Science & technology

The chickadee in the snowbank

A ‘canary in the coal mine’ for climate change in the Sierra Nevada mountains

A mountain chickadee perched on an evergreen tree branch.
1/30/2024

Mackay shines at AEMA 2023

Mackay School faculty and students made an impact at annual conference

Three women work at a booth surrounded by maps, documents and booklets. They are tabling for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.
1/29/2024

Quarterly Climate Report and Outlook – January through March

Interim Nevada State Climatologist Tom Albright reviews the past three months and what it means for the state

A black and white photo of Manzanita Lake covered in snow, with buildings surrounding the Quad in the background.
1/25/2024

TechWise is recruiting its third cohort of students interested in software engineering

TechWise recruits its third cohort of students as Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science joins the collaboration between Google and TalentSprint

Students on campus during winter
1/24/2024

NBMG geoscientist wins Young Scientist Award from GSA

The Donath Medal is awarded to a young scientist for outstanding research

Andrew Zuza smiles, wearing a medal and standing next to another man who is smiling on a stage.
1/22/2024

Exploring nuclear as an energy solution

Marc Nichol from the Nuclear Energy Institute shares nuclear technology developments

Marc Nichol stands at the front of an audience, presenting a PowerPoint.
1/19/2024

Sagebrushers season 2 ep. 18: Vice President for Information Technology for the University, Dr. Sasi Pillay

The Chief Information Officer shares how the rapidly transforming technology landscape is shaping the future of the Wolf Pack

President Brian Sandoval sits next to Sasi Pillay in a podcasting studio. Both people hold their hands in the wolf sign.
1/10/2024

Discover Science Podcast: Joe Schwarcz on the magic of chemistry

Chemistry student Jesus Diaz Sanchez and chemistry professor Brian Frost are joined by Joe Schwarcz

A composite image of portraits of Joe Schwarcz in the upper left corner, Jesus Diaz Sanchez in the bottom left corner, Brian Frost in the bottom right corner, and the Discover Science Podcast Series logo in the upper right corner.
1/8/2024

How to Address Climate Change by Talking About It with Katharine Hayhoe

Renowned climate scientist to present at the Tahoe Science Center Jan. 23

Katharine Hayhoe portrait
1/2/2024

Two years on, quantum research project gets renewed funding

The goals of the interdisciplinary project are both scientific and educational

A group of 18 people stands in front of the physics building.
12/22/2023

How does recycling actually work?

Phoebe Judge shares important insight and tricks on recycling habits

Phoebe Judge presenting in a classroom on the brief history of recycling and how it impacts current recycling practices.
12/14/2023

Key labs for lithium and other critical minerals extraction get upgrade

Historical University commitment to mining continues

A compilation of images from the Mineral Processing Lab.
12/7/2023

Perfectly precarious positions

Rocks that naturally lay in precarious positions remained upright during an earthquake, surprising seismologists

A two panel image shows a rock from two different angles. The rock looks very precarious on the edge of a cliff.
11/21/2023

Faces of the Pack: Angelica Perez

Breaking barriers

Six people, five of them men, stand in front of the Mackay statue. All are wearing blue Mackay polos.
11/13/2023

Faces of the Pack: Travis Numan

Ph.D. student Travis Numan talks about his research on water rights, growing up on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation and the Native American Fee Waiver

Travis Numan smiling standing in front of large boulders
11/6/2023

University receives largest individual gift in its history to create the George W. Gillemot Aerospace Engineering Department

The $36 million gift is the largest individual cash gift the University has received in its 149-year history

Eight individuals stand behind a desk, smiling, during the signing ceremony. Members include University leadership and donors.
11/1/2023

The Aerospace Club has launched a rocket that reached a height of 27,000 feet and speeds of 1,522 miles per hour

The Aerospace Club at the University of Nevada, Reno is growing in numbers and members are constantly pushing themselves and the boundaries of rocketry

Members of the Aerospace Club stand in the desert holding the rockets they built
11/1/2023

Ask the Professor: Is ChatGPT an issue or a tool?

Instructional Designers Kathy Hanselman and Angie Chase discuss the place for AI in higher education

The inside of a computer showing circuit boards and wires
10/31/2023

Colorado River expert gives talk Nov. 2

Colby Pellegrino to discuss status of the Colorado River for Discover Science Lecture Series

An aerial photo of Lake Mead with a boat on it.
10/30/2023

Quarterly Climate Report and Outlook – October through December

Interim Nevada State Climatologist Tom Albright reflects on the wet summer in Nevada and what the next few months might bring

The path between the Block N and the MIKC with people walking past. The sky has some clouds, and the leaves on the trees are bright orange.
10/23/2023

Great Nevada ShakeOut drill 10/19 at 10:19 a.m.

