Health & medicine

APHA highlights from the School of Public Health

The School of Public Heath had incredible representation at this year's American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 150th Annual Meeting & Expo.

Associate Professor Eric Crosbie, doctoral students Luciana Borges and Olufemi Erinoso, and MPH student Sara Perez, standing at the School of Public Health table.

Remembering Dr. Gregory Hayes

Dr. Gregory J. Hayes, former Acting Director and Emeritus Associate Professor for the School of Public Health, passed away on November 21, 2022

Dr. Gregory Hayes

Adoption of front-of-pack nutrition warnings can help decrease obesity, cardiovascular disease and some cancers in the Americas

Study finds that the increased use of government-implemented warning labels can help to reduce poor-nutrition-related diseases

A supermarket shelf with cereal boxes on it with front of package nutrition labels on the top right hand corner

Alumni gifts School of Public Health $1.5 million

The School of Public Health receives $1.5 million from Patrick Ronan, an alumnus whose passion for the field led him down a rewarding path in the public health sector.

Photo of Patrick Ronan.

DEER Program Director Receives Mensa’s Laura Joyner Award

The School of Public Health’s Director of the DEER Program is honored for her outstanding work in preserving the well-being and brain health of those living with dementia

Jennifer Carson holding the Laura Joyner Award, presented by the Mensa Foundation.

Distinguished School of Public Health alumni addressing healthcare disparities

LCDR Christopher Mendoza-Truong, Pharm.D., returns to his alma mater to discuss his experience in the United States Public Health Service

LCDR Christopher Mendoza-Truong, Pharm.D. in military uniform

Wolf Pack at Work: Shay Jordan, Kayleigh Broadway and JaJa Chang

Child and Family Research Center student employees incorporate what they are learning in class into their job and life

Student workers Shay, Kayleigh and JaJa

Approval of new pediatric physician residency program helps improve care for children and families in Nevada

UNR Med and Renown Health announce accreditation of new three-year pediatric residency program

Two people in white lab coats and a person in a sweater pose in front of a brick building.

Faces of the Pack: Micah Lilo brings STEM skills to the football field and the lab

Wolf Pack linebacker receives Undergraduate Research funding to investigate energy-saving dynamic windows

Micah Lilo, redshirt sophomore linebacker for the Wolf Pack football team on the field at Mackay in uniform pointing away from the camera.

Public health leaders weigh in on Northern Nevada’s air quality

Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and Professor Matthew Strickland from the School of Public Health provide insight on factors that affect our local air quality and health

Reno skyline fills with smoke pollution with hot air balloons in the distance.

Engineering protein therapeutics for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases may result from University research

Chemical & Materials Engineering Assistant Professor Maryam Sarmazdeh receives federal grant for bioengineering project

Assistant Professor Maryam Sarmazdeh stands in a yellow dress before a wall of shelving filled with equipment in her lab.

James M. Alexander, M.D., Named First OB/GYN Chair for Nevada’s First Integrated Health System

Experienced physician, researcher, mentor and educator to lead the obstetrics and gynecology department at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and Renown Health.

Dr. James Alexander headshot in a nice suit.

Nevada and New Mexico Public Health researchers collaborate on reducing methamphetamine and opioid-related harms

Professor Karla Wagner and her team examine harm reduction in Nevada and secure a 3-year CDC-funded grant

Headshot of Karla Wagner

White Coat Ceremony welcomes class of 2026 to UNR Med

70 Students Celebrate the Beginning of Their Journey to Become Physicians

Three students smile for a photo after receiving their white coats

Nevada’s Recovery & Prevention Program in the School of Public Health hosts 2nd Annual Recovery Month 5k celebration

The event will take place September 24 at Idlewild Park

NRAP Project Director Terra Hamblin, standing with 5k racers at the previous 2021 event.

New target for therapies to treat preterm labor

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine research identifies a cause of preterm labor

Iain Buxton is a Foundation Professor with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine,

Dr. Paul Hauptman, M.D., named dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and chief academic officer for Renown Health

Paul Hauptman

Promising solution to fatal genetic-disorder complications discovered by University professor and Ph.D. candidate

Published research findings point to a possible, more effective treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy-related cardiac failure

Professor Dean Burkin stands next to Ph.D. student Ariany Oliveira-Santos, who is sitting, in a laboratory room.

School of Public Health Professors Dr. Li Li and Dr. Dingsheng Li receive prestigious environmental health accolades

Assistants Professors Dr. Li Li and Dr. Dingsheng Li were awarded for their research at the Society of Toxicology 61st Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

Dr. Li Li receiving toxicology award at the Society of Toxicology conference

University scientists conduct, shed light on microbiome research to help impoverished children grow

Changing children’s digestive tract microbes key to reducing disease, improving health

In a hospital, a woman in a bright red shalwar kameez dress and dupattā shawl spoon-feeds an emaciated infant in her lap.

Skin cancer awareness: Medical students host free skin cancer clinic

Clinic helps educate Reno community about the dangers of sun exposure and how to protect oneself

Lourdes Valdez and Ramneek Dhami posing for a photo with their volunteers at the free clinic.

Public health highlight: Veronika Scavacini

Veronika Scavacini is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ and Latine communities and has dedicated their career to addressing health disparities through the lens of economics

Veronika Scavacini headshot

School of Public Health celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion

School's DEI committee shares how students, faculty and staff can access DEI resources

School of Public Health students and faculty pose with their hands in the shape of a wolf, standing around and on top of the University "N" statue outdoors.

Bioprinting gets a boost

Engineering student Erick Bandala wins speech competition with presentation about 3D bioprinting.

Yifei Jin and Erick Bandala stand in a lab facing camera.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine graduates 70 new physicians

The UNR Med Hooding Ceremony took place at the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts on May 13

students on stage at the hooding ceremony

Increase in accidental drug overdose among Hispanic/Latinx persons in Nevada

The School of Public Health’s Overdose Data to Action program and the CDC report an increase in overdose deaths among Hispanic/Latinx Nevadans from 2019 to 2020.

Box of naloxone on a table

2022 Outstanding Researcher: Advancing the science that explains how our bodies’ functions connect

UNR School of Medicine Professor Scott Earley’s leading edge research achieves breakthroughs in cell signaling and ion channel regulation

Professor Scott Earley, the University of Nevada, Reno Outstanding Researcher for 2022, sits at his office desk.

University of Nevada, Reno nutritionists honored by Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

David St-Jules named Nevada Outstanding Dietitian, Deborah Joakimson Recognized Dietetic Technician and Shauna Tavcar Outstanding Dietetic Student

David St-Jules.

Extension hires registered dietician to enhance nutritional programs for communities

Hans Weding is helping Nevadans get connected with health and wellness information

Hans Weding.

University of Nevada, Reno celebrates remodeled space for promoting nutrition knowledge and healthy living

Modernized lab increases future nutrition professionals' expertise, community impact

Assistant Professor Steven Frese runs a hands-on and delicious cheese lab with students in the updated space.

Department of Nutrition faculty, student honored by Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Meet Nevada Outstanding Dietitian David St-Jules , Recognized Dietetic Technician Deborah Joakimson and Outstanding Dietetic Student Shauna Tavcar

David St-Jules.

What spices and foods can help with anxiety and stress?

Certain foods and nutrients may help support your body in reducing anxiety and improving how your body handles stress

Ginger root with spoons of powdered spices.

Department of Nutrition unveils remodeled space for promoting nutrition knowledge and healthy living among students

Modernized lab increases hands-on learning

Assistant Professor Steven Frese runs a hands-on and delicious cheese lab with students in the updated space.

A Nobel Prize-worthy question: How do we sense heat, cold, touch?

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine professor joins with colleagues to review the cellular-level, ion-channel science for top-ranked Physiological Reviews

Scott Earley, Ph.D., sits at a lattice light sheet microscope.

