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2007 News Stories: January

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Teaching Tip: Surviving the grading load
January 30, 2007
Excellence in Teaching Program Tuesday Teaching Tip Topic: Surviving the Grading Load Overview: Although the correlation between writing and thinking is well-documented, many instructors hesitate to assign research papers, reflective essays, reaction papers, journals, blogs, wikis, or online discussion threads because of the burden of grading. Here are some concrete suggestions for easing the grading load.

Geography talk to unravel mysteries of railroad in Reno
January 30, 2007
For those who have wondered how the railroad essentially bisected Reno for more than a century, causing citizens and city planners to wonder how go about their daily business, Mark Demuth might have the answer.

'WebCampus' enhances student learning with new features
January 29, 2007
Campus Edition 6, a new version of WebCT, gives students 15 megabytes of personal file space, allows them to create their own personal profile and gives them the ability to chat with professors and other students who are logged on.

Reynolds School of Journalism looks ahead
January 29, 2007
At a faculty retreat Jan. 17, Provost John Frederick and President Milt Glick put a rumor to rest by reiterating that the Reynolds School of Journalism will remain an independent college. Frederick noted a national search for the next dean will be launched, but could take up to 18 months to complete.

Overlook's 'Customer Appreciation Day' successful
January 29, 2007
Few students roamed the University campus on the brisk morning of Friday, Jan. 12, but the Overlook was having a busy day. Between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., breakfast was on the house at the Overlook for Customer Appreciation Day.

SEC meeting summary, Jan. 16: Unwritten leave policy explained
January 26, 2007
At its Jan. 16 meeting, the Staff Employees' Council decided to consider drafting a formal request to Human Resources to amend the current vacation/sick leave policies, allowing annual leave to be converted to sick leave should an employee suffer an accident or become ill during scheduled vacation time.

Memories of Cole Campbell shine during memorial service
January 26, 2007
The mournful siren of a lone bagpipe called friends and family to the memorial service for Cole Campbell, dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, Jan. 24 in Nightingale Concert Hall. Stories of Campbell's love for family, intellectual discourse and books – which he treasured throughout his life – elicited tears and laughter from the hundreds who attended the service.

Las Trojes opts for fiesta theme
January 26, 2007
Nearly ten years since its last renovation, the Ansari Business building welcomed a fresh, new look for its Las Trojes restaurant over the winter break. Complete with a new paint job, new registers, new tiling, and a new take on its Mexican theme, the restaurant has been drawing positive reactions.

Impact of race and ethnicity to be examined in public forums
January 26, 2007
The University's Multiethnic Coalition will host a series of panel discussions in February to examine the impact of race and ethnicity in the classroom, workplace, and community.

Fit Bits: The skinny on fat
January 26, 2007
Before I get into the fat topic, I just want to take a moment to offer some suggestions on working out when it is cold outside. Last winter I wrote a complete article on cold weather workouts for the Senior Connection, but I would like to briefly discuss a few points.

Rowe bags first All-Star game MVP award for Wolf Pack
January 25, 2007
Nevada senior quarterback Jeff Rowe achieved a first for the Wolf Pack football team in his last game in the collegiate ranks. The 6-foot 5-inch athlete from Reno’s McQueen High School earned the offensive most valuable player award after leading his West team to a 21-3 victory Jan. 20 in the 82nd East-West Shrine Game in Houston.

Honors & Awards: Jan. 25, 2007
January 25, 2007 • By Melanie Robbins
Stephan Wilson was awarded status as Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations.

Engineering professor tapped to lead state energy office
January 25, 2007
Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons has appointed University Associate Professor Hatice Gecol as his energy/science adviser and director of the Nevada State Office of Energy. Gecol has been with the University for nearly seven years and is well-known in her field for her research in biodiesel fuels.

Researcher discovers hybrid speciation in the Sierra Nevada
January 24, 2007
University researcher Matthew Forister is among a group of scientists that have documented an unusual type of speciation in the Sierra Nevada, including a hybrid species of butterfly that can trace its lineage as far back as almost a half a million years ago.

Occupational Safety: Ergonomic tips for computer users
January 23, 2007
Working on your computer for extended periods of time can lead to discomfort, if you don't maintain good posture and don't have good work habits. Adhering to the postural and work habit tips described below will help you work comfortably

Faculty Senate: Jan. 18 meeting summary
January 23, 2007
Faculty Senate January 18, 2007 Meeting Summary

Tompson, longtime math professor, passes away at age 86
January 22, 2007
Robert Tompson, a longtime University math professor who led the development of the first computer science curriculum on campus, passed away on Jan. 6 in Reno following complications from pneumonia. Tompson was 86.

Optimistic students return to campus
January 22, 2007
After four weeks of freedom, University students returned to campus Jan. 22 for the start of the spring semester. Makris, who arrived on campus at 7:45 a.m. for his 8 a.m. class said waking up was a challenge. "I haven't seen 7 a.m. in a long time," he said, exaggerating the word long.

Sheppard Gallery to install student art throughout campus
January 19, 2007
The Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery is launching a loaned art program this semester, to exhibit original work by art department students throughout campus.

