Service and Research Within the Colleges
NEVADA AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION
The experiment station has been in continuous operation at the university since its establishment in 1888. The passage of the Hatch Act of 1887 and succeeding state legislation provided for the organization of the station.
The majority of the faculty working at the experiment station have joint responsibility with cooperative extension or resident academic programs in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, Division of Health Sciences, College of Cooperative Extension or the School of Medicine.
Federal funds are appropriated under the Hatch Act to promote high-quality research activities on agricultural and natural resource issues that are important to the state, the West and the nation. McIntire-Stennis Act allocations promote research for the development, protection and efficient utilization of resources from the nation's forests and rangelands. Animal health allocations are directed toward solving and understanding the health problems of livestock.
Research emphasis at the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station is consistent with the themes of the university's 21st century plan. A summary of the citizens' needs assessment includes the following areas of emphasis: making Nevadans healthier, developing and sustaining productive youths and families, developing and sustaining productive communities, improving water availability, allocation and quality, and resolving natural resource values.
Research is conducted in the laboratories of the Max C. Fleischmann College of Agriculture, Howard Medical Sciences and the Division of Health Sciences facilities on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Four field laboratory sites are also used for research, including: the Animal Research and Extension Center in Reno, the Valley Road facility in Reno, the Newlands facility in Fallon and Gund Ranch in Beowawe.
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
E. L. Cord Student Success Center
The E. L. Cord Student Success Center provides a full range of support services for current and prospective College of Business students. Undergraduate advising, graduate advising, and Career Connections are housed in the E. L. Cord Student Success Center. In addition, students may access resources to support academic planning and involvement in student organizations. Visit the E. L. Cord Student Success Center in Ansari Business Building, room 409, or for more information call the center at (775) 784-4912 or visit the website at http://www.business.unr.edu .
Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
The Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics was initiated in 2006. The center is a multidisciplinary entity, using a project-oriented structure to fulfill three primary purposes:
To pursue and promote theoretical and applied interdisciplinary research on the structure and organization of corporate management to further understanding of designing and implementing optimal corporate governance mechanisms.
To pursue an outreach function by offering training and support to local organizations concerning the design and implementation of effective governance mechanisms that provide a sound ethical foundation.
To support, through collaboration, the integration of the various efforts related to business ethics and corporate governance teaching and research which are currently fragmented across various departments in the college.
Center for Logistics Management
The mission of the Center for Logistics Management at the University of Nevada is to:
1. Create and disseminate new knowledge in logistics and supply chain
2. Educate students and practitioners in logistics excellence
3. Contribute to the effective practice of logistics and supply chain management
Logistics professionals from Northern Nevada and the University of Nevada have created a strong partnership in a premier warehousing and distribution location in the western United States. With excellence as the objective, this combination of businessmen and educators have established the Center for Logistics Management to provide classroom study and hands-on training in distribution, manufacturing, warehousing, purchasing and marketing.
The Center for Logistics Management was founded in 1988.
Office of Career Connections & Alumni Relations
The College of Business Administration's Office of Career Connections & Alumni Relations offers students and alumni of the college assistance in career awareness, exploration, internships and employment opportunities during and after their academic careers. Students and alumni can get advice about the job search process including cover letters, resumes, interviewing, networking, business etiquette and career opportunities.
The office works with employers to achieve close matches between each company's needs and student opportunities. Career Connections assists companies in "getting the word out" about positions currently open to business majors through email notifications and posting on the online job board, Career Navigator website located at: www.unr.edu/cn.
During the fall and spring semesters, the Office of Career Connections schedules on-campus recruiting visits and interviews as well as a university wide Career & Internship Fair. The office schedules special events in order to provide opportunities for business student candidates and prospective employers to meet.
The office also serves as the point of contact for alumni interested in being a member of or active in the College of Business Administration Alumni Association.
For further information, call (775) 682-9144 or access the Career Connections website at: http://www.business.unr.edu/career/services.html .
Natural Resource Industry Institute
The Natural Resource Industry Institute was founded in 1994 with a mission of providing service and outreach to natural resources industries primarily in Nevada but also in other parts of the world. In Nevada and elsewhere, the primary focus is with the minerals industry. The Institute has offered workshops for industry professionals and government officials on issues ranging from accounting practices to taxation and public policy. It has also conducted research for industry and government on public policy issues affecting natural resource industries.
