May. 2, 2022

 

2022 Harry Reid Silver State Research Award Recipient
Seyhmus Baloglu
Professor
Department of Hospitality Management Chair
Harrah College of Hospitality Management

Professor Baloglu is a professor and department chair of Hospitality Management at the Harrah College of Hospitality Management.  He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed papers primarily on customer and casino loyalty, image development and branding, and sustainability that have been cited more than 22,000 times across multiple fields and disciplines.  Professor Baloglu has also co-authored 3 books/textbooks on strategic marketing in hospitality and tourism, and is a recipient of numerous prestigious research, as well as teaching awards, in hospitality and tourism.  He is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar who has consistently been named one of the significant contributors to hospitality and tourism literature.  Professor Baloglu has received grants and contracts on consumer behavior, predictive modeling via data mining, image and branding, and sustainability practices that are funded by hotels, airports, gaming corporations, destinations, and supply chain organizations  His research has provided implications for enhancing destination image and branding, improving visitors experiences, and cultivating brand engagement and loyalty.

The Harry Reid Silver State Research Award was established in 2001 and honors the contributions of former Senator Reid to research at UNLV.  The focus of the award is on research that positively impacts our state and our community.

2022 Distinguished Barrick Scholar Recipient
Katherine Hertlein
Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health/Couple and Family Therapy Program
Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine

Dr. Hertlein earned her PhD at Virginia Tech and her master's degree from Purdue University Calumet. Across her academic career, she has published over 90 articles, 40 book chapters, and 12 books in the areas of couple therapy, infidelity, sex therapy, telebehavioral health, and the impact of technology on couple and and family relationships. Her contributions in sex therapy promote a paradigm shift in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions in couple relationships, are considered seminal texts, and used by couple and family therapy programs widely. Her contributions in the area of technology include the development of the core competencies for telebehavioral health which can be applied to all of the behavioral health disciplines, and the creation of the first comprehensive framework detailing the effect of technology on relationships which has been applied cross-culturally.

2022 Distinguished Barrick Scholar Recipient
Edwin Oh
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine
Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine

Dr. Edwin Oh is a human geneticist who studies genomes from a variety of organisms. Using next generation sequencing tools, his team is constantly devising new biological and computational tools to characterize rare human diseases and emerging pathogens. Working together with community partners in Southern Nevada, their COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program has collaborated with public health officials in the US and in several countries around the world. They have developed a viral detection and genome sequencing platform to track emerging pathogens and variants without having to directly test clinical cases. After working with 3 billion nucleotides in a human genome, they thought characterizing the 30,000 nucleotides in the SARS-CoV-2 genome in sewage was going to be straightforward. “Boy, were we wrong”, said Dr. Oh; “the last 2 years have reminded us to not underestimate the smaller things in Nature.”

2022 Barrick Scholar Recipient
Ambroise Aubrun
Assistant Professor
School of Music
College of Fine Arts

Dr. Aubrun joined the UNLV School of Music faculty in 2018. Prior to this appointment, he was teaching at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. He performs as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral musician all over the world.

2022 Barrick Scholar Recipient
Qiang Zhu
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Sciences

Dr. Zhu is a computational physicist. He received the Ph.D from Stony Brook University in 2013. In 2016, he joined the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) as an Assistant Professor in Physics. Dr. Zhu is well known for his contribution in the field of crystal structure prediction and computational materials discovery. He is also the recipient of the President’s award for distinguished Doctoral Students at Stony Brook University (2013), the NSF CAREER award (2021), and the DOE CAREER award (2021).

The Barrick Distinguished Scholar and Scholar awards recognize faculty members who have established a record of distinguished research or have demonstrated excellence in the area of creative activity. These awards were made possible by the late philanthropist and longtime UNLV supporter, Dr. Marjorie Barrick. 

2022 Regents' Rising Researcher Award
Allyson Hindle
Professor
School of Life Sciences
College of Sciences

Dr. Hindle's research focuses on homeostasis, specifically molecular mechanisms within the field of cell culture systems. She also uses comparative genomic approaches to identify themes and gene targets across lineages.

The Regents’ Rising Research Award is bestowed upon one faculty member at each Nevada research institution in recognition of their early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research.

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