Earth Week at University offers educational programs, demos April 22, 23 & 25

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For immediate release: April 17, 2014 

Earth Week at University offers educational programs, demos April 22, 23 & 25

Themed days filled with educational displays, interactive exhibits and tree-planting ceremony celebrate the Earth all week; activities kick-off Summer of Sustainability Program on campus

RENO, Nev. – The northern Nevada community can celebrate the Earth and learn about options for more sustainable living at the University of Nevada, Reno campus Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23. Educational programs and demonstrations will focus on sustainability efforts and examples of green campus and community resources. Additionally, an Arbor Day event, Friday, April 25, moves the University closer to becoming a designated Tree Campus USA location, a designation granted through the Arbor Day Foundation.

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Add comment April 18, 2014

Congratulations to Kurtresha and Beatriz!

Kurtresha Worden (Junior, GURA awardee) received first place in the undergraduate poster competition for the Annual Drosophila Research Conference.  This is the largest international genetics society meeting attended by ~1500 researchers.  She has been offered a position as a visiting researcher in the Rogulja lab at Harvard Medical School’s Neurobiology Department.

Beatriz Robinson (Sophomore) was awarded an EDEN fellowship for Developmental Biology from Harvard University for the upcoming summer.

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NASA (NEW) Scholarships HS Graduating Seniors GED holders Community College Undergraduate Students

Dear NSHE Faculty and Administrators,

NASA has just released the announcement for this great student opportunity.  It is not administered through NSHE, but directly through NASA.  There is a link at the end of the message that will take you to the NASA page where this and other student applications/opportunities are available.

Please share the announcement with your campus.  It provides not only funding for Undergraduate Students, but graduating HS Seniors and GED holders who are not yet enrolled in college.

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Add comment April 16, 2014

Student’s perseverance, academic success and civic-engagement spark national recognition

For immediate release: April 15, 2014

Student’s perseverance, academic success & civic-engagement spark national recognition

University of Nevada, Reno’s Ivon Padilla-Rodríguez named Truman Scholar and to Glamour magazine’s list of 10 Top College Women of 2014

RENO, Nev. – At 16, Ivon Padilla-Rodríguez was homeless. Fast-forward a couple of years, and Padilla-Rodríguez was on the turf of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during halftime of the 2011 SEC Championship Game throwing footballs for the chance to win a $100,000 scholarship awarded by Dr Pepper. Fast-forward again, to April 15, when she learned in a surprise presentation by University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson that she has been named a Truman Scholar, considered one of the country’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships. Padilla-Rodríguez’s string of impressive academic and community-service accomplishments led Glamour magazine to name her this month to their list of Top 10 College Women of 2014. The issue hit newsstands April 11, and Padilla-Rodríguez joins the other honorees in New York City for a series of workshops and social events hosted by Glamour April 17. It’s not her first time on the national stage. During her freshman year at the University, Padilla-Rodríguez was chosen from thousands of submissions to compete with five finalists for the Dr Pepper Tuition Throw Competition after submitting a video explaining why she deserved to win college tuition. After much practice on her own plus throwing lessons with Wolf Pack quarterback Cody Fajardo, a fellow student in Padilla-Rodríguez’s theatre class, she hit the target with the most footballs in 30 seconds and won the nationally televised competition. “I mentally embodied a six-foot tall football player to prepare myself for the biggest stage of my life,” she said after the competition. The 2011 valedictorian from Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas is now a junior at the University majoring in history and philosophy of ethics, law, and politics, with a minor in ethnic/Latino studies. She plans to attend law school, become a federal judge and ultimately a Supreme Court Justice. “Due to my upbringing and aspirations, I strongly believe federal judges should understand the needs of low-income and minority populations,” Padilla-Rodríguez said. “Like Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, whose story has inspired me, I too welcome the chance to work on issues crucial to the community in which I was raised.” As a student in the University’s Honors Program, Padilla-Rodríguez has been involved with service-learning projects. At a non-profit theatre in Reno’s Midtown district, Padilla-Rodríguez co-founded a youth theatre program called Spotlight: Academy for Young Actors. She also established a community outreach program through the Washoe County School District’s most at-risk schools, and taught the program in Costa Rican, Cuban and Mexican orphanages while studying abroad through the University Study Abroad Consortium. “While homeless, school became a safe haven for me,” she said. “I became involved in afterschool theatre, a fictional world where I created characters onstage to avoid my real-life role as a homeless girl. I realized that my situation, and the plights of other Latinos, could be improved by onstage and academic success.” “I am especially happy that I have been recognized for my work with the Spotlight Academy For Young Actors,” Padilla-Rodríguez said of the Glamour magazine distinction. In early April 2014, Padilla-Rodríguez traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., to interview for the Truman Scholarship. The $30,000 Harry S. Truman Scholarship is awarded annually to approximately 60 U.S. college juniors who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Padilla-Rodríguez is the University’s fourth Truman Scholar. Padilla-Rodríguez also was recently chosen to present her research project at the 18th Annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., showcasing undergraduate research work. She will travel with her mentor, Emma Sepulveda, director of the University’s Latino Research Center, to present her poster and research project, “Significance of Comprehensive Immigration Reform for Undocumented Families of Latin American Descent in the U.S.” “Ivon is the story of perseverance,” Sepulveda said. “She will put a goal in front of her and won’t let anything stop her until she reaches it. She is among some of the most focused, motivated, well-read and well-rounded students I have seen in my 30 years of teaching.” Padilla-Rodríguez will continue her work with at-risk Latino youth this summer teaching improvisational theatre in Chile and she will work as an intern for Chilean congressman Joaquin Godoy. She is the first University student to have an internship with the Chilean Congress.