Nevada Small Business Development Center/Center for Regional Studies/Bureau of Business and Economic Research
Both the Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC), Center for Regional Studies, and the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) are part of the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The NSBDC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the university and the U.S. Small Business Administration, assisting existing and new small businesses throughout the state plan their growth as well as gain knowledge to operate and development their businesses. The NSBDC has 11 full-service offices around the state and dozens of counseling locations.
The Center for Regional Studies was approved by the Board of Regents in 2007 to serve as an objective, impartial facilitator of information, outreach, and research services regarding regional development and planning; develop links and coordinate efforts between the Univesity and external entities involved in the process of regional development; disseminate impartial and scientifically supported research on regional issues; and enhance student capacities by actively involving them in research and outreach services.
The BBER is the official research unit of the College of Business. Founded in 1956, the bureau provides a broad array of research services and consulting for local, state, and national business and government communities.
Regular SBDC and bureau publications include the Nevada Economic Summary, Starting a Small Business in Nevada, and Metro Business Activity (MBA) Report, among others.
The SBDC maintains extensive databases and other information that can be customized to serve the needs of researchers and others who need up-to-date information about the region, state or nation.
The Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming
The Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial gaming is a world-renowned center for gambling research, information, and education. Founded in 1989, its mission is to stimulate research and educational efforts related to the commercial gaming industries, as well as the economic, business, social and political effects of gambling on society. The Institute is involved in the coordination of international conferences, publishes books, provides and participates in public forums for the discussion of public policy toward gambling, and coordinates the Gaming Management minor for the College of Business. The Institute, along with Extended Studies, co-sponsors the Executive Development Program for senior level gaming executives from around the world. This program is considered to be the premier educational event for gaming executives.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Research and Educational Planning Center
The Research and Educational Planning Center (REPC) is the research arm of the College of Education and conducts sponsored research, development and training projects of state and national significance in education and related social science areas. The REPC is involved in field-based educational research, development, evaluation, staff and faculty development, and technical assistance. The center works directly with Nevada educators, Nevada school districts and the Nevada Department of Education and provides consultation and technical services to Nevada service agencies and to university faculty.
The Nevada University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCED) is also housed in the REPC. The mission of this statewide program is to assist Nevadans with developmental disabilities in becoming productive and independent citizens who are fully integrated into their communities. The Nevada UCED provides information on developmental disabilities and service options, multidisciplinary training, model exemplary services, technical assistance and relevant research and evaluation studies.
Child and Family Research Center
The Child & Family Research Center provides a learning laboratory which supports the education and training of students in the department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Human Development and other units on campus. The center also serves as a research site for investigations that focus on particular aspects of infancy, toddlerhood, preschool or family development. The Child and Family Research Center was the first early childhood program in the state to be accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and has long served as a model for best practices in northern Nevada.
Support for quality improvement in early childhood programs is an important piece of the Child and Family Research Center mission. Programs in the center that focus on capacity building and quality include Campus Child Care Connections, the Family Care Contract Network, the Early Childhood Resource Library, and Early Head Start.
Campus Child Care Connections provides information about choosing quality child care and assists campus families in finding care. The Family Care Contract Network provides training, technical assistance and support to 24 family child care providers and is the only such network in Northern Nevada. The Early Childhood Resource Library contains developmentally appropriate toys, books, equipment and parent education materials that are available on loan to community child care providers and families. Early Head Start provides intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income families with children under the age of three and pregnant women.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research
The mission of the Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research (CCEER), housed in the Civil Engineering Department of the College of Engineering, is to conduct outreach activities for the benefit of the professional earthquake engineering community and the public. The center provides an organizational structure for conducting earthquake engineering research and develops and conducts short courses and seminars. The Center publishes the results of its research in a series of technical reports. Principal research laboratories under the umbrella of the Center include the Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory and the Large-Scale Structures Laboratory, which is a member of the NSF-funded Network for Earthquake Engineering Simuation and a NEES Equipment Site.
