University Research Council

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The University Research Council (URC) serves at the pleasure of Research & Innovation.

The roles of the URC are to:

  • Provide feedback and suggestions on research related initiatives, polices, and procedures
  • Enhance the dissemination of research information to the campus community

Join Researchnotes – the Research & Innovation group email list – to receive information on external funding opportunities, upcoming events and other announcements from the division.

Council representatives

The URC is comprised of faculty senate members, associate deans, chairs, and research faculty from all academic units.

Council representatives and units
Name Unit
Ahmad Itani, Chair Research & Innovation
Kayla Armbruster Research & Innovation
Christopher Church Faculty Senate
Mary Peacock Faculty Senate
Peter Sebaaly Faculty Senate
Nancy Roget Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies
Chris Pritsos College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources
Kambiz Raffiee College of Business
MaryAnn Demchak College of Education
Indira Chatterjee College of Engineering
Darrell Lockhart College of Liberal Arts
Katherine McCall College of Science
Loretta Singletary Extension
Stephanie DeBoor Orvis School of Nursing
Gi Woong Yun Reynolds School of Journalism
Matthew Strickland School of Community Health Sciences
Weiyu Mao School of Social Work
Ann Medaille University Libraries
Lucia Notterpek University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Meeting protocol

The URC meets once a month in the fall and spring semesters on the second Friday of the month from 10-11 a.m. in Ross Hall 207 or online during campus alternative operations. Special meetings of the URC may be held as necessary, and any details for special meetings will be posted in advance.

Meeting information, minutes and agendas

If you have any items or topics you would like to bring before The University Research Council, please contact Ahmad Itani, associate vice president for research, at

To access past Research Council meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Research Council meeting archive in NevadaBox. If you do not see the notes you are looking for, please contact