Mike Wolterbeek

Tough two-span bridge still usable after severe shaking in quake engineering test

RENO, Nev. – Engineers have demonstrated that, even after a strong earthquake or hurricane, bridges built with innovative materials and designs are not only still standing, but usable in the aftermath of a disaster. In a large-scale experiment that ended Feb. 6 at the University of Nevada, Reno’s world-renowned Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, a bridge withstood […]

Antarctic climate change effects on ice shelf monitored 24/7 with fiber optics

RENO, Nev. – For the first time ever, scientists have recorded temperatures continuously at the bottom of an Antarctic ice shelf where warmer sea water threatens to erode the massive ice which, if it collapses and glacial melting occurs, could cause a 3-meter rise in ocean levels around the world. “This is the first time […]

Quake swarm recorded in Nevada

RENO, Nev. – Despite its location away from major population centers, a swarm of earthquakes in the far northwest corner of Nevada is attracting attention as it continues to rumble residents  with several magnitude 3.0 earthquakes, a 4.0-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 21 and a magnitude 4.3 on Nov. 17. “The activity has quieted down somewhat this […]

Bridge survives simulated earthquakes

RENO, Nev. — A 70-foot-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of 10 earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the world-renowned earthquake/seismic engineering facility. “It was a complete success. The bridge withstood the design standard very well and today went over […]

University of Nevada, Reno Cyber Security Center to develop education, research, industry collaboration

RENO, Nev. — The University of Nevada, Reno is establishing the Cyber Security Center, which will support economic development in Nevada through education, research and outreach to industry by addressing the growing national challenge of cyber security. “We will be taking a holistic approach to cyber security, blending the technical aspects of protecting cyberspace with […]

University professor to be honored at National Groundwater Expo

RENO, Nev. – Scott Tyler, a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, will receive the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering at the 2013 NGWA Groundwater Expo in Nashville, Tenn., in December. “The National Groundwater Association is an organization that I have benefited from tremendously over a long period of time,” […]

UNR offers unmanned autonomous systems minor degree

RENO, Nev. — Robotics, computer science and mechanical design are being combined as the University of Nevada, Reno establishes a new engineering course of study that will contribute to the economic growth of the region and spearhead the effort for an interdisciplinary center for unmanned autonomous systems — high-tech intelligent machines capable of traveling by […]

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Guatemalans learn from Tahoe to help save Lake Atitlan

RENO, Nev. — Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said in his speech to scientists, elected officials, environmentalists, business leaders, fire department officials, students and others in the audience of the 2013 Lake Tahoe Summit, that what we’ve learned at Tahoe can help inform the rest of the world to protect their resources and communities. […]

Nevada researchers collaborate on Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. — From Tahoe’s mountaintops to the lake’s sandy bottom, scientists from the University of Nevada, Reno, continue to study and find solutions to the breadth of issues that face the entire Lake Tahoe Basin. Their research is making a tangible contribution to the decisions, policies and practices that guide the basin’s environmental health. […]

Nevada student engineering team builds, paddles concrete canoe to victory

RENO, Nev. – After dominating the competition in five canoe races and winning two of three academic categories, the University of Nevada, Reno concrete canoe team took the overall win in the annual Mid-Pac Concrete Canoe Competition held April 19-20 in San Jose, Calif. The Nevada teams paddled their sleek, highly-engineered 140-pound canoe to beat […]

Large earthquake simulated on two-story building to test nonstructural systems

RENO, Nev. – The grinding, creaking, popping sounds were drowned out by the loud booms of the two-story building being hit by an earthquake – a simulated earthquake in the University of Nevada, Reno’s world-renowned earthquake engineering laboratory. Ceiling tiles fell, water pipes and partition walls rattled and the contents of an office were a […]

UNR Seismo Lab spied meteorites

RENO, Nev. – When the Sutter Mill’s meteorite streaked across the Nevada sky in April, it made a loud boom and shook homes throughout the region. Ken Smith, associate director for the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, heard it and felt it that Sunday morning. His scientific curiosity drew him right to the […]

New coating for aluminum developed

RENO, Nev. – A research team at the University of Nevada, Reno has developed a new environmentally-friendly coating for aluminum to replace the carcinogenic chromate coatings used in aerospace applications. The chromate conversion coatings have been used for more than 50 years to protect aluminum from corrosion. Attempts to replace chromate coatings with non-toxic coatings […]

AuCoin gets $600k to refine new test for deadly bacterial infection melioidosis

RENO, Nev. – A new rapid test to diagnose melioidosis, a difficult infection to treat – and classified as a biothreat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – is being optimized and tested by University of Nevada School of Medicine researcher David AuCoin. A $600,000 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant […]

University of Nevada, Reno, 4th in national concrete canoe championship

RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada, Reno concrete canoe team battled fiercely on the water and in the lecture hall, finishing fourth overall in the 25th National Concrete Canoe Competition Saturday. For the third year in a row, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo won the American Society of Civil Engineers event, this […]

Black brant geese show lifetime relationship good for goose and gander

RENO, Nev. – Not all birds mate for life, but for those species that do, wildlife biologists have found a clear benefit to the birds from such long-term relationships: greater longevity and breeding success, according to a study led by University of Nevada, Reno scientists that was recently published in Behavioral Ecology. The study’s authors […]

Reno hosting nat’l concrete canoe race

RENO, Nev. – They build canoes out of concrete. Concrete they design and engineer so it can float. Then they race. “They” are the top 22 teams of students from around the country who will be competing in the 25th Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno, June 14-16. […]

Tahoe crayfish — You gotta love ’em

RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada, Reno’s Sudeep Chandra, a leading Lake Tahoe scientist who has studied invasive species and limnology at the lake for 20 years, said issuing permits for commercial harvesting of crayfish at Lake Tahoe will help improve clarity at the pristine lake, as well as take away a food source […]

UNR scientists confirm Sierra Nevada Medieval megadroughts

RENO, Nev. – The erratic year-to-year swings in precipitation totals in the Reno-Tahoe area conjures up the word “drought” every couple of years, and this year is no exception. The Nevada State Climate Office at the University of Nevada, Reno, in conjunction with the Nevada Drought Response Committee, just announced a Stage 1 drought (moderate) […]

Tahoe Science Conference set

RENO, Nev. – More than 350 scientists, environmental policy makers and economic stakeholders will discuss Lake Tahoe’s environmental and economic future at the annual Tahoe Science Conference “Environmental Restoration in a Changing Climate” May 22 to 24 at Incline Village. The conference, this year being held at Sierra Nevada College, features a scientific poster session […]

UNR scientists design indoor navigation system for blind

RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada, Reno, computer science engineering team Kostas Bekris and Eelke Folmer presented their indoor navigation system for people with visual impairments at two national conferences in the past two weeks. The researchers explained how a combination of human-computer interaction and motion-planning research was used to build a low-cost accessible navigation […]

UNR concrete canoe wins in Berkeley

RENO, Nev. — Civil and Environmental Engineering students at the University of Nevada, Reno, paddled their 160-pound concrete canoe to victory March 23 in the annual regional competition held this year in Berkeley. Using significant science and plenty of muscle, the Wolf Pack team beat out teams from eight Northern California universities to earn a […]

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