The University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing ranks as top nursing program in the country

2023 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) nursing graduate passing rates place the University at the top of the charts in the state and country

Exterior wall of the Orvis School of Nursing.

Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology receives national ranking

UNR Med is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top graduate programs in the country

A young woman points to a screen using assistive technology in front of a child in a wheelchair.

Finding her ‘why’ – one medical student’s journey

Taree Chadwick, M.D. Class of 2024, shares why she decided to switch career paths and become a doctor

Headshot of Taree Chadwick

Leading the charge in organ donation awareness with UNR Med's SODA chapter

UNR Med student helps fellow future doctors by promoting organ donation education, debunking myths and advocating for empathy

Skotti Torrence poses for a photo on the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine campus.

How can I tell whether the nutrition information I'm seeing online is true or false?

As you scroll through content on the Internet, consider these “warning signs” that what you are reading may not be entirely truthful

A woman holding an iPad displaying a website on dieting. Nearby are her reading glasses and a notebook.

Milk: Can children drink too much?

Milk provides nutrients that are important for children’s growth and development. Too much milk, however, can be harmful.

A girl giggles while holding a glass of milk. Her smile is adorned by a milk moustache.

Is your family eating enough of this food? | ¿Está consumiendo suficiente de este alimento su familia?

Fruit is an important part of a healthy diet | La fruta forma parte importante de una alimentación saludable

A mom, dad and young child sitting together around a kitchen island, enjoying fresh berries, including strawberries and blueberries, from a bowl.

Fourth-year M.D. students celebrate Match Day with special event ahead of graduation

UNR Med students join tens of thousands of students from across the country to receive their residency program assignments

Medical students pose in front of the stage for a silly group photo, with "I'll Be There For You" sign in the background.

What are some small changes that I can make to have a big impact on my family's health?

Reading food labels, offering water to your kids throughout the day and serving fruit instead of fruit juice can lead to big improvements

A father and son bump fists after a basketball game. They're sprawled on the court next to a water bottle.

Go "Beyond the Table" and eat more mindfully

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lisa Carlson dives into mindful eating for National Nutrition Month 2024

Three students holding plates of food smiling at camera at Pack Place, dining hall.

Unraveling the mysteries of blood circulation

Albert Gonzales sheds light on the critical role capillaries play in regulating blood flow, challenging traditional beliefs in this revealing exploration of human physiology

Cristian Franco and Albert Gonzales pose for a photo in front of a lab microscope.

Making their MARC: Nandini Naidu

Naidu is part of the second cohort in the MARC program

Nandini Naidu smiles in front of a brick wall.

What is heart-healthy living?

Registered dietitian nutritionist Lisa Carlson shares what to do and what to avoid to keep your heart healthy

Image of red heart and stethoscope on white surface with heart rate

Project ECHO’s digital prescription for rural health disparities

Project ECHO bridges tech and care to empower rural health providers, fostering connections and improving patient outcomes

Members of Project ECHO and the Office of Statewide Initiatives standing in front of a hospital in Boulder City, Nevada.

Celebrating the success of the Orvis School of Nursing in the U.S. News and World Report Online Masters in Nursing Programs Ranking

The school jumped 23 positions from 2023 to 2024

A group of students work on a mock cadaver together and wear Orvis School of Nursing scrubs.

Gerontology Academic Program hosts lectures about aging

The lectures are open to faculty and students to explore the aspects of aging

Three Gerontology Students sitting at a desk, wearing branded Sanford polo shirts. Two look at a laptop.

Reynolds School of Journalism recaps its fall 2023 semester

Al Stavitsky reflects on a semester full of student and faculty achievement for the last time under his deanship

Al Stavitsky standing in front of a green screen set with a large camera recording him in the foreground.

Student and organ donor hero honored with memorial portrait to be featured in the 2024 Rose Parade®

Jake Sullivan Roman saved three people through organ donation – Donor Network West tributes his life in a memorial ‘floragraph’

Portrait of Jake Roman made of flowers and other organic material.

University of Nevada, Reno opens STEM & health career pathways for bilingual students

NIH science education grant supports high school students, parents and counselors in rural county

Six people stand in business attire, three on one side, and three on the other of a research poster, smiling.

Dr. Hamza: Bringing healthcare management best practices from the University to Ghana

“The University and NNIC work closely with the broader community to help connect me to people, systems, and insights and I realized early on that this is the kind of foundation that will help more individuals back home when I return.”

Dr. Asumah in a suit on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Your brain on nature: how exposure to natural environments heals, calms and cures

Senior Associate Dean of UNR Med Melissa Piasecki, M.D., answers when, why and how we need nature in our lives.

Close up of person's boots hiking through a forest

How to meet a tree: Exploring the benefits of outdoor, experiential learning

University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe student Emma Montgomery volunteers with the Great Basin Outdoor School

Emma Montgomery outside in the woods

UNR Med professor receives $1.48M grant to improve national CPR training through films

UNR Med Professor Dr. Lorrel Toft received a $1.48M National Institutes of Health grant to develop an interactive CPR training film for high school students and athletes

Four people practice CPR training on a human-like manikin on a conference room table

UNR Med's Speech Pathology and Audiology celebrates 50 years of education, research and community impact

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology commemorated their commitment to education, research and community impact with a 50th Anniversary Golden Reception

A group of people stand behind a large lit sign that reads "50 Years" in a hotel ballroom.

