Science & technology

Notes from the 2022 State of the College of Science address

College successes, dean search launch and University Strategic Plan were subject of the annual State of the College presentation by Dean Katherine McCall

At the University graduation on the Quad, a student's cap is in focus, reading "I flew now, to the stars"
1/25/2023

Daniel Trugman Honored with Charles F. Richter Early Career Award

Nevada Seismological Laboratory professor receives prestigious award honoring outstanding contributions to the Seismological Society of America

Daniel Trugman
1/20/2023

December Science Question of the Month Winner: Daniel Phillips

Chemistry alumnus Daniel Phillips answered a Chemistry 181 exam question featured in the Discovery Monthly newsletter.

People in a chemistry lab wear lab coats and safety goggles as they mix chemicals.
1/19/2023

Associate Professor Jeongwon Park published paper for Scientific Reports' December 2022 issue

Park's paper focused on predictive modeling of the progression of Parkinson's disease

1/10/2023

College of Engineering expands leadership team to support new strategic plan

Research, workforce development and academic excellence remain top priorities

Photo collage with head shots of Fred Harris, Jeffrey LaCombe and Candice Bauer
1/10/2023

Fulbright Award supports study of Canary Islands’ unique climate-ocean-vegetation dynamics

Professor Franco Biondi brings together datasets and expertise to study environmental changes

franco biondi at remote sensing site in snake range
1/10/2023

Protecting the mental health of first responders

Jena Casas headshot
1/9/2023

International exchange with Nepalese university underway

College of Engineering Dean Erick Jones facilitated Memorandum of Understanding with Tribhuvan University

Twelve people standing around a desk, with two people holding up documents.
1/9/2023

Mechanical Engineering assistant professor wins CAREER award

Lei Cao’s research could help industry manufacture stronger, more flexible titanium alloys

Head shot of Lei Cao.
1/5/2023

Civil engineering professor to chair advisory board for NSF center addressing natural hazards

David McCallen to lead NHERI SimCenter advisory board.

Head shot of Dr. David McCallen
1/3/2023

Engineering professor recognized by international Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

Yufeng Zheng awarded a Young Leaders Professional Development Award

Yufeng Zheng standing in front of lab equipment.
12/29/2022

The link between memory and motor systems

Researchers attempt to better understand our mental landscape and actions we take to interact with it

A person with a black cap with white electrodes and black cables running out of the cap sits in front of a computer. Her head is resting on a device meant to keep her head still, and she is looking at a computer screen with a blue background and a pink circle with vertical blue lines in it.
12/27/2022

How lithium-rich ores are made

Philipp Ruprecht aims to identify how and when lithium deposits are enriched

An aerial view of the McDermitt Caldera shows a visible depression in the landscape in the shape of a lightbulb.
12/23/2022

Wolf Pack Bots qualify to compete in Northern Nevada LEGO® Championship

The E.L. Cord Foundation Center for Learning and Literacy at the University incorporates robotics into its multimodal literacy framework to facilitate academic success.

Wolf Pack Bots Team with mentors and Professor Salas
12/22/2022

Mackay students shine at annual mining meeting

Three student posters won awards at the American Exploration & Mining Association Annual Meeting

Seven people stand in front of three Mackay School posters. There are three people in the front row and four in the back, all are smiling.
12/22/2022

Biden appoints College of Science’s Scott Tyler to nuclear waste panel

Brings extensive experience in hydrological sciences to DOE’s review board

scott tyler at antarctic
12/21/2022

Nevada State Climatologist Steph McAfee provides some insight about our state of water

Nevada has been experiencing drought after drought

Water runs down a valley through a dam, where pelicans are sitting at the base.
12/21/2022

Why is the most recent fusion breakthrough so exciting?

Experts from the University community weigh in on what makes the fusion news out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory so groundbreaking

In a large room, a circular device three stories tall with wires and panels all over it sits with scaffolding around it to access various parts of the machine.
12/21/2022

Making their MARC: Kimberly Giannantonio

First cohort of MARC Nevada students includes chemistry student Kimberly Giannantonio

Kimberly Giannantonio smiles, wearing a scarf, as she stands in front of the University Quad.
12/21/2022

Engineering student wins TMS scholarship

Mentor says Sydney Fields’ work represents highest standard of undergraduate student research.

Photo of student Sydney Fields and Professor Yufeng Zheng seated in a lab.
12/21/2022

November Science Question of the Month Winner: Neil Prenn

Neil Prenn answered a Geology 101 exam question featured in the Discovery Monthly newsletter.

Thick quartz veins cut across outcrops of granitic gneiss on a grassy hilltop.
12/19/2022

Probable ichthyosaur birthing grounds revealed in Nevada with the help of undergraduate researcher

Research in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution provides a new explanation for why so many of the extinct marine reptiles died in the same location in central Nevada

Researchers working in barn-like building that houses ichthyosaur fossils
12/19/2022

How can Reno become a greener city?

Reno faces challenges as a growing city in the era of climate change. Faculty in the College of Science are focused on solutions.

A photo of downtown Reno facing south with a clear sunset.
12/14/2022

CREATE Scholar Sunshine Rodriquez

A Q-&-A with one of the scholars from the National Science Foundation-funded “Creating Retention and Engagement for Academically Talented Engineers” program. Sunshine Rodriguez is a member of the first cohort of CREATE program scholars.

Sunshine Rodriguez, seen from the waist up, standing outside.
12/14/2022

Pollinators endangered by pesticides interacting with nectar

Bees pollinating plants and consuming plant nectar impacted by neonicotinoids

A honeybee crawls on a long, tubular red flower on a stalk of flowers.
12/13/2022

Faces of the Pack: Alejandro Robles

Senior spotlight from the College of Science

Man wearing blue collared UNR College of Science shirt. Background is the Knowledge Center and a blue sky.
12/12/2022

Engineering confers 138 degrees at Winter Commencement

Thirty-seven graduates, Dean Erick Jones participate in Order of the Engineer ceremony.

Two male students in cap and gown attire seated indoors next to a banner that reads "Engineering."
12/12/2022

CREATE Scholar Amelia Bryan

A Q-&-A with one of the scholars from the National Science Foundation-funded “Creating Retention and Engagement for Academically Talented Engineers” program. Amelia Bryan is a member of the second cohort of CREATE program scholars.  

Amelia Bryan, shown from the waist up, standing outside.
12/7/2022

NSF CAREER Award will sponsor lifelike materials development

Ying Yang plans to design polymers that mimic living cells

Ying Yang wearing a patterned blazer smiles in her headshot.
12/5/2022

The power of science (fiction)

Graduate student Lauren Sankovitch brings a MARVELous background of experience to the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering

Lauren Sankovitch surrounded by Marvel Universe books and objects on display
12/5/2022

Engineering dean hails innovative, sustainable Tesla Semi

College of Engineering has a history of collaborating with Tesla on student internships and jobs

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and an unnamed man stand on a stage in front of a crowd, a large picture of a semi truck behind them.
12/2/2022

Lithium Supply Chain Process, Engineering Innovation and Education part of College of Engineering vision

New Engineering Dean Erick Jones laid out his visions in State of the College address

Dean Jones talking with a group of three students inside a building.
11/29/2022

CREATE Scholar Omar Carillo

A Q-&-A with one of the scholars from the National Science Foundation-funded “Creating Retention and Engagement for Academically Talented Engineers” (CREATE) program. Omar Carillo is a member of the first cohort of CREATE program scholars. 

Portrait of Omar Carillo, shown from the chest up, standing outside.
11/29/2022

College of Science Departmental Giving Challenge

Will your department's name be on the plaque next year?