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Global Fair and Workshop on Long-Term Observatories of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems

Global Fair and Workshop on Long-Term Observatories of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems, Reno (NV) USA on 16-19 July 2014

Due date for Presentation Abstracts 13 March


Dear Colleagues,

MRI and the University of Nevada at Reno are now inviting Presentations to 40 Sessions approved for the Workshop.
Please submit abstracts for your Presentations here.

We are also accepting abstracts for:

  • Ateliers: Propose a roundtable discussion with your colleagues about a particular monitoring problem or possibility.
  • Expositions: Show others what you do through a poster or other exhibit of your mountain monitoring program. Be at the Fair to explain your work, meet your colleagues and perhaps develop collaborations with them.

Deadline 13 March for Presentations and Ateliers.
Deadline 16 April for Expositions.

In order to encourage participation from outside Canada and the USA, the MRI will be entertaining requests for partial travel support. If you meetthe application criteria and could not otherwise participate in the Fair and Workshop, then think carefully about how much support you would need and let us know through the abstract submission website.

Click here to learn more about the Fair and Workshop and to submit your abstracts.
Yours sincerely,

Gregory Greenwood,
Director, the Mountain Research Initiative

Franco Biondi,
Professor and DendroLab Director, Department of Geography, University of Nevada

Conference website
Abstract Submission


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The Mountain Research Initiative
c/o Institute of Geography, University of Bern
Erlachstrasse 9a Trakt 3
3012 Bern, Switzerland

+41 (0)31 631 51 41


Add comment March 12, 2014

CUR recognizes institutions to be represented at 18th Annual Posters on the Hill

The Council on Undergraduate Research is proud to recognize the institutions which will be represented at this year’s 18th Annual Posters on the Hill. As the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress have a clear understanding of the research and education programs they fund, nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than a student participant’s words, work, and stories. Hosted on April 29, 2014, CUR will invite representatives from federal funding agencies, members of Congress, and Congressional staff to attend the evening poster session.

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Add comment March 6, 2014

New Capstone Course Fall 2014 – Major Texts of the Environmental Movement

English 491A Major Texts of the Environmental Movement

Professor Cheryll Glotfelty and Dr. John Sagebiel

TR 1:00-2:15, FH 108

Co-taught by a literature scholar and a scientist, this capstone course explores major texts of the environmental movement, analyzing the rhetoric, science, and influence of these important works.  Issues include land use, climate change, food, economics, utopias, nuclear testing, and the unintended consequences of our actions.  Authors include Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, Bill McKibben, Gary Snyder, and others.  Readings will be supplemented with films, debates, and discussion of current events.

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