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Week of festivities aims to bring back tradition
April 30, 2007 • By Guia Del Prado
Another crowd will gather Monday, April 30, for Mackay Town, the kickoff celebration for this year’s Mackay Week festivities, which pay tribute to the silver baron and his son, Clarence, for the family's generosity to the University in its infancy.

Reynolds School of Journalism bids farewell to Greer, May 10
April 30, 2007
The Reynolds School of Journalism and the College of Liberal Arts will bid farewell to Jennifer Greer, associate professor, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., May 10 in the Linn Reading Room. Greer leaves to become the first female chair of the journalism department at the University of Alabama.

University students dominate Governor's Cup Awards
April 27, 2007
Nevada took seven out of eight places in the third annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition.

University increases student scholarships for study abroad
April 27, 2007
With an eye toward increasing student participation in study abroad programs, University officials have created a new pool of scholarship funds for the 2007-08 fall and spring semesters as well as the 2008 summer sessions.

Thompson named interim dean for College of Science
April 27, 2007
Jeff Thompson, a longtime physics professor and current associate dean of the College of Science, has been named interim dean of the college, Provost John Frederick announced Thursday.

Faculty Senate: April 19, 2007 meeting summary
April 27, 2007
Chair's Report summary for April 19, 2007

Occupational Safety: Improve your driving skills
April 26, 2007
University employees now have the opportunity to complete a driver's training program sponsored by the National Safety Council.

Fit Bits: A fit mind is a fit body
April 26, 2007
When we think of fitness and exercise we naturally think of the physical, but making up our minds is the very first step in the process of the actual act.

Town Hall meeting with President Glick, May 4
April 25, 2007
Since President Glick joined the University last August, the Faculty Senate and its executive board have had many opportunities to engage conversation with him.

Teaching Tip: Three reflective responses to learner contributions
April 25, 2007
When a learner contributes to the discussion or asks a question, taking the initiative to learn, what is the best way to respond? To facilitate self-discovery and self-appropriated learning, effective teachers respond without changing the topic and share their own information or perspective with mutual respect and without domination.

Med School helps make defibrillators publicly available across state
April 25, 2007
The University of Nevada School of Medicine Office of Rural Health in conjunction with various state health agencies and Cardiac Science Corporation, a leader in advanced cardiac monitoring and defibrillation products, announced recently the formation of Nevada Project Heartbeat, the first statewide Public Access Defibrillation program in the United States.

Journalist shares about 'Game of Shadows' with students
April 25, 2007
Though he is only in his early 40s, Mark Fainaru-Wada has reported and written enough on one of the top stories of his time — the proliferation of steroids in professional sports — over the past three-plus years to fill an entire career. Yet on April 24, during a wide-ranging discussion with students in a sports writing class in the Reynolds School of Journalism, it was obvious that Fainaru-Wada has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

Jerry Adams Celebration of Life, April 28
April 25, 2007
Jerry L. Adams, who retired in 2005 following 22 years of service to the University community, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2007.

Glick asks for feedback on peers and metrics
April 25, 2007
I've spent the past eight months engaged in conversation; many people have been generous with their time and ideas. As we move forward, I would like to outline some ideas for our future.

Annual Student Art Show presents students' exceptional works
April 25, 2007
The transformation of mere materials to artwork is something art students accomplish almost daily. The Annual Student Art Show gives them the chance to have their works juried by professionals and displayed in the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition is displayed in the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery until Friday, April 27 and includes paintings, photography, sculpture and digital media.

University geoscientists to present research at national conferences in May
April 24, 2007
Geoscientists from the University of Nevada will present research at two Geological Society of America meetings to be held in Washington and Utah.

Posting notice: Math and Statistics
April 24, 2007
An application concerning the employment of an alien worker for the following permanent position will be filed with the Department of Labor. This Notice of Filing will be posted for 10 consecutive business days, ending between 30 and 180 days before filing the permanent labor certification application.

Posting notice: assistant professor of mechanical engineering
April 24, 2007
NOTICE OF FILING OF APPLICATION UNDER THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S PERMANENT LABOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM An application concerning the employment of an alien worker for the following permanent position will be filed with the Department of Labor.

Geology student wins National Science Foundation fellowship
April 24, 2007
Gwen Linde, a geology graduate student, was awarded the 2007 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award. The National Science Foundation gives numerous grants each year to graduate students across the country that have the potential to become knowledge experts in their area of study. Linde will use the money to research geology within the state of Nevada.