Eight students bundled up for winter weather raise their arms up and throw snow in the air in front of the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center.
11/28/2022

EntoGEM identifies the gaps in insect decline data

Postdoc Eliza Grames works to aggregate data for insect decline synthesis

A butterfly with blue wings sits on a blue flower with a blurred background.
11/28/2022

Making their MARC: Jonathan Taasan

First MARC Nevada cohort includes biomedical engineering major Jonathan Taasan

Jonathan Taasan smiles, wearing glasses and a black coat and standing in front of the Mackay School of Mines building.
11/28/2022

How to cook chicken on a volcano

Six years of research leads to new theories (and new cooking methods) at the Puyehue Cordón Caulle volcano

Four people sit on the ground surrounded by jackets and cooking items. They are all facing the camera and smiling, dressed warmly.
11/23/2022

Westfall Scholars luncheon celebrates another cohort of successful students

The event brought together students, faculty, family, friends and former and current College of Science deans

A group of people stand and sit, all dressed nicely and facing the camera. Some are wearing medals.
11/23/2022

October Science Question of the Month Winner: Eric Nummela

Math alumnus Eric Nummela answered a Biology 190 exam question featured in the Discovery Monthly newsletter.

A digital illustration of DNA molecules on a dark blue background.
11/22/2022

Christine Johnson appointed to Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names

Department of Geography professor will use her professional experience to help remedy past erasures

A headshot of Christine Johnson.
11/22/2022

McKenzie Foundation professorship Civil & Environmental Engineering

Professor Keri Ryan is the first McKenzie professor

Six people standing outside in front of a building.
11/22/2022

Civil and environmental engineering research showcased at Nov. 18 Infrastructure Forum

Event aims to spark new partnerships with government, industry and academia.

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11/22/2022

Run with it

Alejandra Griswold poses inside the cockpit of a small, yellow airplane.
11/21/2022

Professors Emeriti Jerry and Jeanne Johnson give back to support students of science

A generous donation will support a legacy of mathematicians and scientists

A woman and a man stand smiling in bright sunlight.
11/21/2022

CREATE Scholar Tyreis Gatson

A Q-&-A with one of the scholars from the National Science Foundation-funded “Creating Retention and Engagement for Academically Talented Engineers” program. Tyreis Gatson is a member of the first cohort of CREATE program scholars.

Tyreis Gatson standing outside, shown from the chest up, with a building in the background.
11/21/2022

Interdisciplinary team studies impact of housing on Latino health in Washoe County

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant helps geographers, health scientists and community leaders identify areas of need

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11/18/2022

A major milestone in neuroscience research and teaching excellence

$5.3 million, NIH COBRE ‘Phase 3’ award will further advance the mission and impact of the University’s Center for Integrative Neuroscience

A representative of Siemens and the University's neuroscience imaging director confer as an fMRI is conducted.
11/17/2022

Forever a Westfall Scholar

Westfall Scholar alumni sustain their undergraduate success

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11/17/2022

CREATE Scholar Alexander Silveira

A Q & A with one of the scholars from the National Science Foundation-funded “Creating Retention and Engagement for Academically Talented Engineers” program. Alexander Silveira is a member of the first cohort of CREATE program scholars.

Alexander Silviera smiling, standing outside wearing a Nevada Engineering t-shirt.
11/17/2022

Discover Science Podcast: Andrew Revkin on the state of journalism in the era of climate change

Graduate student Shelby Herbert leads a discussion between the renowned science journalist and professors Sudeep Chandra and Zeb Hogan.

Discover Science compilation image of hosts and Andrew Revkin
11/16/2022

New support for STEM internships and talent retention in Nevada

Funding awarded through Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development will support development of new NV STEM Workforce Internship program

" ...it can make ‘Home Means Nevada’ a reality for more of our graduates than ever before."

11/15/2022

CREATE Scholar Jacob Gosz

A Q & A with one of the scholars from the NSF-funded "Creating Retention and Engagement for Academically Talented Engineers" program. Jacob Gosz is a member of the second cohort of CREATE program scholars.

Jacob Gosz standing outdoors, grass and building in the background, shown from the chest up.
11/14/2022

Research finds link between increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety and 2020 presidential election

National data tracked participant's self-reported symptoms, prescription drug use and mental-health office visits.

View of the Ansari Business building from the north
11/14/2022

Museum collections shed light on butterfly adaptations over time

Research looking at preserved butterflies reveals the complex story in a grain of pollen

A microscopic image shows two large grains of pollen that look like spiky yellow balls on a butterfly leg, which is a straight line horizontally with grooves in it.
11/9/2022

Mechanical Engineering professor wins national award for nuclear packaging program

The Deming Award is given by Graduate School USA.

Professor Miles Greiner seated indoors, next to the Greiner award trophy, with a window behind him.
11/9/2022

Eroding rocks can put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. What does that mean for the climate?

Graduate student Mara Nutt looks for answers in the Santa Ynez Mountains

A person stands in a clearing holding a large drill. Another person stands nearby with a notebook under their arm. They are standing in a mountainous area with the ocean visible in the background.
11/8/2022

Plasma physics researchers each awarded Department of Energy grant

The grants will be used in two different areas of plasma physics research

Four men stand in front of a large blue machine.
11/7/2022

Lithium battery recycling event on Nov. 16

Recycle your lithium and rechargeable batteries and devices at the Joe

Two lithium-ion batteries, one leaning on the other, sit against a white background.
11/7/2022

Planetary scientist to visit University: “I want to find the weird things”

Sarah M. Hörst’s Discover Science lecture on Dec. 1

A NASA artist's rendering of Titan shows a dust storm on a reddish-orange planet, with Saturn shown in the moon's "sky".
10/31/2022

Black widow vs. alligator lizard: who wins?

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno found a lizard species that is not affected by the spider's deadly toxin.

Alligator lizard prepares to attack a black widow spider.
10/31/2022

Nevada Engineering dean participates in White House committee investigating advanced manufacturing and engineering, supply chains

‘National Strategy for Advanced Manufacturing,’ released this month, lays out four-year plan

Erick Jones standing inside a building, windows in the background.
10/27/2022

Nick Zentner Field Trip to the Cascades with Professor Stacia Gordon makes an impact on YouTube

Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering Professor Stacia Gordon hits the road for another YouTube cameo

A woman wearing a blue rain jacket stands next to a large rock face. She is surrounded by mosses and trees.
10/25/2022

Recommended Fall Reads: A well-researched book list

The books featured here were written or edited by faculty, alumni or students in the College of Science

A student wearing a Nevada t-shirt leans against a bookshelf in the Knowledge Center with a book in his hands, reading.
10/25/2022

Oct. 25 is Nevada Water Innovation Institute Day

The Washoe County Commission proclaimed Oct. 25 Nevada Water Innovation Institute Day at its Oct. 25 meeting.

10/25/2022

Engineering dean serves on panel presenting disaster mitigation report to National Academy

Committee on Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Applied Research Topics discusses report at Oct. 18 virtual event

Erick Jones talking -- photo is taken from an online presentation
10/25/2022

Scholarship for Service program offers Computer Science major full scholarships in exchange for government service in cybersecurity

Workshop for interested students is Nov. 18.

