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Apr 13, 2018
Qi Shen (Mechanical Engineering) received this year's Best Dissertation Award from the College of Engineering. Shen, who was advised by professor Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) presented his work, “Theoretical and Experimental Investigation on the Multiple Shape Memory Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite,” in November. Shen will receive $1,500 as part of the award. At 4:15 p.m. April 23, he will present a 20-minute seminar on his research. The presentation will take place in the SEB auditorium following the college's graduation celebration.

Mar 23, 2018
The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering is proud to announce that four of its engineering graduate programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News is a global authority in university rankings whose criteria include graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, alumni giving, and graduate rate performance. The programs recognized are: Civil Engineering- #89 Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering- #144 Environmental Engineering- #76 Mechanical Engineering- #126 Our mission at UNLV and the College of Engineering is to foster excellence, promote discovery, and enable research and education. Thanks to combined efforts, our engineering programs have been able to achieve academic influence and distinction. The college would like to congratulate students, faculty, sponsors, alumni, and staff who have made this recognition possible.  

Mar 12, 2018
Jeremy Smallwood (Astronomy), Sara Black (History), Tyler Stalbaum (Mechanical Engineering), and Cheryl Anderson (Anthropology) are the recipients of this year's Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards. Each year the college gives four awards — within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM. This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM): Jeremy Smallwood, master of science, astronomy, for  “Secular Resonances during Main-Sequence and Post-Main-Sequence Planetary System Dynamics” Outstanding Thesis (Non-STEM): Sara Black, master of arts, history, for “Homeland, Homestead, and Haven: The Changing Perspectives of Zion National Park, 1700-1930” Outstanding Dissertation (STEM): Tyler Stalbaum, doctor of philosophy, mechanical engineering, for “Ionic Electroactive Polymer Devices: Physics-Based Modeling with Experimental Investigation and Verification” Outstanding Dissertation (Non-STEM): Cheryl Anderson, doctor of philosophy, anthropology, for “The Bioarchaeology of Inequality during the Middle Bronze Age in Central Anatolia.

Mar 9, 2018
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering), Debra Martin (Anthropology), and Gabriele Wulf (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) have been selected as UNLV's 2018 Distinguished Professor Award recipients. The awards recognize professors for their teaching and scholarship as well as their service to the community, the university, and their profession. Winners are selected by a committee of their peers. As part of the honor, each recipient receives a $5,000 addition to his or her base salary. The winners will be honored during the Academic Achievement Awards ceremony, which is set for 3 p.m. April 18 in the Student Union. Kim, the NV Energy Professor of Energy and Matter, was selected for this award on the basis of his scholarly record, and numerous grants and projects totaling millions of dollars. The award recognizes his contributions to UNLV through mentorship of diverse graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and visiting scholars. Selection committee members also lauded Kim’s ability to conduct research, while maintaining substantial administrative roles, such as chair of the mechanical engineering department. Martin, professor of anthropology, was selected for the award for her record of scholarly achievement, grants and awards, and service to her profession. The selection committee praised Martin for her scholarly and field work in bioarchaeology, which examines the effects of violence on human populations. Her work in creating an internship program with the Clark County coroner/medical examiner’s office is helping the community better understand patterns of violent death in Southern Nevada. Wulf, professor of kinesiology and nutrition sciences, was selected for the award based on her scholarly work and innovative teaching in kinesiology. The selection committee noted her published works, honors and awards, and the variety of courses that she teaches. Wulf’s work focuses on identifying key factors to learning motor skills and optimal performance, which can be applied to a number of fields such as sports, physical rehabilitation, performing arts, military training, and medical education.

Oct 2, 2017
Lauren Galloway (Sociology), Jillian Socea (Life Sciences), Kimberly Stevens (Psychology), and Monia Kazemeini and Sogol Pirbastami (both Mechanical Engineering) have been chosen to receive the fall 2017 Southwest Travel Awards. Recipients of the awards receive a round-trip travel voucher from Southwest Airlines to allow them to travel to a conference or workshop related to their studies. Doctoral student Galloway will present at the Stardom, Fandom, and Celebrity Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Kazemeini, a doctoral student with a concentration in nuclear engineering, will present at the Waste Management Conference presented by WM Symposia in Phoenix. Doctoral student Pirbastami will present at the 2017 COMSOL Numerical Simulation Conference in Boston. Socea, a doctoral student in microbiology, will present at the Wind River Prokaryotic Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Stevens, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, will present at the International Conference for Eating Disorders in Chicago.

Sep 22, 2017
President Len Jessup on Sept. 14 announced UNLV’s inaugural Top Tier Award recipients during his State of the University Address: Alisha Kerlin, interim director of the Barrick Museum of Art; Jefferson Kinney, associate professor of psychology; and Kwang Kim, Southwest Gas professor of energy and matter.   Kerlin leads museum interdisciplinary programs, scholarship, and community outreach. Kinney focuses on collaborative research in behavioral neuroscience with students and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center. Kwang pioneers research in active materials and energy systems, along with his leadership on various Top Tier subcommittees. Their accomplishments highlight UNLV’s capacity for academic excellence, creative activity and research befitting a Top Tier institution. Their efforts have meaningful community impact, and demonstrate a spirit of collaboration and community partnership. Each of these individuals present an outstanding example of commitment to UNLV’s Top Tier mission and we are proud to have them as members of the UNLV campus community.

Sep 6, 2017
Laurel Raftery, Andrew Andres, Ai-Sun "Kelly" Tseng, and Boo Shan Tseng (all Life Sciences), and Hong Sun (Chemistry & Biochemistry), have been awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant to purchase a multiphoton fluorescence imaging system titled "MRI: Acquisition of a High Speed Multiphoton Laser-Scanning Microscope for Research and Training at UNLV." Raftery is the principal investigator, while Andres, Sun, Tseng, and Tseng are co-principal investigators. Collaborators on the award are Nora Caberoy, Sophie Choe, Jeffery Shen, and Jenifer Utz (all Life Sciences), Rochelle Hines (Psychology), and Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering). The $998,614 microscope system will be installed in 2018, and operated on a first-come-first-served,  fee-for-service basis, through the UNLV confocal and biological imaging core. It will be Nevada's first multiphoton system for thick tissue (1mm) time-lapse imaging. This technology enables new discoveries in neurobiology, tissue formation, organ repair and whole-scale regeneration, and ion flux in biological tissues and in eletroactive polymer materials for engineering, and expands to other research areas through graduate student training and through recruitment of new faculty and other scientists to work at UNLV and other Southern Nevada technology centers.  

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.  

May 10, 2017
Justin Zhan (Computer Science) and Paul Oh (Mechanical Engineering) received a $600,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in Big Data at UNLV. Zhan is the principal investigator on the project; Oh is the co-principal investigator. The RET in Big Data will help close the critical gap in workforce training in big data by providing middle and high school teachers with first-hand knowledge in conducting big data research, the opportunity to learn new teaching skills, and experience developing lesson plans for classroom implementation. The funding will help cover six-week stipends for teacher participants, in addition to travel costs to present their research at the National Science Teacher Association conference and the expenses for classroom materials and supplies.   

May 5, 2017
Pouya Shojaeishahmirzadi (Mechanical Engineering) recently was awarded the 2017-18 UNLV Graduate College STEM Fellowship. Shojaeishahmirzadi is pursuing a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering. Professor Woosoon Yim is his advisor. The UNLV Graduate College STEM Fellowship is granted over four semesters to support newly admitted doctoral students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health sciences.