NSURJ Launch Party

Students and Faculty,

You are invited to join the Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal (NSURJ) as it celebrates the publication of its very first issue! NSURJ would like to honor all the people that made this first issue possible with free food and drinks. Anyone and everyone is invited to attend the launch party! This is a great opportunity to learn more about NSURJ and how to get involved.

Please see attached flier for details. (PDF)

Add comment December 5th, 2014

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

Living Plastic Free with Beth Terry

Thursday, September 18 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium

Beth Terry is the author of How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can, Too. Plastic permeates our lives. Some plastic is helpful, but it also pollutes our oceans, harms wildlife and exposes us to toxic chemicals. Can one person make a difference? Be inspired by Beth Terry’s journey from self-confessed plastic addict to empowered plastic-free activist. Learn why we can’t just recycle our way out of this mess.

Join her for a lecture and panel discussion regarding plastic and how we truly can learn to live without it. Click here for flier.

Add comment September 8th, 2014

Screening of the movie “Bag It”

Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium

Part of the Summer of Sustainability, this provocative 2010 documentary film asks many questions including “Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health?” Having garnered awards at film festivals across the nation, Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics, an observation that will move you to action.

Add comment September 8th, 2014

Undergraduate Research Summer Programs 2014 Workshop and Event Schedule

Undergraduate Research Summer Programs BBQ
Thursday, June 12, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Location: Rancho San Rafael Park, Peavine Pavilion
RSVP to Christina Clack (cclack@unr.edu) by Friday, June 6

Oral Communication Skills
Friday, June 20, 10:00 – 11:00am
Speaker: Beth Leger, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Location: SFB 103

Ethics Principles in the Conduct of Research
Thursday, July 3, 10:00 – 11:00am
Speaker: Nancy Moody, Director, Research Integrity Office
Location: SFB 103

Applying to Graduate School
Friday, July 18, 10:00 – 11:00am
Speaker: Kara Cleveland, Manager, Graduate School Operations
Graduate Student Panel to follow
Location: SFB 103

Designing Posters for Success
Friday, August 1, 10:00 – 11:30am
Speaker: Amy Shannon
Location: MIKC 114
Students must RSVP to Christina Clack (cclack@unr.edu) by Friday, July 25

Undergraduate Research Summer Poster Session
Wednesday, August 13, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Location: Joe Crowley Student Union, Ballroom C

For more information visit: http://environment.unr.edu/undergraduateresearch/opportunities/workshops.html

Add comment May 7th, 2014

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

Bag Monster


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.

“I have a vision for a healthier, more sustainable world,” geography student Jean-Paul Torres, president of the Campus Cycling Coalition, a bicycle advocacy club on campus, said. “We want to make this campus a more bicycle friendly university, which is key to making us stand apart from the rest, from the status quo. There is something about being able to easily traverse the campus within seconds by bicycle, and the more we can show people how great it is, the more I believe we’ll start garnering support.”

The University’s Summer of Sustainability is a series of activities on campus that will explore the environment and the sustainability movement. One of its signature events is a curated and juried art exhibit, “Reused + Recycled = Art,” which is also an official Reno Artown event. Officials are currently inviting artists to submit their work and ideas to the project.

“We are hoping to use the exhibition as a starting point for conversation and awareness about sustainability,” Maureen McCarthy, executive director for the University’s Academy for the Environment, said. “We want materials to be up-cycled into a new and productive life, as well as a beautiful piece of art.”

The University’s Earth Week events will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gateway Plaza in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union, with the Arbor Day planting event taking place just north of Lawlor Events Center.

Tuesday, April 22: Waste, Recycling and Local Foods

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza
Highlighted activities:

  • The Return of the Bag Monster, offering free reusable grocery bags
  • Dumpster Dive with trash collected from a University dumpster
  • Plastic-bottle recycling display
  • Plant giveaway sponsored by the University’s Arboretum Board
  • Recycled art made by Children of the Child and Family Research Center
  • Local food and farming information from Urban Roots and River School

Wednesday, April 23: Alternative Transportation, Energy and Water

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza
Highlighted activities:

  • Eco-Friendly Vehicles: All-electric Nissan Leaf, University’s Parking and Transportation Service’s Hertz on Demand and a new RTC zero-emissions electric bus
  • Campus Cycling Coalition Bike Repair Clinic with the Reno Bike Project

1-4:30 p.m.: Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentations
1-1:30 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre, third floor

  • Welcome and Keynote Speaker, University Vice President for Research and Innovation Mridul Gautam

1:30-3 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre, third floor

  • Student Oral Presentations

3-4:30 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Glick Ballrooms, fourth floor
Student Poster Session and Reception

Friday, April 25: Arbor Day

11 a.m.: Southwest entrance of the West Stadium Parking Complex, just north of Lawlor Events Center

  • The University is taking steps to become a designated Tree Campus USA location. The public is welcome to join University officials and students as they plant a new Paw Paw tree.

University partners and organizers of the weeks’ activities include the Joe Crowley Student Union, the University’s Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Department, Environmental Health and Safety, Academy for the Environment, University Arboretum Board, and many Associated Student of the University of Nevada student organizations. Additional campus and community groups will be present at the Student Union Plaza.

For more information and a complete list of event offerings, click here. Self-paid parking is available in the metered lot south of Lawlor Event Center or on the top floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex.

The University’s Earth Week will help kick-off additional community Earth Day celebrations such as the Earth Day 2014 at Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 27.

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Note to editors: Students, staff, faculty and community members are available for interviews during any of the events. Set-up begins Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Please make arrangements with Natalie Savidge for interviews prior to Earth Week activities or for times outside of the scheduled events.

Watch a video about the University of Nevada, Reno Campus Cycling Coalition: http://youtu.be/ylPa1JSu2Og.

Photo cutline: Have you ever wondered how many plastic bags an average shopper goes through in a year? 500. The Bag Monster (Associate Professor and Assistant Chair for the University’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science Nancy Markee pictured here from 2012) will be strolling through the Gateway Plaza and nearby campus buildings on Tuesday, April 22.

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:
Natalie Savidge
Senior Communications Specialist
Marketing & Communications
775-784-4611 phone
Media newsroom: http://newsroom.unr.edu

Add comment April 18th, 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

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