Professor LaTourette and Professor Sengupta, in professional attire, stand next to computers in a computer lab.
10/24/2022

Immersive virtual reality used in metallurgical engineering education

Researchers from four distinct disciplines, engineers from Nevada Gold Mines, Kinross, and McClelland Laboratories and University Libraries will bring a new learning tool to students

A group of seven people wearing orange high-visibility vests and white hard hats stand next to a massive mining vehicle tire.
10/21/2022

NCAR-affiliate company highlighted in White House announcement

Campus-based American Battery Technology Company is one of the 20 manufacturing and processing companies receiving grant awards as part of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

" Through the creation of jobs and internships, (ABTC is) giving new experiences to our students and contributing to the preparedness and diversity of our future scientists and the nation."

10/21/2022

September Science Question of the Month Winner: Michael Jennings

Physics and math alumnus Michael Jennings answered a Math 181 exam question featured in the Discovery magazine.

A hand writes math equations on a chalkboard with a white chalk marker.
10/21/2022

Big data modeling, forest fuels mapping aids in mitigating catastrophic wildfire risk

University of Nevada, Reno researchers team with CAL FIRE and California Air Resources Board

Red and blue indicates ladder fuel loss from the Ferguson fire
10/21/2022

Celebrating the 2022 College of Science Distinguished Alumni

Among the awardees are Las Vegas’s city planner, a globe-trotting fish biologist, a psychologist providing culturally sensitive services and more

A woman and a man shake hands in front of another woman holding a glass award.
10/20/2022

University to host national OHRP research forum in downtown Reno

Two-day Research Community Forum offers collaborative workshops and expert presenters to advance the protection of human research subjects

Researcher with human research subject.
10/20/2022

University Libraries to host VR|AR Meet-Up Friday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m.

The Meet-Up is a convening of faculty, students, tech-lovers from eight different University departments presenting on research involving VR and/or AR technology

The @Reality lab, with multiple people using VR headsets and enjoying the space.
10/20/2022

Aging infrastructure in rural Nevada sees alumni-led improvements

Yerington nears the completion of a USDA-funded project to remove and replace the rural Nevada city's 100-year-old sewer and water systems.

Q&D Construction worker in open trench
10/19/2022

University taking part in Great Nevada ShakeOut public earthquake drill 10/20 at 10:20 a.m.

Campus community encouraged to be earthquake aware and to Drop, Cover and Hold-on

JCSU building with trees
10/19/2022

Cybersecurity depends on everyone

UNR Cybersecurity Conference brings together academia, industry and government to address online vulnerabilities

Profile of a woman facing right, standing behind a podium, section of a projection screen behind her.
10/17/2022

New resource sheds light on tree encroachment on sagebrush ecosystems

Up-to-date science-based information available on new website details how trees are taking over sagebrush ecosystems, the impacts, and what is being done to manage the issue

Group of early to mid stage juniper trees
10/14/2022

University of Nevada, Reno launches new agricultural communication minor

Students will learn how to communicate effectively about important agriculture-related issues

President Sandoval shaking a student's hand on a farm.
10/14/2022

Unprecedented Laminar Soil Box System demonstrates state-of-the-art design and engineering expertise

College of Engineering team answers the call – yet again – to design an experimental facility to advance seismic safety and resilience of buildings, structures, systems

8 faculty members stand in front of the Soil Box System in the Large-Scale Structures Laboratory.
10/13/2022

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
10/12/2022

Explore Earth Science Week with the College of Science

Earth Science Week this year is celebrated from Oct. 9-15

People walk around the wooden and glass cases holding rock specimens in the Keck Museum. The photo is taken from above.
10/11/2022

Pinocchio illusion inspires research into effects of aging

Wilson Award winner Amy Morris tackles questions related to proprioception

A woman wearing a mauve shirt smiles, with brick buildings and large trees over green grass in the background.
10/10/2022

Nevada hunters generate millions in economic impact for rural communities

New study reveals spending on big game and upland game hunting

A  five-point mule deer buck on a Nevada range in fall.
10/10/2022

Making their MARC: Lauren Carriere

First cohort of MARC Nevada students includes microbiology and immunology student Lauren Carreire

A girl with blonde hair stands along a pathway lined with tall oak trees. She is smiling and wearing jeans and a black sweater.
10/7/2022

Former Alaskan defense sites: potential toxicant source as climate warms

College of Engineering researcher leads team to track chemicals through food web, mitigate impacts

barrels scattered by creek
10/6/2022

Four of five pinyon-juniper tree species declining in their ranges in the West

University of Nevada, Reno study shows warmer, drier conditions taking toll on pinyon-juniper woodlands

Student measuring a tree sapling in the forest.
10/5/2022

Nevada Water Innovation Institute celebrates five years

University-led partnership works on COVID-19 wastewater surveillance, advanced purified water technologies and other water resiliency and sustainability research

Three men in suits standing in a row in a conference room.
10/3/2022

Thwaites Glacier under threat from warming sea temperatures – College of Science scientists use fiber-optics to study ice-shelf melting

Chris Kratt travels to Antarctic to set up temperature sensing devices and retrieve data

adjusting instruments on tower on Antarctic ice shelf
9/29/2022

How old are the Sierra Nevada mountains, really?

Researchers in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering weigh in on a hotly debated topic in tectonics and geomorphology: the age of the Sierra Nevada mountain range

A mountainous landscape shows a canyon carved by a river.
9/29/2022

Grad student plans outreach program in Thailand

Earthwatch award helps student bring her caterpillar research home

Chanchanok Sudta wearing a bright blue jacket stands in a jungle surrounded by foliage, smiling.
9/29/2022

Las Vegas: bright lights, sustainable city

Las Vegas works toward 30 more years of sustainability management with the guidance of alumnus Marco Velotta

Solar panels at Las Vegas City Hall
9/28/2022

Leading Tahoe researcher Sudeep Chandra first speaker for Talks@Tahoe

Inaugural talk to be held at University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe

Sudeep Chandra on boat
9/28/2022

Feared extinct, the ‘Mekong Ghost’ fish resurfaces

Adult giant salmon carp documented in the Mekong River for first time in 18 years

giant salmon carp
9/27/2022

Faces of the Pack: Isabel Peñaloza Araujo

As a first-generation Latina in mining, Isabel Peñaloza Araujo feels proud of her accomplishments, especially as an international student in the U.S. She is well on her way to accomplishing plenty more

Isabel Peñaloza Araujo poses for the camera. She has dark hair, wears glasses and a blue Mackay polo, smiling.
9/26/2022

Yellowstone flooding response includes geotechnical surveys

Assistant geological engineering professor Michael Gardner visited the sites of flooding in Yellowstone National Park to determine how geostructure integrity was compromised

A house’s porch stands unsupported by the ground that used to lie beneath it.
9/16/2022

Alumnus becomes director of Nevada State Museum

Joshua Bonde ‘03 (biology) brings expertise and personal experiences to revitalize museum

A man in a black suit and turquoise bolo tie smiles in front of a cast of a mammoth skeleton.
9/16/2022

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.
9/16/2022

Golden Scholars Program provides guidance and support

For first-generation college students in the College of Science, a support system has reemerged

Students sit in a classroom. Some of them are eating nachos.
9/15/2022

New experimental facility tests interaction of soil and structures during earthquakes

The latest College of Engineering capability to create realistic earthquakes in the laboratory will pair with collaborators’ expertise and supercomputing to lead to resilient buildings and infrastructure

Six individuals representing the Soil Box System project collaborators in the Large-Scale Structures Engineering Lab.
9/15/2022

How do hot air balloons fly?

