In this edition
- Serving our community, advancing the public good
- Experiment Station projects serve Nevadans at facilities throughout state
- Extension offers trainings to help address state’s high suicide rates among youth
- New pre-med biochemistry and molecular biology emphasis offered
- On the lookout for baby food that does no harm
About our College
A founding college of the University, we have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, research and engagement programs that benefit the health and economic vitality of Nevada. We offer programs in:
- agriculture, horticulture, rangeland & veterinary sciences
- biochemistry & molecular biology
- children, youth & families
- community & economic development
- health & nutrition
- natural resources & environmental science
Serving our community, advancing the public good
Through education, research and outreach our University fulfills its land-grant mission to the betterment of humanity, the environment and, of course, Nevada
"The land-grant mission for the University has never been more timely than right now," University President Brian Sandoval said. "With the pandemic, we are looking at an unprecedented event that has shaken the world and our country to their cores. Resources are limited as we re-set our economy and strive for societal justice.”
Simply put, land grant began as a way to bring higher education to everyday citizens through practical curriculum such as agriculture, mining and “mechanical arts.” It has evolved into a 21st-century approach to the land-grant mission, which encompasses the University’s goals to improve the lives of Nevadans through teaching, research and outreach.
The pavement Nevadans drive on, the affordable health clinics in rural Nevada, programs to inform and help farmers and ranchers, research that helps the mining industry, geothermal exploration for new energy in Nevada, nutrition programs for families, business economic development bringing industry and jobs to Nevada – all these programs and much more are all now part of the land-grant mission that brought the University to life 147 years ago.
After the country was founded, the federal government took a series of steps to use grants of land to promote westward expansion, education and economic development. It involved the taking of a great deal of Native American land.
Experiment Station projects serve Nevadans at facilities throughout state
Facilities provide opportunities for studies to help communities in Nevada, the U.S. and the world
At a ranch in Eureka, researchers are breeding a unique species of sheep well-adapted to the harsh Great Basin environment and that produces some of the finest wool in the nation. At the same time at a field in Fallon, researchers are using lasers and belowground radar to study how well sorghum grows with different levels of flood irrigation. And at a lab in Logandale, researchers just finished a study on how cactus pear can be grown as a commercial crop to fuel vehicles and feed both animals and people. These are just three of many projects happening at Experiment Station facilities across Nevada.
The Experiment Station is the research unit of our College. It maintains a network of field stations throughout the state, providing researchers different environments where they can experiment on a larger scale while supporting the needs of the nearby communities.
Extension offers trainings to help address state’s high suicide rates among youth
4-H Program to provide additional trainings in communities
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 34 in the state. To help address this, Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program recently conducted a training for 15 faculty and staff members to teach them steps they can take to help prevent suicides, especially among Nevada’s youth.
The program will offer “train-the-trainer” sessions this summer, so that Extension staff will be able to provide the training for others.
“The more people in the community who understand what the warning signs and prevention techniques for suicide risk are, the lower the suicide rates in that community become," Carrie Stark, Nevada 4-H program director, said. "Extension can light a spark in communities to help provide mental health support for our youth, and save some lives.”
New pre-med biochemistry and molecular biology emphasis offered
New emphasis provides training for students pursuing professional medical school
The University launched a new pre-med emphasis for undergraduates in biochemistry and molecular biology designed to prepare students to attend professional school, including medical, dental, pharmacy and optometry. The new emphasis is part of our College's bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. It is offered by our Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
On the lookout for baby food that does no harm
What we can do to ensure our babies get the most wholesome food
I recently became an abuelita, which is the affectionate Spanish term used for grandmother, so I care greatly about what my sweet little twin grandbabies eat. Of course, being a dietitian and a public health professional also factor into my reasons for caring about our food supply, so one can only imagine my concern about a recently released Congressional report titled, Baby Foods Are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury.
You may wonder how arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury make their way into baby food. A couple of possibilities include the raw ingredients used or the ingredients added by the baby food manufacturer. It is also important to recognize that heavy metal exposure isn't limited to what we eat or drink, it also includes environmental and occupational exposure.
The recommendations contained in the report call for changes to reduce exposure to toxic elements in food. In the meanwhile, what can we do to ensure our babies get the most wholesome food? We can make our own baby food and add variety to our babies' diets.
Growing a stronger Nevada
Our programs work together to make an impact
Our teaching, research and engagement programs are intertwined and complement one another. Faculty who teach on campus also conduct research as part of our Experiment Station, allowing students to learn about and participate in research. Extension faculty engaging with communities identify research needs, as well as join Experiment Station faculty to conduct research. Faculty on campus help to develop Extension programs in communities.