University takes part in annual earthquake preparedness drill

Two people in hard hats sit in front of a computer with seismology data on it.
10/18/2023

University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe researchers present at the 2023 Tahoe Science Conference

Scientists and natural resource managers gather to collaborate on environmental policy

Aerial drone image of the Lake Tahoe shoreline
10/17/2023

Giant freshwater stingray tracked by University project makes it into Guinness Book of World Records

Researchers from the Wonders of the Mekong project tagged the fish when it was caught over a year ago

An aerial view of the massive stingray sitting in water atop a green tarp held by people all around the stingray.
10/17/2023

Using lithium mining waste to store carbon

Researcher partners with Lithium Americas to find sustainable carbon solutions

Six people stand in a lab around a piece of equipment with a gauge and control panel on it. They are all smiling.
10/11/2023

Chemist, author and radio host Joe Schwarcz to visit campus

Schwarcz will be kicking off the 13th season of the Discover Science Lecture Series

Joe Schwarcz, wearing a suit and tie, holds a large apple and smiles as he pretends to bite into it.
10/9/2023

Cybersecurity is a team sport; know your position and the defensive plays

NSA cybersecurity expert delivers keynote at University’s Cybersecurity Conference Oct. 5.

University President Brian Sandoval, Cybersecurity Center Director Nancy LaTourette and NSA cybersecurity expert Tamela Dukes sitting in chairs and talking.
10/6/2023

Ask the Professor: How can tools from literature help us to better communicate science?

Professor Michael P. Branch shares five tips for better science communication

Michael Branch
10/3/2023

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.
9/28/2023

Louisa Hope-Weeks named Dean of the College of Science

Hope-Weeks brings her experience as an associate dean and chemistry professor

A woman, illuminated in golden hour light, stands in front of Morrill Hall, with two students in the foreground facing her and speaking with her.
9/27/2023

NSF Research Traineeship Program to support graduate students in chemical ecology

Students trained to examine interplay of biology and chemistry in NSF-funded program

Group of three on a boat on a river
9/20/2023

Nevada Drought Update for September 2023

This report brings to a close a three-and-a-half year stretch of having at least one Nevada county under drought watch

A south-facing shot of the University Quad, with students lying against trees, walking along the Quad, and throwing a football.
9/18/2023

Amidst the rubble, Turkey’s earthquake scars reveal important information

Earthquake geologists on the GEER research team gain greater understanding of the impacts of the February earthquake

The foreground shows where a block of earth collapsed on a ridge. The background shows a community on a hillside, and in the background are snow-capped mountains.
9/6/2023

University faculty part of XPRIZE team that advances to finalist round in global competition

Team Waponi is one of six teams from around the world to advance to the finals

Two men crouch around a device that looks like a projector screen with a frame around it.
8/28/2023

Why has the water clarity of Lake Tahoe improved?

Director of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies, Global Water Center and University Professor Sudeep Chandra provides vital insight about why Lake Tahoe’s clarity has improved

View of a walk way with railings in front of Lake Tahoe in a sunny day.
8/10/2023

Nevada Drought Update for August 2023

Drought still remains in southern Nevada, but has disappeared in most of the state

A rainstorm passes between a mountain range and a marshy area, with sagebrush and a road in the foreground.
8/9/2023

Quarterly Climate Report and Outlook – July through September

Nevada State Climatologist Steph McAfee shares a report on Nevada’s climate over the past few months, and what to expect in the next quarter

Overlooking Lake Tahoe on a fairly sunny day with several clouds in the sky.
7/25/2023

Mackay student team takes second place in national competition

The competition is focused on carbon management

Four photos of students: at the top left, Alexia Carver, at the top right, Kamal Mousavi, at the bottom left, Trisha McLaughlin and at the bottom right, Ash Thompson.
7/17/2023

Nevada Drought Update for July 2023

Nevada reservoirs are in good condition across the state; Lake Mead's levels have been rising

A photo from a high vantage point of Lake Mead. The water levels are low as indicated by the bathtub rings around the lake.
7/14/2023

Lake Tahoe has high concentration of microplastics, global research shows

Research published in Nature reveals concentrations of microplastics in 38 lakes with plastic debris from textiles frequently identified

A plastic cup floats on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe
7/12/2023

What makes water an important molecule for life?

Water is widely thought to be critical to life. But why is that the case?