Atmospheric scientist Pat Arnott shares how hot air balloons ascend into the Reno skies

Colorful hot air balloons fill up and begin to ascend behind a white picket fence with blue skies in the background.
9/9/2022

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.
9/7/2022

Show your cybersecurity poster or demo video at the Oct. 10 Cybersecurity Conference

Students and faculty from all disciplines may submit entries by Sept. 23

Graphic of a lock with computer coding behind it to suggest the concept of cybersecurity
9/6/2022

Store-bought milkweed plants can expose monarch caterpillars to harmful pesticides

Researchers found pesticide-contaminated plants in nurseries in 15 states

monarch caterpillar on milkweed leaf
8/31/2022

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.
8/31/2022

Faces of the Pack: Jennifer Clayton discovers fascination for autonomous robotics

First-generation student finds vast opportunity through mentorships, research experiences and the University community

Jennifer Clayton alongside Mark Genung, director of the Nevada Autonomous test site program, at this summer’s Censys Technologies and Iris Automation drone demonstration.
8/30/2022

ScienceFIT welcomes a new cohort of future scientists

The weeklong bootcamp helps incoming freshmen prepare for their first semester of college.

A group of students stands, looking upward at a drone against a clear blue sky. There are trees at the right and left edges of the photo.
8/29/2022

Biology Peer Instruction Program propels students to success

The Biology Peer Instruction Program provides leadership and teaching opportunities to undergraduates. Those experiences follow them through their lives.

Eleven people stand, ten of whom are wearing graduation regalia, and smile on the steps outside of the Pennington Student Achievement Center.
8/29/2022

Meadow restoration efforts yield long-term climate change mitigation benefits

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

A green meadow under a blue sky.
8/29/2022

Math as art

Many mathematicians in the College of Science work in pure mathematics, but the field often blurs the lines between math and art.

Green, computer-generated fractal art on a purple background, with a signature on the bottom.
8/25/2022

Climate journalist asks, “Sustain what?”

Andrew Revkin, an award-winning environmental and sustainability journalist, will bring some of the insights he’s gained in his 34 years of reporting experience to the University on September 8. Revkin’s lecture will kick off the 12th season of the Discover Science Lecture Series.

A man stands on a causeway that is flooding.
8/25/2022

Discover Science Lecture Series opens its 12th season

This season's lineup includes a range of disciplines. Registration for the first lecture on September 8 is now open.

Four images in a grid. Top left shows a man standing on a flooded causeway. Top right shows a man leaning over equipment with tubes and lenses. Bottom left shows a woman sitting at a laboratory bench. Bottom right shows a woman standing at a podium.
8/24/2022

Fred Harris recognized for commitment to University

Computer Science & Engineering professor demonstrates dedication to students, school and state.

Fred Harris in business suit standing outside in front of greenery
8/24/2022

University offers soil health and regenerative agriculture workshops and event

Online weekly sessions begin Aug. 30, daylong session at ranch in Fallon Sept. 30

A hand scooping up rich, dark soil.
8/24/2022

Integrating big data into robotics with Duckietown

A fresh perspective on robotics and how it can be applied across various levels of education

Two yellow rubber ducks posed in front of a mini Reno's "Biggest Little City" sign.
8/19/2022

Philanthropy under 30

Two young alums give back to the University.

Two side-by-side images. The left image is of a man standing with a woman and a young girl, the right image is of a man and woman sitting on a fake pumpkin.
8/18/2022

7 faculty members receive CAREER Awards in support of early-career success

With the latest round of this prestigious NSF award, the University’s community of faculty-recipients grows

Collage of the individual photos of the University's seven CAREER Awardees for 2022.
8/16/2022

7 faculty members receive CAREER Awards in support of early-career success

8/16/2022

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor wins DOE Early Career Award

Aditya Nair’s network project receives an Early Career Research Program grant.

Aditya Nair portrayed from the chest-up, standing outside in front of a building.
8/12/2022

Artificial light pollution raises concern for human and wildlife wellbeing

Biology associate professor receives NSF CAREER Award to investigate health and behavioral effects of light pollution on wild birds

Associate Professor Jenny Ouyang, a faculty member in the Department of Biology since 2016.
8/10/2022

Biology associate professor receives NSF CAREER Award to investigate health and behavioral effects of light pollution on wild birds

8/10/2022

New University research scientist works to preserve potatoes for U.S. food supply

Masaki Shimono conducts research to mitigate disease during potato storage

Masaki Shimono holding up a potato and treatment.
8/9/2022

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,
8/9/2022

Earthquake research, commitment to students recognized

Civil engineering professor Keri Ryan has been named McKenzie Professor.

Studio portrait of Keri Ryan
8/3/2022

Making their MARC: the MARC program recruits its first cohort of students

New program aims to diversify fields of biomedical research and practice.

Six people stand in two rows on brick stairs. They are standing in front of a brick building with white columns.
7/27/2022

University offers crop research tours: CBD, fiber, grain hemp and winter squash

Research being done on drought-tolerant and high-demand crops

Hemp plant growing in soil.
7/27/2022

String Theory meets music theory at Artown on the Quad

Theoretical physics inspires harmony on the University Quad

A man stands at a microphone in front of a crowd of people sitting in chairs on the University Quad, with several seated people holding instruments beside him. He is standing in front of brick buildings and large trees on a sunny day.
7/27/2022

Sustainability in asphalt paving drives latest GAANN scholar

Ph.D. candidate Julissa Larios Rodriquez set to join the University’s Graduate Assistance in Areas in National Need (GAANN) program this fall.

Woman standing outside wearing graduation cap and gown
7/26/2022

Passion drives a renewed vision for teaching and research in the forest

From students to citizen-scientists – new environmental and forest management activities take hold in the University’s forested, living laboratory, the Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area

Group of 10 students walks into the valley meadow of the Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area
7/25/2022

Complex modeling by researchers predicts wildfires may decline, eventually

Researchers integrate multiple factors in search of ways to help calculate and mitigate wildfire hazard

Tree covered mountains making up the Big Wood River Basin.
7/25/2022

University postdoc receives national recognition

Earthquake researcher Maha Kenawy honored with EERI Younger Member Award.

Man and woman in business attire indoors in front of curtain; woman holds an awards plaque.
7/22/2022

Exploring ice and expanding access

Hydrogeology student Drake McCrimmon found space to be himself while doing science on the Greenland ice sheet.

A male and a female stand on an ice sheet, posing with a LGBTQ+ Pride flag.
7/20/2022

Asphalt research recognized

AAPT awards national scholarship to two graduate students.

Two women outside sitting on a stone bench in front of a building.
7/20/2022

Understanding marginalized experiences to actively implement research

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Research mentor Dr. Sarah Mitchell sheds lighton the significance of research regarding marginalized identities

Dr. Sarah Mitchell and her mentee Talaya Flicop posing with Flicop's final version of their Undergraduate Research project.
7/19/2022

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.
7/12/2022

University of Nevada, Reno names Dr. Erick Jones dean of the College of Engineering

Jones is a senior science advisor in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. State Department

Dr. Erik Jones
7/1/2022

Innevation Center partners with Upward Bound for Summer 2022

Student interns to explore STEAM career opportunities and learn how to become “makers” in the Makerspace

Students pose for picture while touring the Innevation Center Makerspace.
6/30/2022

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.
6/30/2022

Assistant professor named Early Career Innovator for contributions to life-saving nutrition for infants

CABNR researcher plays critical role in development of liquid probiotic product for preterm infants

Steven receiving his Regents' award.
6/27/2022

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.
6/23/2022

‘Queering STEM Culture’ set to publish June 28

Engineering professor co-edits book exploring experiences of queer and trans community and their allies in post-secondary STEM settings.

Head shot of Kelly Cross
6/22/2022

Kids explore frogs, bees and science at the University

Students in Northern Nevada got the opportunity to learn from graduate students and professors at the Daugherty Summer Science Exploration program.

