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2007 News Stories: February

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University rifle team defeats Air Force in season finale
February 28, 2007
The University of Nevada rifle team downed Air Force 4,528 to 4,527 at home in its Feb. 24 season finale.

E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A!
February 28, 2007
Now the University Libraries have a set of 15 online encyclopedias from Oxford University Press encompassing the fine arts, humanities, social sciences and the sciences. Each entry is signed, and the Contributor list identifies the author's academic affiliation.

Coffman named WAC Golfer of the Week
February 28, 2007
Nevada's Taylor Coffman, a freshman from San Diego, Calif. has been named the Western Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week for February 19-25.

Scientists gauge earthquake hazards through study of precariously balanced rocks
February 28, 2007
A seismological research team from the University is finding ways to make precariously balanced rocks talk. In so doing, they are unlocking valuable scientific information in assessing seismic hazards in areas throughout the West.

Teaching Tip: Eight ways to enhance your lectures
February 27, 2007
At times information must be transmitted orally to a passive listening audience. But research has shown that after 10 to 20 minutes of continuous lecture, assimilation falls off rapidly. If the teacher must rely on the oral presentation of material, these techniques enhance learner retention.

Seismologists link balanced rocks to quake hazards
February 27, 2007
A University seismological research team is finding ways to make precariously balanced rocks talk. In so doing, they are unlocking valuable scientific information in assessing seismic hazards in areas throughout the West. The team's findings are shared in the January-February issue of American Scientist magazine.

Nevada scientist demonstrates new hydrogen power system
February 26, 2007
Thanks to hydrogen energy generation research done by Manoranjan Misra, a professor of materials science and engineering, soaring power bills could become a thing of the past. Misra recently received a $3 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue his groundbreaking work in various forms of renewable energy.

Nevada qualifies nine skiers for NCAA championships
February 26, 2007
Nine members of the University of Nevada ski team qualified for the NCAA Skiing Championships scheduled for Mar. 7-10 in Jackson, N.H. The University will send three men and two women for the alpine races and two men and women for the Nordic races. The maximum number of skiers that a school can qualify is 12.

Journalism Week encourages journalists to 'Think, Invent, Act'
February 26, 2007
Journalism educators will convene "Think Invent Act – a conversation at the Reynolds School of Journalism," Feb. 28 – March 1 to discuss technology, ethics, and the future of journalism. This event is part of the inaugural Journalism Week, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in association with The Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series. Guests will include journalists from ESPN, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NBC News and MSNBC.com, and Associated Press.

Instructor changes world one student at a time
February 26, 2007
Edina Jambor is not your typical University instructor. She is a social psychology doctoral candidate who has experienced what life is like with and without a disability. Jambor is the only deaf doctoral candidate at the university and is among one of the few deaf doctoral candidates and instructors nationwide.

Graham Named WAC Player of the Week
February 26, 2007
Nevada's Traci Graham has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 19-25.

Undefeated swimming & diving captures WAC crown
February 23, 2007
The University of Nevada swimming & diving team took the lead on day two of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships and went on to win its first WAC title outdistancing the University of Hawai`i, who won the meet last season, 810.5 to 730 at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas. Head coach Mike Shrader was named the WAC Coach of the Year for the second time and freshman Margaret Doolittle earned Freshman of the Year honors.

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery presents 'SILVIA'
February 22, 2007
The Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery will present a one-hour rough cut of 'SILVIA' at 6 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) the first in its New Films and Filmmakers: University of Nevada, Reno Annual Spring Series. Filmmakers Margo Pelletier and Lisa Thomas will be in residence, Feb. 20-27.

First comprehensive, campus-wide survey gauges faculty and staff views
February 22, 2007
Results are in from the first comprehensive, University-wide survey, conducted September 2006 to measure the views of faculty and staff.

Engineers shake up the world as they perform a first
February 22, 2007
An 8.0 earthquake hit the east side of campus recently, but the only real casualty was a 110-foot bridge. M. Saiid Saiidi, a civil and environmental engineering professor, and a team at the University's earthquake lab tested a quarter-scale, four-span bridge with a series of seismic simulations, some of which were approximately the equivalent of an 8.0 Richter scale-quake.