Night of All Nations
April 20, 2007 • By Guia Del Prado
The Night of All Nations will include about 50 clubs presenting cultural information and cuisine. The event will also host a variety of ethnic entertainment, according to Night of All Nations coordinators Navgeet Zed and Christina Wiesenborn, both of whom are also International Club members.

University participates in local environmental events
April 20, 2007
This spring University faculty have been actively involved in community efforts to raise environmental awareness.

Reynolds School of Journalism building celebrates 15th anniversary
April 20, 2007
So it was altogether fitting that the celebration of the building's 15th anniversary on Wednesday, April 18 would include several important events, where the words were heartfelt, personal and in the collaborative spirit of a special place.

Managing distress following Virginia Tech shootings
April 20, 2007
A special message from Melanie Duckworth, director of the University's Psychological Service Center and associate professor of psychology, on dealing with distress associated with the Virginia Tech shootings.

Workshop: 'Solving the Puzzle of Generational Differences,' May 4
April 19, 2007
Professional Development & Training and the Gerontology Academic Program and Sanford Center for Aging present Solving the Puzzle of Generational Differences," a free workshop, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, in the William J. Raggio Building, Room 2030.

Student journalists to host 'Shadows' author at fundraiser
April 19, 2007
The University's student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a fundraiser with guest Mark Fainaru-Wada, a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and author of Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports at 7 p.m., April 24, at the Jot Travis Student Union Alumni Room.

Sepulveda to receive Santini cup, May 1
April 19, 2007
Emma Sepulveda, Foundation Professor of foreign languages and literatures and director of the Latino Research Center, will receive the 2007 W. Clark Santini Cup at 4:30 p.m., May 1, in the Redfield Studio Theatre on the Reno campus.

Resident hall teams compete in culinary contest
April 19, 2007
The five resident halls of the University will gather from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in the Downunder Café to determine whose culinary skills will prevail in as the Silver Chef. With only 30 minutes to prepare their meal, they must rely on the secret ingredient: ingenuity.

Poetry reading and book signing at Sundance Bookstore tonight, April 19
April 19, 2007
English faculty Ann Keniston and David Higginbotham will read from and discuss their books at 6:30 p.m. tonight, April 19, Sundance Bookstore, 1155 W. 4th Street, No 106, in Reno.

Faculty and students seek cancer cure in Relay For Life
April 19, 2007
Cancer survivors and University students and faculty walk, run and jog for the cure to cancer, as well as support to cancer patients in the Relay For Life this Friday evening, April 20. The relay begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until the 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

University police chief joins Homeland Security Commission
April 18, 2007
University Police Chief Adam Garcia was recently appointed to the Nevada Homeland Security Commission by Gov. Jim Gibbons. Garcia is among three new members to the commission, including Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

Universities have an eye on Frederick
April 18, 2007
Following the flow of the academic year, spring is the time that many universities launch search processes for senior academic and administrative positions. For John Frederick, University executive vice president and provost, this spring has presented potential career opportunities with other universities.

Student organization hosts Earth Day celebration
April 18, 2007
Students and Educators for Environmental Development and Sustainability (SEEDS) and the Academy for the Environment are co-sponsoring an Earth Day celebration Thursday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Jot Travis Student Union lawn.<br><br>The event will include a yoga session, a live band performance, a raffle and a recycled art contest. Groups and organizations from campus and throughout the community will also have booths set up with information about their programs.

Student in Governor's Cup finals with 'green' plan
April 18, 2007
Mark Lemos, a university biochemistry major, has come up with an innovative business model for alternative energy that has reached the finals of the 2007 Donald W. Reynolds Governor' Cup and Lt. Governor's Award business competition.

Hundreds attend candlelight vigil for Virginia Tech victims
April 17, 2007
A candlelight vigil Tuesday night in the ASUN Auditorium of the Jot Travis Student Union remembered those killed and honored those injured at Virginia Tech University Monday.

Haney begins work in new ombudsman role
April 17, 2007
Pamela Haney, the new ombudsman for the University, started work April 16 in the usual way, with a flurry of meetings with Human Resources, a briefing on benefits and introductions around campus.

Emergency communication processes in place on campus
April 17, 2007
Following this week's tragic shooting incident at Virginia Tech University, colleges and universities across the country are taking a careful look at their emergency response and communication processes.

Kids University gets ready for another summer program
April 16, 2007
Want to earn summer school credit by taking classes like "Crazy Chemistry" or 'Choc-A-Lot" where chocolate is studied and made from scratch? You can if you are under the age of 15 and attending Kids University summer camp. Kids University is a summer day camp at the University of Nevada open to students in grades 2-8 from all over the state and the country.