Nevada Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Center
The Nevada T 2 Center in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provides training and technical assistance to transportation personnel to help them build and maintain better, safer and more cost effective transportation facilities. The main priority of the center is its training workshops offered throughout the state. Workshop topics range from pavement design and snow and ice removal to tort liability and communication skills.
Western Regional Superpave Center
The Western Regional Superpave Center (WRSC) in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of five centers established by the Federal Highway Administration to promote the implementation of superpave technology for asphalt pavements ( http://www.wrsc.unr.edu ). The WRSC conducts national and regional research into pavement materials, design, performance, and rehabilitation. The research activities of WRSC are funded by federal and state agencies and private industry. The WRSC research activities are conducted by full-time researchers and graduate students at both the Master and Doctoral levels.
Renewable Energy Center
The UNR - Renewable Energy Center co-ordinates all research, teaching and technology development in the areas of renewable and clean energy. The major areas of research at UNR involve solar, hydrogen, biomass, power-grid, geothermal and wind energy. The University has made impressive in roads in renewable energy curriculum with the addition of a Renewable Energy Minor in 2007 and a new Renewable Energy Emphasis in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering.
The new collaborative effort promises to create even more educational synergy through the coordinated efforts of faculty in four colleges within the University: the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; the College of Business Administration; the College of Engineering; and the College of Science. Activities will be overseen by the deans of the participating colleges, and will also include working groups in key areas such as hydrogen, biomass, geothermal, solar energy, power grid and curriculum, with an additional group focused on business, public policy, outreach and education.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nevada
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nevada, Reno is a member-directed organization sponsored by Extended Studies that offers short-term educational experiences for adults 50 and older in northern Nevada. OLLI seeks to foster intellectual stimulation, new interests and personal development through academic pursuits, and to provide a community in which to gather, get acquainted and socialize.
For more information about membership, courses offered and scholarships, call an OLLI volunteer at (775) 784-8053, email email@example.com or visit http://www.olli.unr.edu
Nevada Humanities creates public programs and supports public projects statewide that define the Nevada experience, feature local culture and heritage, encourage intellectual curiosity, and facilitate the exploration of issues that matter to Nevadans and ther communities. Founded in 1972, and now with offices in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada Humanities is one of 56 nonprofit state and territorial humanities councils affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Nevada Humanities programs include Nevada Humanities Chautauqua, the award-winning Young Chautauqua program, the Online Nevada Encyclopedia, the Literature & Medicine reading discussion program, the Vegas Valley Book Festival, Humanities on the Road, and statewide outreach programs and collaborations. Nevada Humanities performs the dual roles of conducting humanities programs of its own and regranting state and federal funds designated for this purpose to Nevada nonprofit organizations to support the creation of dynamic projects. Nevada Humanities programs are implemented statewide, in both rural and urban parts of the state, and its constituents are the residents of Nevada.
DIVISION OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Ambulatory Care Centers
The centers listed below, staffed by School of Medicine faculty in Reno, offer a wide range of professional medical services:
- Internal Medicine has clinics at various locations in Reno, call (775) 784-4622 for more information;
- Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center , 1000 Locust Street, Reno, (775) 786-7200;
- Family Medicine Center , Brigham Building, University of Nevada, Reno, (775) 784-1533;
- Pediatric Clinic , 1500 East 2 nd St., Suite 302, (775) 784-7500;
- Speech Pathology and Audiology , Nell J. Redfield Building, University of Nevada, Reno, (775) 784-4887;
- Nutrition , Nell J. Redfield Building, University of Nevada, Reno, (775) 784-4474.
- Psychiatry , Nelson Building, University of Nevada, Reno, (775) 784-6388.
For information on Las Vegas clinic sites, please contact the Senior Associate Dean for Southern Nevada at (775) 671-2230.
Nutrition Education and Research Program (NERP)
The program coordinates nutrition instruction and activities within the medical school's curriculum, both in Reno and Las Vegas. Nutritional counseling is provided by appointment for patients on referral from their private physicians.
NERP conducts clinical nutrition research and is conducting comprehensive studies to determine the effects of diet and weight on health-risk factors. A grant from the National Institute of Health currently funds a family-based weight management program focusing on preschool children and overweight parent(s). Educational grants, also from the National Institute of Health, continue to fund integration of nutrition into the medical school curriculum overall. Grants from industrial sources (Slim Fast Foods, International Life Science, etc.) also support research.