Canadian geese, mallard ducks and a swan swim in Manzanita Lake.
7/7/2023

American Geophysical Union’s Hydrology Section Fellows discuss the future of science

The session took a deep dive into the responsibilities of scientists to diversify the field

A screengrab from a video recording of a Zoom meeting. There are 7 participants in the Zoom meeting on 6 screens. Two men share a screen in the middle.
6/28/2023

Nevada Drought Update for June 2023

The wet spring across much of Nevada alleviated drought and may provide a buffer against a rapid return to drought

The back of the Mackay statue facing toward the Quad. The grass is green and the trees lining the Quad are fully leafed out. The sky is blue with some scattered clouds.
6/15/2023

Sagebrushers season 2 ep. 6: College of Engineering Dean Erick Jones

College of Engineering leads the way in preparing students for roles within the lithium supply chain

President Sandoval sits to the left of Dean Erick Jones in a podcast recording room with three mics on the table in front of them.
5/31/2023

Speaker discusses how to use renewable energy efficiently at Energy Solutions Forum

Renewable energy’s intermittent nature poses challenges to energy storage

Yet-Ming Chiang stands at a podium laughing. There is a window looking toward the Joe Crowley Student Union behind him, and a projected slide presentation next to him.
5/30/2023

World’s largest freshwater fish tracking provides Wonders of the Mekong researchers with more information about the mysterious species

The giant freshwater stingray faces numerous threats, data gives insight into conservation needs

A giant freshwater stingray sits on a green tarp held by a group of people. The fish is over 13 feet long including its tail.
5/25/2023

Using carbon dioxide to recover more critical minerals

Chu receives $3.3M DOE ARPA-E grant to study mineral processing of rare earth minerals

A group of around 30 people stand in a classroom with tables in front of them.
5/15/2023

Sagebrushers season 2 ep. 5: Sudeep Chandra and Zeb Hogan

College of Science faculty share their world adventures and the impact they are making here in Nevada

Sudeep Chandra sits to the left of President Sandoval with Zeb Hogan on the right in a podcast recording room with three mics on the table in front of them.
5/10/2023

Nevada Drought Update for May 2023

Only a small portion of the state is still in drought, and Lake Mead levels are forecasted to improve. Fire risk in northwestern Nevada is likely to be higher than normal by July.

Mackay Mines from a low angle showing off the spring blooms.
5/8/2023

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
5/5/2023

University alumna and current administrator publishes Hirschsprung disease research

Director of Hispanic/Latinx Community Relations publishes research in developmental genetics

Karla Hernandez and Tom Kidd in the lab wearing lab coats and smiling. Kidd is holding a rack of tubes and syringes, and Hernandez is holding a lab notebook.
4/27/2023

Sagebrushers season 2 ep. 4: Meet GAIN Scholar Jess Buelow

The GAIN Scholars program provides resources to first-generation and historically underrepresented graduate students

President Sandoval sits to the left of Jess Buelow in a podcast recording room.
4/26/2023

Talks on the future of geothermal energy in Nevada at the Energy Solutions Forum

Jack Norbeck spoke about Fervo Energy's project with Google using geothermal energy in Northern Nevada

A man in a black long-sleeved t-shirt presents at the front of a room full of people. He is pointing a clicker at a screen.
4/24/2023

Explore science for free at Museum of Natural History, Keck Museum and Fleischmann Planetarium April 23-24

The museums are hosting guests as part of the Northern Nevada Science and Technology Festival

Audience in the Full-Dome Theater in 1963 watching the blue sky and clouds projected on the ceiling at the Fleischmann Planetarium.
4/21/2023

Society for Freshwater Science announces Aaron Koning as recipient of Career Award

Global Water Center researcher pursues conservation solutions that sustain aquatic diversity and human needs

Aaron Konig kneels on a riverbank preparing scientific samples.
4/21/2023

Can electric vehicles be hacked?

Professors and graduate students from the College of Engineering share basic techniques to protect electric vehicles from hacking

Dark gray Tesla parked in a public garage next to wide yellow stripe on the ground, with a blue cord plugged into its charging port.
4/21/2023

Quarterly Climate Report and Outlook - April through June

Nevada State Climatologist Steph McAfee provides an outlook and report for climate and weather

A view of Manzanita Lake, with blooming trees in the foreground.
4/18/2023

Former Smithsonian Institution Under Secretary for Science closes out 12th season of Discover Science

Eva Pell will share what she learned while serving in the role and how she became a children’s book author

A woman wearing blue scrubs and white gloves holds a leopard kitten.
4/13/2023

Nevada Drought Update for April 2023

Drought was alleviated across much of Nevada

A brick building with a dogwood tree that is starting to bloom in front of it. The name of the building reads, "Effie Mona Mack"
4/10/2023

How are deepfakes dangerous?

