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Drone America

Our series Putting Out The Fire has been exploring new ways of fighting and preventing devastating wildfires, which are a major threat to Nevada and California during this fourth year of drought. In this segment, Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss explores how high-tech cameras and drones are rewriting the rules of firefighting.

Mike Richards is CEO of Drone America, a small company on the forefront of changing how emergency responders can fight fires. He likens the drones of tomorrow to comic-book superheroes of the past.  

Amy Westervelt / KUNR

A program that removes invasive fish species from Lake Tahoe and distributes them to local food banks, animal sanctuaries, and composters is back on track after losing funding last year.  

The UNR team, working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, has caught more than 50,000 fish since 2011. And they’ve stretched those fish a long way.

Esther Ciammachilli

Students at UNR go back to school today, many of them student athletes. On the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch we’re talking about children participating in organized sports and sports medicine at UNR. Our guests are Dr. Arthur A. Islas, director of the sports medicine fellowship and the team physician for Wolf Pack Athletics. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

Esther Ciammachilli

A record number of students descended upon the University of Nevada, Reno Thursday as another exciting year of higher education begins. 

UNSOM Health Watch: New Surgical Training Lab

Aug 19, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

In this University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, we’re talking about a new surgical training lab at the School of Medicine that allows local surgeons to practice new procedures and technology on donated cadavers. Joining us to talk about this are Dr. Carl Sievert, a professor of physiology and cell biology and head anatomy instructor for the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the division of health sciences and School of Medicine.

University of Nevada School of Medicine

On the UNSOM health watch, we’re talking about what it takes to get accepted into medical school and the new class of students entering the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Our guests are Dr. Cherie Singer, associate dean for student affairs for the School of Medicine, and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

Julia Oversloot-Berg

During the Holocaust, people often turned a blind eye to the horrific fate of their Jewish neighbors and acquaintances. But there were also many who took it upon themselves to save Jewish men, women, and children, despite the grave danger it placed upon them and their families.  Yad Vashem in Jerusalem--the world's center for researching and documenting the Holocaust--has deemed these heroes as the Righteous Among The Nations. A traveling exhibit to honor them has landed at the University of Nevada, Reno and will be up through August 27th.

Julia Ritchey

Each year 500 young African leaders come to the United States for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a competitive program launched by President Obama in 2010. This year, the University of Nevada, Reno hosted its first group of 25 entrepreneurs from countries across the continent. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with two of these fellows to talk about their ventures.

UNR Engineers Embark On Ambitious Seismic Study

Jul 15, 2015
University of Nevada, Reno

The Department of Energy has awarded a nearly $5 million grant to the University of Nevada, Reno to study the seismic safety of nuclear facilities. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The money will allow UNR researchers to focus on the way that soil below a nuclear facility changes the building’s behavior during an earthquake.  

Ian Buckle directs UNR’s Structural Engineering Lab. In the past, he says, most engineers have ignored this effect because it has been too difficult to quantify. But understanding it is critical to designing more secure facilities. 

Esther Ciammachilli

Starting July 1, Nevada will offer health insurance for transgender-related medical care, including hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery and mental health counseling. All are deemed medically necessary by the American Medical Association. Until now, these procedures haven’t been covered for public employees, like Jamie, a former state trooper.

From the time she was four years old, Jamie knew she was transgender.

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