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Issue: No. 10 | October 2014Make a gift

UPDATE is published by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the college that extends the knowledge of University of Nevada, Reno to local communities throughout the state. UPDATE is a compilation of news, articles, events and helpful publications produced by Cooperative Extension faculty and staff, who work in six program areas – agriculture; horticulture; natural resources; health and nutrition; community development; and children, youth and families. Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014.

Dean's Message

Extension has had many positive developments since our last Update in June.

First, some of our faculty expressed interest in having me complete a third year as interim Dean. The Provost sought input from our faculty and staff, and concurred. I am honored to accept the challenge of completing the rebuilding work that we have ahead. Many thanks to our great staff and faculty for continued support and a vote of confidence.

Part of the rebuilding process involves continued growth in important program areas. I am happy to announce that the University awarded Extension two positions to address Nevada's critical issues of food safety and drought. The positions will be shared with the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences; and the Department of Geography. Our searches for candidates will begin this fall.

Speaking of drought, you'll note that we are continuing to help Nevadans cope with the drought, building upon our Living With Drought website, and holding workshops for the livestock industry, and homeowners and landscapers. We also have a regional partnership with other states facing the same challenges, supported in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

Extension's Loretta Singletary and Staci Emm are part of a team that was awarded funding by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture through an extremely competitive program. The team includes the Desert Research Institute; the University of Nevada, Reno's Academy for the Environment; and the U.S. Geological Survey. The project blends science, water policy research and extensive community outreach to identify expected impacts of climate change and solutions for protecting northern Nevada's valuable water resources.

Finally, Madeleine Sigman-Grant, maternal child health and nutrition specialist based in Clark County, will receive the Western Region's Excellence in Extension Award in November from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Madeleine's work on breastfeeding in Nevada gained her national recognition as an expert, as well as this award, one of only five such awards given by the APLU annually.

As you can see, many good things have happened during our Centennial year for Extension. If you want to know more, please take a look at our recently published Program Highlights for the year. It shows the impact that our faculty and staff are making across the state every day. A heartfelt thanks to them and to you for continued support of the work of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.


Mark Walker, Dean and Director

Program Spotlight

Living With Fire awarded five-year grant from Bureau of Land Management

Ed Smith, natural resources specialist and director of the Living With Fire Program, advises homeowner Jenny Herz.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Living With Fire Program received $495,000 from the Nevada Bureau of Land Management to continue and enhance the current success of the program.

"Living With Fire provides good services to the state and nationally with prevention and materials for defensible space," Rex McKnight, state fire management officer with the Bureau, said. "We've been partners since Living With Fire started, and this grant is to continue support for the program."

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2015 Nevada Radon Poster Contest open to students

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension invites Nevada students to showcase their artistic talents and promote radon awareness by entering the 2015 Nevada Radon Poster Contest.

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$3.8 million project will help northern Nevada build resiliency to future droughts

Managing water in northern Nevada's Truckee-Carson River System requires local communities to balance urban, agricultural and ecosystem needs. Changes in historical climate trends are increasingly expected to make this balancing act more challenging. A competitive grant totaling $3.8 million has been awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute (DRI), in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, to integrate science and water policy research with extensive community outreach to identify the expected impacts of climate change and solutions for protecting valuable water resources throughout northern Nevada.

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University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Sigman-Grant receives award

Madeleine Sigman-Grant, maternal child health and nutrition specialist and professor at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, was selected as the recipient of the Western Region Excellence in Extension award.

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