As seen in Nevada Silver & Blue: Meet the Flockers
February 22, 2007
By 2005, the Census Bureau estimated, the Silver State had grown to more than 2.4 million, with almost all of those attracted to Nevada heading for the vicinity of Reno and Las Vegas. Nevada's population has climbed more than 20 percent just since 2000 and is likely to grow another 40 percent by 2012, according to State Demographer Jeff Hardcastle with the Nevada Small Business Development Center, located at the University.

Students compete in national contest for record label
February 21, 2007
In a nationwide talent contest hosted by mtvU in January, University of Nevada students stood out with bands 'The Lady or the Tiger' and 'Canto I' in the top ten. Canto I advanced to the top five where the group competed for a digital EP, and a video and promotion deal with Definitive Jux Records and mtvU.

School of Medicine publishes Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book 2007
February 21, 2007
The School of Medicine has published the 2007 edition of the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book. The publication offers the most current and comprehensive source of county-level data on health and healthcare in Nevada.

English professor starts reader's theater with students
February 21, 2007
The sound of laughter and archaic English phrases floated out into the Valentine's Day night air from the dim and cozy room of Se7en Teahouse. The "Blood, Love and Rhetoric School" reader's theater group, made up of about 17 University students and faculty that meets every two weeks, gathered to read "The Shoemaker's Holiday" by Thomas Dekker on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Educators conference spotlights Reynolds School of Journalism
February 21, 2007
International journalism educators and graduate students will meet for an annual presentation of mass media research at the Midwinter Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Feb. 23-24, in Reno.

Burst pipe damages artwork and computers
February 21, 2007
The University's Church Fine Arts Building sustained flood damage when a water pipe burst in a third floor ceiling shortly before 8 p.m., Feb. 19. Students working in a photography laboratory notified authorities and evacuated immediately. No injuries were reported.

Teaching Tip: Online Project Agreements
February 20, 2007
Overview: "When online students work on assignments in collaborative teams, conflicts inevitably arise," says Patti Shank, an instructional designer and principal of Learning Peaks, LLC. That's why each team should draft an agreement that addresses potential conflicts up front.

National Student Exchange gives students new insight
February 20, 2007
National Student Exchange, a program coordinated within the University's transfer center, offers an alternative to studying abroad for students who wish to gain a similar experience for a fraction of the cost. NSE allows students to choose from 190 colleges in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam for semester- and year-long exchange programs.

Missouri taps Glick for Distinguished Service Award
February 20, 2007
The College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri honored University President Milt Glick with a distinguished service award Feb. 16 during its annual Arts and Science Week. Glick, who served as dean of the college from 1983 to 1988, is one of five living former deans who received the award at a banquet ceremony concluding the week of campus activities.

Latino Research Center hosts first "La Bienvenida" event
February 20, 2007
The aroma of Latino cuisine, the melody of Latino music and the sounds of English and Spanish being spoken filled the air at the La Bienvenida Reception, an event hosted by the Latino Research Center. Leo Ramos, CEO of the second largest television network in Mexico, Television Azteca, spoke of education and gave advice for college students.

Spogen selected as finalist for top national award
February 15, 2007
Dr. Daniel Spogen, professor and chair for the department of family medicine, has been selected as a distinguished finalist for the 2006 Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award. Spogen is one of just 52 honorees from across the nation to be nominated by the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives.

School of Medicine unveils Great Basin History of Medicine Photo Archive
February 15, 2007
The history of medicine can be traced back thousands of years to the time of the Ancient Greeks. Modern medicine, as it exists today, however has a much shorter but no less interesting story. In Nevada, that story begins with the frontier military medicine that was practiced in the Great Basin during the 19th century.

School of Medicine to expand student body and faculty
February 15, 2007
Nevada's only public medical school plans to nearly double the size of its student body over the next 10 years. Recognizing the growing need for doctors within the state, The University of Nevada School of Medicine administrators began planning for the enrollment expansion more than three years ago. The class size has increased from 52 students to the planned enrollment of 62 students in the class of 2011.

School of Medicine seeking housing volunteers for students studying in Fallon
February 15, 2007
The University of Nevada School of Medicine is asking members of the Fallon community to open their homes and hearts to medical students studying at Banner Churchill Community Hospital.

School of Medicine Employee of the Year awards
February 15, 2007
Dagmar Copenhaver, from the Reno admissions and student affairs department, and Anita Prince, of the Las Vegas Human Resources department, won the University of Nevada School of Medicine Employee of the Year awards for 2006.