Students gather around a black workbench with their hands folded. The workbench has beakers and plastic tubes with bees and blue and yellow paper strips in them. The beakers have sucrose and water labels on them.
6/22/2022

Innevation Center to host gener8tor Reno-Tahoe Accelerator Program 2022

Applications open for accelerator offering connections and $100K investment to high-growth startups

Two people working together in the Innevation Center Concept Café.
6/22/2022

Environmental science student-researcher wins Regents’ award for notable accomplishments

Nicole Choma reflects on how experiences in undergraduate research, marching band and other scholarly activities have enhanced her college journey

Nicole Choma receiving a Regents' award.
6/22/2022

Paving the Wolf Pack Way: Garrett Vice ‘08

Paving the Wolf Pack Way is a series of stories showcasing Wolf Pack Way alumni from the College of Science.

A man wearing a hat and sunglasses stands on red rocks in front of a rock arch.
6/21/2022

World’s largest freshwater fish found, released in the Cambodian Mekong River by Global Water Center team

International team now tracking the 661-pound giant freshwater stingray's movements to better understand, protect the species and key freshwater habitats

giant stingray tag and release
6/21/2022

Nevada places seventh in national concrete canoe competition

University’s Concrete Canoe team participates in engineering event after five-year hiatus

Twenty-one people standing and kneeling around a canoe outdoors
6/20/2022

Westfall Scholars for Spring 2022 headed for success

Many of the students plan to continue their education, while others start work upon graduating.

A large group of nicely-dressed people sit and stand, smiling.
6/16/2022

Regents, University and College-level awards highlight College of Science achievements

Award recipients
6/16/2022

Off-season cattle grazing to help control fire danger from invasive cheatgrass

New University of Nevada, Reno study utilizes supplemental feeding to attract cattle to infested pastures

cattle grazing near mountains
6/13/2022

State geologists gather in the Sierras for annual meeting

The 2022 meeting is being hosted by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

A jetty of rocks spits out to the left with the clear turquoise waters of Lake Tahoe in the foreground and alpine mountains in the background.
6/13/2022

Celebrating award-winning students in the College of Science

This year, seven students won awards from the Board of Regents or the University.

A crowd of people blurred in the foreground watch a presentation by a woman standing on a stage.
6/10/2022

Accomplished professor wins University’s Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award

Mae Gustin sets example for prioritizing student safety in labs with chemicals

President Sandoval and Mae Gustin holding Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award plaque
6/8/2022

Banner year for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards

An all-time high of 13 student-awardees affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno receive the prestigious NSF fellowship

A collage of individual photos of the 2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellows attending University of Nevada, Reno
6/7/2022

Sustainable resource management research the focus of new open-access journal

Metallurgical Engineering professor Ehsan Vahidi to serve as associate editor of Frontiers in Sustainable Resource Management

Wind turbines
6/6/2022

Mackay School honors exceptional students and industry partners

The Mackay School honored donors, alumni, faculty and staff with a focus on celebrating the successes of students at the 2022 Mackay Banquet.

Attendees at the Mackay Banquet pose for a photo
6/3/2022

Discover Science podcast: Harrison Schmitt on his trip to the Moon

Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt discusses what it was like to be on the Moon's surface, what we're still learning from the samples brought back to Earth and what the future of lunar exploration looks like

Discover Science Podcast with Harrison Schmitt
6/3/2022

Ana de Bettencourt-Dias named Foundation Professor

de Bettencourt-Dias has a lengthy list of contributions to her field, as well as invaluable service to the University and its students.

de Bettencourt-Dias wears a black shirt with a necklace and smiles in front of a gray background.
6/2/2022

The Optimism Series: It's no surprise that Gen Z seems so despondent -- but the earth is not a cold, dead place

Student Anders Hoover
6/1/2022

Computer science researcher plans to use machine learning to improve cancer treatments

Assistant Professor Tin Nguyen is set to begin NSF-funded research this summer that could advance our understanding of cancer.

Man sitting in chair in front of computer screen
6/1/2022

Tim Nguyen received a $490,039 National Science Foundation CAREER award

6/1/2022

Linda Hayes recognized with Distinguished Faculty Award

The psychology professor, who has worked at the University for 32 years, received the award in her final year before retirement.

Two women and a man stand, with the woman in the middle and the man holding plaques. They stand in front of a screen that says "College of Science" on the top line and "Live a life of discovery" on the bottom line in italics. The Nevada Block N is above the words.
5/31/2022

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.
5/31/2022

Paving the Wolf Pack Way: Melissa Harmon

Paving the Wolf Pack Way is a series of stories showcasing Wolf Pack Way alumni from the College of Science.

Melissa Harmon smiles, wearing a blue top under a black blazer.
5/27/2022

The Optimism Series: Finding optimism in action

Adam Csank
5/23/2022

Extension and partners offer sessions on preparing for wildfire and evacuations

University of Nevada, Reno Extension continues Nevada Wildfire Awareness Campaign

Fire burning foliage in the distance.
5/23/2022

‘Gold standard’ accreditation signals commitment to animals

University awarded full reaccreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Care International

Four members of the Animal Resources team - the director/attending veterinarian, laboratory technician, laboratory assistant and administrative assistant - are in an animal care facility on the University of Nevada, Reno campus and are wearing personal protective equipment.
5/23/2022

Discover Science podcast: Kizzmekia Corbett on going where you are loved

Scientific Lead in the development of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine discusses her research and work, the importance of good mentorship, and finding her place in science.

Kizzmekia Corbett, Christopher Sanchez and Melanie Duckworth in a collage with the Discover Science podcast identifier.
5/19/2022

Lucas Ingvoldstad named USDA Director of Rural Development in Nevada

Alumnus of the Department of Geography’s Land Use Planning Master’s program aims to address climate change and invest in climate-smart infrastructure in rural Nevada

The "Weclome to Nevada" sign posted along a highway in eastern Nevada.
5/18/2022

The Optimism Series: The frog girls arrived!

Jamie Voyles in the field with a net sticking out of her backpack
5/18/2022

Recent expedition and monster fish rescue highlight Mekong River's global significance

Deep pools in Mekong River may be home to world's largest freshwater fish

team ready to release stingray
5/17/2022

Nevada receives $20 million National Science Foundation research award for fire science

NSF EPSCoR investment will increase capacity for wildland fire research, education, and workforce development

Heavy smoke filled the skies above Lake Tahoe during the Caldor Fire in 2021
5/17/2022

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
5/13/2022

Caring in chemistry: Lyndsay Munro wins Tibbitts

Tibbitts winner known for her enthusiasm for her subject matter

Lyndsay Munro and presenting party in her classroom
5/12/2022

Study sheds light on what influences water supplied by snowmelt

University of Nevada, Reno leads study looking at over 500 locations in the U.S.

A flowing creek with green foliage and mountains behind it.
5/12/2022

University of Nevada, Reno faculty focus on batteries research, education and workforce training to meet world’s energy future

Nevada Institute for Sustainability improves performance of electric vehicles and the grid, and connects to nation’s first Batteries and Energy Storage Technologies Minor

A professor with students in a technology lab
5/11/2022

Innovation Day website showcases engineering projects

See students present short videos of their inventions on the Innovation Day website, online today.

