Professor Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada, Reno has spent more than a decade with an international team of researchers to track down all the copies of The First Folio - the original complete works of Shakespeare published in London in 1623. It's part scholarship, part cloak and dagger as wealthy collectors are less than scrupulous about the origins of their books.
What happens when you cross borders and live between two different worlds? That's what UNR professor Debbie Boehm explores in her work. She's researched how the migration and deportation of Mexicans has affected their families and their communities in Mexico and America. So how does continually crossing borders affect one's family, and one's sense of identity? How does transnationalism in Nevada affect a person's psyche? We talk with Debbie Boehm, a reporter who traveled with Guatemalan deportees, a law professor who studied kids whose parents were deported, and a woman fighting to keep her father from being deported.
Does drinking coffee hurt your chances of getting pregnant? A recent study claims that high caffeine consumption inhibits a woman's fertility by slowing her egg movement. We talk to the University of Nevada School of Medicine researcher who conducted the study about his findings, and what this means for women.
Around 30 million Americans get migraine headaches. And some migraines are really bad to the point of nausea or throwing up. For some people, migraines can last up to 48 hours and keep them from going into work, much less leaving the house. Recently, doctors have found a new surgery that been showing an over 80% success rate and it's being done by plastic surgeons. The surgeon makes incisions on nerve trigger points around the head, which relieves pressure. We talk to the only surgeon in Nevada doing this procedure about the pros and cons.
Fishermen tell tall tales all the time. But when Zeb Hogan says he's caught an 8-foot long fish that takes 5 men to lift, he isn't lying. Actually, that is Zeb's job: tracking down the world's biggest endangered monsters from the farthest corners of the earth. National Geographic just named him one of its 15 fellows worldwide. The Reno professor and star of TV's "Monster Fish" shares his stories of catching freshwater giants, and what it takes to keep these "monsters" from going extinct.
First-generation students are the first in their family to go to college. But they have a 45% dropout rate - often because they are juggling jobs, and family and cultural pressures. A UNR graduate who works with first-generation students decided to turn their stories into a documentary. We talk to him, as well as first-generation students. Were you the first in your family to go to college? Did you stick with it, or drop out? What challenges did you face, that students who came from a college-educated family didn't have to deal with.
As the Clark County Commission struggles with how to turn around the
fiscally struggling UMC, one idea that's come up is making the hospital a
world class teaching institute. To do that, the commission wants a greater
commitment from the state's medical school, which is located at the
University of Nevada, Reno. But, recent talks between the school and county
commissioners has resulted in some heated debate and commissioners aren't
convinced UNR is totally committed to helping UMC improve. We'll talk with a
Clark County Commissioner and the former chancellor of higher education
about the relationship between UMC and UNR.
The outlook for Nevada's System of Higher Education is grim. NSHE Chancellor, Dan Klaich says the cuts could result in the closing of many UNLV campuses and consolidating some schools into others. At UNLV, Pres. Neal Smatresk says exigency, a move much like bankruptcy, is likely to happen and that mean everyone and everything will be on the table for cuts. We talk with UNLV professors about their thoughts on impending budget cuts.
Every century Nevada experiences a magnitude seven earthquake or higher. What are the odds one of those hits Las Vegas? According the USGS the odds that happens within the next 50 years is barely half a percent.