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2005 NAES/CABNR News Archive

Experiment Station responds to flooding at Main Station Field Lab
By Bob ConradSaturday, December 31, 2005
University employees moved animals at 6 a.m. this morning from locations at its Main Station Field Laboratory on E. McCarran in response to rising flood water from the Truckee River. “Our first priority is the animals,” said Kevin Piper, assistant director of the University’s Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, which operates the Main Station farm. “We’ve been on alert since Friday afternoon and had a plan in place in case the river got too high.” Read more...

Reno physicians boost practice with nutrition and disease information
By Bob ConradWednesday, December 14, 2005
Nevada’s health needs received a boost recently. With a $1.38 million grant from the National Institute of Health, Judith Ashley, associate professor of nutrition at the University of Nevada, Reno, created a program to increase the nutritional knowledge of Nevada’s medical doctors. To date, 64 community physicians who serve as preceptors for University of Nevada medical students throughout the state have enrolled in a study to receive added training to help serve patients by providing immediate nutritional information. Read more...

Another Napa-Sonoma?
Link To Nevada NewsWednesday, December 07, 2005
Ranchers plan to market local meat
Link To Nevada NewsTuesday, December 06, 2005
Shorezone decisions will wait until 2006
Link To North Lake Tahoe BonanzaSunday, December 04, 2005
Two ranchers honored with award
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalThursday, December 01, 2005
University hosts the 2005 Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics
Link To Nevada NewsWednesday, November 30, 2005
Conley honored as outstanding rancher
By Bob ConradWednesday, November 30, 2005
Reno, Nev.—Two Nevada ranchers received Outstanding Rancher awards at a Cattlemen’s Association conference held in Sparks in November. The awards were presented by Nevada Cattlemen’s Association member Bill Wright and are jointly given by the Association, the Bureau of Land Management, the Nevada Farm Bureau, the U.S. Forest Service and the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Arnold Settelmeyer, of Minden, and Ken Conley, of Grass Valley, run very different operations, and both were deemed excellent by a five-member group that toured the ranches. Read more...

Omega Three Fatty Acids used to ward of certain diseases
Link To KOLO TVWednesday, November 23, 2005
Omega 3 Fats and Cancer
Link To KOLO TVMonday, November 21, 2005
State, mining industry agree on plan to cut mercury
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalFriday, November 18, 2005
Student World Water Forum Nov. 17-18
By Bob ConradWednesday, November 16, 2005
University students present the Second Annual Student World Water Forum November 17-18, 2005 in the Jot Travis Student Union Alumni Room. The forum will focus on "perspectives on water issues worldwide" and features University students giving presentions about water issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Read more...

Leading supplement company teams up with Biochemistry Department
Link To Nevada NewsMonday, November 14, 2005
The nude mouse tale: Omega-3 fats save the life of a terminal cancer patient
Link To Innovations ReportThursday, November 10, 2005
Did Omega-3 save man from cancer?
Link To BetterHumans.comThursday, November 10, 2005
Fish saves terminal cancer patient's life
Link To NewWindPress.comThursday, November 10, 2005
Nutritional intervention treats cancer
Link To myDNA.comThursday, November 10, 2005
Omega-3 fatty acids save lung cancer patient
Link To FoodConsumer.orgThursday, November 10, 2005
Human Guinea Pig Success For Omega 3 Cancer Treatment
Link To Science A-go-go.comWednesday, November 09, 2005
The nude mouse tale: Omega-3 fats save the life of a terminal cancer patient
By Gang WuWednesday, November 09, 2005
Ron Pardini is not a medical doctor. Yet he is seen as a hero by his cancer-stricken neighbor, “D.H.” Pardini helped the 78-year-old after D.H. was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. “In 2000 he was told by his doctor he had only a few months to live,” said Pardini, a professor of biochemistry and associate director of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station. “But five years later, he is still alive, and has even gained a little weight.” Read more...

