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. 

Nevada To Offer Health Benefits For Transgender Procedures

Jun 25, 2015
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.

UNSOM Health Watch: Trans Voice Clinic

Jun 22, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

There’s been a lot of talk lately about transgender issues, after the recent transition of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner. There are several treatments a person receives while transitioning - such as voice therapy - in order to help them sound more like the gender they are becoming. Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch, we’re talking about the Trans Voice and Communication Clinic offered by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Our guests are Rachael Walden, clinical director for this department and Dr.

Construction Of E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center Begins

Jun 17, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

Officials at the University of Nevada, Reno along with a handful of donors and community members broke ground on the E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center.

In grandiose fashion, onlookers welcomed what will soon be the heart of student health and fitness at UNR. The 108 thousand square-foot E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center is scheduled to open early in 2017. Construction of this new building comes as enrollment at the university hits an all-time high. Caden Fabbi is student body president. He says a lack of space for health and wellness is a growing concern.

UNSOM Health Watch: Men's Health

Jun 15, 2015
University of Nevada School of Medicine

June is National Men's Health month and that's the discussion in this installment of the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch. Our guests are Dr. Daniel Spogen, professor of family medicine and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine.  

For Beyond the Headlines, we like to catch up with Reno author Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl, to explore language. This week, she talks to Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss about tips for recent college grads trying to land freelance writing gigs. But first, they begin with a burning question that bugs Michelle every time nice weather arrives and folks start gathering around the grill. Let’s take a listen.

Health Watch: New Geriatric Specialty Clinic

May 26, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch, we’re talking about the new geriatric specialty clinic opening this summer at the Sanford Center for Aging on the UNR campus. Joining KUNR for this discussion is Dr. Steven Phillips, a board certified physician in internal medicine and geriatrics.  He serves on the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine and is the new medical director for the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno.

University of Nevada, Reno

A seismologist from the University of Nevada, Reno and two of his graduate students have been on the ground in Nepal while that country is dealing with another deadly earthquake this week. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details. 

UNR Professor Steve Wesnousky left Nepal just a few hours before the magnitude 7.3 quake struck on Tuesday. But two of his students were there for the jolt. University Spokesman Mike Wolterbeek has been checking in with them to learn more. 

Alexa Ard

Len Downie spent 17 years as the executive editor for the Washington Post. During that time, the paper won 25 Pulitzer prizes. And before that, he helped supervise the Post’s coverage of Watergate as deputy metro editor. Now, Len is a professor of journalism for the Cronkite School at Arizona State University. He was recently in Reno, visiting the Reynolds School of Journalism here at UNR and stopped by our studios.