'Academy for the Environment'

Call for Poet-tree

On Wednesday, April 22, there will be an Earth Day celebration in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR, featuring information tables, food and drink, music, a tree sapling giveaway, and more.

The UNR Arboretum is hosting a slam Poet-tree event to present poetry about or inspired by trees.

We are looking for students, faculty, and community members to read, perform, and recite poetry.  The poem can be original or published, written by you or someone else.

If you would like to participate, please email Cheryll Glotfelty at glotfelt@unr.edu as soon as possible.

Add comment February 27th, 2015

11th annual Student World Water Forum 2014

We will be having the 11th annual Student World Water Forum (SWWF) at the University of Nevada Reno on November 20-21, 2014 in the Great Room of the Joe Crowley Student Union.  The SWWF is a student-organized event that will feature oral presentations from UNR students on water-related issues. In addition to the student presentations, the Forum will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. John Shurts of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council entitled “Rethinking the Columbia River Treaty: will we get the future right this time?” on Friday, November 21 at 4 pm in the Redfield Auditorium of the Davidson Math and Science Center at UNR.

We have two requests of you: 1) please send the conference website (http://www.cabnr.unr.edu/swwf ) to any interested parties who might be interested in participating in this event; and 2) please consider participating in the event as an evaluator of student presentations.  A key part of the learning experience for the students will be the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on their presentation skills from faculty and water professionals. We are looking for evaluators who will review and provide basic critiques of student presentations at one of the conference sessions (i.e., you will not be asked to review the technical content, and you do not have to attend the entire event – sessions are typically about 1 to 1.5 hours long).

If you are interested in being an evaluator, please contact me at lsaito@cabnr.unr.edu and indicate your availability to evaluate one session on November 20 or 21. We expect sessions to run throughout the day on Thursday November 20 and through 3 p.m. on Friday November 21. We hope to let evaluators know when they have been scheduled by the end of October.  For more information or questions, please contact me or visit the conference website at http://www.cabnr.unr.edu/swwf.


Laurel Saito and Kate Berry

Laurel Saito, Ph.D., P.E.
Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences
University of Nevada Reno, MS 186
Reno, NV 89557

Add comment October 6th, 2014

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


Communication and Event Management

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 12th, 2014

A summer exhibit at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center: Reused + Recycled = Art

For immediate release: March 1, 2014

A summer exhibit at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center:
Reused + Recycled = Art

Local artists of many ages to be featured on University of Nevada, Reno campus
July – September

RENO, Nev. – In a world awash in plastic and other items that can be reused or recycled, one way to bring greater awareness to this global issue is to turn those products into art that is interesting, evocative and beautiful. The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and the University of Nevada, Reno Integrated Sustainability Initiative are showcasing art from local high school students and teachers, University students and faculty, and regional artists in a juried art exhibit that opens July 1 and runs through September at the Knowledge Center.

The Reused + Recycled = Art exhibit is a signature event in the Summer of Sustainability, a series of activities on campus that will explore the environment and the sustainability movement.

Another highlight of the exhibit will be an art display by Bonnie Monteleone, a prominent plastics ocean researcher and director of Science, Research and Academic Partnerships in Wilmington, North Carolina, who uses plastics from the North Pacific, North Atlantic and South Atlantic oceans which she gathered during research expeditions over five years.

A public reception and presentation on Sunday, July 13 from 2-5 p.m. will be held at the Knowledge Center in conjunction with the exhibit. Monteleone, who is with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will discuss Plastic Ocean Project, Inc., a nonprofit group that supports her traveling art show.

Ocean plastics collected hundreds to thousands of miles from land are found in Monteleone’s large, multi-panel art exhibit. She based her design on the well-known artwork often called The Great Wave, a print by Japanese artist Hokusai, published between 1830 and 1833.

Monteleone describes her work this way, “take the image of the Japanese art, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, and add the plastics I’ve collected from my research to illustrate what is now a very different ocean than what Katsushika Hokusai saw when he created his art less than 200 years ago. Not a very long time in planet years for humans to have physically changed the composition of the sea. But we have, and hence, the purpose of the art show.”

Each of the 4 feet by 5 feet panels morph away from the original until it is unrecognizable in the last image that depicts the North Atlantic heaving plastics onto Bermuda’s beaches. The title of the work is What Goes Around, Comes Around, meaning that plastics get lost at sea, then return to us either in our fish or on our beaches. The centerpiece is a 6 feet long by 3 feet tall interactive sculpture of a wave made of bottle caps and plastics found on Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. This portable art show expresses the ocean’s beauty against the disturbing reality that our seas are being trashed.

The exhibit will be open Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. through July and much of August. The Knowledge Center is closed on July 4. The hours will be expanded when University students begin classes in late August. For more information, go to http://knowledgecenter.unr.edu/.

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Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities. With nearly 19,000 students, the University is driven to contribute a culture of student success, world-improving research and outreach that enhances communities and business. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and home to one of the largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu.

Media Contact:
Deanna Hearn
Marketing & Communications, University Libraries
Office: Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Room 513E
University of  Nevada, Reno/ MS 322/ Reno, NV 89557
775.682.6501 (office)
775.846.7222 (cell)

Add comment March 5th, 2014

New interim director of the Academy for the Environment appointed

New interim director of the Academy for the Environment appointed  – See more at: http://newsroom.unr.edu/2014/02/11/new-interim-director-of-the-academy-for-the-environment-appointed/#sthash.eVTcd0tN.dpuf

Add comment February 12th, 2014

Volume 7: January 2014 Newsletter

Please see the link below for our Winter 2014 newsletter for the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research. Please contact us to request printed copies.


Add comment January 22nd, 2014

University offers educational programs, demos on campus for Earth Week, April 15-19

The northern Nevada community can celebrate and learn about options for more sustainable living at the University of Nevada, Reno campus Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19. Educational programs and demonstrations will focus on sustainability efforts and examples of green campus and community resources.

Add comment April 11th, 2013

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