Local doctor preaches sound nutrition
Link To Pahrump Valley TimesFriday, November 04, 2005
Infant vineyard thriving through family's loving care
Link To Reno Gazette Journal Friday, October 28, 2005
College representatives to visit rural Nevada
By Bob ConradTuesday, October 25, 2005
Representatives from the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources will be visiting rural Nevada communities next week. “This is part of our regular visits to the communities throughout Nevada,” said David Thawley, dean of the College. “We would like to share information about the College’s academic and research programs. In particular, we would like to discuss projects that are of importance to individual areas of the state." Read more...

Introducing the beetles
By Jason ChingTuesday, October 25, 2005
North of Hawthorne runs a river of life. The Walker River feeds Walker Lake, a popular fishing destination, and serves the irrigation needs of hundreds of farmers along its course. But between over-appropriation of water rights, drought and an invasion of foreign trees, water is growing scarce – and everything involved is drying up as a result. That’s why researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are thrilled with the early successes of a recent biological control program aimed at saving the vanishing waters. Read more...

College of Ag professor keynote speaker at international conference on rural development
By Bob ConradFriday, October 21, 2005
BRATISLAVA, Slovak Republic—University of Nevada, Reno professor Maureen Kilkenny will give the keynote speech Oct. 24 to the ministers of agriculture from more than 20 countries and the European Union to open the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) workshop on “The Coherence of Agricultural and Rural Development Policies.” Read more...

Chinese scholar continues international career at University
By Jason ChingThursday, October 13, 2005
Wuyang Hu began his education in Beijing. Now, after seven years, a doctorate and two dissertational awards for his studies on genetically modified foods, he has come a long way to arrive in his office at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Resource Economics as an assistant professor. Hu, who earned his doctorate in agricultural and resource economics at the University of Alberta, Canada, said one of his main focuses in his research has been on consumer perceptions of genetically modified foods: foods that are or have ingredients that have gone through gene modification. Read more...

USDA inspection reflects improvement
By Bob ConradMonday, October 10, 2005
The University received last week an unannounced inspection of all of its facilities related to animal research. The report indicated 10 instances of non-compliance. The University’s Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station received two of the 10 areas of non-compliance. The two areas of improvement have either been resolved or were in the process of being addressed prior to the inspection, according to David Thawley, director of the Experiment Station. “The results of this report indicate that the NAES has seen noted improvement in our operations particularly related to animal care,” he said. “I am proud of the efforts of all our field staff.” Read more...

Goal: Make mosquitoes pee to death
Link To AZCentral.comSaturday, October 01, 2005
Piper joins Experiment Station
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalThursday, September 29, 2005
Board to discuss shorezone plan
Link To Tahoe Bonanza (registration requireed)Wednesday, September 28, 2005
UNR researcher aims to dry out mosquitoes
Link To Las Vegas Review-JournalMonday, September 26, 2005
UNR researcher works to dehydrate malarial mosquitoes
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalMonday, September 19, 2005
Student Steaking Out Harrah’s
Link To Nevada NewsWednesday, August 31, 2005
Discovery has implications for control of mosquitoes, malaria and West Nile Virus
Link To i-newswire.comTuesday, August 30, 2005
Research team discovers hormone that causes malaria mosquito to urinate
Link To Innovations Report (Germany)Thursday, August 25, 2005
Reno research team discovers hormone that causes malaria mosquito to urinate
Link To Yubanet.comThursday, August 25, 2005
Hormone that causes malaria mosquito to urinate, University of Nevada, Reno team discover
Link To Thursday, August 25, 2005
Research team discovers hormone that causes malaria mosquito to urinate
By Bob ConradWednesday, August 24, 2005
When a mosquito sucks blood from a human—and only pregnant female mosquitoes do this—it will take in twice its body weight in blood. To decrease this added weight, the mosquito urinates on its victim to release fluids. Researchers have discovered that introducing one of two diuretic hormones, DH31, into the mosquito causes the mosquito to excrete fluid rich in sodium chloride, the main salt in blood. Stimulation of this process when the mosquito is not feeding could make the mosquito die. Implications of this discovery, which is published in September’s issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology, could lead to the development of a pesticide for controlling mosquitoes. Read more...