Mizzou to honor President Glick
February 15, 2007
The College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri will honor University of Nevada President Milton Glick with a Distinguished Service Award Feb. 16 during its annual Arts and Science Week.

Historical maps available on DeLaMare library website
February 15, 2007
A collection of 3000 historical maps dating from 1867 to 1927 are now available online through the DeLaMare Library's website. The Nevada Division of State Lands gave digital files of the maps to the DeLaMare Library for the historic maps website, which has been available since fall of 2006.

Gosche named chief of pediatric surgery
February 15, 2007
John Gosche, M.D., Ph.D. has joined the University of Nevada School of Medicine department of pediatrics in Las Vegas as a full professor and chief of the division of pediatric surgery. Boasting an impressive academic and professional background, Gosche is one of only a handful of pediatric surgeons in the state.

Buxton conducts research for the March of Dimes
February 15, 2007
In its ongoing effort to predict and prevent premature birth, the March of Dimes announced support for the innovative research of eight scientists with combined grant awards of $3 million. One of the eight grants was awarded to Dr. Iain Buxton, professor of pharmacology and of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

College of Health and Human Sciences dean search underway
February 14, 2007
College of Health and Human Sciences looking to identify dean with a strong vision, excellent leadership skills

USAC Alumni Club hosts first leadership conference
February 12, 2007
While many were preparing for the Super Bowl on the sunny afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 4, University Study Abroad Consortium Alumni club members were skiing or snowboarding the luminous white slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe and enjoying the pleasant weather at the club's first leadership conference.

Skier Katie Lyons proves she belongs
February 12, 2007
Women's skier Katie Lyons has overcome numerous injuries and surgeries to finish as one of the top skiers in the world this January at the Winter World University Games in Italy. She continues to ski for the University and competed in regionals in February at Sugarbowl Resort in Tahoe.

Teaching Tip: More ways to survive the grading load
February 9, 2007
Last week's tip offered four suggestions for easing the grading load. Below are three more from the same article:

Sanford Center grants
February 9, 2007
Larry Weiss, director of the Sanford Center for Aging, received a grant of $27,750 from the State of Nevada Division of Aging Services for "Medication Management," and a combined $82,143 from two grants from the State of Nevada Division of Aging Services for 'Nevada Care Connection."

Greer organizes journalism educators conference in Reno
February 9, 2007
Jennifer Greer, associate professor in the Reynolds School of Journalism, is organizing the Midwinter Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Feb. 23-24, in Reno.

New mentor program offers opportunities for higher education
February 8, 2007
The University and Procter Hug High School recently debuted the ASCENT program, standing for "All Students College Educated in Nevada Today." The program pairs successful members of the community with ambitious high school sophomores to help them reach their goal of attending the University.

Med students place in elite residency programs
February 8, 2007
This year five graduating medical students from the University of Nevada School of Medicine placed in early match programs. Brad Bandera matched with a surgery residency program at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. Twins Yossi Martel and Shoshana Martel both matched in competitive ophthalmology programs, though they will head to opposite ends of the country.

CLA welcomes new School of Social Research and Justice Studies
February 8, 2007
The University of Nevada, Reno has established the new School of Social Research and Justice Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, as of Jan. 1. The school provides a single administrative unit for the departments of sociology and criminal justice and the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies to stimulate research, the development of new courses and degree programs, and to advance justice studies.

UNCE faculty receive National Geographic grant
February 7, 2007
A $150,000 National Geographic Education Foundation Grant will develop 4-H Alert, Evacuate and Shelter projects in 11 southeastern states and The District of Columbia based on Nevada pilot project. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension faculty members Carol Benesh, state 4-H youth development specialist, and Pamela Powell, Churchill County extension educator, have been awarded the grant to develop education modules.

Science Times editor to talk on competing interests
February 7, 2007
Sharing about how one of nation’s largest newspapers covers today's complicated science issues, Laura Chang, science editor for The New York Times, will give a public presentation 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in the ASUN Auditorium of the Jot Travis Student Union. Her talk, "Making Sense of Science: How the Times steers a course through data overload and competing interests," is free to students, faculty and the public.

International journalists visit Reynolds School of Journalism
February 7, 2007
Ten journalists from Hong Kong visited the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, Feb. 6, to glean information about the First Amendment and journalism school curricula. The group made its only visit to a journalism school during the Hong Kong Journalist Fellowship Program study tour, Feb. 3-11, of United States judicial systems and the Reynolds National Center for the Courts and Media.

