College of Sciences 2018 Faculty Opportunity Awards

Jun. 11, 2018

College of Sciences faculty were recently named recipients of the 2018 Faculty Opportunity Awards, totaling nearly $108,000.

Since 2012, UNLV's Faculty Opportunity Awards have increased innovative research, scholarship, and creative activity on campus by supplying faculty with vital seed funding to help them get new projects off the ground, gather data critical to providing "proof of concept," and develop more competitive proposals to gain further external support.

This year, UNLV dedicated funds to proposals that are interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, with at least two principal investigators hailing from different college of schools on campus.

Faculty from across campus submitted a total of 41 proposals. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development awarded $332,270 through 19 awards. 

Below is a list of the College of Sciences recipients:

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Awards
The Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Awards fund up to $20,000 apiece for research that could lead to large federal grant applications.

“A Rice (Oryza sativa) Mutant With Enhanced Germination Rates: Nutritional and End-Use Quality Comparison to Its Wild-Type” ($19,500)

Christine Bergman, College of Hospitality; Jeffery Shen, College of Sciences

“Obese Fruit Flies as a Model for Exercise: Construction and Validation of a Drosophila Treadmill and Exercise Metabolism System” ($19,970)

Allen Gibbs, College of Sciences; Sarah Harris, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

“Knee Pain, Tendon Degeneration, and Limb-Socket Dynamics in Trans-Tibial Amputees” ($19,999)

Kai-Yu Ho, School of Allied Health; David Lee, College of Sciences

“Functional Dissection of the Zika Genome Reveals a Coding Component Responsible for Microcephaly and Neurodevelopmental Pathology” ($20,000)

Edwin Oh, School of Medicine, Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine; Ai-Sun Tseng, College of Sciences

“An Integrated Machine-Learning Platform for Bacteriophage Genome Annotation” ($19,996)

Philippos Tsourkas, College of Sciences; Sarah Harris, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards
The Collaborative Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards fund up to $10,000 apiece for standalone research endeavors.

“New Ways of Digitally Representing Scientific Research: Developing a Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Digital Research Repository” ($8,314)

Denise Tillery, College of Liberal Arts; Christopher Adcock, College of Sciences

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