Nevada Air National Guard's 'Baby Doc' program fosters medical careers

Bridging language barriers and making a difference: Dr. Nephtali Barrera's inspiring journey in health care and the Nevada Air National Guard

Nephtali Barrera poses in the hallway in his uniform next to a plaque that says "Proud to serve. 152nd Medical Group."

School of Social Work cuts ribbon on new home

The School of Social Work has officially opened their new home – building 058

Provost Thompson, Dean Wichinsky, Regent Del Carlo and President Sandoval standing in front of building 058 cutting a ribbon held by Alphie the mascot and a cheerleader.

Sen. Jacky Rosen champions healthcare access during UNR Med/Renown event

Nevada’s healthcare challenges took centerstage during a conversation with Sen. Jacky Rosen and UNR Med and Renown leaders.

UNR Med and Renown Health leadership pose for photo with Senator Jacky Rosen.

Sagebrushers season 2 ep. 14: School of Social Work

Interim Dean Lillian Wichinsky and Associate Dean Eugenia Weiss explore the importance of social work, the school’s new building and more

President Brian Sandoval sits next to Dean Wichinsky and Associate Dean Weiss in the podcasting room at the Reynold's School of Journalism.

$2.5 million grant secured to prevent adverse childhood experiences in Nevada

Both Schools of Public Health in Nevada aim to reduce leading causes of childhood death, abuse, neglect and other challenges

Headshots Kristen Clements-Nolle and Amanda Haboush-Deloye.

E. L. Wiegand Foundation donates $500,000 to new Pediatric Residency Program

E. L. Wiegand Foundation funds UNR Med/Renown three-year Pediatrics Residency Program with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Renown Pediatrics Department group portrait

Anatomy course provides unique opportunities to work with human cadavers

The Advanced Human Dissection Team is made up of undergraduate students

A large group of people sits on the steps outside of the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. Some of the students are holding biological models.

Sagebrushers season 2 ep. 12: UNR Med Dean Paul Hauptman

Hauptman shares his goals for the school, the new affiliation agreement and more

President Brian Sandoval sits next to Dr. Paul Hauptman in the podcasting room at the Reynold's School of Journalism.

Counseling Services has launched a new online virtual training program called Kognito

Free for University of Nevada, Reno faculty, staff and students, Kognito will give everyone an opportunity to practice strategies to improve mental health for students and respond to mental health challenges

Students walking in front of University of Nevada, Reno N logo in front of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

UNR Med welcomes class of 2027 on the 27th anniversary of its White Coat Ceremony

Join the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in welcoming and celebrating the Class of 2027 at its annual White Coat Ceremony

UNR Med White Coat 2023

A new way of looking at malnutrition assessment

University of Nevada, Reno researcher leads team to reframe and add to tools used by clinicians

David St Jules working with a student on measuring a person's nutritional status.

Beyond the finish line: Dr. Stovak reflects on National Sports Medicine Presidency

UNR Med’s Dr. Stovak discusses his American Medical Society for Sports Medicine presidency and commitment to advancing the specialty

UNR Med Sports Medicine Fellowship Assistant Director Mark Stovak in front of Mackay Stadium

Orvis School of Nursing parades proudly at Northern Nevada Pride

Orvis School of Nursing has celebrated Northern Nevada Pride for another year, participating in the parade and festival

A group of 25 students, faculty and friends standing in front of a float decorated for pride, holding a pride flag

From education to healthcare: UNR Med's PAs are ready to make a difference

Many recent graduates from the School of Medicine's Physician Assistant program plan to stay in Nevada to practice, helping to increase access to care in the state.

The 22 Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program graduates at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) pose for a group photo following their commencement ceremony on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

Sagebrushers season 2 ep. 8: Celebrating 30 years of aging with the Sanford Center

Director of the Sanford Center for Aging Peter Reed shares how Nevada’s elders can age well

President Sandoval sits to the left of Peter Reed in a podcast recording room.

The University of Nevada, Reno will have a float in the Northern Nevada Pride Parade for the first time

Members from the Orvis Student Nursing Association are the driving force for getting a float in the parade

University staff and students hold up banner for Orvis School of Nursing decorated with pride flags at Northern Nevada Pride 2021

Health students participate in emergency management training

Organizational Resilience in partnership with Orvis School of Nursing and the School of Public Health have delivered disaster management training to health students.

A group of nine smiling people posing for the camera at the Interprofessional Care 2023 TTX Training Exercise

How can people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community boost their resilience?

Those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community can use several techniques to boost their resilience in the face of discrimination

Students hold a banner that reads, "Nevada has Pack PRIDE!" at the annual Pride parade in downtown Reno. Many people are dressed in rainbow UNR t-shirts.

Uganda School of Nursing, Bwindi visits Orvis School of Nursing

Orvis School of Nursing has welcomed a team from Uganda School of Nursing, Bwindi and Bwindi Community Hospital as part of an international partnership focused on the sharing of knowledge and experiences.