Emerald Bay pollution study inconclusive, says its researcher
Link To Tahoe Daily TribuneWednesday, August 24, 2005
Nation’s top sheep to be sold at Rafter 7 Ranch sheep auction
By Bob ConradTuesday, August 23, 2005
YERINGTON, Nev.—Sheep ranchers from around the United States and Canada will be flocking to Yerington, Nev. Sept. 3 to try their hands at acquiring some of the best sheep in North America at the seventh annual Rafter 7 Ranch sheep sale. “The wool of these sheep is classified as ‘super fine’ or ‘very fine’ and all wool has a comfort factor of 98 or above, as measured by American Sheep Industry Association standards,” said Hudson Glimp, professor of animal biotechnology and state extension specialist at the University of Nevada, Reno. “What this means is that this is some of the best wool in the country.” Read more...

Gondola fire provides clues to researchers: Scientists find prescribed burns best to decrease nutrient flow into Lake Tahoe
Link To Tahoe Daily TribuneThursday, August 18, 2005
UNR receives grant for study of rangeland
Link To Las Vegas Review-JournalThursday, August 18, 2005
NRCS, UNR continue work on plant materials center in Fallon
Link To Lahonton Valley NewsWednesday, August 17, 2005
UNR gets $1 million to help protect Great Basin
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalWednesday, August 17, 2005
UNR gets $1 million grant for Great Basin project
Link To KRNVTuesday, August 16, 2005
UNR receives money for Great Basin research project
Link To Las Vegas SunTuesday, August 16, 2005
College gets $1 million from Department of Interior for Great Basin fire research
By Bob ConradTuesday, August 16, 2005
The University of Nevada, Reno will receive $1 million for research aimed at providing federal land managers with the information they need to choose the most effective treatments to save sagebrush communities from catastrophic fires and invasive weeds. Kim Rollins, associate professor of resource economics in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, said that the money will be used to help researchers determine how to best use resources in treating Great Basin lands for fire and weed control. Read more...

University of Nevada, Reno gets $1 million for fire research
Link To Yubanet.comTuesday, August 16, 2005
Gund Ranch field day draws 54
By Bob ConradMonday, August 15, 2005
AUSTIN, Nev.—For two days in early August, ranchers and land management personnel attended a field day at the University of Nevada’s Gund Range Research Ranch, a Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station field laboratory. “Considering the ranch’s location, the interest and participation of our land management practices made the field day a tremendous success,” said Ken Conley the ranch’s range livestock coordinator and educator. Read more...

Nevada Grows: A dinner of all Nevada food, Sept. 23
By Bob ConradWednesday, August 10, 2005
RENO, Nev.--For the second time in Northern Nevada, the award-winning Nevada Grows dinner will celebrate Nevada agriculture by holding a fund-raising dinner of Nevada-grown food. Promising the finest in Nevada-grown products, Nevada Grows will feature a signature dinner created from the tireless efforts of more than a dozen of Nevada's agricultural producers. Read more...

Researching Wildfire’s Effect on Lake Tahoe Water Quality
Link To Nevada NewsFriday, August 05, 2005
UNR researchers focus on bark beetle infestation causes
Link To KRNVMonday, July 25, 2005
Reno scientists find clues to bark beetle infestations
Link To Las Vegas Review-JournalSunday, July 24, 2005
Reno scientists find clues to bark beetle infestations
Link To KESQSaturday, July 23, 2005
Scientists find clues to bark beetle infestations
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalSaturday, July 23, 2005
Wild Horse Birth Control?
Link To KOLOTV.comThursday, July 21, 2005
Nevada's Wild Horses: Is Contraception the Answer?
Link To Yubanet.comWednesday, July 20, 2005
Nevada’s Wild Horses: Is Contraception the Answer?
By Bob ConradTuesday, July 19, 2005
Nevada’s wild horses. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, one fact about the Great Basin’s feral animals is indisputable—the free-roaming animals are challenge to manage. “Wild horses are a management problem in the sense that they can overpopulate an area fairly rapidly,” according to Meeghan Gray, a doctoral student of ecology, evolution and conservation biology. “They represent a unique problem because they reproduce so well even under really poor conditions and can cause extensive damage to a rangeland.” Read more...