Assistant Professor of Global Media Paromita Pain discusses how to identify deepfakes

Close up of the left corner of a computer screen that shows the application Photoshop open and in use.
3/31/2023

Biology professor seeks to understand amphibian resilience

McMinn Research Professor Jamie Voyles works to bring diverse voices into pathogen science

Two women work side by side in a lab. The younger woman is looking at the other woman. Both are wearing lab coats.
3/31/2023

New online book explores bio-based lubricants

3/28/2023

Discussions on making solar energy efficient and accessible at Energy Solutions Forum

NREL Senior Research Fellow Joey Luther studies new types of semiconductors and their properties

A man stands in front of a crowded room pointing to a screen with two bar graphs on it.
3/24/2023

Mackay School professor presents award to Senator Cortez Masto

Senator Cortez Masto received the AASG’s Pick and Gavel award

Jim Faulds hands Senator Catherine Cortez Masto an award. The award is a block of wood with a plaque and a piece of a gold-colored rock on it. They are both dressed formally and are smiling for the photo, being taken in an office.
3/16/2023

Researchers work to identify new diagnostic tools for schizophrenia

All-female team of psychology researchers studying how low-cost biomarkers can be used in diagnostics

Five women stand at the base of a flight of stairs. Three women stand in the front, two in the back.
3/16/2023

Nevada Drought Update for March 2023

State Climatologist shares a quarterly update about Nevada’s ongoing drought

A photo of the Truckee River reaching the tops of the riverbanks. There is snow on the ground all around the river.
3/14/2023

“Sagebrushers” season 2 kicks off with an important conversation about neurodiversity

President Brian Sandoval visits with University Neurodiversity Alliance member Jeffrey Hutsler during Neurodiversity Celebration Week

President Sandoval sits to the right of Jeffrey Hutsler in a podcast recording room.
3/13/2023

Energy Solutions Forum speaker works on processes to take carbon out of the air

Christopher Jones says we need to transition to renewable energy as well as implement direct air capture

A man in front of a screen speaks to an audience.
3/9/2023

For Interim Dean of the College of Science Katherine McCall, the people make the place

The interim dean has long worked to ensure everyone has access to STEM education

Six women stand at the end of a hallway smiling. A woman in the middle wearing a cardigan is looking to her right and smiling.
3/6/2023

How many states of matter are there?

Physics professor shares his thoughts on a surprisingly difficult question

The sun takes up much of the left side of the image, but a large stream of plasma that looks like fire is extending out toward the right side of the photo.
3/3/2023

Ana de Bettencourt-Dias named AAAS Fellow

de Bettencourt-Dias is one of four newly elected Fellows at the University

Headshot of Ana de Bettencourt-Dias.
2/28/2023

Lee Dyer named AAAS Fellow

Dyer is one of four newly elected Fellows at the University

Lee Dyer smiles on top of a mountain.
2/28/2023

Making autonomous mining safer

Researchers developing software to simulate autonomous mining operations

A large mining haul truck drives toward the left of the photo. There are large mountains in the background.
2/27/2023

Nobel laureate physicist visits University on March 2

Discover Science Lecture Series brings renowned physicist to campus

A man sits in a laboratory next to a metal device.
2/23/2023

Using massive lasers to understand planetary physics

Clemons-Magee Endowed Professor in Physics Thomas White seeks to understand the internal workings of planets beyond Earth

Thomas White, wearing a dark blue button-up collared shirt, smiles on the Quad.
2/23/2023

BS-DMD student awarded scholarship for dental school

Caitleen Navarro’s standout experiences rewarded

Caitleen Navarro smiles in front of the Quad wearing a Circle K nametag.
2/23/2023

Science Saves the World (and Santa's syrup recipe) in winning video for College of Science Video Competition

Lexi Timpone won first place for her science-themed video, three videos also recognized

A dog wearing a sweatshirt with a person's hand coming out of the sleeves looks as if it's writing in a notebook. There is a fireplace with stockings handing in the background.
2/14/2023

What is ChatGPT?

