Long Term Data into Ecosystem Models!

Anna Patterson and Sarah Schmid, PhD and MS students in Geography, respectively, are two of just 20 graduate students and researchers to have won competitive awards to attend the PalEON summer course “Assimilating Long Term Data into Ecosystem Models”. Their course fees, room and board will be funded through a NSF grant. They will spend a week in August of this summer at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center, Land O’ Lakes, WI. The workshop, which compliments their research, focuses on estimating the impact of global change on terrestrial ecosystems by integrating long-term data into ecosystem models.
Summer Course PalEON Project

University Museum of Natural History opening Wednesday March 5th

Nevada Today article on Museum opening
UNR Museum of Natural History features Geography Faculty Taxidermy Specimens The primer opening of the new UNR Museum of Natural History is Wednesday, 05 March, 4-6pm. The museum will feature, among many other specimens, a number of them on loan by Geography Associate Professor Dr. Jill S. Heaton. This includes Urocyon cinereoargenteus, the Gray Fox, which is the featured photo in the article link below. The Gray Fox is native to southern Nevada. New facility will offer science education and a look at historic collections of preserved plants and animals from the Great Basin and beyond.
Located in the Fleischmann Agriculture Bldg Rm 300

Geography Week 2013 Schedule of Events

Radical Reels PosterRadical Reels Tour Comes to UNR The University of Nevada, Reno will play host to one of the most concentrated showcasing of extreme action sports on September 24th when Radical Reels, the touring short sport-film series from the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, comes to the Reno campus.
Viewers will be treated to compressed versions of 11 of the most adrenaline-fueled action flicks on the planet featuring skiers and snowboarders slashing Alaska steeps, kayakers dropping towering waterfalls, mountain bikers bombing rugged terrain, and climbers scaling vertical stone.
Radical Reels is brought to Reno by the UNR Geography Club. The film showing will be held in the Redfield Auditorium, Davidson Math and Science Building, University of Nevada, Reno on September 24, 2013. Doors open at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for students (with id) and $12 for the public.
For more information on the event: RadicalReels Home Page
For general information about The Banff Centre Click here
Hope to see you there!

Professor Franco Biondi awarded prestigious Fellowship to Harvard

Biondi Fellowship to Harvard
June 14, 2013

College of Science forest researcher to study climate, environment over past centuries........

Franco Biondi, professor of Geography, a department of the Mackay School of earth Science and Engineering, has just received the prestigious fellowship to conduct research at Harvard University’s 3,500 acre forest research laboratory, Harvard Forest. ..... See article in Nevada Today....

Sad news to report - The passing of a dear friend and colleague...

Passing of a dear friend and colleagueGary Hausladen
August 26, 1946
April 8, 2013

Gary J. Hausladen died on April 8, 2013 at his home in Reno, NV with his family at his bedside. He was born in Palo Alto, CA to Gabriel and Lois (Towle) Hausladen. Gary grew up in San Carlos, CA where he graduated from ......( For complete posting please click on picture link.)

A memorial mass and reception will be held at Our Lady of Wisdom Newman Center, 1101 N. Virginia St., at 4:00 pm on April 16. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share, a photo to place on the photo board if they wish, and a story to write down for the memory book if they would like to share. Parking may be an issue so plan time and be prepared.