Researchers discover key bark beetle gene
Link To Nevada NewsMonday, July 18, 2005
Impossible to pinpoint mercury source, experts say
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalMonday, July 11, 2005
Tainted Carson River won’t be cleaned up soon
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalMonday, July 11, 2005
Impossible to pinpoint mercury source, experts say
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalMonday, July 11, 2005
Is Nevada a toxic neighbor?
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalMonday, July 11, 2005
Recovery of cutthroat trout focus of Truckee River study
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalWednesday, July 06, 2005
4-H clubs can lead to great things
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalSaturday, July 02, 2005
Researchers Discover Key Gene Involved in Bark Beetle Pheromone Production
Link To RedNova.comWednesday, June 29, 2005
The University’s Biotechnology Program
By Gang WuTuesday, June 28, 2005
While seeing eight graduates happily start their professional lives or seek further education, the biotechnology program is already welcoming 14 new students to begin their graduate level training with lab work this summer. Getting hands-on research experience for two full years after their first three years in college is what these students cannot gain from average undergraduate studies. But they get it in this unique five-year program leading to a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in biotechnology. Read more...

Researchers discover key gene involved in bark beetle pheromone production
By Melanie RobbinsTuesday, June 28, 2005
University of Nevada, Reno scientists have ended a decade-long controversy over the process by which bark beetles make pheromones: they manufacture their own monoterpenes – the fragrant substances plants produce and which are often used in perfumes. It had been thought that insects and other animals were incapable of making these substances. "The goal of our research is ultimately to control pheromone production," said Gary Blomquist, professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular biology, who co-authored with several members of his department an article that will be published this week(June 27 – July 1) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more...

Human-Animal Chimeras
Link To Scientific AmericanMonday, June 27, 2005
Reintroduction of Lahontan cutthroat trout progresses
Link To Tahoe Bonanza (free login required)Friday, June 24, 2005
Alumnus appointed by President Bush to Homeland Security post
Link To White HouseWednesday, June 22, 2005
Alumnus appointed by Pres. Bush to Homeland Security post
Link To Information WeekTuesday, June 21, 2005
Smith Valley student earns place on Nevada Dean’s List
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalThursday, June 16, 2005
Students drill for clean water in East African village
By Bob ConradTuesday, June 14, 2005
Ron Petersen went to the remote village of Rabondo, Kenya in the summer of 2002 and heard a dire message: “We know our water is poison,” Rabondo’s villagers told him. “We know that it is killing our children, but we don’t know what to do about it.” A largely subsistence farming community, the livelihood of Rabondo’s more than 5,500 inhabitants depends heavily on water. Read more...

Farmers’ friends
By Bob ConradTuesday, June 14, 2005
Painted ladies are here. Hard to miss, painted lady butterflies are noted by orange-black spotted wings. They’re everywhere in northern Nevada now—to the point of being a nuisance. But Wayne Johnson, professor of resource economics and state specialist with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, says painted ladies—also known as “thistle butterflies”—are a benefit to Nevada’s agricultural producers. “Painted ladies are good pollinators,” he says. Read more...

Friends and Alumni hold barbecue at Main Station
By Bob ConradWednesday, June 08, 2005
The Friends and Alumni of the College are holding a barbecue July 13 at the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station Main Station Farm. The event will feature a tour of the farm as well as a meal catered by Wolf Pack meats. Tickets are $5 and include a drink and meal. Read more...