Biomedical researchers published in immunology reviews
April 16, 2007
Two biomedical researchers from the University of Nevada School of Medicine have published a critical review on the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in the 2007 Annual Reviews of Immunology. The publication of the review, which was written in collaboration with a colleague at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center, is quite an accomplishment for the researchers as the Annual Reviews of Immunology has consistently ranked among the top three scientific journals in the world over the past decade.

A great American musician hangs up his violin
April 15, 2007
At the conclusion of Phillip Ruder's final concert with the Reno Chamber Orchestra April 15, dozens of friends and fans threw red and white roses onto the Nightingale Concert Hall stage in the University's Church Fine Arts building. "It was a complete surprise,"said Ruder. "I felt something hit me. My first thought was the ceiling was falling down. It took a couple seconds to see what was happening around me."

Washington wins April Classified Employee of the Month award
April 13, 2007
Ginger Washington, an administrative assistant in the Orvis School of Nursing, is the April winner of the Classified Employee of the Month award. The award is given by the Staff Employees' Council.

Visiting scholars to examine cognitive dissonance, April 17
April 13, 2007
On the 50th anniversary of Festinger's Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, scholars Elliot Aronson and Carol Tavris will present "Self-Justification in Everyday Life: What cognitive dissonance theory reveals about cheating, justice, hypocrisy, love, memory and George W. Bush."

Weed Specialist joins Cooperative Extension
April 12, 2007
Earl Creech joined University of Nevada Cooperative Extension as the new state weed specialist Feb. 1. He is located in the Churchill County Cooperative Extension office in Fallon. Creech provides statewide leadership in outreach teaching and applied research in the area of integrated weed management for noxious, invasive and poisonous weeds.

University police officer awarded six track and field medals
April 12, 2007
Officer Jonathan Martinez took part in the 2007 Police/Fire Games held in Phoenix, Ariz. April 5 through April 7.

Researcher awarded grant for two-year mercury project
April 12, 2007
A University of Nevada, Reno researcher has been awarded a $250,000 contract to conduct a two-year research project to characterize mercury emissions to the atmosphere from areas of mining waste, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has announced. The project will be conducted by Mae Gustin, associate natural resources and environmental sciences professor in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.

Planetarium's associate director takes part in NASA project
April 12, 2007
Dan Ruby, associate director of the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, was among 40 educators to participate in a study with NASA's Spaceward Bound project. The team was sent out to study the geological formations of the Mojave Desert and the microbes that call it home. The Mojave&#8217;s harsh desert environment gives scientists the opportunity to explore environments with geographical features similar to the moon and Mars.

Sagebiel named to governor's climate change advisory committee
April 11, 2007
Gov. Jim Gibbons signed an executive order April 10 creating the Nevada Climate Change Advisory Committee and named its 13 members, including John Sagebiel, the University's environmental affairs manager.

Nevada again nation's best in gender equity scorecard
April 11, 2007
For the second consecutive year, the University of Nevada Intercollegiate Athletics Department is listed as the best in the nation in providing opportunities for women in sports, according to the fourth annual Gender Equity Scorecard.

Accounting students help taxpayers meet the deadline
April 11, 2007
Sixty accounting students are helping low-income families file their returns at the Community Services Agency. Program advisors estimate tens of thousands of dollars will be returned to Northern Nevada because of the University partnership.

Student invents Robo-Cop that shoots back
April 10, 2007
Local law enforcement officials will have to be a little more careful on the shooting range now that they have a robot that fires back. Thanks to the collaboration of the mechanical engineering department, Officer Eric James and the team at University Police Services, the new radio-controlled target rover is the first of its kind in Northern Nevada.

Hats off to Glick at Reno Rotary event
April 6, 2007
During a breakfast April 6 with Reno Rotary, where more than a few attendees wore hats in his honor, President Milt Glick talked about the future of the University's relationship with the community. He covered many subjects during his 35-minute talk, and shed some light on the Nevada's current legislative priorities.

Casey announces return to private sector
April 6, 2007
Tim Casey, executive director of the University's Institute for Innovation and Informatics and the Office of Economic Development, has announced he will step down from his post April 30 to return to the private sector. Casey has also been an Our Workplace columnist.

Civil engineers take momentum to national competition
April 4, 2007 • By Sue Putnam
Despite a collision at the end of one race, the 3,500 hours of labor paid off for the University’s Concrete Canoe Team in the 2007 American Society of Civil Engineers Mid-Pacific Regional Conference.

Personal finance made easier with eXtension
April 4, 2007
Americans struggling to make good money management decisions in a complex marketplace now have a new tool at their disposal: eXtension's Financial Security for All. The educational partnership brings the wealth of research-based university information on all aspects of attaining personal financial security.