Assistant Professor of Information Systems Alan Yang explains the basics of ChatGPT

Neon computer code lights up a black computer screen.
2/13/2023

Connecting habitat in the Central Valley could help save California’s pollinators

University of Nevada, Reno teams with Xerces Society in study of agricultural fields, urban interface

hedgerow along farmland
2/10/2023

Discover Science Podcast: Sarah Hörst on life as we do not know it

Atmospheric chemist and a leading researcher of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, talks with physics and astronomy alum Donna dePolo and astrobiology professor Carlos Marsical

Discover Science compilation image of hosts and Sarah Hörst
2/6/2023

How trees help a statistics professor understand rivers and earthquakes

McMinn Professor Ilya Zaliapin uses statistical methods for hierarchies to understand natural phenomena

A false-color satellite image shows a fractal-like coastal landmass with a river emptying into the ocean. The land is shown in red and the water is shown in blue.
1/31/2023

Changes in lizards’ microbiomes attributed to drought

Recent study on Panamanian lizards generates more questions on role of the microbiome

A brown lizard sits on a rock covered in lichen with large green foliage in the background.
1/30/2023

Feeding Mountain Chickadees at Chickadee Ridge is okay, research says

Chickadee Cognition Lab showed supplemental feeding of the wild birds had no negative impacts when proper food is used

Two people feed a chickadee by hand
1/30/2023

Making their MARC: Jesus Diaz Sanchez

First MARC Nevada cohort includes chemistry major Jesus Diaz Sanchez

Jesus Diaz Sanchez smiles outside of the Mackay Mines building.
1/26/2023

New ecological methods elucidate relationships between ants and their host plants

Kenyan ants and the trees they live with threatened by invasive ant species

Ants swarm around a black device secured to an acacia tree. The tree has long, sharp spines and green leaves.
1/26/2023

Assistant professor wins prestigious Seismology Society of America award

Daniel Trugman joined the University in 2022

Daniel Trugman smiles in a selfie on a mountaintop. He is wearing a green beanie.
1/25/2023

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

New Keck Museum Exhibit opens to the public

New exhibit explores climate through art, utilizes previously closed space

Two colorful quilts hang on a wall. They depict mountainous Nevada landscapes at sunset.
1/25/2023

How do I know if I found a meteorite?

Geologist explains differences between meteorites and meteor-wrongs

A person wearing gloves holds a rock in their hand. The rock is dark gray on the exterior, but the interior is cut and is a shiny bronze color.
1/20/2023

Centuries-long drought in the Great Basin shown to be a recurring pattern

A multi-centennial drought termed the Late Holocene Dry Period could serve as a map for future climate projections, Indigenous human responses a model for resilience and adaptability

Scanned mud core samples
1/19/2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A collage features photos of 6 people, including three women in the top row, two women and a man in the bottom row.
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

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

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

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

Scholarship for Service program offers Computer Science majors 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

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

Cybersecurity depends on everyone

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

University of Nevada, Reno names 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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

A cross section is highlighted with a dark red, with brighter red spots lined up along the center of the cross section horizontally.
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

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

University and 4-H alum works to improve school-based agriculture education in Ghana

Connor Billman teaching youth and helping rural Ghana communities grow food through prestigious International Agricultural Education Fellowship

Connor Billman leading a classroom full of 4-H'ers in an activity.
11/9/2021

Graduate of the Pack: Connor Billman, International Agriculture Education Fellowship Program fellow

Empowering youth and elevating small-holder farmers through agricultural science

Connor Billman leading a classroom full of 4-H'ers in an activity.
11/5/2021

University of Nevada, Reno researcher honored by premier earth science society

Snowmelt and mountain ecosystems research vital to resource management in times of changing climate

Adrian Harpold working with technology in a forest.
11/3/2021

Stopping the spread of misinformation in India

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

A university student looks at a computer with faculty member Paromita Pain talking to her in the Reynolds School reading room.
10/22/2021

Nevada Gold Mines Professor Pengbo Chu connects with industry, plans for lunar mining project

Chu will use the professorship to establish connections with the mining industry, support his other research and expand opportunities for students.

Astronauts perform various tasks on the lunar surface next to rovers.
10/21/2021

Recyling CO2 and the chemistry of climate change

Christopher Barile's research aims to create a new renewable energy source by recycling carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into useful fuels.

Christopher Barile stands in his lab while a postdoctoral fellow works at the lab bench behind him.
10/20/2021

College of Science celebrates 2021 distinguished alumni

Alumni from the College of Science and the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering were commended at last night's annual event.

Students on the quad in autumn.
10/14/2021

Earth Science Week guided tour explores water in western Nevada

Tour western Nevada’s hydrologic cycle and rapidly evolving landscapes with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Saturday, October 16

Photo of the Truckee River in fall.
10/1/2021

Proporcionando asistencia culturalmente sensible y basada en evidencia científica a la comunidad Latina

La Profesora Asociada Lorraine Benuto capacita a los estudiantes para brindar servicios psicológicos en español

Group photo of DICE Center members
9/29/2021

Providing culturally sensitive, evidence-based care to the Latinx community

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Lorraine Benuto trains students to deliver psychological services in Spanish

Group photo of DICE Center members
9/29/2021

Caldor Fire impact on Lake Tahoe’s clarity, ecology studied amidst ongoing wildfire season

As extended smoke and ash continue to impact the Lake Tahoe Basin, researchers hope to better understand if and how the iconic alpine lake can recover.

