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 and veterinary sciences
  • biochemistry and molecular biology
  • children, youth and families
  • community and economic development
  • health and nutrition
  • natural resources and environmental science

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New assistant dean of administration provides support for leadership

Katie Jameson joins the College

Hannah Alfaro

Katie Jameson.
Assistant Dean of Administration Katie Jameson will provide key support to the College and its units.

The College has welcomed Katie Jameson as the new assistant dean of administration. Jameson will be responsible for providing administrative, analytical and strategic support to the dean, associate deans and directors.

She will oversee finance, budget, staffing and strategic planning for the College’s four academic departments and its Extension, Experiment Station and Extended Studies units. While her role encompasses many key functions of administration, she hopes to also spend time on strategic planning, streamlining processes, exploring funding opportunities such as grants, and increasing other revenue sources for the College. 

Jameson attended the University and graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies, with an emphasis in accounting and business management. She also completed the State of Nevada Certified Public Manager Program. She brings over 20 years of experience in working with government services and fiscal oversite and policy.

Making the most of resources to serve the state

“We were extremely fortunate to find Katie. Our College has many complexities to juggle administratively. Katie’s a perfect fit for making the most of our resources to benefit our students and others we serve throughout the state.” -Dean Bill Payne


Meadow restoration efforts yield long-term climate change mitigation benefits

New study shows restored meadows capture and store large amounts of carbon

Claudene Wharton

A green meadow under a blue sky.
Red Clover Valley in eastern Plumas County, California, is a restored meadow that was studied by the researchers. Photo by C.C. Reed.

Restoration efforts in montane meadows designed to increase late-season water flows, improve water quality, diminish flood events and provide valuable habitat have been ongoing for decades in the Sierra Nevada. It has been known that, generally, healthy meadows soak up and hold carbon in the soil, becoming natural “sinks” for carbon, and decreasing harmful atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, how much carbon restored meadows can sequester and for how long they can consistently do so has been unclear, until now.

A new study, by College Postdoctoral Scholar Cody Reed with Associate Professor Ben Sullivan, has demonstrated that restored Sierra Nevada meadows continue to successfully sequester carbon for more than 20 years, and at rates that exceed international climate change mitigation goals by up to 10 times.

Soil carbon sequestration is an important component of global carbon capture and storage strategies designed to counter rising global emissions. And, while meadows in the Sierra Nevada range cover less than 2% of the land surface area, past research shows they may contain 12%–31% of total soil carbon stocks. Restoration efforts that replenish lost soil carbon can help combat climate change while improving ecosystem function.

Playing a lasting role against climate change

“Our research shows meadow restoration can play a lasting role in carbon and nitrogen storage. Meadow restoration improves ecosystem functions. The benefits start quickly and appear to continue for decades.” -Associate Professor Ben Sullivan


New SNAP dashboard strengthens food-security education across Nevada

Planners, program managers can easily tap into data about nutrition, physical activity

Plate of healthy food.
The first-of-its-kind dashboard is expected to bring healthier, more active lives for SNAP participants. Extension staff led the ambitious undertaking, with expertise from across the University.

A powerful new online dashboard developed at the University, provides a fresh – and sometimes startling – way to visualize the challenges of food security, nutrition and physical activity across Nevada. It’s believed to be the first of its type in the nation, and it’s likely to play an important role in development of new, evidence-based strategies to bring healthier, more active lives for participants in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – better known by its acronym, “SNAP.”

Extension SNAP Education Coordinator Macy Helm led the dashboard project. Her dashboard project team included Extension Evaluation Specialist Najat Elgeberi; Extension SNAP-Ed Evaluation Coordinator Brian Luckey; and Nick Etchegaray and Cody Grigg, both with the University’s Office of Planning, Budget & Analysis.

Their finished product provides a wealth of information: Are youngsters in rural eastern Nevada more physically active than their peers in Clark County? (No.) How much food goes to waste every year in Lyon County? (At least 278 tons.) How many seniors in Nevada eat at least one serving of vegetables every day? (82%.) But beyond providing fact-based fodder for discussions about nutrition and exercise, the dashboard is designed to make life easier for researchers and managers of programs that provide SNAP education.

Serving the needs of Nevada communities

“I am proud that we have created a tool to further enhance the University’s land-grant mission. Getting these data into the hands of Nevada business and community leaders and its citizens furthers their ability to truly understand and react to the needs of those in their communities.” -Manager Cody Grigg


College distributing nearly $190,000 in scholarships this fall

Funds empower students to achieve academic and professional goals

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See the impact

  • Madison Blea (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Class of 2023): “With the help of scholarships, I should be able to go to school without student loans or help from my parents. Scholarships have allowed me to independently fund my education while saving money while working.”
  • Kianna Boc (B.S. in Nutrition; Class of 2020): "With the help from your scholarship, I was able to focus my time on being involved with the University as I was able to volunteer as a Nevada Student Ambassador.”
  • Lauryn Sabers (Class of 2022): “My mom is a Nevada Alumni and received her master’s degree from UNR. I loved being a student at UNR and I was so pleased to go to a university that my family member went to. Receiving a scholarship was one of the best things I could ask for.”
  • Lizeth Acosta '19 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology): "In addition to much-appreciated financial support, I always had the Wells Fargo First Generation Scholarship requirements in mind. At first, I didn't know how I was going to volunteer 40 hours and keep a 3.0 GPA. I studied harder than I ever had before... [and] got involved in volunteering more quickly and at a greater rate."
  • Andrew Hagemann (B.S./M.S. in Biotechnology; Class of 2020): “Ever since my early years in elementary school, I have wanted to pursue a career in microbiology. With continuous support from my mom, teachers and professors, my dreams of making the world a healthier place are becoming a reality. The support that came along with my scholarships was greatly helpful in funding my ambitious academic goals.”

Our students' scholarships in the news

Elijah Boardman, Elena Cox, Jordan Zabrecky and Otis ClyneNational Science Foundation Fellowships

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Innovating for 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.

Researching critical issues Experiment Station faculty conduct research at experiment stations, labs and research facilities across the state, as well as teach classes and share and conduct research with students. The state-federal partnership tackles issues affecting Nevada's citizens, communities and economy.
student researcher with plants in greenhouse
Teaching University students We offer 17 undergraduate and graduate degrees to prepare students for high-paying, in-demand careers in agriculture, rangeland & veterinary sciences; biochemistry & molecular biology; natural resources & environmental science; and nutrition.
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Engaging Nevada communities Extension is engaged in Nevada communities, presenting research-based knowledge to address critical community needs. The county-state-federal partnership provides practical education to people, businesses and communities, fulfilling the University's land-grant mission.
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