New social work professor's dream comes true
April 4, 2007
Years ago, a mother in Ghana had high aspirations for her newborn. She named the infant Alice, after a revered school teacher of the town. Since her childhood, Alice Boateng's family assured she would get the best education. Boateng received her doctorate in social work at the University of Georgia in May 2006 and began working as an assistant professor at the University in August.

Mackay mining team takes international mining title
April 4, 2007
For the first time since 1999, students from Mackay School earned the overall championship at 29th International Collegiate Mining Competition.

Hip-hop group Canto I finding sudden success
April 4, 2007
After starting the hip-hop group Canto I only a few months ago, brothers Danny and Joey Fiorentini are already making ripples in the mainstream music scene. The duo were again selected finalists in MTV's nationwide "Best Music on Campus" competition and were selected to play on the "MTVU Campus Invasion Tour."

Guevara-Mann delivers Panama Canal presentation
April 4, 2007
Carlos Guevara-Mann, assistant professor of political science and director of the International Affairs Program, delivered a presentation about the Panama Canal, one of the world's major sea lanes, March 30 - April 1, in The Homestead, Virginia.

Baseball wins 11th consecutive home game
April 4, 2007
The University of Nevada (19-15) baseball team won its 11th consecutive home game defeating Pacific (7-23-1) 5-1 in a non conference match up at Peccole Park April 3. With the victory, the Wolf Pack improve to 19-15 on the season while the Tigers dropped to 7-23-1. The two teams split the four games played this season.

Author and poet, Sherman Alexie, earns laughs at Lawlor
April 4, 2007
Award winning comedian, author, poet, and screenwriter Sherman Alexie visited campus April 4 where he spoke to a packed house at the Silver and Blue Room in Lawlor Events Center. The Washington Native American delivered his routine, poking fun at Democrats and Republicans alike.

Tortured nun to speak in Reno, April 12
April 3, 2007
The Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies is co-sponsoring a lecture by Sister Dianna Ortiz, an Ursuline nun who was tortured in 1989 while in Guatemala teaching.

Teaching Tip: WebCampus threaded discussions
April 3, 2007
Reduce email by getting students to use the discussion board.

Mining student team takes first place in design competition
April 3, 2007
The first time was the charm for students from the University's Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Not only did the Mackay School enter a team in the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)/National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) Student Design Competition for the first time, students from Nevada won the entire competition.

KUNR spring membership drive, April 16-20
April 3, 2007
KUNR's Spring Membership Drive will run from April 16 to April 20. The Spring Membership Drive is a fundraiser that will allow KUNR to purchase nationally syndicated programming and fund local programs.

Garcia named to Gibbons' homeland security team
April 3, 2007
Gov. Jim Gibbons has named Adam Garcia, director of University Police Services, to the state Homeland Security Commission. Garcia previously served on the governor's transition team as a homeland security adviser prior to Gibbons taking office.

Nevada experts add to tsunami knowledge
April 2, 2007
Scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno are at the forefront on a number of seismological fields, including helping the world better determine whether an earthquake is big enough to generate an ocean-wide tsunami.

National Public Health Week aims to prepare
April 2, 2007
In conjunction with National Public Health Week, which takes place April 2-8, the Washoe County District Health Department, the University's School of Public Health, the Nevada Public Health Association and the Washoe County Chronic Disease Coalition have partnered to offer the several educational opportunities to all Northern Nevadans.

Fit Bits: Aerobics, the cardio workout
April 2, 2007
Up until now I have stressed how important weight training is, but the aerobic or cardio workout, as it is sometimes called, is just as important.

Alien worker application notice
April 2, 2007
NOTICE OF FILING OF APPLICATION UNDER THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S PERMANENT LABOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM An application concerning the employment of an alien worker for the following permanent position will be filed with the Department of Labor. This Notice of Filing will be posted for 10 consecutive business days, ending between 30 and 180 days before filing the permanent labor certification application.

Softball finishes Nevada Tourney undefeated
April 1, 2007
The University of Nevada softball team pounded out 15 hits and scored eight runs to beat the visiting St. Mary's Gaels 8-2 Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Nevada Tournament.

Nevada baseball overpowers New Mexico State to win series
April 1, 2007
Las Cruces, N.M. - The University of Nevada Wolf Pack (18-15, 3-3 WAC) baseball team pulled away from the New Mexico State Aggies (14-18, 4-5 WAC) with a seven-run eighth inning to win 15-11 at Presley Askew Field April 1 to take the weekend series and improve to 3-3 in WAC play. Senior Baker Krukow led the offensive attack with a grand slam and finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four runs batted in.

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