Four engineering students stand in front of a poster, window behind them.
5/10/2022

Ten years of great work and a Tibbitts Award for Angelina Padilla

Mechanical Engineering professor finds real-world ways to teach students

Angelina Padilla with surprise award presenters in her classroom
5/9/2022

The Optimism Series: How to remain optimistic in the age of climate change

Christopher Barile stands in his lab as postdoctoral fellow Hanqing Pan works behind him
5/9/2022

Professor Steven Hayes receives 2022 NSHE Career Distinguished Researcher Award

Internationally renowned for development of ACT, evidenced based form of psychotherapy

Steve Hayes at his desk
5/6/2022

First-generation student becomes first at University to earn prestigious fellowship

After a new start at the University of Nevada, Reno, Arturo Macías Franco is using his voice to advocate for others

Arturo Macias Franco.
5/5/2022

Fleischmann Planetarium hosts the seventh annual Sci-On! Film Festival

View and vote on short science and science fiction films in the Planetarium's full-dome theater May 4-6

Illustration of an astronaut on Mars.
5/4/2022

College of Engineering Dean Manos Maragakis: A retrospective on a distinguished tenure

Maragakis has served as dean since 2008, will transition to faculty at end of June

Engineering building exterior shot
5/2/2022

New program aims to improve access to support for children with autism in Kenya

The course will be available to University students this fall

An overhead view of a child sitting on the floor reading a book.
4/29/2022

Funding in flight: Making climate change prediction models more accurate

Researchers from the Department of Geography are making use of new drone technology with support from the Global Climate Change Foundation.

4/29/2022

Nevada Industry Excellence receives grant to support manufacturing industry development and success

$950,000 grant will continue Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center and statewide service through the University of Nevada, Reno

Two manufacturing workers using a grinding tool.
4/28/2022

Undergraduate researcher and McNair Scholar reflects on impressive academic journey

Experience in Undergraduate Research and McNair Scholars Program leads to NSF graduate fellowship award for CABNR student

Alexis Palma shakes faculty mentor's hand.
4/28/2022

NSHE Regents' Mid-Career Researcher Award goes to dedicated biologist

Jamie Voyles will be celebrated with her colleagues at the University's Honor the Best event

Nine women in white lab coats smile for a photo on the green University quad.
4/27/2022

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.
4/27/2022

Nevada Center for Applied Research extends University co-location to American Battery Technology Company

Latest collaboration brings new R&D venture to campus, opportunities to students and economic development to Nevada

Four University alumni pose in UNR lab.
4/25/2022

Paving the Wolf Pack Way: Diana Moss

Paving the Wolf Pack Way is a series of stories showcasing Wolf Pack Way alumni from the College of Science.

Diana Moss smiles, wearing a blue top.
4/22/2022

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.
4/22/2022

Earth Day expedition to search unexplored deepest pools of Mekong River

International effort led by USAID Cooperative Project, Wonders of the Mekong, to launch April 22

Zeb Hogan with giant stingray in river
4/22/2022

Discover Science podcast: Ken Ono and "The Man Who Knew Infinity"

Renowned number theorist Dr. Ken Ono shares his deep connection to the life and work of Srinivasa Ramanujan in the latest episode of the Discover Science podcast.

Three portraits of podcast participants and the Discover Science podcast identifier.
4/21/2022

COVID-19 Vaccine developer Kizzmekia Corbett to visit University for Discover Science lecture April 28

The scientific lead for the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine research team was named a TIME Magazine Hero of the Year. Registration for her lecture is now open.

Kizzmekia Corbett, wearing a white lab coat, smiles and leans over a bannister.
4/20/2022

NSF CAREER Award recipient studies how plants respond to drought

Elizabeth Pringle will study how plant chemistry changes in response to drought in the Great Basin.

Elizabeth Pringle smiles, wearing a blue shirt.
4/20/2022

Undergraduate researchers prepare for Wolf Pack Discoveries

Faculty mentors and student awardees provide insight to the rewarding experience of University-supported research, scholarly and creative activities

Bradon posing with his mentor, Ben
4/20/2022

New computational linguistics degree preps students for a growing industry

Interdisciplinary undergraduate program combines world languages, linguistics and computer science.

Six students looking at three computer monitors, backs to the camera.
4/18/2022

Museum of Natural History welcomes CFRC class of four-year-olds

The Museum uses interactive experiences to teach visitors about the natural world.

Children play-growl at a taxidermy mountain lion.
4/15/2022

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.
4/13/2022

Gaming app will help faculty navigate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

Engineering professor Kelly Cross receives CAREER grant to survey engineering faculty about their beliefs and values about DEI and to develop gaming tool to coach faculty in responding to DEI situations.

Studio head shot of Assistant Professor Kelly Cross
4/13/2022

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.
4/12/2022

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.
4/12/2022

Computer science & engineering students will showcase Capstone projects April 29

View design projects created by graduating seniors at CSE Innovation Day.

Two people standing and three sitting in front of a project poster with a table in front of them.
4/12/2022

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.
4/11/2022

The challenge of gender bias: experiences of women pursuing careers in STEM

Students clockwise from top left are: Nayeli Stopani Barrios, Jessica Becker and Larissa Sanches
4/8/2022

Civil & environmental engineering students showcase Capstone projects April 29

Check out CEE Innovation Day to see 21 engineering projects designed to solve community challenges.

Five students, three standing, two sitting, in front of a project poster
4/7/2022

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.
4/7/2022

University awarded for outstanding comprehensive safety program

Dedicated teamwork and resource-efficient initiatives secured the American Chemical Society award for the second time

Chemistry Department Graduate Teaching Assistant, Md Azizul Islam, helps Organic Chemistry students Bailey Fasick and Kamryn Montegna analyze a sample of a material they synthesized using an infrared spectrometer.
4/5/2022

Breaking the ‘curse of dimensionality’ will take math, not magic

Engineering professor Hao Xu gets CAREER grant to enhance large-scale computerized systems.

Head shot of Assistant Professor Hao Xu
4/5/2022

Gloomy water supply outlook in Nevada prompts new collaborative effort

College of Science researcher leading one-year project to address urban and rural water issues

Truckee River
4/1/2022

Materials science and engineering student wins big at international conference

Sydney Fields won best poster award at her first conference, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibition

Sydney Fields in front of her poster presentation.
3/30/2022

The Elizabeth Racao Durfee Hallway

College of Science Interim Dean Katherine McCall named a hallway in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center after her great aunt.

A black and white portrait of Elizabeth Racao Durfee
3/29/2022

College of Engineering ranked among best graduate programs

U.S. News 2023 Best Engineering Schools Rankings include multiple College of Engineering programs.

Researcher in scrubs seen through window of Cleanroom lab walking to the right.
3/29/2022

Douglas Boyle named Associate Vice Provost for Research and Creative Activities in Lake Tahoe

Longtime University of Nevada, Reno faculty member brings experience to new position after Sierra Nevada University acquisition; appointment to begin July 1

Douglas Boyle poses for a photo on the Sierra Nevada University campus.
3/28/2022

Titanium alloys research explores new concept in materials science and engineering

Engineering Professor Yufeng Zheng receives National Science Foundation CAREER award to research novel alloys design.

Chemical & Materials Engineering Assistant Professor Yufeng Zheng stands in front of an electron microscope.
3/28/2022

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.
3/28/2022

University-grown meat and produce now available to those in need through on-campus food pantry

Pack Provisions partners with Wolf Pack Meats and Desert Farming Initiative to provide ground beef, fruits and vegetables year round

A bag full of fresh ground beef, greens and other food items sits on a table next to a bagged loaf of bread and two clementines and a stack of two packages of ground beef.
3/24/2022

NSF CAREER Award paves the way for breakthroughs in science by eliminating data transfer bottlenecks

Engin Arslan’s research will bolster next-generation, data intensive applications by designing a new scalable and reliable data transfer framework.