Center for Education and Health Services Outreach
The Center for Education and Health Services Outreach (CEHSO) supports health care providers and communities throughout the state. The office is an umbrella to a multitude of programs which provide continuing education programs, technical assistance and recruitment and retention of primary care practitioners in medically underserved areas of the state. The CEHSO is also a focal point for the planning and delivery of telecommunications and telemedicine services. Staff members maintain close contact with state, national and local health care organizations. The programs of CEHSO include: the Northeastern, High Sierra, and Program offices of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), the AIDS Education Training Center, the Nevada satellite of the MEDEX Physician Assistant Training Program, the Nevada Health Service Corps, the Nevada Office of Rural Health, the Nevada Geriatric Education Center, the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development and the Nevada FLEX Critical Access Hospital Program.
Nevada AHECs have offices in Reno and Elko. AHEC reaches out to rural and urban areas with shortages of health care professionals. Continuing education classes, information services, student programs, library services and innovations in distance linkages provide enhanced opportunities for health care in Nevada. Since 1988, AHEC has offered continuing education programs for physicians, nurses, social workers, emergency medical personnel and other health professionals on site in most rural communities, as well as Las Vegas and Reno. Nevada AHEC serves as a resource for teachers and counselors on health careers education opportunities. AHEC has promoted the application of new technology to span Nevada's vast distances. The university's system of video conference classrooms has been utilized to reduce the need to travel great distances for continuing education. Rural health professionals have access to statewide and national medical libraries through the AHEC. The latest links connect patients and physicians in rural Nevada with faculty from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno and Las Vegas.
The Nevada AIDS Education and Training Centers mission is to provide education, resources and assistance to health care workers who care for people with HIV and AIDS and assist faculty with resources and up-to-date information. There are offices in Reno and Las Vegas. The program also provides grants for community groups to conduct education and supports mini-residency programs.
The Nevada Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a loan repayment program for health professionals administered by the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The purpose of the program is to provide funds to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other selected professionals to repay their educational loans in return for a period of obligated service in medically underserved Nevada.
The Nevada Office of Rural Health was established early in the development of the School of Medicine in 1966 with a mission to assist rural communities. The office provides state and national leadership in addressing recruitment and retention issues, health care reform and graduate medical education. Designating medically underserved areas of the state, granting small grants for community development and providing a clearinghouse of information and technical assistance to procure resources are key functions of the office.
The Nevada Geriatric Education Centers (NGEC) offices in Reno and Las Vegas are part of a nationwide network of similar centers. The mission of the NGEC is to promote successful aging by providing geriatric education and information to health professionals.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development provides continuing education programs for physicians, osteopaths, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals on local, regional and national levels. The office is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to grant credit programs developed by the School of Medicine's clinical departments and faculty. The office also provides conference planning services for the School of Medicine's departments, faculty and public or private organizations.
Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT)
CASAT is a grant and contract funded center with a primary mission to improve prevention and treatment services for individuals with addictive behaviors by helping states, organizations, students, and the existing workforce apply research-based practices.
This mission is achieved through university-based coursework; online courses and trainings; conferences and institutes; continuing education workshops; product development; web-based and electronic products and databases; and consultation and technical assistance. Specifically, mission, university courses and programs have been developed at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to develop a workforce with competence to deliver high quality services. In addition, CASAT provides numerous continuing education opportunities to improve the knowledge and skills of the existing workforce and other helping professionals who see clients with substance abuse issues (e.g. physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and criminal justice professionals). In order to reach the broadest audience, CASAT provides training through traditional, as well as electronic methods, such as online and web-based products.
In addition to training, CASAT provides a variety of other services including logistical support for training activities, coordination of Nevada's substance abuse resource center, compliance monitoring of public-sector substance abuse treatment and mental health programs, curricula development for allied professional training, and web support. CASAT's prevention team provides assistance to community-based prevention programs regarding program development and outcome assessment.
For all activities, CASAT utilizes state-of-the-art technology transfer mechanisms as discovered from the newest research in this field and developed by the CASAT team.