Aerial photograph of Caldor Fire encroaching on Lake Tahoe
9/23/2021

Building a global community

International researcher and professor of biology Sudeep Chandra is named new director of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies.

Sudeep Chandra, wearing a red coat, sits in a boat with Ganzorig Batsaikhan, who is wearing a purple hat.
9/2/2021

Remote sensing of forests aids understanding of catastrophic wildfires

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg runs the University’s Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing lab using LiDAR technology to transform the understanding of forest ground coverage.

Chilling and gloomy image of a forest slope with an orange, smoky sky, barren and charred trees, and some active flames still burning.
9/1/2021

Discover Science Lecture Series kicks off

The College of Science welcomes an astronaut, leading COVID-19 vaccine developer and more for its 2021/2022 season

President Joe Biden greets Kizzmekia Corbett, an immunologist with the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health during a visit at the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Bethesda, Maryland.
8/26/2021

Most ever CAREER Awards received by University faculty

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

Collage of the individual photos of the University's 7 CAREER awardees in 2021
6/7/2021

Lorraine Benuto missioned around providing culturally sensitive evidence based care to the Latinx community and other underserved populations

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Lorraine Benuto receives this year's Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Leadership Award

Portrait of Lorraine Benuto
5/17/2021

Goldwater Scholar Jacob Molina continues pursuit of "innate" passion for physics

Molina's research focuses on plasma and condensed matter physics under the mentorship of Assistant Professor Thomas White

Jacob Molina poses for a photo at the quad.
5/13/2021

Elizabeth Leger’s exceptional career “shows no sign of slowing”

Professor of Biology and Director of the Museum of Natural History named Foundation Professor for extraordinary record of achievement

Elizabeth Leger opens a drawer containing boxed bird eggs
5/11/2021

The DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library celebrates Earth Day with virtual book display

Web-based book display, “Confronting Environmental Challenges,” contains 24 curated works on various aspects of the current climate crisis, and other threats to the natural world.

Image of several melting pieces of ice on a warming ocean with birds flying overhead
4/22/2021

Ancient DNA findings help to define kinship among earliest world settlers

University of Nevada, Reno anthropology professor part of team that studied ancient skeletal remains in Turkey dating back 10,000 years

Ancient burial site in Turkey
4/20/2021

Google donates 100 hotspot devices to students in need at the University of Nevada, Reno

Funding from Google helps students connect to the internet for school and work.

Daniel Fergus, manager of lendable technology at the University of Nevada, Reno holds a hotspot device available for check out.
4/7/2021

Is there life on Mars?

Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering and member of the Mars Exploration Rover Team answers questions about roving on Mars.

A sepia-toned photo shows the Mars landscape with a hill and rocky features.
3/25/2021

Atlas of Surveillance honored with award for advancing public’s right to know about police spying

EFF's partnership with School of Journalism helps collect data about police surveillance

Students, EFF's Dave Maass, RSJ Professor Gi Yun and RSJ Dean Al Stavitsky smile in individual Zoom screens.
3/17/2021

NSF CAREER Award recipient Thomas White explores the most extreme states of matter in the Universe

Assistant professor of physics receives funding to include undergraduate students in cutting edge physics research

Portrait of Thomas White
3/10/2021

NSF CAREER award recipient Christopher Barile explores chemical reactions central to renewable energy and environmental technologies

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Christopher Barile's research aims to create processes for recycling carbon dioxide and nitrogen

Chris Barile in his lab
3/10/2021

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

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

Subhash Verma working in his microbiology laboratory
3/1/2021

Sorghum discussed as low-water alternative crop for Nevada at virtual workshop

University presents information on growing sorghum as a commercial crop in Nevada

A bouquet of different sorghum varieties.
2/24/2021

Research technology transforms how first responders fight fires

Video highlights technology and thought-leadership behind ALERTWildfire, developed through the Nevada Seismological Laboratory

Graham Kent visiting the site of the 2020 Valley Fire in Southern California
2/22/2021

Climate change and suppression tactics are critical factors increasing fires

Integrated research approach shows wildfire solutions must be specific to location and conditions

burned trees in the central Rocky Mountain forest
2/17/2021

Nevada ENDURE seeks to improve diversity in neuroscience

New program aims to raise interest and opportunities in neuroscience research for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the field.