Engin Arslan
3/24/2022

World Water Day 2022: Faculty around the globe work to protect water resources

The Global Water Center is made up of faculty from all over the University community. Learn about their work to better understand and protect our most precious resource.

Eli Everest (right) leans over with a man to her right to tag a fish.
3/22/2022

Regents recognize Mechanical Engineering doctoral candidate

Ashish Kasar wins a Sam Lieberman Regents’ Award for Student Scholarship.

Ashish Kasar leaning forward in frame, with gloved hands, working on equipment.
3/22/2022

World’s largest, most endangered freshwater fishes released in Cambodian lake

Tagging and release of Mekong giant catfish, giant barb and river catfish highlight the immense value of biodiversity and ecosystems in the region

releasing Mekong giant catfish into lake
3/21/2022

Apollo 17 astronaut, scientist and moonwalker Harrison Schmitt visits University March 31

The Discover Science Lecture Series continues with a visit from Apollo 17 astronaut and scientist Harrison Schmitt who stepped off the Moon's surface on December 19 during the last lunar visit.

Astronaut and flag in the foreground with Earth in the background far away.
3/21/2022

Breakthrough research increases drought tolerance in vital crops

Foundation Professor John Cushman awarded two patents for biotechnology research

John Cushman surrounded by cacti.
3/21/2022

Guide to garter snakes

As flowers start to bloom and the weather warms, garter snakes begin to emerge from their hibernations.

Josh Hallas, wearing a plaid shirt, holds a garter snake with a shelf holding terrariums behind him.
3/17/2022

Southern Nevada water supply faces Colorado River restrictions

Creative strategies needed to address long-term shortages, say three University of Nevada, Reno professors

Lake Mead low water
3/16/2022

Brain Awareness Week extends through the year

Professional chapters, students and University clubs reach out to the community with brain science.

A University student demonstrates how nerves control movement.
3/16/2022

University partners with growers and winemakers to continue research and support educational activities

New University-grower-winemaker partnership seeks to advance Nevada wine industry

Bunches of grapes on a vine.
3/14/2022

Titanium alloys research has potential industry benefits

Engineering professor gets NSF grant to research advanced manufacturing of titanium alloys.

Graduate student Dian Li and Assistant Professor Yufeng Zheng stand in front of equipment in the Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility.
3/14/2022

University's logging sports team cuts its way to victory

Nevada Loggers win big at largest forest conference and exhibition in the West

Chuck sits on a log as his two Nevada Loggers teammates work together to saw it in half using a crosscut saw.
3/10/2022

Innevation Center’s 2nd annual Makerthon competition finds its winner in the University’s College of Engineering

Team Starfruit takes home $1000 check prize for their invention that helps address wildfire crisis

University engineering students Jennifer Clayton, Jacob Hunter, Lloyd Gonzales and Morgan Young
3/10/2022

Flying, self-driving cars? OK, but make it safe

Engineering research to develop safe Unmanned Aerial Systems set to begin this summer

College of Engineering faculty Petros Voulgaris, Christos Papachristos and Hyung Jin Yoon pose in lab with drones.Hyung
3/10/2022

AI researcher works to bridge big data, machine learning and computer systems

College of Engineering Professor Feng Yan receives 2022 Regents Rising Researcher award

Professor Feng Yan standing on steps with 10 students
3/9/2022

Paving the Wolf Pack Way: Lisa LeMond

Celebrating Mayo Clinic cardiologist alumna on International Women's Day

Lisa LeMond smiles, wearing a black jacket over a floral print shirt.
3/8/2022

Nevada Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site transitioning to University

University launches Nevada Autonomous to continue and strengthen Nevada’s national leadership role in autonomous testing

Drones in the sky with University in background.
3/3/2022

Rosalind Franklin’s discovery of the double helix

Clockwise from top left: Kalia Johnson, Delaney Lewis, Isabella LoConte, Jacquelin Merino Rojas
3/2/2022

Living with fire begins in the classroom

Living With Fire developing new wildfire education curriculum in northern Nevada high school

Waterfall Fire burning on a mountain with smoke in the air.
3/2/2022

YouTube becomes SciComm avenue for geological sciences professor

Stacia Gordon has been featured in several videos on CWU Professor Nick Zentner's YouTube channel.

Nick Zentner (left panel) wears headphones in front of a chalkboard. Stacia Gordon is sitting in the right panel.
3/1/2022

Girls and engineering are the focus of outreach event

College of Engineering works to inspire young minds at Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Feb. 24.

Middle-school girls at desks looking off-camera at instructor
3/1/2022

Why does "The Man Who Knew Infinity" matter?

Mathematician Ken Ono will present his Discover Science lecture answering this question on March 10, following a screening of the movie “The Man Who Knew Infinity.”

A screengrab from the movie shows the actors playing Hardy (left) and Ramanujan (right) as they walk at Trinity College.
2/28/2022

Caterpillar range is correlated with their eating habits

Researchers asked whether caterpillars that aren't picky about what they eat occupy larger habitats.

A bright green caterpillar with red spots marking an "X" across its back sits on a leaf.
2/25/2022

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
2/25/2022

Faces of the Pack: Blesethe West challenges herself by pursuing Undergraduate Research

Pack Research Experience Program and valuable faculty mentorship provide opportunities for first-year pre-med student to get out of her comfort zone

Blesethe West.
2/23/2022

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
2/18/2022

Gene-editing breakthrough made in the battle against tick-borne diseases

As tick-borne diseases rise in prevalence in the U.S. and worldwide, University of Nevada, Reno researcher and collaborators make noteworthy discovery

Monika Gulia-Nuss in her office.
2/15/2022

Cybersecurity Center receives $3.3 million NSF grant to boost Nevada workforce

Scholarship for Service program attracts students to public service sector

panel of experts at cybersecurity conference
2/15/2022

Wolf Pack Meats welcomes new operations manager

Tom Kulas hopes to grow facility to better serve the community

Tom Kulas.
2/11/2022

Young women in science

The STEM Sisters is a program associate biology professor Jamie Voyles started to encourage girls to explore the possibility of a STEM career.

Seven women stand and smile in front of a screen with birds on it.
2/10/2022

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.
2/10/2022

Anne Nolin talks climate change, wildfire and snowpack on CNN International

Protect Our Winters group featured in "Winter Sports are on Thin Ice"

Anne Nolin snowshoeing
2/10/2022

Ozmen Institute for Global Studies announces new deputy director

Eugene Park will serve as the institute’s first deputy director

View from above of walkways and quad during summer
2/10/2022

Paving the Wolf Pack Way: Kyra Morgan '10 and '16

Paving the Wolf Pack Way is a series of stories showcasing Wolf Pack Way alumni from the College of Science.

Kyra Morgan sits at a table with a microphone in front of her.
2/7/2022

DoE Center aims to design new molecules to improve quantum sciences

Researchers in the Department of Chemistry were awarded $2.5 million to study molecular magnetism.

The principle investigators of the project stand in a line, smiling in front of the Effie Mona Mack building.
2/2/2022

What is quantum computing?

Physics professor Timur Tscherbul explains some of the intricacies of quantum computing.

Students walk past the Leifson Physics building on a sunny day.
2/2/2022

Curiosity wins at the College of Science

The annual competition selected the top three videos, along with two honorable mentions and a most-engaged watch party to win prizes.

Two students wearing lab coats and goggles on their foreheads stand talking in front of a wooden door.
2/1/2022

Gender discrepancies in STEM

WISE blog students
2/1/2022

Mission Support and Test Services supports undergraduate research

Student researchers studied security in a variety of fields.