Aging Appreciation Week: Gerontology Academic Program offers events for everyone

Explore the joy, challenges and humanity of aging today as part of Aging Appreciation Week, April 4 to 6, 2022

Theresa B. Skaar

Celebrating Life Through Meaningful Activities: Jennifer Carson, Ph.D. to speak at Alzheimer’s educational conference

Gerontologist and Director of the Dementia Engagement, Education, and Research Program Jennifer Carson, Ph.D. will speak at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America event Wednesday, April 6.

Dr. Jennifer Carson

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine fourth-year medical students receive residency assignments

A student holds a large egg which contains her residency match while covering her mouth.

How can I use spices to add color, flavor and health benefits to my meals?

Incorporate foods from around the world into your diet to tickle your taste buds and eat healthier

Curry in a bright yellow bowl, alongside other Indian dishes in bright green and blue containers.

Health, is it equal for all?

Whole groups of people can face significant obstacles to maintaining good health, often because of specific genetic, social or economic factors

A Black woman in a UNR Med tank top warms up with other athletes before participating in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey.

Counseling services collaborative to help youth and adults

University, The Redfield Foundation, Renown Health join forces to meet important community need

walkway on the Quad

Faces of the Pack: Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell reflects on her time at the University

"Go after your dreams and don’t doubt your intellect, ability and motivation to complete your goals in life. You can do it!"

Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell standing in front of a dilapidated antique truck

Super Bowl journey: Austin and Madison Corbett remain two Wolf Pack superstars

Two Wolf Pack greats, one in football and one in volleyball, made their time at the University truly matter

Austin and Madison Corbett at 2017 graduation

Universities team up to train dietetic interns, improve community health in southern Nevada

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources collaborates with UNLV and other community partners to provide nutrition education in Clark County

Stone Jamison in black scrubs standing in front of University Medical Center's ambulance entrance.

U.S. News ranks three University of Nevada, Reno online graduate programs as top in the country

Nursing, executive MBA and education recognized as “2022 Best Online Programs”

An aerial view of the University of Nevada, Reno campus with the Joe Crowley Student Union and the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center in focus.

Collaborative University of Nevada, Reno and Great Basin College building project Cashman Award Finalist

The 24th Annual Cashman Good Government Award honors government entities and individuals working to make citizen services work better, faster and cheaper

Rendering of the Pennington Health Science & Technology Building

Reducing drug-related harm with research: Opioid overdose and HIV prevention work can save lives

Collaborations between researchers, University students, community partners and legislators make change in drug policies possible

Karla Wagner headshot in her office.

Exploring the importance of resilience in healthcare

CASAT launches second season of the “CASAT Conversations” podcast

An illustration of various blocks connected by stairs displaying various scenes including a person walking in front of an ambulance, a larger-than-life clipboard and pencil on the ground with two people shaking hands behind it, a group of people sitting on couches talking, doctors surrounding a patient in a bed with a baby in a crib behind them, two people talking in front of a giant stack of books. and people cheering holding a human sized heart shape.

How are healthcare disparities a barrier to health equity and what can be done to address these disparities?

Doctor examining a patient wearing masks

Is raw milk a safe choice for my family? | ¿Es la leche cruda una opción segura para mi familia?

Some people who drink raw milk develop life-threatening illness | Algunas personas que beben leche cruda desarrollan enfermedades potencialmente mortales

A child eating cereal in a bowl of milk.

How do I choose a fermented drink for my family? | ¿Cómo elijo una bebida fermentada para mi familia?

Three tips for choosing fermented drinks | Tres consejos para elegir bebidas fermentadas

Strawberry kefir in a tall glass adorned with a strawberry slice and a bright red straw.

Weight gain: The holidays are over, now what?

What older adults should know before dieting to lose holiday pounds

Older women with long grey hair smiling and exercising with hand weights.

Faces of the Pack: Shawn Thomas is the 2021 Kenneth Lutterman Award recipient

Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science and Health program with a focus on public health is identifying protective influences for substance use behaviors among populations at risk.

Shawn Thomas

UNR Med announces free Outreach Clinics for the region’s medically uninsured

UNR Med fourth-year medical student, Katrina Marks, examines a young patient at a Student Outreach Clinic. Northern Nevadans who are uninsured

Orvis School of Nursing student accepted into U.S. Navy Nurse Candidate Program

Lindsay Zieschang graduates with her BSN in December and then immediately goes on to complete an 8-year service as a nurse in the U.S. Navy

Lindsay stands with fellow U.S. Navy members during her induction ceremony into the U.S. Navy

Nevada researcher studying gut microbiomes in hopes of improving health

Aim is to uncover how Nevadans’ lives affect the microbes in their digestive tract and their health

Steven Frese.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 2021 State of the School

Featured achievements, innovations and faculty accomplishments over the past year and a look ahead.

Dr. Piasecki in front of the UNR med Sign

UNR Med co-hosts national program to introduce northern Nevada young women to engineering and medical careers

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine worked in partnership with the Reno Orthopedic Clinic (ROC) Foundation and The Perry Initiative

Students working on a project using a drill on a lab table

New Renown Health Scholarship supports UNR Med students

Clinical affiliation to create more access to care for Nevadans

A group of UNR Med first-year and third-year medical students and second-year physician assistant studies program students, who are among the first 25 recipients of the Renown Health Scholarship, appear with Renown Health President & CEO, Dr. Anthony Slonim, and UNR Med Acting Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Renown Health, Dr. Melissa Piasecki

People who feel invincible hinder COVID-19 fight

University researchers find belief in personal invulnerability discourages vaccination efforts

James Leonhardt, Garret Ridinger, Amir Talaei-Khoei and Yu Rong

Birthing simulator helps nursing students get labor and delivery experience During COVID

Orvis School of Nursing childbirth simulator provides student birthing scenarios they may not ever see in a real hospital setting

Professor Shannon Richard operating the Orvis School of Nursing birthing simulator

Stopping the spread of misinformation in India

University faculty receive international grant to train journalists and students on fact-checking

A university student looks at a computer with faculty member Paromita Pain talking to her in the Reynolds School reading room.

Faces of the Pack: Mark Gabot has a passion for research and healthcare

Doctor of Nursing student pursues the changes he wants to see in healthcare through graduate education

Mark Gabot in a graduation cap and gown

Are smoothies a healthy choice for my family? | ¿Son los licuados una opción saludable para mi familia?

Smoothies can be a great way to incorporate healthier foods, but they can also be high in calories and added sugar. | Los licuados pueden ser una buena forma de incorporar alimentos más saludables, pero también pueden tener un alto contenido de calorías y azúcares añadidos.

Three glass canning jars filled with raspberry smoothies topped with mint leaves, raspberries and blueberries.

How to hope: new course teaches hope skills to Wolf Pack

Hopeful Mindsets on the College Campus online program open to all Wolf Pack students, faculty and staff

Students walking on the Quad with the leaves on the trees changing to autumnal colors and falling around them

If vaccinated people can get COVID, why should I get vaccinated?

Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas and School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci discuss why it's important to get vaccinated, even if you can still get COVID-19

Dean Debera Thomas, left, and Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci, right, standing outside the Pennington Health Sciences Building

CBESS program connects northern Nevada’s bilingual high schoolers to academia for more equitable outcomes

Bilingual high school “promotores” build cultural bridges through youth-led research projects

A photo of Rose Meza celebrating with her student research team upon the completion of their year-long research project in the CBESS program.

Dr. Veronika Vazquez, ’00, partners with Nevada Small Business Development Center to roll her business on wheels into the Silver State

Nevada alum goes miles for healthy smiles

From left to right: Javier Hernadez, registered dental assistant, Karina Lopez, registered dental assistant, Veronika Vazquez, DDS, Leticia Hernandez, registered dental assistant; and Gary Aglietti, DMD

Nevada State Public Health Lab plays vital ‘front line’ role throughout pandemic

By administering tests, conducting research, providing information and more, this University-campus-based lab fills a leadership role in state’s COVID-19 response

Mark Pandori outside of the lab with other staff.

