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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.    

Apr 28, 2017
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) was presented the prestigious Harry Reid Silver State Research Award at the 2017 UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony. The award was created in 2001 to honor longtime U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and to recognize faculty who have performed research that is both highly regarded and responsive to the needs of the community and state. The award carries a $10,000 stipend. The award is open to full-time faculty members who are engaged in significant research that meets one or more of the following criteria: Directly and positively affects the economic growth and development of Nevada Addresses a pressing social need in the community and/or region Demonstrably advances significant scholarship in an academic field of knowledge

Apr 27, 2017
Tyler Stalbaum (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded the 2017 Graduate Regents' Scholar Award for UNLV at the UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony April 19. The award is based on distinguished academic accomplishments, leadership ability, and service contributions as a registered NSHE student, as well as on the recipient’s potential for continued success. The award is given to only one graduate student at each NSHE university and carries a $5,000 cash stipend.    

Dec 23, 2016
Darrell Pepper (Mechanical Engineering) just returned from a visit to King Abdulaziz University - Rabigh, located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he served as a member of the ABET engineering accreditation team for evaluating their engineering programs. The main campus in Jeddah has more than 82,000 students.

Dec 20, 2016
Lily Sender (Mechanical Engineering) became the first Rebel women's soccer player in program history to earn NSCAA All-America honors after her breakout senior season. UNLV women's soccer's record-setting season continues to be rewarded as Sender was named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Dec. 2.  Sender is the first Mountain West player to be named an All-American since 2012. Overall, it's the 15th time the league has placed a player on NSCAA's All-America teams, but Sender is just the second player from a current Mountain West team to earn the honor in the league's history. The full NSCAA All-America teams can be found online.