December 2020 Division Updates and New Hires

Dec. 17, 2020


Office of Research Integrity

Congratulations to our IACUC and Animal Care Program! After a recent site visit and comprehensive review of UNLV’s animal facilities, research, and teaching programs the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) has recommended UNLV for full reaccreditation. AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane care and use of animals in science by voluntary assessment, including an on-site inspection of research programs.

Office of Economic Development

Building on our diverse assets, economic strengths, and business relationships, we will drive the region’s recovery.

President Whitfield’s Key OED Messages:

  • Alignment. Entrepreneurship has to be seamlessly aligned across campus – and engaged with the community.
  • Diversification: Diversification is job one when it comes to Nevada's economy. 
  • Commercialization: The university depends on us.

Values -- and 60-day wins

Bridge-building. We will bridge the divides that get in our way.

UNLV-UNR bridges designed (Nevada Leadership Academy, Nevada Center for Applied Research), and xecuted (UNLV-UNR Small Business Development Center, UNLV-UNR Executive Development Program).
LVGEA Gazelle Project
GOED policy.
Campus work with deans/VPs.
Collaboration with Peter Falzon

Empowering. Because this is also a moment of profound social injustice and inequality, we will focus on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), equity, and inclusion.

DBE CARES Act proposal
Small Business Development Center refocus
Dina Neal/Ngai Pindell Historic West Side Development
Black Fire Women in STEM Igniter à $500K donation from Entain

Diversifying. The contours of this crisis call for economic diversification.

Sports (Sports Research and Innovation Institute, ADER/Raiders Leadership Development)
Transportation (Fraunhofer automated vehicle, Boring Company/LVCVA)
Medicine (Marc Kahn)

Innovating.  Via our brilliant new gem in the Harry Reid Research and Technology Park.

Early wins:
Black Fire team hired
Accelerator designed and EDA grant for maker space won
Lee Prize
Ash Salamat support
“Wynn Bubble” project; lease for new student startup facility at Hughes Center.


Office of Undergraduate Research

Spectra, UNLV's Undergraduate Research Journal.
These students have submitted manuscripts that are currently under review and recognizing these undergraduate researchers would help in promoting the launch of Spectra.
Peter Grema, Nathalie Martinez, Mirella Jasso, Emily Carter, Amani Chaar, and Ayla Gelsinger.

National Study on the Initial Impacts of COVID-19 on Undergraduate Research
OUR participated in a national study conducted by the University of Utah Center for Natural & Technological Hazards in collaboration with 16 universities to probe and document the initial impacts of the global pandemic on undergraduate research. The survey was distributed to 2,440 students; 983 students completed the survey in its entirety; and data from 1,600 students were incorporated into the study of how the global pandemic impacted the undergraduate student research during spring and summer 2020 semesters. Survey participants represented diverse student population demographics. You can access the final report here.

Upcoming Research Skills Academy
The Fall 2020 Research Skills Academy has concluded, but work has already started on the Spring 2021 program. We’ll share the schedule once it is finalized.


New Staff Members

This month we welcome new additions to the Division team.

ORI New Staff

Samantha Doan, MA, CIP joins us from Stanford University. She is the Human Research Administrator overseeing the Social/Behavioral IRB.

Sonnary Campbell joins us from University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is the Human Research Coordinator overseeing collaborative research as well as the initial point-person for protocol review.

OSP Welcomes Christina Reyman, Post Award Grants and Contracts Research Administrator. Christina graduated from Fresno State with her degree in Kinesiology-Athletic Training but developed a passion for grants and contracts which she pursued further working as a Post Award Analyst at the Fresno State Foundation. After several years, she relocated back home to work at UC Davis in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a Contracts and Grants Analyst working directly with faculty in submitting proposals and managing their awards. She enjoys cooking, camping, and looks forward to being a part of the Rebel community.