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Accomplishments

Welcome to Accomplishments, the place to read about the successes of your UNLV co-workers.

Feb 8, 2016
Notable: Paul Oh
Paul Oh (Mechanical Engineering) and his team of UNLV researchers and students are being featured in the Nova special, "Rise of the Robots," which will air  at 9 p.m. Feb. 24 on Vegas PBS.   In spring 2015, UNLV's team, DRC-HUBO@UNLV, competed in the international Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) robotics challenge,...


Jan 19, 2016
Presentation: Katherine Rankin
Katherine Rankin (Libraries) gave a presentation titled “Intellectual Freedom Issues in Libraries” at this year’s Nevada Library Association Conference. Rankin is the Intellectual Freedom Chair for the Nevada Library Association.  


Jan 19, 2016
Appointment/Election: Melva Thompson-Robinson
Melva Thompson-Robinson (Center for Health Disparities Research and School of Community Health Sciences) has been elected co-chair of the Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council. This council covers Region IX of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which includes Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, California, and the Pacific...


Jan 15, 2016
Appointment/Election: Justin Zhan
Justin Zhan (Computer Science) has been appointed a voting member of the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security (Commission) Cyber Security Committee by Gov. Brian Sandoval. The Cyber Security Committee is responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the commission on Nevada's cybersecurity risk, cyber threat preparedness posture,...


Jan 15, 2016
Published: Brett Riddle
Brett Riddle (Life Sciences) is a co-author on a paper that was recently published in Nature. The article is titled, "Holocene Shifts in the Assembly of Plant and Animal Communities Implicate Human Impacts." Understanding how ecological communities are organized and how they change through time is critical to predicting the effects of...


Jan 14, 2016
Appointment/Election: Melissa Stoner
Melissa Stoner (Libraries), a project technician on the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Historic Nevada Newspapers project, was one of 50 people selected to participate in the 2016 class of Emerging Leaders of the American Library Association (ALA). She was co-sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association and the ALA...


Jan 13, 2016
Exhibition: Julian Kilker
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) has done work that is the subject of an exhibit, "Julian Kilker, Aesthetic Evidence: Place, Context, and Process in the Southwest," sponsored by Nevada Humanities. Sponsored with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibit is on view through Jan. 28 at the Nevada...


Jan 12, 2016
Appointment/Election: David Schwartz
David Schwartz (Libraries) has been reappointed to the Nevada Governor's Gaming Policy Committee, a 12-member committee that advises the governor on matters of gaming policy. 


Jan 11, 2016
Presentation: Patrica Suske
Patricia "Trish" Suske (Summer Term) recently made presentations at two conferences. She presented "Perspectives on Twenty-Five Years in Summer Term" at the 69th annual Western Association of Summer Session Administrators Conference in Reno in October. The following month she presented "Information Technology in Summer Session Series: The Use of...


Jan 8, 2016
Presentation: Arthur Baragar
Arthur Baragar (Mathematical Sciences) gave the opening remarks at the A-Star Winter Math Camp, which was held on the UNLV campus Dec. 19-23. The camp presents a unique opportunity for interested and talented students to improve their math skills during winter break before the upcoming competition season.


Jan 7, 2016
Presentation: Amanda Melilli and Ashley Nebe
Amanda Melilli (Libraries) presented at the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2015 Symposium with Clark High School teacher and UNLV instructor Ashley Nebe (Education). Their presentation, "A Series of Fortunate Events: Library Collaborations that help LGBTQ Young Adults Transition to College Life," focused on how academic libraries can...


Jan 6, 2016
Notable: Jason Steffen
Jason Steffen (Physics and Astronomy) was a guest on NPR's Marketplace, talking about how to more efficiently board an airplane. He began researching the issue as a graduate student after being frustrated by slow boarding processes and flight delays. The algorithm he used to find the optimal boarding method is called Markov Chain Monte...