Brown (left) and Vahidi are wearing goggles and are in focus in the background, with lab equipment out of focus in the foreground.
1/28/2022

New lizard defense mechanism observed

Two graduate students in the geography program spotted a new behavior in a lizard species.

Jon DeBoer kneels, holding a brown lizard out in front of him.
1/28/2022

University of Nevada, Reno partners with TalentSprint Inc. to offer TechWise program supported by Google that aims to increase diversity in technology education

The program will prepare 20 University students for high-growth technology careers

Students walk on campus between the University N statue and the Knowledge Center building.
1/28/2022

What were some of the atmospheric effects of the Tongan volcano eruption?

Atmospheric scientist Neil Lareau explains the global impacts of the Tongan volcano eruption.

A view of the Earth's horizon from space, with a smoke cloud hanging over part of the atmosphere.
1/27/2022

How to drive in snow and other lessons

Associate Dean Vincent Catalano reflects on colleague Hyung Kyu Shin's 60 years of ongoing research and support.

Hyung K. Shin holds a black and white photo in front of him featuring several men around a table.
1/27/2022

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.
1/26/2022

Innevation Center Member Highlight - Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill named as Innevation Center Member of January 2022

Joseph Hill standing in front of tree.
1/25/2022

Indigenous Knowledge could inform sustainability efforts in the Amazon

From wind turbines to a pepper plant: a multi-disciplinary team of University and Indigenous Amazonian researchers work to untangle a complex web of interactions

Aerial photo of the Gayepare research Station in the Amazon jungle on the banks of the Nushino River.
1/25/2022

Mentorship and teamwork lead Wolf Pack Bots to another LEGO competition win

University faculty and student mentors work with young team to build robotics skills, confidence and literacy

The Wolf Pack Bots team of young students.
1/25/2022

What makes a successful undergraduate mentor?

In honor of National Mentoring Month, six faculty members reflect on what it means to be an impactful mentor to undergraduate researchers

Faculty mentor and student present their research.
1/25/2022

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.
1/25/2022

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

Doctor examining a patient wearing masks
1/25/2022

Paving the Wolf Pack Way: Rick Kraus '07

Paving the Wolf Pack Way is a series of stories showcasing Wolf Pack Way alumni from the College of Science.

Rick Kraus smiles, wearing a blue shirt in the foreground with green foliage in the background.
1/19/2022

Building greener buildings

Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering professor finds ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector, up to 9.4 gigatons of carbon dioxide through 2050

Construction workers erect concrete building frames.
1/13/2022

NASA grant funds research for sunscreen on Mars

High radiation on Mars is one of the many reasons the Red Planet seems inhospitable. Two chemistry professors from the University are using solutions from early Earth to solve that problem on Mars.

A vial of bright yellow crystalline vulpinic acid sits on a lab bench next to various fuzzy lichens.
12/30/2021

The Artemis Program: Women going to the moon

The Artemis spacecraft in a NASA hanger next to a sign that reads "To the moon and beyond"
12/30/2021

Paving the Wolf Pack Way: Brian Huynh '18

Paving the Wolf Pack Way is a series of stories showcasing Wolf Pack Way alumni from the College of Science.

Brian Huynh, wearing a white work helmet and a reflective vest, stands smiling with his arms crossed in the foreground of a mine site.
12/22/2021

Westfall Scholars honored at biannual event

The lunch banquet celebrated the students who graduated at the top of their class in each department in the College of Science.

People sit and stand in two rows, smiling for a photo.
12/21/2021

Cattlemen’s Update returns to provide market, production and research updates

In-person and virtual educational programs to be held at seven locations across Nevada

Cattle grazing on a ranch.
12/20/2021

The pieces of a puzzle

Alumna Lily Liu reflects on her time as an undergraduate in the College of Science and how she found a role as a peer mentor.

A girl with dark hair, a white shirt and a floral print skirt walks along a beach near a pier.
12/16/2021

University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas recognized as two of the nation’s top research universities by Carnegie

Both Universities recieved R1 status in 2018

The Knowledge Center walkway with a Wolf Pack Way banner
12/16/2021

Innevation Center Member Highlight - Sean Montgomery

Sean Montgomery named as Innevation Center Member of December 2021

Profile headshot of Sean Montgomery.
12/15/2021

Wolf Pack Discoveries highlights student research, scholarly and creative activities

Several University programs organize new collaborative symposium to showcase work of more than 100 undergraduate students

A student presents their poster to onlookers.
12/14/2021

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
12/14/2021

AEMA 2021 annual meeting sees prominent Mackay School presence

Students, faculty and alumni participated in many aspects of this year's AEMA conference

Two people each stand in front of a booth display for CREG and the Mackay School.
12/13/2021

University of Nevada, Reno receives grants from Nevada Humanities for 2022

Museum, history, indigenous peoples, documentary projects benefit community

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12/7/2021

Nevada Institute for Sustainability receives gifts from NextEra Energy Resources

The gifts will facilitate the development of a minor in sustainability.

Rows of solar panels
12/3/2021

Growing up as a woman in STEM

: Alejandra Ibarra, Alicia Chiang, Brooke McManus, and Bea Natalia Tan
12/1/2021

NIH grant-funded research to look at how the brain processes visual stimuli

Researcher Jennifer Hoy hopes to better understand how the brain identifies stimuli as positive or negative, and the behaviors that follow.

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11/30/2021

Moustafa presents at Arab-American Frontiers Symposium

The symposium provides opportunities for collaboration among the select 65 international participants.

Researchers in the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory with a University of Nevada Reno banner.
11/30/2021

Spectrum Learning Center opens on campus to serve community

The center opened early last month to provide services for young children with learning disabilities.

A child's hands are shown playing with wooden toys.
11/29/2021

Hao Xu advances manufacturing, improves communication

Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Hao Xu is developing next-generation communication strategies with wide-ranging applications, including advanced manufacturing.

Hao Xu and students with several drones on a sunny day
11/29/2021

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.
11/29/2021

In pursuit of green, sustainable and reliable energy

Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Mohammed Ben-Idris is taking a multi-pronged approach to satisfying our energy needs for years to come.

Researchers in laboratory looking at computer screens.
11/29/2021

Bahram Parvin advances breast cancer research

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Professor Bahram Parvin and his lab have developed a novel method for treating breast cancer that promises to be more effective and less toxic than traditional treatments.

Scientists in lab, two wearing lab coats
11/29/2021

Scientists find genetic link to individual differences in spatial memory in Mountain Chickadees

High elevation field lab yields mountains of research data

mountain chickadee on a branch
11/23/2021

Growing the University-wide Sponsored Projects knowledge network

With conclusion of the fall 2021 program, 112 faculty and staff have completed the University’s Sponsored Projects Academy

Erika Waday in front of monitors displaying a Zoom call.
11/23/2021

The College of Science Museum Complex welcomes guest for three unique museum experiences

New exhibits and updates have reinvigorated the Museum of Natural History, the Keck Museum and the Fleischmann Planetarium, all now open to the public after extended closures related to the ongoing pandemic

A baby Lahontan Cutthroat Trout swims in its new tank with colorful pebbles and a log in the background.
11/22/2021

Snow cover critical for revegetation following forest fires

College of Science study finds climate change a factor in decrease of snowpack in the Western United States

post-fire revegetation in Oregon Cascades
11/22/2021

University celebrates sharing of bountiful harvests this Thanksgiving

Desert Farming Initiative and Demonstration Orchard help provide for food-insecure in northern and southern Nevada

Tanner Petrilla harvesting in a hoop house.
11/19/2021

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.