Woman points at brain scans.
1/22/2021

WiSE WOMEN

Providing support and inspiration for female scientists and engineers at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Three students in the WiSE program sitting on couches in the dorm studying
1/20/2021

Marine Plankton face threat of extinction as planet warms

Census of marine plankton fossils reveals inability to adapt to large shifts in climate

Microscopic image of marine plankton.
12/23/2020

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.
12/21/2020

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.
12/16/2020

Communities learn ways to reduce wildfire threat at virtual summit

University of Nevada, Reno Extension presents Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Summit

Smoke from the 2018 Hogan Fire
11/18/2020

Wildfire plume dynamics: Discover Science at Home series Nov. 19

College of Science public event moves online, high-intensity wildfires subject of third talk

Carr Fire vortex
11/13/2020

Janet Napolitano discusses DHS during COVID-19 at College of Engineering's 2020 Distinguished Lecture Series

The former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security described the current challenges facing the country and offered a hopeful closing remark

Janet Napolitano
11/5/2020

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

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

Person about to pick medicine from medicine organizer. Photo by Laurynas Mereckas.
10/21/2020

Tales from the Crypt: Discover Science at Home series Oct. 22

College of Science public event moves online, Museum of Natural History focus of second talk

msueum exhibit prep
10/19/2020

Discover Science at Home Speaker Series debuts Sept. 24

College of Science public series moves online, geothermal energy first topic

geothermal pool
9/23/2020

COVID contact tracing: the people behind the calls

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

Nevada Public Health Training Center disease investigators Dulce Leyva, Cynthia Cabrales, seated, and Luis Godoy, standing, in a shaded courtyard at the Washoe County District Health facility in Reno.
9/16/2020

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

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

A socially distanced group photo of 10 medical students who are creating and teaching curriculum on preventative care and healthy lifestyle choices for high school students.
9/8/2020

The Early Childhood Autism Program leaves a legacy of changed lives

The Department of Psychology's Early Childhood Autism Program has served patients, families, students and program founder Patrick Ghezzi.

Staheli Meyer sits at a table with a young child in the foreground and binders on the table between them.
9/7/2020

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

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

Trudy Larson, M.D.
9/2/2020

Wildfire preparation webinar series offered during National Preparedness Month

Extension’s Living With Fire Program helps residents prepare family and property

burning hillside behind a house
8/28/2020

Sorghum studied for beer-brewing potential and public use

University researchers testing grains for drought-resistance, high yield and good flavor

Graduate Student John Baggett standing in a field of sorghum stalks
8/21/2020

Working to protect the public’s health

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

Lab technician's gloved hands holds an instrument putting a chemical substance into a vial.
8/18/2020

Youth increase cultural awareness through online culinary arts program

4-H virtual lessons also incorporate chemistry and science concepts

Sarah Monique Somma with rice dish
8/12/2020

Horticulture classes offered for backyard gardeners

Extension’s Home Horticulture series prepares gardeners for at-home gardening basics

a garden of native flowers
8/6/2020

Taking on COVID-19 with math and stats

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Paul Hurtado and Nevada State Biostatistician and College of Science alumna Kyra Morgan talk COVID-19 and how they’re using numbers to make sense of it all.

Kyra Morgan and Paul Hurtado stand on the quad wearing masks.
7/15/2020

Young children discover STEM during pandemic

Extension provides resources to families for STEM activities at home

Boy placing toy dinosaurs and fossils on a shelf labeled fossils
7/8/2020

Health District and University release COVID-19 antibody study results

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

UNR Med students conduct COVID-19 antibody testing
7/8/2020

Exploring the relationship between space, race and STEM attainment on the Discover Science podcast

Dr. William F. Tate IV speaks with the College of Science about his research revealing the uneven contours of the education pipeline.

Grid of three podcast participant headshots along with the Discover Science Podcast Series logo.
6/23/2020

Options growing for Nevada’s fruit and vegetable crops

University researchers investigating new varieties that grow well in desert climates

butternut squash
6/17/2020

Mick Hitchock offers a message of inspiration to College of Science 2020 graduates

Leading biomedical researcher Mick Hitchcock shares a message of congratulations online in lieu of a traditional graduation speech.