Research Roundup: Jan. 19, 2007
January 19, 2007 • By Melanie Robbins
Research at the University of Nevada, Reno

Our Workplace debuts comments function
January 19, 2007
The comments function in Our Workplace is now active. This will change the dynamic of this site, making it truly interactive and, we hope, a forum for two-way communication between our writers and any employee who wants to speak up. We have switched on comments on all stories that appear on the main page as of Jan. 19, and all stories from now on will accept comments.

Former climatologist, geography professor John James dies
January 19, 2007
John James, a longtime University professor of geography as well as state climatologist for the State of Nevada, passed away Monday following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Accomplishments: Jan. 19, 2007
January 19, 2007
Rebecca Amezquita, administrative assistant of the University's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, participated in a Partnering For Success Workshop August 5-6 in Portland, Ore. The workshop featured advanced skill development in enhancing chapter public relations and communication, recruiting and involving faculty and professional staff, insuring chapter officer succession and continuity and increasing member participation.

Wintermester succeeds in helping students get ahead
January 18, 2007
While Jan. 1 brought in 2007, Jan. 2 brought a new way for students to get closer to graduation. Wintermester, a three-week term administered by Extended Studies, allowed students to pick up three credits and showed great participation in its first year. "Students wanted this, they enrolled and they stuck to it," says Kerri Garcia, director of summer session and academic credit programs. "It was great."

Grad students earn CNN air time, launch balloon in Colorado
January 18, 2007
In a story that aired on CNN Jan. 19, University of Nevada, Reno and DRI students were shown launching a weather balloon, testing the impact of high-elevation particulate matter on snow and the overall impact of global warming on snow.

An election year begins
January 18, 2007 • By Scott Gayer
Nevada students gear up for what appears to be a wide-open race for the White House

College of Business Administration dean search advances
January 11, 2007
A search is underway to identify a leader who will play a key role in strengthening entrepreneurship and economic development in the community and state, among academic and other roles.

Parents kiss bedtime problems goodnight with sleep training book
January 10, 2007
Practical tips are now available to all parents struggling to help figure out how to get their newborn, toddler or young child to sleep through the night thanks to Melissa Burnham, an assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Campbell memorial scheduled for Jan. 24 in Nightingale Hall
January 10, 2007
Friends and family will gather to remember and celebrate the life of Cole Campbell, dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, at a public memorial service, 9:30 a.m., Jan. 24, in Nightingale Hall on the Reno campus.

Red-hot Nevada team gets more national play
January 9, 2007
The saga of Nevada's all-time leading scorer and perhaps its most talented basketball team widened its appeal on the national stage this week with the release of a pair of feature articles in two of the country's most widely read publications.

Fit Bits: the power of positive thinking
January 9, 2007
Hello again, everyone. I hope this finds you well and energetic after the Holidays. We are officially into winter now that the solstice has come and gone, and I will be discussing some indoor exercises and activities over the course of the next few months. But as this month's title suggests we will be talking about the power of positive thinking.

Wheatcraft takes reins of hydro graduate program
January 8, 2007
From the strong smell of fresh-brewed coffee in his office to a beloved Nikon D-200 camera that is never far from his grasp, to the vintage 1960s-era rock-n-roll posters on the walls touting appearances of bands like Big Brother and The Holding Company at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore Auditorium, it is obvious Steve Wheatcraft is a busy man, a person of varied interests and notable accomplishment.

Reynolds School of Journalism dean killed in auto accident
January 8, 2007
Cole Campbell, dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism, was killed Friday morning in an automobile accident in west Reno. Campbell was on his way to the University campus when he lost control of his Honda SUV and rolled the vehicle onto its roof near McCarran Boulevard and Caughlin Parkway, according to police reports. The 53-year-old Campbell was taken to Renown Medical Center and later died from his injuries.

Intercultural Council December meeting summary
January 8, 2007
The committee has been sent a selection of links about such programs to familiarize members with the broad outlines of such program. In addition, Michael is in continuing discussion with Joanne Johnson, Director of the University Center for Excellence in Disabilities as well as with members of the University Disabilities Resource Coalition who also support the development of a Disability Studies Program.

Simon's new book demystifies alternative energy
January 4, 2007
Last February, President Bush's observation that the United States is addicted to oil reignited debate about development of alternative energy sources. Christopher Simon, associate professor of political science, examines the topic in his book, Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility. The book describes alternative energy technologies, feasibility issues, and associated costs.

Sagebrush, editor, celebrate year of accomplishments
January 4, 2007
Though The Nevada Sagebrush's circulation doesn't stray far from campus, the student newspaper -- as well as its editor -- is turning heads across the country. In 2006 the 'Brush won several national awards and was chosen as a Pacemaker finalist. In addition, Annie Flanzraich, the paper's editor in chief, recently landed a competitive summer internship with the Associated Press. Flanzraich will graduate from the Reynolds School of Journalism this May.

Mackay School out in force for recent national mining conference
January 4, 2007
With all due respect to the 112 years that the Northwest Mining Association has been in existence, the organization's recent annual meeting in Sparks might well have been renamed "Mackay Week" in recognition of the excellent representation on the program of Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering faculty and students.

Eyes of nation focused on Wolf Pack during big sports weekend
January 2, 2007
Wolf Pack fans surely won't forget the final days of 2006, with a hard-fought basketball win over perennial power Gonzaga and a heart-breaking football loss to five-time national champion Miami.

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