EPA-supported study to assess how much dirt (and through it, pollutants) kids eat

Team led by School of Public Health Assistant Professor Li Li aims to improve understanding of pollutant exposure from chemicals in our environment

A child digging in the dirt

What is a breakthrough infection?

School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas discuss breakthrough infections and why they matter

Debera Thomas and Muge Akpinar at a University football game

What are mental health best practices for entrepreneurs and business leaders?

Associate Professor Dan Jones and Assistant Professor Mark Packard discuss mental health amid National Suicide Prevention Month

Photos of Dan Jones, Ph.D. and Mark Packard, Ph.D.

Why does everyone want me to get vaccinated?

School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas discuss why it’s important to get vaccinated

Dean Debera Thomas, left, and Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci, right, standing outside in grass on University of Nevada, Reno campus

I’ve heard of organ donation, but what is whole body donation?

Lindsey Pisani, anatomy lab manager and administrator for UNR Med’s Anatomical Donation Program, explains what anatomical donation is and how the cadaver anatomy lab works inside the School of Medicine. 

A collage of photos, including a head shot of Lindsey Pisani, anatomy lab manager and administrator for UNR Med’s Anatomical Donation Program, as well as two photos of the cadaver anatomy lab inside the School of Medicine.

Is the vaccine riskier than getting COVID?

Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas and School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci compare the risks of getting the vaccine versus getting COVID-19

Dean Debera Thomas, left, and Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci, right, standing outside the Pennington Health Sciences Building

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak proclaims Aug. 31 to be a day in honor of Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

A photo of the proclamation in honor of UNR Med Dean Schwenk.

#COVIDCrew partners with City of Reno in response to the Board of Regents COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Clinic will be held Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Great Basin Hall Annex located at the base of the Virginia Street pedestrian bridge from 4-7p.m.

Four people in masks stand in front of a banner reading, "Get your COVID-19 vaccination here."

Janita Ethridge honored with 2021 Regents' Academic Advising Award

'I strive to make all students feel welcome and at home at the University and to help them realize their full potential and accomplish their dreams'

Janita Ethridge and Brian Sandoval pose for a photo, wearing masks, while holding a plaque.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine welcomes class of 2025 with a White Coat Ceremony

First medical school milestone ceremony commemorates 70 new medical students

A photo of the UNR Med Class of 2025 reciting the pledge at the White Coat Ceremony.

A sense of community will help undergrads recover from COVID

Research by Orvis School of Nursing faculty, Lisa Thomas, Ph.D., RN, CNE, FAAN reveals how faculty and the university can help students transition back to campus after COVID

A group of nursing students wearing blue Orvis School of Nursing scrubs and masks

"Let's Vax the Pack" kicks off with vaccination events, prizes

Free walk-in COVID-19 vaccination events for students scheduled for August 13 and August 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Joe Crowley Student Union


Beekeeping program operated on University’s Main Station Field Lab helps veterans and first responders

Bees4Vets, a nonprofit run by University-connected husband and wife, assists veterans and first responders living with PTSD or TBI

Student beekeepers work in apiary.

Physician Assistant Studies Program Class of 2021 graduates from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

UNR Med PA graduates prepared to bolster Nevada’s health care workforce

A group photo of the Class of 2021 PA Studies Program graduates.

Rural health care perspectives from a graduating PA student

Alisha Fong talks about her experiences in the UNR Med program

Two photos of Alisha Fong, Class of 2021 PA Studies Program graduate.

Faces of the Pack: Mariah Zinn

Alumna serves healthcare community as registered nurse, serves LGBTQIA+ community by 'making every patient feel included and accepted'

University of Nevada, Reno alumna Mariah Zinn poses for a photo in her nursing scrubs near the University of Nevada, Reno Quad.

Orvis School of Nursing Supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work with Sponsorship of Pride Festival

Orvis sponsors Northern Nevada Pride Festival for third year in a row and continues work towards diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on campus and in the community

Orvis School of Nursing booth at Northern Nevada Pride festival

Dr. Muge Akpinar-Elci selected as dean of the School of Public Health

'My lived experiences give me a genuine passion for public health and compassion for people in need, especially for personal and global health'

Lombardi Recreation Center houses the School of Public Health.

#COVIDCrew partners with Mexican Consulate to bring vaccines to the Latinx population

More than 2,500 vaccinations already administered

People stand around tables outside St. Therese of the Little Flower in Reno during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Most ever CAREER Awards received by University faculty

8 awardees representing 4 colleges/school receive NSF’s prestigious award in support of early-career success and continued development

Collage of the individual photos of the University's 7 CAREER awardees in 2021

What is aphasia?

June is Aphasia Awareness Month. Tami Brancamp, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, associate professor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, breaks things down.

A group photo of an aphasia book club meeting being held on Zoom.

Fresh apples for students and research will spring from new Memorial orchard

Valley Road Experiment Station is home to new Jessica Younger Dickens Memorial Orchard

A woman planting a young apple tree.

#COVIDCrew and Medical Social Justice League address equitable distribution of vaccine with El Gran Vacunatón

Vaccination clinic held at Church of the Little Flower Friday and Saturday; event planned with family festivities and music

From left to right, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students Haley Nadone, Mirabel Dafinone and Audrey Adler.

New pre-med biochemistry and molecular biology emphasis offered

New emphasis provides training for students pursuing professional medical school

A biochemistry student using a syringe to measure out a liquid.

Does talking about suicide make someone more likely to commit suicide?

Marina Murphy, lecturer with the School of Social Work, talks about normalizing talking about suicide.

A group of students sitting around a table, talking. There are four males and a female.

Advancing understanding of how our bodies’ systems connect, including the connection of blood flow to dementia

UNR School of Medicine’s Scott Earley – the 2021 Regents’ Mid-Career Researcher of the Year – leads an impressive research program achieving breakthrough discoveries in ion channel regulation

Scott Earley standing in a regional park near the University campus

Alzheimer’s Association Northern Nevada partners with Extension to raise awareness about brain health and Alzheimer’s disease

"Engage Your Brain" series held to encourage Nevadans to tend not just to their physical health but also to their brain health.

" “Extension is excited to expand access to much-needed brain health education for communities across Nevada through the partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association.”


Orvis Nursing students graduate despite turmoil and personal tragedy

While the community was on lockdown, Orvis School of Nursing students graduating May 2021 assisted on the front lines and overcame great personal tragedies in order to graduate.

A group of Orvis School of Nursing students in their scrubs standing inside a hospital during clinicals

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, M.D., on what’s to come for graduating medical students and the healing power of the arts and humanities

"This is a wonderful time to take a role in leading the country. Take care of yourselves and each other."

A headshot of UNR Med's Class of 2021 Doctor of Medicine Academic Hooding keynote speaker, David J. Skorton, M.D., president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Nevada Public Health Training Center launches ‘Vax the Pack’ COVID-19 communications campaign with Fraternity and Sorority Life

Campaign includes collaboration videos; Vaccination clinic held Saturday, May 8

Malia Pruyn holding a COVID-19 Vaccination card

How can I prevent skin cancer and sun damage this summer and beyond?

Graduating medical student and Nevada Cancer Coalition volunteer Anita Savell breaks down some tips for Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

A student putting on sunscreen

A letter to the 2021 Medical Student Graduating Class: Advice from the front lines of the pandemic

Christopher Clifford, M.D. ‘18, B.S. '13 provides insight into life on the front lines of COVID-19 for the graduating Class of 2021 medical students

A photo of Dr. Christopher Clifford

Orvis School of Nursing staff receive national recognition

Two staff members from the Orvis School of Nursing were recently recognized for their contributions to their field.

Cameron Duncan left and Megan Pratt right

Extension offers trainings to help address state’s high suicide rates among youth

4-H Program to provide additional trainings in communities

Silhouette of girl on a dock resting her forehead on her knees.