Investigation finds no evidence of lab tampering
Link To Nevada NewsWednesday, June 08, 2005
Your Turn: UNR President Lilley responds to charges
Link To Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Mercury rising
Link To Nevada NewsThursday, June 02, 2005
Wolves in sheep's clothing
Link To Globeandmail.comTuesday, May 31, 2005
Stem Cells Research Can Revolutionize Transplants
Link To KLAS TV Las VegasWednesday, May 25, 2005
Growing Humanized Organs
Link To KLAS TV Las VegasTuesday, May 24, 2005
Experiment Station hosting field day at Gund Ranch Aug. 3 & 4
By Bob ConradFriday, May 20, 2005
AUSTIN, Nev.—The Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Nevada, Reno will be holding a field day at its Gund Ranch Field Laboratory in August. “This is the first field day to be held at the Gund Ranch in many years and I am excited about the program,” said Ken Conley, Gund Ranch manager. “It should be of great interest and benefit for all persons involved in public land grazing and livestock operations in general.” Read more...

Student named employee of the year
By Nevada NewsThursday, May 19, 2005
Jennifer Reisig, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, is being recognized for her outstanding quality of work, initiative, adaptability and ability to work independently. When she was hired as a freshmen, Reisig had few graphic design and writing skills. In less than two years, she is creating video/DVD movies, PowerPoint presentations, a Web-CT course, distance educations presentations and organizing classroom workbooks. Read more...

Mercury-Laden Clouds Threaten Utah
Link To ABC NewsSunday, May 01, 2005
Scientists create animals that are part-human
Link To MSNBCFriday, April 29, 2005
Dean recognized with unprecedented award
By Jason ChingWednesday, April 27, 2005
A tumultuous year is no reason to question good leadership, and in fact, it actually affirms it. Dr. David Thawley, dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR), was awarded with a plaque commemorating his “outstanding efforts” in rebuilding the college and his “statewide leadership.” Read more...

Need a liver? Raise a sheep
Link To MSNBCWednesday, April 27, 2005
Research involving sheep offers new hope
Link To Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Scientist Raised Sheep Grow Human-like Livers
Link To All Headline NewsTuesday, April 26, 2005
UNR scientists creating human/animal hybrids for organ harvesting
Link To KRNVTuesday, April 26, 2005
Need a liver? Raise a sheep
Link To NBC NewsMonday, April 25, 2005
Alumni organization gives awards of achievement
By Bob ConradFriday, April 22, 2005
RENO, Nev.—Nevada agriculture would be different today without the contribution of two individuals honored last night by the Friends and Alumni of the University of Nevada’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. This was the view expressed by those who nominated John McLain of Carson City’s Resource Concepts, Inc. for the title of Nevada’s “Outstanding Agriculturalist.” Likewise, former dean of the College, Dale Bohmont, was honored for his long-term commitment to Nevada agriculture. He received the “Lifetime Achievement” award. Read more...

Attorney General’s investigation concludes University acted appropriately
Link To Nevada NewsWednesday, April 20, 2005
Alumnus Becomes Market President at U.S. Bank
Link To Nevada NewsMonday, April 18, 2005
Ranchers prod livestock co-op idea
Link To Record CourierSunday, April 17, 2005
Expert agriculture panel reports on College farm operations
By Nevada NewsWednesday, April 13, 2005
A panel of Nevada agriculture experts today released a report summarizing their review of farm operations at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a result, the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR), which operates the farms, will make changes consistent with the report’s recommendations. Read more...