Mick Hitchcock speaks to a room full of University students.
6/3/2020

Matt Forister named University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor

Trevor J. McMinn Research Professor of Biology works to understand insects including butterflies and other pollinators, and to affect public perception of insects in the Western United States

Photo of Matt Forister with a butterfly on his cheek.
6/2/2020

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

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

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

5/13/2020

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

Weather and Phase 1 present opportunity to enjoy outdoors

two men ascending a hiking trail while at least 6 feet apart
5/8/2020

Physical activity is a strong benefit during COVID-19

Extension provides information on how to help yourself and others

a woman wearing a mask while walking a dog
5/5/2020

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

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

Asian family of four eating dinner at a table
4/30/2020

Genomics sequencing of Nevada COVID-19 samples is under way

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

Dr. Paul Hartley sits at genomics sequencing machine in laboratory
4/29/2020

Watch out for junk science amid COVID-19

University gives tips for recognizing unfounded health and nutrition claims

a red flag fluttering in the breeze
4/28/2020

COVID-19 contributing to domestic violence: what to do

University of Nevada, Reno Extension provides information on how to help yourself or others

black-and-white image of person reaching out a helping hand toward the camera
4/23/2020

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

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

eggs in a carton
4/15/2020

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award recipients pursue overseas teaching and research opportunities

Elizabeth Everest (WiSE graduate) and Connor Billman of the Department of Biology both received the prestigious award.

Elizabeth Everest dons a sun hat while on a boat in Cambodia with local Wonders of the Mekong team members.
4/13/2020

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

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

Jennie Parker and Chris Pritsos standing beside delivered personal protective equipment supplies
3/27/2020

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

University of Nevada, Reno dietitian provides research-based information

Boy holding plate of dairy while girl points to dairy section of MyPlate graphic
3/26/2020

University update regarding the novel coronavirus

Novel Corona virus model
2/28/2020

New molecular biologist researches insect communication at University

Marina MacLean joins the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

Marina MacLean
1/14/2020

California and Nevada scientists study nitrogen pollution in dryland watersheds

Large research project conducted in California will shed light on dryland watershed pollution worldwide

Erin Hanan and student taking soil samples
12/16/2019

Bringing chemistry into K-12 classrooms

The Chemistry Demonstration Series, launched by a professor-student duo, ignites a passion for science in K-12 learners.

Dr. Voronova point to a beaker filled with a liquid and a white opaque gas while a group of young students look on.
11/6/2019

Mineral Monday: Epidote

Learn about the mineral epidote on this week's episode of Mineral Monday.

Close up shot of a white gloved hand holding a trilobite specimen
11/4/2019

Recap: Communicating Science in a Divided Society

Expert panelists discuss issues that come with communicating science during the Hitchcock Project panel

A man speaks while two woman listen on stage.
10/30/2019

Mineral Monday: Trilobite

Watch this week's episode about the Keck Museum's trilobite collection.

Close up shot of a white gloved hand holding a trilobite specimen
10/28/2019

Mineral Monday: Cerussite

Learn about the stunning mineral cerussite on this week's episode of Mineral Monday

White gloved hand holding a specimen of cerussite
10/21/2019

Mineral Monday: Hemimorphite

Watch this week's episode about the mineral, hemimorphite, and check it out in the Keck Museum for yourself.

Close up shot of a hemimorphite specimen
10/14/2019

Linking individual behavior change to social transformation

Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program and originator and pioneering researcher into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dr. Steven Hayes, publishes two books.

Portrait of Steven Hayes
10/9/2019

Nevada Field Day 2019 provides hands-on activities and demonstrations

University experts showcase research, activities and programs at fall festival

two women at field day giving a thumbs-up
10/7/2019

Mineral Monday: Wolframite

Watch this week's episode of Mineral Monday featuring the Keck Museum's wolframite specimens.

White gloved hands holding a specimen of wolframite.
10/7/2019

College of Science honor exceptional alumni

The College of Science and Mackay School honored an impressive group of alumni at the annual Alumni of the Year reception on September 25.

Doug Smith posing for a photo with a gray wolf in snowy Yellowstone National Park.
10/4/2019

Panel of experts discuss "Communicating Science in a Divided Society"

School of Journalism holds launch event for the Hitchcock Project for Visualizing Science Oct. 21

Woman holding a camera taking a photo of people on water and land
10/2/2019

Capacity building in artificially intelligent mining systems

University receives $1.25 million grant to create an interdisciplinary team of professionals, partnered with the world’s largest mining companies, in order to advance technology and automation in mines.

A blast outside of a mine.
10/1/2019

Mineral Monday: Talc

Learn about the mineral that holds the number 1 spot on the Mohs Hardness Scale.

Close-up of Garret Barmore holding a talc specimen
9/16/2019

Mineral Monday: Corundum

Learn about the mineral, corundum, on this week's episode of Mineral Monday with Garrett Barmore.

Two specimens of corundum
9/9/2019

Addressing the opioid epidemic with film

Reynolds School alumnus and team win Emmy Award for best documentary

A group of men pose on a red carpet holding Emmy Awards.
9/3/2019