Assistant professor in School of Community Health Sciences receives Rising Researcher Award

Jennifer Pearson’s research on tobacco and cannabis policies works toward positive public health impact

Woman smiles in a home office with dog.

NSF CAREER Award recipient So Young Ryu develops bioinformatic tools that can solve important questions in biology

Analysis has significant impact on various biological areas such as plant science, microbiology and biomedicine

So Young Ryu

Ultraviolet-C LED test confirms sterilization of human coronavirus at distance of 5 feet in 8 seconds

University lab test is part of new product development conducted for NCAR-affiliate American UVC Science, Inc. in the fight against COVID

An image of the novel coronavirus; image was developed by the Centers for Disease Control.

Orvis Student Nurses' Association creates food and supply pantry for nursing students

Nursing students in need can sign up for anonymous food and supply pantry through the school's student association

Orvis School of Nursing student association students standing with Orvis School of Nursing bags inside Pennington Health Sciences building

Food and nutritional toxicology subject of Department of Nutrition course

Elective has something to offer for students from various majors

A plate of cooked salmon with vegetables.

Mary Turner, M.D. ’73, a pioneer who never intended to blaze a trail for women

Dr. Turner was the only woman in the University of Nevada School of Medicine inaugural Class of 1973

A group photo of the UNR Med inaugural Class of 1973.

Published study: unusual SARS-CoV-2 mutation prominent in Northern Nevada in early 2020

University of Nevada, Reno genomics and microbiology research gives snapshot from March to June 2020 of SARS-CoV-2 and regional introduction of an unusual mutation

Subhash Verma working in his microbiology laboratory

A shared humanity

Four leaders in the College of Science share their perspectives on success, leadership and identity

Abstract image of College of Science Dean's office door.

Orvis School of Nursing Online Graduate Program Ranked Among Nation's Best

U.S. News and Review ranks Orvis School of Nursing online master's program as top 100 online nursing programs in the country

Orvis School of Nursing master programs enhance nurse's professional skills

School of Community Health Sciences publishes study on sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Research points to a proactive shift that halts the spread of preemption and begins the task of overturning existing health policy statues

Grocery store shelves stocked with varying flavors and colors of soda cans.

Titanium and ultraviolet light powerful combination against SARS-CoV-2 virus

University of Nevada, Reno team developing surface and air disinfectant technology

lab worker testing covid disinfectant

Free kits available to test your home for cancer-causing gas

Extension offers free radon test kits at offices statewide

a radon test kit

Feb. 9 Gardening in Nevada class provides container and indoor gardening tips

Extension teams up with Bartley Ranch and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space to offer this free series online

genovese basil growing in a plastic food container

Nursing Graduate Accepts Oncology Job On 5-Year Anniversary of Being Cancer Free

Haley Carroll graduated from Orvis School of Nursing in December 2020. Just five years earlier Haley was battling cancer unsure of her future.

Haley Carroll sit in grass with nursing student uniform on

Are there still things we don’t know about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Drs. Mark Riddle and Trudy Larson, along with Diana Sande from the Nevada Public Health Training Center, break down important information about coronavirus vaccines

Head shots of Mark Riddle M.D., Dr.P.H., UNR Med professor and associate dean of clinical research; Trudy Larson, M.D., dean of the School of Community Health Sciences; and Diana Sande, Nevada Public Health Training Center communications manager, School of Community Health Sciences, who are presentiing science-based information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mayo Clinic Cardiologist and alumna Lisa LeMond gives time, hope comfort when hearts fail

The College of Science recognizes exceptional alumna Lisa LeMond.

Sean Casey, pictured here with Lisa LeMond at the 2019 College of Science and Mackay School Distinguished Alumni of the Year event.

Nevada researchers study cattle microRNA effects on meat quality, human health

Team combines agriculture and nutrition programs with bioinformatics and molecular medicine

cattle grazing

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) chapter launched at the University of Nevada, Reno

Students launch a new club aimed at increasing diversity in the field of medicine

Two students pose for a photo at a club fair to promote the new MAPS club on campus last spring.

Graduates of Public Health Virtual Hooding Ceremony 2020

Spring, summer, and fall graduates of public health were honored in a virtual hooding ceremony on December 4, 2020.

Dr. Julie Smith-Gagen and new Ph.D. graduate Dr. Larissa White

University honors Fall 2020 Senior Scholar recipients

University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada Alumni Association recognize 9 graduates with top grade-point average

Morrill Hall on the south end of the University of Nevada, Reno

For a lifetime of giving back, our sincere gratitude

Dr. Rex Baggett recently established the Dean’s Benevolence Fund to help medical students, but his legacy of giving goes back more than 50 years

A photo of Dr. Baggett, who recently established the Dean’s Benevolence Fund to help medical students cope with unexpected or extreme financial burdens.

#COVIDCrew partners with DoughBoys Donuts

Climate survey results seek to understand COVID-19 impacts; mask sales continue to support relief fund

Blue Wolf Pack Paw donut with a white Nevada logoed water bottle.

COVID-19 is still very much with us. Now what?

Nevada State Public Health Laboratory Director Mark Pandori, Ph.D., and Student Health Center Medical Director Cheryl Hug-English, M.D., discuss the latest in SARS-CoV-2 testing, developments, and health and safety

A portrait of Nevada State Public Health Laboratory Director Mark Pandori, Ph.D., and Student Health Center Medical Director Cheryl Hug-English, M.D.

Nevada Public Health Training Center Leads the State in Cultural Competency

The NVPHTC develops a mandated cultural competency training for healthcare facilities

group of diverse women walking together

Nevada Public Health Training Center raising money for COVID Relief Fund

#COVIDCrew delivers supplies to families in need

The Nevada Public Health Training Center’s #COVIDCrew stands on stairs with face coverings socially distanced.

Medical students help Reno’s homeless and underserved amid COVID-19

Students help transient and low socioeconomic populations gain access to health and hygiene products

A photo of UNR Med's Health and Hygiene Student Interest Group leaders posing with kits of health and hygiene products for underserved populations.

Nevada Public Health Training Center launches ‘Protect the Pack’ COVID-19 communications campaign

Campaign includes collaborative videos with University President Sandoval and former Nevada Wolf Pack basketball player Jordan Caroline

A person washes their hands in a sink with soap.

Leslie Baker of UNR Med’s Sanford Center for Aging is founding president of Nevada Pharmacy Alliance

New group will provide advocacy, continuing education for pharmacists, techs and students

Person about to pick medicine from medicine organizer. Photo by Laurynas Mereckas.

What is health literacy?

Health Literacy Month is here, and Dr. Alexandra Watson breaks down what that means and why it's important

A photo of a doctor discussing health care with a patient.

COVID-19 rapid test has successful lab results, research moves to next stages

University of Nevada, Reno engineers and virologists team up for novel approach

Timsy Uppal and Bhaskar Vadlamani

Diversity in health care starts at the beginning

Amid Hispanic Heritage Month, UNR Med honors the importance of diversity in health care

A photo of CBESS mentor and UNR Med medical student Sergio Trejo teaching neuroanatomy to students during the first CBESS event in July 2019.

Research shows locals in favor of expanding smoke-free laws to include casinos and bars

University Assistant Professor Eric Crosbie led Washoe County research project

white cigarette burning on white wall

Cleaning for COVID-19: Are household disinfectants and sanitizers harmful to our health?

Assistant Professors Li Li and Dingsheng Li from the School of Community Health Sciences break down how our exposure to home cleaning products has increased and what that means

Hands in yellow cleaning gloves spraying disinfectant on a bathroom faucet

The School of Community Health Sciences looks for public health heroes to join the program

The School of Community Health Sciences will be featured in a virtual graduate fair on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students in the UNR library

COVID contact tracing: the people behind the calls

School of Community Health Sciences provides critical COVID-19 services through its Nevada Public Health Training Center

Nevada Public Health Training Center disease investigators Dulce Leyva, Cynthia Cabrales, seated, and Luis Godoy, standing, in a shaded courtyard at the Washoe County District Health facility in Reno.