The Gerontology Academic Program (GAP) is part of the Sanford Center for Aging and is guided by an interdisciplinary faculty committee that develops and promotes new projects and programs to enhance education and research in aging at the University of Nevada, Reno. The GAP holds the prestigious distinction of being a Program of merit as designated by the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). The GAP aims to "fill the gap" between the needs of older adults and the availability of professionals trained in gerontology and geriatrics in the state of Nevada.
A 24-credit gerontology certificate and an 18-credit gerontology minor provide both a theoretical and an applied understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary for working effectively with elders. Students take courses in the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. A mentoring apprenticeship model is used to focus on student and faculty research, field experiences and service learning opportunities. Students in nursing, social work, public health, medicine, business, education, and other majors graduate with knowledge of a dynamic aging society, an understanding of the processes of aging, and an appreciation for service delivery to the aging population.
Nevada Center for Ethics and Health Policy
The mission of the Nevada Center for Ethics and Health Policy (NCEHP) is to provide a statewide collaboration for the promotion of ethical and appropriate health care for all Nevadans through engagement, education, and empowerment. The Center began in 1999 through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the Sanford Center for Aging, and the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. Initially, the focus of NCEHP has been to work in partnership with organizations across the state in promoting care at the end of life following the recommendations of the Attorney General's Task Force Report published in 1997 entitled: Death with Dignity and Caring in Nevada.
In 2001, the Nevada Legislature approved the UNR statewide enhancement request to fund the Center, thus paving the way for more growth and expansion. NCEHP is now a free-standing entity within the Division of Health Sciences, and hopes to partner with other departments and colleges within the NSHE in the development of healthcare ethics and policy in our state. In the future, NCEHP plans to: a) open an office in Southern Nevada; b) examine ethical and health policy issues including allocation of resources; c) emphasize health and applied research initiatives; d) facilitate a statewide system that links government agencies, corporate, private groups, higher education; and e) continue outreach to rural communities.
For more information, please visit: http://www.unr.edu/ncehp/
Sanford Center for Aging
The university's Sanford Center for Aging offers a dynamic interdisciplinary focus for teaching, translational research, outreach, and community partnerships in the field of aging. Guided by the Sanford Center for Aging Oversight Committee, the SCA is the hub of gerontology and geriatric endeavors campus wide and administers the Gerontological Academic Program (GAP).
The Sanford Center also offers annual scholarships to medical students based on need and academic performance.
For a complete description of the center, refer to the summary in the "Division of Health Sciences" section of the catalog. Additional information can be found by visiting http://www.unr.edu/sanford .
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
Center for Advanced Studies
The Center for Advanced Study is designed to recognize, facilitate and promote research and scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts and in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The center's fellows, who are faculty members of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science, are recipients of the university's Outstanding Researcher Award.
Center for Basque Studies
Founded in 1967, this research center has acquired an international reputation among scholars across the disciplines for its contributions to the study, promotion and maintenance of Basque culture in all its aspects. Faculty and visiting scholars are engaged in research in anthropology, language and literature, nationalism, political science, history, women's studies, emigration, and many other disciplines and fields of interest. The Basque Library is the largest collection of Basque-related materials in the Western Hemisphere. It is now a special collection within the University library, but it was initiated and nurtured by Basque Studies, as was the University Studies Abroad Consortium.
Today, the Center for Basque Studies is a unique asset to the College of Liberal Arts, the University, the state, and the nation. As a research facility, Basque Studies disseminates its research through publications and conferences, but also through classes, providing students at UNR and around the world (through correspondence and on-line courses) with singular opportunities to study the Basques, their language, and their culture both in Europe and throughout the global Basque community.
Basque Studies also established a Basque Book Series with the University of Nevada Press, providing access in the English language to Basque-related research by scholars from across the disciplines and around the world.
Undergraduates can obtain a Minor in Basque Studies, and highly motivated graduate students can pursue a doctorate through the Basque Tutorial Ph.D.
Basque Studies faculty members are recognized as global experts in their field, and are often consulted by television, film, and news media for their insights on the Basques and their reality. In addition, special efforts are made to include the Basque community of the American West in the scope of research and outreach activities conducted by Basque Studies' faculty and staff.