Eager Students Come to Campus for Spring Break
Link To Nevada NewsThursday, April 07, 2005
University announces process to review farm operations
Link To Nevada NewsFriday, April 01, 2005
Welcome Back: National Range Management Competition
Link To Nevada NewsMonday, March 28, 2005
Student wins bronze in Colo. ski competition
Link To Vail Daily NewsSaturday, March 26, 2005
Your Turn: Donations essential to UNR’s health
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalWednesday, March 23, 2005
University and Future Farmers unite for annual convention
By Heather DyeTuesday, March 22, 2005
The Nevada FFA (Future Farmers of America) Association is celebrating its 76th Annual Leadership Convention, March 30 through April 2, 2005 at the University of Nevada, Reno. More than 400 agriculture education students from across the state will compete in 27 events and attend seven leadership-based sessions and award ceremonies. Read more...

Top honors
Link To Recordnet.comMonday, March 14, 2005
Nevada Wine Bearing Fruit
Link To Nevada NewsFriday, March 11, 2005
Wolf Pack Meats: Just That Good
Link To Nevada News OnlineThursday, March 03, 2005
Tobacco whistle-blower to speak at UNR
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalMonday, February 28, 2005
Not Your Average Sheep
Link To WFMY News (Greensboro, NC)Monday, February 28, 2005
College cattle win top award at Fallon sale
By Bob ConradMonday, February 28, 2005
This and That
Link To Reno Gazette-Journal (scroll to bottom of story)Sunday, February 27, 2005
Shoreline erosion has been a concern for decades
Link To North Lake Tahoe Bonanzo (subscription required)Friday, February 25, 2005
University brings home top honors from Calif. meat competition
By Bob ConradThursday, February 24, 2005
RENO, Nev.—The California Association of Meat Processors has been good to the University of Nevada, Reno. At its annual convention this month, the association named the manager of the University’s Wolf Pack Meats, Bob Butler, as its president for the next two years. And Butler’s “Santa Fe Ham” won the top prize in the association’s innovative meat product competition. He beat 20 competitors. Read more...

Science's Part-Beast, Part-Human
Link To CBS NewsThursday, February 24, 2005
Critics question credibility of probe of slide at Nev. mine
Link To KRNVWednesday, February 23, 2005
Millions caught within eating disorders’ embrace
Link To Reno Gazette-JournalMonday, February 21, 2005
'The Insider' Jeffrey Wigand to speak March 2
By Bob ConradThursday, February 17, 2005
RENO, Nev.—The 1990s marked an important turning point in the United States for public health and the business tactics of one of the country's most powerful industries: big tobacco. At the forefront of these changes was Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, who exposed corporate deceit and wrongdoing in spite of threats to his career and the personal lives of those around him. Wigand will speak at the University of Nevada, Reno March 2. Read more...

Outstanding Agriculturalist nominations sought
By Roger LewisThursday, February 03, 2005
Nominations for Nevada’s Outstanding Agriculturist for 2005 are being sought by the Friends and Alumni of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. The Friends and Alumni chapter is seeking to award the title at its annual meeting April 21, 2005. Read more...

Range management students go national
By Bob ConradTuesday, February 01, 2005
College of Agriculture students from the student chapter of the Nevada Society for Range Management are going to Ft. Worth, Texas this week. While there, they will compete against more than 20 other universities over who knows the most about range plants. The competition: to identify more than 100 plants out of 200 species. Read more...

Nevada Wine Tasting March 4
By Bob ConradMonday, January 31, 2005
The University of Nevada will be holding a public tasting of Nevada-made wine on March 4, 2005 from 4 to 7 pm. More than 15 red and white wines made at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Experimental Winery and Vineyard will be sampled. Read more...

UNR launches environment academy
Link To Tahoe Bonanza (registration required)Friday, January 28, 2005
Biochemistry student makes Dean's list
Link To Lahonton Valley NewsThursday, January 27, 2005
Alum joins TRPA board
Link To Tahoe Daily TribuneWednesday, January 26, 2005
Friends & Alumni pre-game social
By Jason GeddesFriday, January 14, 2005
The Friends and Alumni of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources invite you to a pre-game party and social. Come and socialize with the college’s friends and alumni as they get pumped up to watch the Wolf Pack basketball team beat Boise State. Read more...


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