Extension aims to help older adults stay healthy amid COVID-19

Healthy aging specialist and team collaborate with others to help meet the needs of Nevada seniors

Natalie Mazzullo

UNR Med students create a healthy curriculum for Washoe County high school students

A team of third-year medical students is teaching preventative care and healthy lifestyle choices

A socially distanced group photo of 10 medical students who are creating and teaching curriculum on preventative care and healthy lifestyle choices for high school students.

UNPACKED: leader, advocate & protector of the public’s health Trudy Larson, M.D.

Dean of the School of Community Health Sciences talks about women in medicine, COVID’s impact on the medical profession and saying ‘yes’ to possibilities in latest podcast

Trudy Larson, M.D.

What's important to know about fruit-flavored drinks? | ¿Qué es importante saber sobre las bebidas con sabor a frutas?

100% fruit juice is a healthier choice | El jugo 100% de frutas es una opción más saludable

A glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice on a table next to fresh orange slices

Extension program officer continues health education through virtual learning

Brittany Henderson joins Extension to enhance health literacy in school

Brittany Henderson

Nevada State Public Health Lab-led team studying COVID-19 reinfection

Fighting the pandemic: University of Nevada, Reno research effort continues with early, genomics-based evidence of reinfection

A technician at work in the Nevada State Public Health Lab

What’s important to know about flavored waters sold in stores? | ¿Qué es importante saber sobre las aguas saborizadas que se venden en las tiendas?

Not all flavored waters sold in stores are healthy choices | No todas las aguas saborizadas que se venden en las tiendas son opciones saludables

A glass of homemade raspberry flavored water with green garnish

Now more than ever, it’s important our students know how to LiveWell


Working to protect the public’s health

EPA awards $800,000 to the School of Community Health Sciences for research into the distribution of chemicals within the body

Lab technician's gloved hands holds an instrument putting a chemical substance into a vial.

How can I help my family make healthier drink choices? | ¿Como puedo ayudar a mi familia a elegir bebidas más saludables?

It’s as simple as Whoa, Slow, Go! | ¡Es tan simple como Whoa, Slow, Go!

A bottle of milk and a glass of milk with a brightly colored straw sitting on a wooden table

Youth increase cultural awareness through online culinary arts program

4-H virtual lessons also incorporate chemistry and science concepts

Sarah Monique Somma with rice dish

How do sugary drinks affect weight? | ¿Cómo afectan al peso las bebidas azucaradas?

Three reasons why sugary drinks may increase weight gain | Tres razones por las cuales las bebidas azucaradas pueden causar aumento de peso

Three sugary fruity drinks in canning jars, each with a colorful bendy straw

Research ‘rock star’ has advanced gastroenterology science and scientists

Celebrating the impressive record of scientific advancements, funding and mentorship of Kent Sanders, Nevada’s 2020 Distinguished Researcher

Portrait photo of Kent Sanders, Nevada's 2020 Distinguished Researcher

Tekscan interviews University's sports related concussion research team

Madison Taylor, Philip Pavilionis, and Nicholas Murray discuss their current research in sports related concussions

Alyssa Rubin,Madison Taylor, Philip Pavilionis, and Nicholas Murray on a video call

Should kids have drinks with caffeine? | ¿Deben tomar bebidas con cafeína los niños?

Caffeine can be over-looked by parents and others that care for small children | Cafeína puede que sea pasada por alto por los padres y otras personas que cuidan a los niños pequeños

A hand holds a full coffee mug by the handle above a wooden table

Parallels & lessons learned: HIV/AIDS and COVID-19

Dr. Trudy Larson presents at TedX Reno

Dr. Trudy Larson presenting at TEDx Reno

Health District and University release COVID-19 antibody study results

Study estimates indicate the number of COVID-19 infections is higher than reported

UNR Med students conduct COVID-19 antibody testing

Extension offers online session to help ag producers and others manage stress

COVID-19 causing stress and mental health challenges to nation’s farmers and ranchers

Farmer harvesting carrots

Health care alumni share stories from the front lines

From why they entered the field to what a "regular" shift looks like, these alumni open up about their lives during the pandemic

Brittany Toalson, CNA and Jessica Lamb '12 , RN. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Lamb)

Dr. Trudy Larson Presenting at TedX Reno

TedX Reno webcast will be held virtually on June 27, 2020 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm PDT

Red Ted X Sign

Local COVID-19 Heroes of Public Health: Making Health Happen

The School of Community Health Sciences is proud to highlight the faculty, students, and alumni who are working relentlessly to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.

Headshot of Dana Loomis

Peter Reed delivers compelling testimony to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

Peter Reed shares the success of the Nevada CAN and NEST Collaborative programs

Headshot of Peter Reed

What is aphasia?

June is Aphasia Awareness Month, a national campaign dedicated to increasing public awareness about the language disorder and recognizing people who are living with or caring for people with aphasia.

In a Not Alone Aphasia Communication Group, aphasia participants practice communication using multiple platforms.

Jerome M. Adams graduation message

Congratulations to 2020 public health graduates: a message from the U.S. Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams

First-ever virtual hooding ceremony commemorates UNR Med’s 63 newest doctors

Final medical school milestone goes digital with virtual graduation

A collage of photos of UNR Med's Class of 2020 graduates being hooded.

The Ozmen Institute for Global Studies presents a COVID-19 webinar

Global Health Challenges: The Coronavirus Pandemic, 10-11 a.m., Friday, May 15

" Four experts discuss the ramifications of COVID-19 across disciplines.


David Wilson remembered for innovative cancer research in nutrition field

Wilson worked extensively with the University for over 20 years in the Department of Nutrition

David Wilson

Healthy drinks during quarantine | Bebidas saludables durante la cuarentena

To help keep your family hydrated and feeling their best during this time, skip the sugary drinks | Para ayudar a mantener a su familia hidratada y a sentirse lo mejor posible durante este tiempo omita las bebidas azucaradas

Two glasses of water on a wood table next to a green garnish, one glass with red raspberries and one with blueberries.

Take measures to stay healthy while reaping benefits of outdoor physical activity

Weather and Phase 1 present opportunity to enjoy outdoors

two men ascending a hiking trail while at least 6 feet apart

In classroom or on Zoom, Tibbitts winners impacting students' lives

Amy Fitch and Elena Pravosudova are 2020 Tibbitts Teaching Excellence award winners

Tibbitts Award winner Amy Fitch Zooms with her CHS 440 class

Physical activity is a strong benefit during COVID-19

Extension provides information on how to help yourself and others

a woman wearing a mask while walking a dog

Use COVID-19 time at home to foster healthy family relationships

University of Nevada, Reno Extension provides information on avoiding strife, improving communication

Asian family of four eating dinner at a table

Genomics sequencing of Nevada COVID-19 samples is under way

University’s Nevada Genomics Center joins with State Health Lab and School of Medicine researchers to advance scientific knowledge of novel coronavirus through DNA sequencing

Dr. Paul Hartley sits at genomics sequencing machine in laboratory

Watch out for junk science amid COVID-19

University gives tips for recognizing unfounded health and nutrition claims

a red flag fluttering in the breeze

Victory garden starter kits provide hope during pandemic

Extension helps families begin growing their own food during shelter-in-place order

Seed packets displayed on wall

Meeting COVID-19 challenges: Understand dates on food labels before discarding

With some items becoming harder to come by, University of Nevada, Reno nutritionist offers clarification

eggs in a carton

How should I prepare for a telemedicine appointment?

Drs. Eckert, Baker and Hagen offer tips for getting the most out of your virtual doctor visits.

A patient and his health care provider are pictured during a telehealth consultation.

UNR Med students contribute to health care workforce

Volunteers assist with COVID-19 testing and screening

UNR Med fourth-year medical student Nicholas Andrew assists with drive-through COVID-19 testing at the University Health Internal Medicine appointment-only drive-through location.

