Health Watch: Current research on reproductive health

Aug 26, 2014
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Richelle O'Driscoll talks with Dr. Wei Yan, professor of physiology and cell biology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine about his current research on reproductive health.

University of Nevada, Reno

Campus has been bustling with thousands of students who started their classes Monday at the University of Nevada, Reno. This school year, more than 19,000 students are enrolled, setting a new record, and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that campus living quarters are pretty tight in order to house 2,600 of those pupils.

Some dorm rooms are being converted from singles to doubles or from doubles to triples in order to meet demand.

At a recent conference at the University of Nevada, Reno, Governor Brian Sandoval spoke to nearly a hundred of the state’s education leaders about improving early childhood education. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that one of the governor’s top goals moving forward is to expand all-day kindergarten programs.

Right now, about two-thirds of elementary schools in Nevada have all-day kindergarten. Sandoval says he hopes to soon see it offered statewide.

Health Watch: Student service learning opportunities in health

Aug 18, 2014

In today's health watch segment from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll talks about student service learning in health with Gerold Dermid-Gray, Coordinator of Community Relations and Field Studies for the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

A task force of community members in Northern Nevada has been studying the growing need for specialized healthcare workers in the region. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the group is recommending more training programs at the college level that reduce common barriers for students, like the amount of time and money needed to complete their education.

The Healthcare Jobs of the Future Task Force includes representatives from local colleges and hospitals who are examining gaps in the training pipeline for healthcare professionals.

Bob Conrad/This Is Reno

UNR and DRI researchers in Northern Nevada are launching a broad effort to better predict and prepare for severe drought and climate change. 


While many places are feeling the impacts of climate change, Western Nevada and the Sierra make a good case study. For one, the trends in temperature change here track almost exactly with the global ones. Along with that, Maureen McCarthy, a UNR researcher, says our desert environment, fed by snowfall in the mountains, is one of the most vulnerable to climate change. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Every newborn in Nevada is screened for rare disorders like hypothyroidism and cystic fibrosis. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that those blood tests are now actually being done in Nevada, instead of being sent out-of-state.

Conducting lab work on babies through the Nevada Newborn Screening Program will keep about $2.5 million in the state for funding the operation. In the past, that money has been going to a lab in Oregon.

Health Watch: New Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting

Aug 11, 2014
University of Nevada School of Medicine

In this Health Watch segment, Susan Hill talks with Dr. James Wilson, director of the new Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Six select students of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently spent an intensive week honing their public radio skills. NPR's Next Generation "Boot Camp" provides the students with an opportunity to work one-on-one with professionals from NPR and public radio stations around the country to develop multimedia content.  Students were selected through an application process.

KUNR broadcast 6-27-14 -- The University of Nevada, Reno has opened its Earthquake Engineering Laboratory. University President Marc Johnson and the lab's director, Dr. Ian Buckle, discuss the lab and its capabilities for advancing global earthquake research. Interviewed by David Stipech for KUNR's Beyond the Headlines.