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Straight Answers

Canned laughter

Remebering Cole Campbell

24 Straight Answers

Hope for Fallon’s cancer cluster families
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36 Canned Laughter

Canned laughter’s Reno roots

44 Enlarging journalism
— and life

A look back at a visionary journalist
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Nevadarama - Lawlor Loyalty
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4 Letters to the Editor
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5 NevadaScope - Nevada growth: We’re No. 2!

6 Tonight's Homework - Help us find a film that says Nevada
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7 Boom - Shake, rattle and an economic role for University earthquake research
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10 Nature & Environment – Leviathan Mine lives
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12 What It Feels Like To…to live in Iraq
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14 What I’ve Learned - Teresa Benitez-Thompson
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16 Body Owner’s Manual - Letting sleeping babes lie

17 Ten Things You Didn’t Know About…Mars

18 Refresher Course - Roots of Middle East conflict

20 Tell Me How Nevada Was - Torpedoing Pyramid

22 Making the Argument - Modest proposal for education
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30 Fazekas & Sessions - Two teammates, one friendship
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41 Home Means Nevada
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  • University News, 44
  • On Philanthropy, 50
  • From the Alumni Council President, 52
  • Class Chat, 52
  • Five Questions With Alan Hopper ‘85, 57
  • Remembering Friends, 62

64 What I’ve Done With My Life - Lou Cannon

On the Cover

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) range from Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan to Nevada and eastern California, with the core sage-grouse populations located in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming and Nevada. Their population closely parallels the distribution of the sagebrush ecosystem.

Several University researchers have studied the bird and its habitat over the years. The bird itself is a species of aesthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational and scientific value. Sage-grouse are considered one of the true “bellwethers” of the animal kingdom, because their health and distribution are often indicators of the health of their environment.

Citizens, regulatory agencies and scientists helped create one of the most comprehensive conservation plans in Nevada history. The Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan for Nevada and Eastern California, finalized in 2005 during the administration of Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn, identified actions to improve the sage-grouse’s habitat before it reaches a threshold of vulnerability that would require the animal to be listed as a threatened or endangered species.

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