Sep. 2, 2022



The energy level on this campus as this semester gets underway is fantastic. I am sure many of you have felt this in walking about, including in the Student Union from morning to closing. Wow! It's great to be embedded in this. 

Along with all of this change and energy around campus is change here in this office. It's my great pleasure to welcome to the front office Kim Murphy. She is now serving as my Executive Assistant. She comes to us with deep experience as Executive Assistant to the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Loyola University in Chicago. This newsletter will be sharing a feature interview with her in the near future. Please join me in welcoming Kim to campus, and in supporting her as she learns the ropes of this institution. And, allow me to extend my thanks to Leslie Rafalovich, who generously and capably served in an acting capacity as my EA until Kim's recent arrival. Leslie has moved on to the Office of Sponsored Programs, so she won't be far away. Still, I did indicate to Lori Ciccone that she owes me a future draft pick.

I am also pleased to celebrate the well-deserved acknowledgement of the outstanding service that Michelle Tomasino provides as Director of the Office of Clinical Trials. Please see the article regarding Michelle and her work in this Newsletter. She's done a superb job in advancing our clinical trials work here at UNLV, an arena we are intent on growing in partnership with the School of Medicine. 

I've shared with you some of my thoughts regarding interdisciplinarity here at UNLV - the importance of it, and the promise of it. With this in mind, I encourage you to read the article here about a new NSF grant awarded to a highly interdisciplinary team. On what other campus will you find colleagues from the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Education partnering with experts in gaming (at our International Gaming Institute) to close gaps in math education? That is what Monika Neda, Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Sciences, will be doing with her partners. I see their capturing this complex and exciting grant as leading by doing, responding to a national as well as UNLV need through imaginative partnering. Please see the article in this Newsletter about that.

There will be more exciting changes coming to the Division of Research in the coming months that I will be eager to share with you. Before closing, though, I'd like to acknowledge all of you in the Division who provide the services that keep the UNLV research enterprise moving forward. I know there is a great deal asked of all of you, and too often appreciation for your strong service literally goes without saying. Or, more correctly, it is voiced outside of the range of your hearing. I am proud of being able to support your work effort and am deeply appreciative of the professionalism consistently exhibited throughout this enterprise as you serve this great university.