Information on the minor, the Tutorial Ph.D., the library collection, or any other aspect of Basque Studies may be obtained by calling (775) 784-4854, or by visiting our website at http://basque.unr.edu
Latino Research Center
Established in 2004, the Center functions as a unit of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and addresses issues that affect the Latino population of Nevada and the United States. The primary role of the Center is to conduct and disseminate research that has an impact on the Latino community and to administer outreach programs that aid in recruiting Latino students to pursue a university education and future career paths. The center draws on many disciplines across campus, supports and publishes research, sponsors guest lectures, and works as an advocate for Latino issues. Call (775) 784-4010 for additional information.
Oral History Program
Established in 1964 and now housed within the UNR Department of History, the University of Nevada Oral History Program (UNOHP) records, preserves, and makes available to scholars and the general public primary-source oral histories documenting aspects of the history and culture of Nevada and the Intermountain West. Research topics include (but are not confined to): community history, mining, ranching, the development of casino gaming, politics and government, Great Basin Indians, and the experiences of various ethnic groups in the settlement and development of the West. The collection also contains a number of biographical volumes of individuals whose lives illuminate important themes in the history of the state and region.
The UNOHP's oral histories are derived from carefully prepared, systematic interviews with chroniclers who have firsthand memories of historically significant events, people, and places. These interviews are recorded and preserved using the latest technologies. From transcripts of the recordings, the program produces edited, indexed, illustrated, bound volumes of oral histories. The complete works can be accessed easily through the UNR and UNLV libraries, and the majority of the collection is available on CD in every public school and public library in Nevada. These volumes are heavily used in research by students and publishing scholars. The program also publishes professionally edited and designed books based upon selected oral histories from its collection. These books, available for purchase directly from the program and through commercial booksellers nationwide, reach a broad audience. In addition, the UNOHP has produced award-winning documentary videos on Great Basin Indians for broadcast and classroom use.
In addition to its research mission, the UNOHP actively participates in collaborative public history projects with campus and community organizations. The program also provides training in oral history methods to graduate students from a variety of disciplines as well as the general public, and offers for-credit internships for undergraduate and graduate students.
Catalogs, the master index to the collection, and copies of oral histories, published books, and documentary videos can be acquired through the program office. Call (775) 784-6932 for information, or visit the UNOHP's website at http://oralhistory.unr.edu/
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
The Center for Advanced Study
The Center for Advanced Study is designed to recognize, facilitate and promote research and scholarship in the College of Science and in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The center's fellows, who are faculty members of the College of Science and the College of Liberal Arts, are recipients of the university's Outstanding Researcher Award.
MACKAY SCHOOL OF EARTH SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING
Center for Mineral Bioprocessing
The Mackay Center for Mineral Bioprocessing, administered by the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, has established specific goals for its operation. The goals are: (1) conduct fundamental and applied research work in the emerging multidisciplinary field of mineral bioprocessing; (2) promote and advance the discipline; (3) disseminate research and practical information relating to the field; and (4) promote the interaction of universities (particularly campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education), industry and government within the discipline.
The mineral bioprocessing field includes the use of microorganisms in aiding the exploitation of ores, and the bioremediation of toxic effluents potentially produced by mineral-industry operations.
Center for Neotectonic Studies
A research center established by the NSHE Board of Regents and located within the College of Science and Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering with the University of Nevada, Reno which provides graduate stduents and post-doctoral level researchers the opportunity to conduct research in neotectonics and closely related disciplines.
Neotectonics is the study of geologically recent motions of the Earth's crust, particularly those produced by earthquakes, with the goals of understanding the physics of earthquake recurrence, the growth of mountains, and the seismic hazard embodied in these processes.
As the world's population increases, the risk of severe earthquake damage continues to escalate at an alarming pace, as does the need to understand that risk. The center's scientific observations and analyses are used continually to increase our understanding of earthquakes. This research, in turn, provides the basis for mapping seismic hazards in Nevada and elsewhere around the globe.
Center for Strategic Materials Research and Policy Study
The Center for Strategic Materials Research and Policy Study was established within the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering by congressional legislation. That legislation provided for a $9.6 million research facility and a $5 million facility for strategic materials policy study.