University dean selected for state’s new Medical Advisory Team

Dean of the School of Community Health Sciences Trudy Larson is one of five members on medical expert team

" "In this rapidly developing situation, it is critical that we turn to those with expertise in infection control and public health to guide our decision-making, and I have full confidence that we’ve assembled the right team for the job."


Extension offers online education and resources for Nevada communities

Programs go virtual this month to keep communities informed and engaged amid COVID-19 outbreak

Susan McClain standing behind a table covered with fresh ingredients and cutting boards

How can I confront coronavirus racism?

School of Medicine Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Nicole Jacobs, recommends methods for dealing with biased behavior, whether you are the intended recipient or a witness.

Headshot of the Author Dr. Jacobs

What does it take to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER award?

The latest prestigious early-career awards will advance research in wildfire-smoke forecasting, battery performance and understanding brain function

Matteo Aureli, Mohammed Ben-Idris and Jamie Voyles-Ensor are panel presentation speakers.

Campus labs supplying equipment for School of Medicine use and patient care

University banding together to provide medical supplies for COVID-19 care – more supplies needed

Jennie Parker and Chris Pritsos standing beside delivered personal protective equipment supplies

What should we be eating to help us resist the coronavirus?

University of Nevada, Reno dietitian provides research-based information

Boy holding plate of dairy while girl points to dairy section of MyPlate graphic

What is Doctors' Day?

National Doctors’ Day was first observed in 1933 in Winder, Georgia to celebrate the contributions of physicians as healers, teachers and scholars. In honor of Doctors’ Day, we asked UNR Med and University Health physician leaders to share some of their own inspirations and experiences.

Headshots of the med professors in this article. Dr Hagen Dr. Schwenk, Dr. Piaseki and Dr. Coppes

Ten Things You Should Know About Match Day

Match Day is one of the most significant milestones in the life of a physician.

A UNR Med medical student places a pin on the Match Day map.

Are energy drinks bad for children?

University expert Chenin Treftz Nickel discusses the health risks caffeine and sugar pose to children.

Girl drinking from a park's water fountain

All is well at the Student Health Center

After 118 years, the student-funded facility remains a vital resource providing comprehensive care to record numbers of students.

The words "Student Health Center" are on the right wall of a hallway with the entrance door on the left

How do I maintain a healthy heart?

Dr. Lorrel Brown Toft, M.D. breaks down easy ways to keep track of your heart health and improve it

Dr. Lorrel Toft, associate professor and cardiologist, makes a heart with her hands

A match made in medical school

UNR Med Student Outreach Clinic involvement sparks medical student romance, leads to marriage

Aradhana Mehta and Lance Horner posing for a cute photo in which Aradhana is being held up in her medical school graduation attire by Lance, who is in a suit

Undergraduate Research: growing interest, growing support, new director

Tanya Kelley named to guide the range of programs and services to encourage pursuit of research, scholarly and creative activities by undergraduates

Tanya Kelley and Scott Mensing at the Fall 2019 Community Based Research Symposium

Workshops offered for creating pie fillings and for pickling products

Extension offers food preservation workshops Feb. 21 and 26

Apple pie on glass plate with serving utensil

A heartfelt welcome

Dr. Lorrel Toft joins cardiovascular teams at UNR Med and Carson Tahoe Health

Dr. Lorrel Toft making a heart with her hands

Tests indicate Lincoln County residents at greater risk of exposure to radon

"Lincoln County knew and experienced the dangers of radiation in the form of hazardous fallout from the Nevada Test Site, but an even bigger radiation hazard exists today."

Lung cancer on a chest x-ray

Graduate students help 4-H youth discover the excitement of science

Students in Nevada Biosciences Association lead experiments to encourage 4-H youth to pursue STEM

4-H campers doing an experiment on seedlings with graduate student

Carson Valley Middle School student places first in Nevada Radon Poster Contest

Winners for the Nevada Radon Poster Contest announced

" Invisible Reaper takes first in 11th annual Nevada Radon Poster Contest hosted by University of Nevada, Reno Exension's Nevada Radon Education Program.


Extension’s Gardening in Nevada classes return in February

University teams up with Washoe Parks and Bartley Ranch to offer free series

Hand picking fruit from tree

A tribute to our Nevada Medicine Weekly editor, colleague and friend, Roseann Langlois

Roseann Langlois

How much do businesses providing health care help Nevada's rural economies?

University experts discuss five ways the rural health care sector brings in millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs for rural Nevada counties

A registered dietetian working with a young person

University teaches nutrition to American Indian and rural kindergarteners

Paper published about research and impact on kindergarten student health knowledge

Staci Emm

How do I tell if there’s added sugar in my drink? ¿Cómo puedo saber si mi bebida contiene azúcar agregado?

Reading the ingredients list is the best way to tell if your drink has added sugar. | La mejor manera de saber si su bebida contiene azúcar agregado es leer la lista de ingredientes.

Two bottled drinks, one clear and one red

How much water does my family need? ¿Cuánta agua necesita mi familia?

Water needs vary by age, sex, physical activity level and environmental factors. | La necesidad de agua varía según la edad, el sexo, el nivel de actividad física y los factores ambientales.

boy drinking water from a bottle with a straw

Cohort completes inaugural Sponsored Projects Academy

Program better connects individuals to the bigger picture: the administrative processes, network and impact of the research enterprise

Posed are the 20+ participants in the final Sponsored Projects Academy session

Why is it important to limit 100% fruit juice? ¿Por qué es importante limitar el jugo de fruta 100%?

Nutrients in juice are not the same as whole fruit. | Los nutrientes en el jugo no son lo mismo que la fruta entera.

woman holding out a glass of orange juice

Should you buy drinks with added electrolytes? ¿Debe comprar bebidas con electrolitos añadidos?

Electrolytes play important roles in the body, and many drinks have added electrolytes. Are these drinks worth the extra cost? | Los electrolitos tienen funciones importantes en el cuerpo, y muchas bebidas tienen electrolitos añadidos. ¿Vale la pena pagar el costo adicional de estas bebidas?

child drinking from a bottle of water

Cell lines and antibody commercialized through reagent licensing program

Two School of Medicine laboratories are University’s first to participate in program that helps deliver discoveries to the marketplace

Researchers pose for photo from two UNR Med laboratories who are University’s first to participate in program that helps deliver discoveries to the marketplace.

What is whooping cough?

Sarah Hand, M.D., assistant professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, explains the signs, symptoms and prevention of whooping cough, also known as pertussis.

A person in a hoodie sleeping on a couch with a colorful blanket

OSEP awards $1.3 million to special education professor to advance interdisciplinary personnel preparation

Grant awarded to Assistant Professor Lindsay Diamond in the College of Education to collaborate with Associate Professor Abbie Olszewski in the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Associate Professor Abbie Olszewski and Assistant Professor Lindsay Diamond

Center for Urban Water Conservation celebrating 25 years of research

Public invited to tours, demonstrations, plant and produce sales

Participants listening to an orchard demonstration

Cancer-causing gas awareness contest offers cash prize

Nevada Radon Poster Contest 2020 is now open to students

Ana Marquez posing with award

Nevada Field Day 2019 provides hands-on activities and demonstrations

University experts showcase research, activities and programs at fall festival

two women at field day giving a thumbs-up

What is unaddressed trauma, and how does it affect us?

If you are struggling with trauma, it's important to know help is out there. Barbara Kohlenberg, Ph.D., explains.

Man and woman embrace sadly

Nevada 4-H youth to compete at State Expo and celebrate National 4-H Week 2019

University of Nevada, Reno Extension brings back State Expo after hiatus

4H youth showing sheep at a fair

Community leaders, science experts featured at 2019 Global Climate Change Summit

The Sept. 23 conference will discuss how climate change is impacting Nevada

Red Rock Canyon Rocks

UNR Med students mentor next generation of bilingual health care providers

University program works with bilingual youth to recruit and train a more diverse network of health care professionals in Nevada.