Principal of the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi, Robert Kamugisha, Principal of the Uganda College of Health Sciences Bwindi, Onesmus Keizire, Associate Professor at Orvis School of Nursing, Deborah Lowell Shindell, Tutor and Deputy Registrar at the Uganda Nursing School, Bwindi Andrew Ansinguza in front of the Orvis School of Nursing sign

Orvis School of Nursing and Renown Health announce new partnership and scholarship fund

University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing and Renown Health have announced a new partnership providing nursing students with full ride scholarships to assist in building a sustainable nursing workforce in Northern Nevada

Cameron G. Duncan, Interim Dean of the Orvis School of Nursing, Melodie Osborn, Chief Nurse Executive at Renown Health, Erin VanKirk, Director of Professional Practice & Clinical Education at Renown and Kimberly Baxter, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Orvis School of Nursing

Sanford Center for Aging hosts anniversary open house

Event is free and open to the public

The Center for Molecular Medicine Building at night with the Sanford Center 30th identifier in the upper right hand corner

UNR Med Honors 2023 grads and awardees

UNR Medical School 2023 graduates celebrate and receive awards at Atlantis Casino Resort Reception

UNR Med Honors Reception 2023 Dean Paul J Hauptman

Class of 2023 Medical School Commencement

58 New Doctors Honored at Medical School Class of 2023 Commencement

UNR Med Commencement 2023 Dean Hauptman

Fifty-year-old time capsule reveals a piece of Medical School history

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine graduating class of 1973 opens a time capsule stored inside the wall of the first medical school building to reveal more than 50 artifacts

Five women, most in white UNR Med lab coats, smile and pose for the camera in front of the 1973 balloon display for the time capsule reveal

NIH grants University of Nevada, Reno Med Lab $2M+ for brain blood flow studies

NIH awards more than $2 million in grants to the Tran Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno Med to study neurovascular communication and brain health. Read about their research here

Dr. Cam H Tran in the lab with a white lab coat on

Institute for Neuroscience hosts successful research retreat

Graduate students and faculty present research and discuss future plans at Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe

Institute for Neuroscience Research Retreat check-in table at Granlibakken Resort

Newly awarded University Foundation Professor also recognized for displaying excellence in laboratory safety

Dr. Violeta Mutafova-Yambolieva and her research group voted 2023 Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award recipient

Violeta Mutafova-Yambolieva stands on the balcony of Morrill Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Support Nevada’s only Collegiate Recovery Program during National Collegiate Recovery Week

Join the School of Public Health in wearing purple on Saturday, April 15, 2023 and making a gift to NRAP to support National Collegiate Recovery Week

" NRAP has provided me with a place to belong to at the University of Nevada, Reno.


How can college students avoid getting sick?

Medical Director of the University’s Student Health Center Dr. Cheryl Hug-English discusses ways for students to stay healthy

Doctor's office with a patient chair and various tools and instruments on a white desk.

OLLI presents Day of Remembrance 2023

Denial: How activists, politicians, and educators are trying to rewrite the history of the Holocaust

Jan Grabowski

Is 100% fruit juice a healthy choice for my family? | ¿Es el jugo 100% de fruta una opción saludable para mi familia?

100% fruit juice is not equivalent to whole fruit. | El jugo 100% de fruta no es equivalente a la fruta entera.

Glass pitchers of colorful fruit juices are surrounded by whole and sliced fruits, such as oranges and limes.

Sanford Center for Aging hosts Aging Appreciation Week

The week creates appreciation and awareness of aging

Theresa B Skaar speaking at a podium with the Gerontology Academic Program logo in the background

Cameron Duncan inducted to the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Duncan currently serves as the Interim Dean of the University’s Orvis School of Nursing

Man in blue collared shirt with a plain grey background.

Lactose intolerant? | ¿Sufre de intolerancia a la lactosa?

This may put you at higher risk for some health conditions. | Es posible que esto lo pone en un mayor riesgo de sufrir de algunas condiciones de salud.

A father and daughter in the kitchen together, smiling and enjoying glasses of milk.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students matched with residency programs

Fifty-eight UNR Med students gathered for Match Day, when students learn where they will train for their residencies in various specialty fields.

What’s the difference between sugar and other sweeteners? | ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el azúcar y otros endulzantes?

No matter what form of sugar you eat or drink, it’s still sugar. | No importa qué tipo de azúcar coma o beba, sigue siendo azúcar.

Sugar cubes.

Have you seen these specialty kids’ milks? | ¿Ha visto las leches especiales para niños?

You don’t need to rush out and spend extra on a specialty milk for your child. | No necesita apresurarse y gastar más en una leche especial para su hijo(a).

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

Are drink tablets safe for my family? | ¿Son seguros para mi familia los comprimidos para bebidas (drink tablets)?

Some have ingredients that are unsafe for kids. | Algunos tienen ingredientes que no son seguros para los niños.

A child eating cereal in a bowl of milk.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

#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."

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


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

#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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Extension offers free radon test kits at offices statewide

a radon test kit

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.

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.