University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits with graduate Jena Valenzuela (center) and Veterans Services Director Terina Caserto.
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It’s graduation season throughout the area. And two weeks ago the quad was packed with thousands of cheering friends and tearful family members seated in rows of white chairs on the green grass amid a sea of black caps and gowns adorned with silver and blue.

The 2016 spring commencement ceremonies featured a University of Nevada, Reno record of 2,710 degrees awarded for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and medical degrees. And with another record enrollment expected in the fall, this trend is likely to continue for some time.

Ceremony Highlights Women In Science And Math

May 13, 2016
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The University of Nevada, Reno's class of 2016 began receiving their diplomas today in wave after wave of graduation ceremonies running till tomorrow. 

That includes students in the Women in Science and Engineering program, or WISE, who held their own smaller ceremony earlier this week. WISE encourages women to pursue careers in science and math.

Senior Eimi Marrit is a chemical engineering major in the program, which helped keep her motivated.

With a steadily growing population  on campus, some 600 Latino students will graduate this month from the University of Nevada, Reno. About 525 will receive undergraduate degrees, nearly 80 will earn masters' degrees, while a number of others will receive their Ph.D's and medical doctoral degrees.

And Friday evening, May 6, at 5:30, the Joe Crowley Student Union will be filled with students, friends, faculty and family for the 2016 Latino Graduate Celebration.

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman (left) visits with Seismology Lab Director Graham Kent in the KUNR studios.
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Naturally, most of us feel and remember only the large earthquakes, like the jolts that rattled through south Reno a few days before Christmas this past year. Or the 2008 swarm that went on for months that felt like years in west Reno. And there are less noticeable earthquakes occurring all the time as well.

Not only is northern Nevada earthquake country, it’s also the epicenter of worldwide earthquake research that’s happening every day right here at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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A new minor being offered at the University of Nevada, Reno, is teaching students how to build batteries from scratch — the same type that Tesla is preparing to mass produce at the nearby Gigafactory.

Graduate student Marylou Lindstrom is explaining the process for making a lithium-ion coin cell battery to a group of students decked out in white coats and safety goggles.

She's one of 21 people enrolled in the Battery and Energy Storage Technologies minor added to the College of Engineering.

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The City of Reno’s Historic Resources Commission is urging caution when it comes to plans for historic homes in the University of Nevada, Reno’s so-called Gateway District on Center Street.

At a recent commission meeting, UNR was criticized for not doing enough to spare the homes from campus expansion plans.

Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com says a number of the houses are in the path of potential new dorms and academic buildings.

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The City of Reno’s Historic Resources Commission is meeting April 7 to discuss historic homes located in the University of Nevada, Reno’s so-called Gateway District. ThisisReno.com contributor Bob Conrad reports. 

 

Some citizens are concerned that UNR’s new master plan will impact the historic homes on Center Street south of campus.

UNR spokeswoman Heidi Gansert said the university is not planning to demolish the homes.

Kevin Carman (left) visits with Warren "Bum" Rapp in the KUNR studios.
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The subject of drones is a hot topic in the news, and Nevada is a hotbed of activity.

With the Silver State selected as one of just six U.S. drone-testing sites—and the only site chosen as an entire state and not just a single location—the university is a catalyst and collaborator for developing drones and other advanced autonomous systems.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits in the KUNR studio with anthropology professor Sarah Cowie (center) and university alumna Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission. March 2016
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In what is believed to be a first, a University of Nevada, Reno professor was recently named one of the 105 Presidential Early Career Award recipients for scientists and engineers by President Barack Obama.

Anthropology professor Sarah Cowie received the honor for her work at the historic Stewart Indian School in Carson City, in collaboration with the Nevada Indian Commission. 

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman and James Faulds, research professor and director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and State Geologist
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Nevada is known as the Silver State, but as a geological treasure, that doesn't begin to capture Nevada's richness that ranges from its vast untapped geothermal energy to leading in gold and lithium production.

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