CBESS mentor and University of Nevada, Reno senior Ryan Becker and high school mentees Anthony Antelo from the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology in Reno and Miguel Pacheco from Silver State High School in Carson City examine a sheep brain during a three-week residential program encouraging bilingual youth to pursue careers in health care.

How can I help someone considering suicide?

Learn how you can help – or get help – from the Rev. Suzanne Watson, M.D., a third-year psychiatry resident at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and an ordained Episcopal priest.

A student takes notes sitting under a large tree on the University Quad. Morrill Hall is in the background, and it is autumn, so the leaves are changes.

Do I need a primary care provider?

Alexandra Watson, ’17 M.D., University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine family medicine chief resident, discusses the ins and outs of primary care providers.

A doctor works with a patient who is holding a medical device

Who needs to be knowledgeable about wildfires? Everyone!

Dr. Sam Dugan from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine drops some knowledge about wildfires – especially smoke, survival and situational awareness

A burning forest with blackened trees, clouds of smoke, and flames in the background

Free local food markets presentation to discuss community impact

Extension welcomes guest speaker Dawn Thilmany from Colorado State University

A box full of locally grown vegetables, including yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, radish, and tomatoes

National leader in renal disease joins University

Dietician and Nutritionist David St-Jules joins the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

David St-Jules posing in front of trees

UNR Med welcomes incoming class with White Coat Ceremony

New medical students begin classes Monday, August 19

UNR Med White Coat Ceremony 2019

Ahmad Itani named associate vice president for research

His career studying and improving engineering of bridges now shifts to building connections to resources, opportunities, colleagues

Faculty member and student in front of research-project poster

Are my online health records safe?

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Chief Resident Alexandra Watson, M.D., breaks down the safety of your online medical records


Food as medicine: UNR Med integrates nutrition into med school curriculum

Nutrition awareness, education and practice stressed in new Medical Nutrition Initiative for future physicians

Misha Fotoohi and classmates, one with a mixing bowl, laughing while cooking

Before the bag of frozen peas: How does a vasectomy work?

Daniel Spogen, M.D., chair of UNR Med Family and Community Medicine, explains vasectomy methods, procedures and recovery

A male doctor in Nevada blue scrubs talks to a male patient

Graduate of the Pack: Ana Nunez Zepeda, nutrition instructor

"It’s important that there are people doing what I do because we can help our community by teaching them how to have a healthy lifestyle."

Nunez Zepeda at booth

Spring Commencement 2019: 'Catch your breath for a moment ... but don't stop'

Record number of degrees, 3,201, conferred during University's 129th Commencement

Happy graduate waving

UNR Med students prove the couple who studies together, excels together

David and Karissa Wasiak balance marriage and medical school

Two graduates pose in their commencement regalia, holding a cell phone displaying a photo with the two of them dressed as bride and groom on their wedding day

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine graduates 63 new doctors

Ceremony marked the completion of undergraduate medical education for the medical students, who now enter residency training

Graduates in black robes and green stoles standing on a stage

Exploring the future of food production on Earth … and in space

Jeff Harper named Nevada’s Distinguished Career Researcher for his significant work addressing the global, food-security challenge

Jeff Harper in his biochemistry laboratory.

Carson Valley student places second in National Radon Poster Contest

Ana Marquez awarded for poster urging communities to test for radon


$11 million grant advances research at the forefront of cardiovascular disease

Biggest Little Research: Significant NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence support builds on molecular and cellular expertise to address the leading cause of death

Seven faculty members view demonstration of a large-size "two-photon" microscope

Institute for Neuroscience to help a multidisciplinary center of excellence become even stronger

James Kenyon named director of University of Nevada, Reno institute designed to complement and extend the energy, experience and potential in the neurosciences

2 faculty member sitting at desk in office with neuroscience-related images on the computer screens

Epidemiologist conducts largest representative study of emergency respiratory visits

Associate Professor Matthew Strickland helps inform National Ambient Air Quality Standards

Matthew Strickland

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine celebrates 50 years of medical education and research excellence

The certificate of commendation presented by U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto for the the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s 50th anniversary

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine marks 50th anniversary with unparalleled celebration

Community commemorates 50 years of excellence in medical education and research with Golden Gala

UNR Med Dean, Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk gives remarks at a podium.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine fourth-year medical students receive residency assignments

UNR Med Class of 2019 at Match Day 2019

How do heart attack symptoms differ in men and women?

Dr. Neda Etezadi-Amoli, FACOG, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, discusses heart health.

Dr. Neda Etezadi-Amoli speaking about heart health

Building research infrastructure: Investment in Core Labs

New directors named to centers for bioinformatics and genomics

Paul Hartley and Yanji Xu in genomics lab

University researchers working to combat the growing drug-resistance challenge

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services funded further development and implementation of data analysis software designed to identify and anticipate antimicrobial resistance

Multiple prescription bottles with one tipped over in the foreground and pills in front of it.

UNR Med expands health care services in northern Nevada

New clinical and education building to open early 2020

745 West Moana Lane

Research on sperm transportation reveals new cause of male infertility

UNR Med-led research team corrects a 150-year-old wrong concept regarding sperm transport; findings could lead to new treatment for male infertility

Yan lab male infertility research

Yumei Feng named Research and Innovation Leadership Fellow

UNR Med faculty member and biomedical researcher looks forward to immersive research administration experience

Dr. Yumei Feng sitting in her office with book shelves in the background

University Libraries, partners using Virtual Reality to revolutionize medical education

University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno, along with UNR Med, Renown and several University Departments are working together to revolutionize nursing and medical education at Nevada.

Libraries Multimedia Specialist Michelle Rebaleati works with "SIM Mom" at UNR Med to compose the shot for the 360-degree, 3D virtual reality footage she and colleague Luka Starmer created for the research study

UNR Med doctor treats Reno woman with rabies vaccine after wild monkey bite turns dream South African vacation into nightmare

Dr. Steven Zell, leading provider of travel medicine, treats patient from a half a world away

Lisa Leiden, Dr. Steven Zell and Dr. Khazi Nayeemuddin pose for a photo.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine receives $2M grant award for preterm birth research

Iain Buxton, Pharm.D., foundation professor, Pharmacology; Craig Ulrich, Ph.D., research assistant professor, Pharmacology and Heather Burkin, Ph.D., assistant professor, Pharmacology.

University adds 13 new academic programs

New programs range from a minor in graphic design to a B.S. in biotechnology

Students study with each other.

Ensure food safety by testing pressure canner gauges before canning

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers gauge testing for food safety

Hot water pouring into a jar of vegetables

Nevada Radon Poster Contest open to students

Collaborative effort seeks to raise awareness of dangers of odorless gas that causes lung cancer


NevadaFIT: Freshman Intensive Transition boot camp begins

More than 1,700 incoming freshman – nearly half of all University of Nevada, Reno freshmen – to participate in program designed to increase college success

Seven students in white NevadaFIT T-shirst pose for a photo while gathered on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Orvis Emerita faculty deployed to Kilauea volcanic eruption

Orvis Emerita faculty Bernadette Longo is an expert on health effects from volcanic air pollution and joined a U.S. Department of Interior Strategic Sciences Group in Kilauea

Lava flow in Kilauea swallows paved road with trees and a mailbox in the foreground and flames in the background

Global impact: new list of essential in vitro diagnostics includes work of UNR Med professor

Rapid-diagnostic test based on research and commercialized discovery by Thomas Kozel is named to World Health Organization’s Model List

Professor Tom Kozel talks with a colleague in a laboratory.

UNR Med announces new Physician Assistant Studies Program

Program combats shortage of Nevada healthcare providers and improves healthcare access

UNR Med officials pose for a photo at the PA Studies Program open house.

Center for Advanced Studies advocates for researchers

Past University research honorees offer faculty community a voice on campus and beyond

Researcher shines light on a test tube in a darkened lab

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine opens new Women’s Health Center to serve Reno & Northern Nevada

A group of UNR Med Women's Health Center staff pose for a photo.