Strategic materials are essential in the production of high- temperature alloys, steel and stainless steel, industrial and automotive catalysts, and solid-state electronic components used in computers. Research in the center focuses on improving domestic mineral production and metal processing of strategic materials, the exploration for new domestic and free-world supplies of strategic materials, the evaluation of substitutes for strategic materials, the development of recycling technology, and the evaluation of existing laws and strategic materials policy.
Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy
The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE) is in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering includes researchers from the UNR Colleges of Science and Engineering, and the Desert Research Institute. The Center is a nexus for the conduct of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research by industry, academia and government on the geothermal resources of the Great Basin and on the development and use of environmentally compatible technology for geothermal energy production.
The GBCGE facilitates meetings with stakeholders in the region to define interests in, and concerns on, geothermal energy use and development. It provides educational materials and training of geothermal energy at a variety of education levels and it encourages education through short courses, seminars, symposia and workshops. It provides data and information dissemination technology to facilitate World Wide Web access to important research, technology and policy issues. The Center facilitates the joint conduct or of research and technology development by academia, government and industry by providing information and analysis on geothermal resources and technology. Such information is used by the financial community, the energy user, regulatory and environmental communities to facilitate new or expanded uses of geothermal energy. The GBCGE also collects, evaluates and distrbutes information about opportunities for geothermal development in the Great Basin region.
NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
The University of Nevada, Reno is the lead institution for the NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in Nevada and manages this program for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Congress established the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) with Title II of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 1988. The program's national objectives are to establish and maintain a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields; to encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry and Federal, state and local governments; to encourage interdisciplinary training, research and public service programs related to aerospace; to recruit and train U.S. citizens, especially women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities for careers in aerospace science and technology; and to promote a strong science, mathematics and technology education base from elementary through secondary levels. Space Grant contributes to the nation's science enterprise by funding research, education and public service projects through a national network of 52 university-based Space Grant consortia. The consortia have over 700 affiliates that include 493 academic institutions and the national aerospace industry. The Statewide Space Grant Office is located in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, in Room 302 of the Laxalt Mineral Engineering Building. Information and applications for the undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship program can be found on the following website: http://www.nevadaspacegrant.com/
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology is one of the public service divisions of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. The bureau was established by an act of the state legislature in 1929.
The principal purposes of the bureau are to assist the public in the proper development and utilization of Nevada's mineral resources, and to provide geoscience data to individuals, industries and public agencies. The bureau prepares reports of its field studies and distributes pertinent geoscience data to the public.
The bureau conducts cooperative programs with the U.S. Bureau of Mines and the U.S. Geological Survey, and handles funded research programs for other governmental agencies. The bureau is also the Nevada affiliate of the National Cartographic Information Service and supplies information on base maps and aerial photography.
Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology
The Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology, part of the university's department of geological sciences, coordinates educational and research efforts involving the department, the Nevada minerals industry, the Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology and the U.S. Geological Survey. This partnership ensures a greater understanding of the geology, geochemistry and genesis of Nevada's Carlin-type gold deposits as well as other types of mineral deposits.
The center has two mutually supportive goals: 1) preparing well-educated professionals for careers in the mineral industry and/or research by interacting with faculty, the mineral's industry professionals and professionals in the USGS and NBMG; and 2) producing high quality research results for the state's minerals industry on topics of critical interest. Collateral benefits include increasing cooperation, collaboration and communication among the participating groups.
The Nevada minerals industry has provided funding for establishment of the center and continues annual support in addition to providing advice to and logistical support of the center's research projects. Additional benefits for the center come from the Steven A. Roberts endowment which provides financial support of graduate student research projects.
Established as a separate research and public service division, the Seismological Laboratory has overall responsibility for instrumental studies of earthquakes in the Nevada region. The laboratory operates a statewide network of seismographic stations and investigates the sizes, frequencies of occurrence, distribution of earthquakes in the region, and other problems related to seismic risk in Nevada. The laboratory disseminates information through the world wide web and regularly publishes research results. It serves as a repository of information and a resource for the public on matters related to earthquake activity and earthquake risks in Nevada and adjoining states. The laboratory also handles grant-and contract-supported research on seismic problems of national and international importance, and interacts closely with the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering to prepare well-educated professionals for careers in seismology.