University of Nevada, Reno

Julia Ritchey

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.

President Marc Johnson (left) visits with Terina Caserto and Gabe Kennedy in the KUNR studios.
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The University of Nevada, Reno's new William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center has just opened on campus. And one of the important services to be housed there is focused on support students who are also veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The veterans' services have been brought together to facilitate efficient collaboration in the new facility under the name of the Nevada Military Support Alliance Veterans' and Military Center. 

Luiza Vieira

 

A new resource center at the University of Nevada, Reno, opened its doors for students on campus this week. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has more on the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center. 

The four-story building, is surrounded by windows, modern architecture and different spaces to welcome students. The building combines many services that were once spread out around campus, like the writing center and help for veterans.

"If I were to describe it in a very simple term I would say collaboration."

David White Jr.

Dave White, a junior studying special education at the University of Nevada, Reno, has just published his first book. It’s a story for children about overcoming obstacles, something Dave has done in his own life. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has this profile.

“Pop-pop, why don’t we go onto space? Why don’t we go to the moon?”

Dance for Democracy
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An event this weekend combines words we rarely hear together: Dance for Democracy. That should create a lot of interest to entice local high school and college students age 18 and over to join in this event at 8 p.m. Saturday night, Feb. 13, at Mambo's Night Club 3652 S. Virginia Street (near the Atlantis Resort Casino). 

The event is intended to show that the political process can be fun and to engage more young people and Latinos in the political process with the Nevada caucuses just a week away.

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