UNR Med produces triple physician legacies in class of 2018

Six UNR Med School doctors pose for a photo during the 2018 spring hooding ceremony

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine graduates 69 new doctors

UNR Med Class of 2018 ready to make a positive impact

President Johnson shakes hands with a UNR Med graduate

Tibbitts Award winners Richard and Townsend share passion for teaching

Shannon Richard of Nursing and Dianna Townsend of Education are the 2018 Tibbitts Award winners

Dianna Townsend is awarded the Tibbitts Award

$2 million awarded for path to new diabetes treatment

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine researcher finds molecular link between Type 2 diabetes and obesity that may lead to new targeted drug treatments

Seungil Ro uses a high-end microscope in his lab.

New website provides resources to help prevent early childhood obesity

Cooperative Extension website offers research, resources, curricula, activities and materials

A teacher and elementary kids jumping while waving colorful scarves

Five myths about HPV and cervical cancer

Misinformation is dangerous. Debunking these human papillomavirus myths could save your life.

Computer generated image of viruses

New surgery department expands training for University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students

Dr. James Harris and Dr. Lori Rawson named surgery co-chairs

Lori Rawson and James Harris pose in front of a black drape

Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. receives Washoe County Medical Society Community Service Award

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. honored for service to community

Washoe County Medical Society President Andrew V. Pasternak, IV, M.D. (left) presents University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. (right) with a Community Service Award that recognizes UNR Med's community engagement and contributions.

Carson Valley student places first in National Radon Poster Contest

Jacob Pipho awarded for poster urging communities to test for radon


Presentations teach radon safety and offer free radon test kits

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers free test kits at public meetings statewide

A radon test kit

New grant to attract bilingual Spanish-English high school students for careers in healthcare

$1.25 million Science Education Partnership Award received by the Raggio Research Center for work aiming to bring linguistic diversity to STEM-focused fields in Nevada

Four students celebrate at Commencement. One student's graduation cap says, "Como Prometido BSN"

Orvis students reach vulnerable seniors with nutritional information

Recipes, cooking utensils, menus distributed at Nov. 16 event at Washoe County Senior Center

Orvis students at HOPES

Orvis School of Nursing demonstrates the importance of reading nutrition food labels

Sugar content of international beverages discussed at Night of All Nations

Two Orvis School of Nursing Students at the Night of All Nations event

Two faculty members named AAAS Fellows

David Leitner and Wei Yan receive national recognition for their distinguished contributions to science

Wei Yan and David Leitner pictured in their classrooms

Two Orvis School of Nursing faculty named as Fellows

Wei-Chen Tung, Lisa Thomas inducted into prestigious American Academy of Nursing

Lisa Thomas and Wei-Chen Tung

College of Science students speak at the 2017 Scholarship Luncheon

Scholarship recipients met with donors at the annual College of Science Scholarship Luncheon

Student Brian Huynh speaks to a crowd of guests at the College of Science Scholarship Luncheon

Community Health Sciences now an independent academic unit

Programs growing; outreach efforts continuing

Students on campus.

Orvis School of Nursing's Ruchala honored as 2017 Healthcare Hero

Recognized for her work as a community partner

Dean Patsy Ruchala

Nevada Radon Poster Contest open to students

Collaborative effort seeks to raise awareness of dangers of odorless gas that causes lung cancer

2017 National Radon Poster Contest second place poster

InNEVenture Fund enters second year of ramping up ideas and technologies for commercialization

Early-stage proof-of-concept funding applications now open for Nevada Research and Innovation Corporation program

Photographer in wet suit takes photos under water in Lake Tahoe

New scholarship endowment continues support for health care

Myles' endowment will benefit medical students from northern Nevada, eastern California

Jean and Bob Myles

Major, new high-performance computing cluster to advance research and industry

Technology leader Switch provides critical data-ecosystem infrastructure to power Pronghorn, the University's new cluster, and the regional economy

Collage includes artist's rendering of the Switch facility located east of Reno, known as The Citadel Campus, plus a laboratory work space and computer circuit board.

Discovering family history at Savitt Medical Library

Medical bag belongs to faculty member's great-grandfather

Megan Swank with medical bag.

UNR Med alumnus focuses on diversity and inclusion

Aims to increase diversity within UNR Med's applicant pool

Wilfredo Torres, M.D.

Faculty and students come together to push for diversity and inclusion

Associate dean and new initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Associate Dean Jacobs and Chris Kloth discuss diversity initiatives

Nevada Attorney General Laxalt allocates $1.2M in funding to create new OB/GYN department at UNR Medical School

Funds allocated to expand physician training and research to improve women’s health in northern Nevada

Group of students and professors posing. Left to right: Alexandra Magliarditi, UNR Med student; Attorney General Adam Laxalt; Interim Chair of the UNR Med OB/GYN department, Neda Etezadi-Amoli, M.D.; UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.; Melissa Kelley, UNR Med student. Photo: Theresa Danna-Douglas.

University Orvis School of Nursing dean receives lifetime achievement nursing award

Patsy Ruchala, dean of OSN, is recognized and awarded for her lifetime achievements and success in nursing

Patsy Ruchala, professor and dean of Orvis School of Nursing

Researchers aim to repurpose former experimental cancer therapy to treat muscular dystrophy

UNR Med Professor of Pharmacology Dean Burkin is lead author on published findings conducted with NIH national center

Professor of Pharmacology Dean Burkin with his team, shown working in their lab.

How do probiotics affect mood?

Professor Stanley Omaye defines probiotics and answers the question of how they might affect your mood

A collection of lab equipment with something green in a dish under a microscope

Groundbreaking researcher, University supporter Hitchcock to receive Honorary Doctorate

Mick Hitchcock has not only done groundbreaking HIV treatment research, he's furthered University student success and research efforts

Mick Hitchcock

University Med alumna to assume interim OB/GYN chair

Neda Etezadi-Amoli

Are behavioral and mental health problems getting worse?

Foundation Professor of Psychology Steven Hayes explains the increase of mental and behavioral issues in the modern world

Psychology textbooks stacked on top of each other.

How can you prevent or slow Alzheimer's?

Professor Jason Shearer from the University of Nevada, Reno Chemistry Department discusses Alzheimer's disease and ways to prevent or slow its progression

Two elderly men and a student worker at the University's Sanford Center for aging

School of Medicine’s Class of 2017 learns residency match results

1/3 of class will enter primary care

2017 UNR Medical School Match Day

School of Medicine publishes 2017 edition of the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Book

Data relevant for policy makers, healthcare professionals, rural residents

Rural Nevada dirt road

School of Medicine announces free March clinic dates

Clinics serve the medically uninsured of northern Nevada

Doctor checking a patient's heart with a stethoscope

Local leaders to experience career of a medical student at School of Medicine program

Medical students to guide community leaders through an overview of the four-year medical school experience

Medical students examining a model human body

School of Medicine announces free February clinic dates

Clinics serve the medically uninsured of northern Nevada

Medical Clinics

Nevada Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety awards grant to University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Risk Taking Behaviors and Vehicular Crashes: Identifying behaviors and interventions

Cars driving down Virginia Street

University professor and co-founder of local health center is an everyday hero

Thanks to Northern Nevada HOPES and Trudy Larson’s work with HIV/AIDS, a baby has not been born with HIV in northern Nevada for the past two decades

Trudy Larson with colleagues at Northern Nevada HOPES

Learn how to reduce the radon health risk (2016)

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers free test kits at public meetings statewide


School of Medicine announces free November clinic dates

Clinics serve the medically uninsured of northern Nevada

Medical student practicing medicine on "patient"

Dr. Bennet Omalu to speak at University of Nevada, Reno

Renowned pathologist discovered chronic brain injury in NFL players

Bennet Omalu

Ruchala named dean of Orvis School of Nursing

Marks reinstatement of Orvis School of Nursing as independent school