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Jul 21, 2017
James Hyman (Psychology) is the co-author—along with Clay Holroyd of the University of Victoria in Canada and Jeremy Seamans of the University of British Columbia in Canada—of an article, "A Novel Neural Prediction Error Found in Anterior Cingulate Cortex Ensembles" that was published this week in Neuron. When unexpected events occur, a feedback-related negativity (FN) is evoked over the human anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). Using an analogous task, the authors show how ACC neurons may generate the FN as they shift from encoding expected to actual outcomes on incongruent trials.

Jul 19, 2017
Susan Byrne (World Languages and Cultures) recently presented at two international conferences. The first presentation, “Los tres poderes incorpóreos en Cervantes, desde La Galatea al Persiles,” was presented in June at UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, at Tromso, during a conference titled Cervantes en el Septentrión. The second paper, La curiosidad en el Criticón de Gracián,” was presented this month during the XI conference of the Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro (AISO), held in Madrid. Byrne is a member of the Board of Directors (Junta Directiva) of AISO, which celebrated its 30th anniversary during the conference with an invited visit to the Real Academia Española in Madrid.

Jul 18, 2017
Sheila Bock (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) published an article, "Ku Klux Kasserole and Strange Fruit Pies: A Shouting Match at the Border in Cyberspace" in the Journal of American Folklore.

Jul 14, 2017
Jennifer Reed and Barb Brents (both Sociology), along with UNLV alumna Crystal Jackson, '03 BA Psychology, '07 MA Sociology, '13 PhD Sociology, published a co-authored book chapter titled "Strange Confluences: Radical Feminism and Evangelical Christianity as Drivers of US Neo-Abolitionism" in Feminism, Prostitution, and the State. Jackson is now a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.      

Jul 5, 2017
Vicki Holmes (English Language Center) was recently designated Associate Professor Emerita effective July 1, 2017. Holmes retired on June 30, 2017 after 27 years of service as director of the English Language Center. During her years at UNLV, she won five faculty awards including: the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award (2003), the Alex G. and Faye Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award (2002), the Nevada Board of Regents Outstanding Faculty Member Award (1999), the UNLV Alumni Association Faculty Student-Centered Award (1998), and the Faculty Excellence Award, Division of Continuing Education (1997). She was twice nominated for the CASE U.S Professor of the Year (2006, 2005) and for the Board of Regents' State Teaching Award (2005). In addition to her 18 articles published in refereed journals, Holmes published a book with Cambridge University Press in 2000. She was very devoted to her professional organizations, serving on editorial boards and governing boards as well as presenting workshops and conference papers several times yearly during her long tenure. Holmes wishes to thank the many departments, faculty, administrative assistants and students she worked with to further the success of international students at UNLV.

Jul 5, 2017
Three UNLV graduate students recently received a national Love of Learning Award from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. They are among 100 award recipients nationwide. Erick López, a doctoral student in sociology, will use funds from the award to travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to attend a research methods training titled "Health Disparities, Health Inequities and Vulnerable Populations: Research Examining and Understanding Complexity" and hosted by the world-renowned Interuniversity Consortium of Political and Social Research in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Alfonso Toro, ’17 M.Ed, is a Teach for America ’15 corps member and a full-time 8th grade English teacher in the inner city. His passion lies in creating access for others and he believes that education is the key to opportunity. Alfonso will use the award to travel to Frankfurt, Germany, to pursue German language lessons. Shelly Volsche is a visiting lecturer with the Academic Success Center and a doctoral candidate in anthropology. She is completing her dissertation on the formation and practice of the childfree identity, including what this emergent identity can teach us about the postmodern era. She is an engaged professor who believes continuing to learn is at the core of creating community within her classroom and the broader UNLV community.

Jun 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV Provost's office Sciences A full list of recipients is available online. To learn more about their projects, attend the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum on Aug. 9.  

Jun 6, 2017
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) recently participated in an invited interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Australian National University. The conference and subsequent workshop addressed the impacts that ancient humans had on native island animal populations, including their possible role in the extinction of the latter. Simmons was subsequently extensively quoted in a piece published in Science that summarized the conference.

Jun 5, 2017
Peter Gray (Anthropology) gave a plenary talk at the 2017 Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Boise, Idaho, in May. The conference draws an interdisciplinary contingent of faculty and students interested in the evolution of human behavior. His talk, titled "Sex, Babies and Dogs: Evolutionary and Endocrine Aspects of Changing Human Families," included work involving several UNLV students.   

May 25, 2017
Briceida Hernandez-Toledo (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) and Meghan Pierce (Psychology) were recognized as Outstanding Graduates at spring commencement. Both were students in the College of Liberal Arts. Hernandez-Toledo earned a bachelor of arts degree in gender and sexuality studies. A first-generation college student and McNair Scholar, she revived UNLV's Chicano student organization, MEChA, and worked with the Center for Social Justice. She will pursue a doctoral degree at UCLA. Pierce, who earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, does research focused on post-traumatic stress disorder. This year she served on 19 university committees and completed a term as president of UNLV's Graduate and Professional Student Association. She will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the fall.