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  • Nevada schoolchildren explored the sculpturing of the state’s waterways and the adventures of early American Indians soon after Calming the Waters: Learning to Manage Water Conflict in the West was published during summer 2003. The generously illustrated, 128-page curriculum was immediately snapped up by Yerington Intermediate School and Pyramid Lake Junior and Senior high schools. “This teaching tool provides youth, ages 12 through 18, with the concepts, knowledge and skills to become our future leaders in addressing water issues and collaboratively managing water conflicts,” says author Loretta Singletary, Lyon County Extension educator. For more information about Calming the Waters, contact Singletary at (775) 463-6541, or; for a copy of the publication, refer to:, “water issues.”
  • Noted emeritus professor of history James Hulse’s new book, Oases of Culture: A History of Public and Academic Libraries in Nevada (University of Nevada Press, 2003), is a must-have for readers fascinated by the evolution of the state’s public libraries. Hulse traces the 95-year growth of the Washoe County library system and addresses the maturation of the public libraries in Las Vegas and Clark County, and concludes with an examination of Nevada’s university and community college libraries.
  • College of Education professors D. Lamont Johnson and Cleborne D. Maddux are editors of Technology In Education: A Twenty-Year Retrospective (The Haworth Press, 2003).
  • Ruth Linnea Whitney, who received her M.A. from Nevada, has a debut novel, Slim, from Southern Methodist University Press. Whitney’s novel is set in a small African country at the start of the AIDS epidemic.
  • A Family Affair: Harolds Club and the Smiths Remembered, the most recent publication of the University of Nevada Oral History Program, is based on interviews with members of the Smith family and former employees of Harolds Club. It is also a chronicle of the casino industry’s colorful, vigorous and sometimes outrageous youth. The book draws from oral history interviews conducted by Dwayne Kling and narrative composed by R.T. King, director of the Oral History Program.
  • D. Gail Bellenger, a 1988 graduate of Nevada in anthropology and a 1996 graduate of Nevada in conservation biology/environmental resource management, has had her first novel published. Her historical fiction novel, 68 A.D., is available online at various major booksellers, including Barnes & Noble and Bellenger works as a biologist in Carson City and has just completed her second novel in the series. Her Web site is


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