Imagination alive and well in the Sheppard Art Gallery
February 7, 2007
In her first exhibit at the University of Nevada, Reno, ceramics professor Rebekah Bogard has created another world. Her exhibit, "Love and Leisure", which is on display in the Sheppard Art Gallery until Feb. 15, combines fantasy with reality.

Chemistry brews another NSF CAREER winner
February 7, 2007
Brian Frost admits that his first reaction was a mixture of surprise and disbelief when he learned recently he was the latest member of the College of Science's Department of Chemistry to receive the National Science Foundation's prestigious CAREER award. Earning a CAREER award from NSF is not easy, the highly competitive award that is a defining national milestone in the career of young scientists usually is awarded to only about 20 percent of all applicants across the country.

Zambian ambassador demystifies her African Country
February 6, 2007
In a moving speech to nearly 35 people, Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, the Zambian ambassador to the United States, worked to dispel misconceptions regarding the small African country on Jan. 23 in the Pine Lounge of the Jot Travis Student Union.

2007 4-H Capital Days held in Carson City
February 6, 2007
Nevada legislators will have the opportunity to teach government first-hand to teens in March. 4-H youth from across the state will be able to join law-makers on the chamber floor during the legislative session, visit the state museum and tour the Governor's Mansion.

Richardson named interim director of new School of Social Research and Justice Studies
February 5, 2007
Jim Richardson has been named interim director of the new School of Social Research and Justice Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, as of Jan. 1. Under Richardson's direction, the new school will provide a single administrative unit for the departments of sociology and criminal justice and the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies to stimulate research, the development of new courses and degree programs, and to advance justice studies.

Research center releases Border-Lines, a Latino journal
February 5, 2007
A treasure trove of information on the Latino community is contained in the simple white covers of Border-Lines, the Latino Research Center's new journal.

Fraternity hosts blood drive on campus
February 5, 2007
Some say they don't have time. Others say they're afraid of needles. Others say they're sickened by the sight of blood. However, if students, faculty and staff take ten minutes to face those fears and donate blood between Feb. 5 and Feb. 9 in the Jot Travis Student Union, they can walk away knowing their painful, scary experience has helped save someone's life.

Extension faculty debut new weed control option
February 5, 2007
Cooperative Extension faculty members tested a new technique that allows herbicide application in environmentally sensitive sites. This method is more efficient than the current hand-pulling and protects environmentally vulnerable areas such as Lake Tahoe where manual weed pulling compromises water clarity.

After three years, Choice Driven program still a success
February 5, 2007
The Choice Driven program asks students to not let peer pressure make their decisions about drugs and alcohol. Choice Driven has helped the number of alcohol and drug violations decrease in the last two years. Students who are choice-driven, sign a pledge and wear a wristband.

UPDATE: Natasha the swan returned to University
February 2, 2007
While students, faculty and staff have been able to keep warm in the extreme cold that has invaded Reno this month, the swans on campus have had to be relocated at least once during winter break to a facility on Valley Road.

'Busted' to help students know the cost of illicit behavior
February 2, 2007
Busted-Part II is an open forum intended to let students know what they're getting into if caught abusing illegal drugs, drinking underage or driving while under the influence. It begins at noon Feb. 5 in the Jot Travis Student Union Pine Lounge.

Past Masters: Classics of Western civilization at your fingertips
February 1, 2007
One of the easiest ways for professors to become heroes with their students is by saving them money on the cost of books for a course. Past Masters is a collection of electronic books that can help University faculty achieve heroic standing with their classes.

Inventors alert: You can search patents and trademarks via University Libraries
February 1, 2007
Did you know that the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries is an official Patent & Trademark Depository Library? Since 1983, they have helped inventors, business people, entrepreneurs and others in Nevada find what they need to know about patents and trademarks.

Engineering students learn with Legos
February 1, 2007
Students do not learn from textbooks or intricate lectures in ME 151, Engineering with Lego Bricks, taught by engineering professors Eric Wang, Jeff LaCombe and graduate assistant Ann-Marie Vollstedt. Instead they learn by building, programming and competing. "Students begin programming robots on the first day of class," Wang says. "They begin building their own with Legos before the second class."

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