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psychology Accomplishments

Jul 24, 2017
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies), Janet Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Jennifer Rennels (Psychology) have been named Graduate Faculty Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. The Graduate Faculty Fellows Program allows UNLV faculty and the Graduate College to work together on projects each academic year. The program brings faculty expertise and insight into the Graduate College as well as builds and sustains close relationships between the college and the departments and programs it serves. Congratulations to this year’s fellows, who will begin their one-year appointment in August.

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 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.      

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 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.

May 9, 2017
Breanna Boppre (Criminal Justice), Leiszle Lapping-Carr (Psychology), and Michael Moncrieff (Anthropology), recently were announced by the Graduate College as the recipients of the 2017-18 President's UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowships are funded by gifts to the UNLV Foundation by the Frank Koch Living Trust for the research support of doctoral students. Boppre is pursuing a doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice and is advised by professor Emily Salisbury. Lapping-Carr is working toward a doctoral degree in psychology. Her advisor is Chris Heavey, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of psychology. Michael Moncrieff is pursuing a doctoral degree in anthropology. Professor Pierre Lienard is his advisor.  

May 8, 2017
Sharang Chaudhry (Math) and Jessica Nave-Blodgett (Psychology) recently were named by the Graduate College as recipients of the 2017-18 UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellowship.The fellowship is made possible by funds from the UNLV Foundation. This prestigious award is granted over four semesters to doctoral students in the final two years of their program. Nave-Blodgett is working toward a doctoral degree in psychology. Her adviser is professor Joel Snyder. Chaudhry is pursing a doctoral degree in mathematical sciences and is being advised by professor Kaushik Ghosh.

May 5, 2017
Abigail Mayfield and Karli Nave (both Psychology) recently were named by the Graduate College as recipients of the 2017-18 Barrick Graduate Fellowships. Both students are pursuing doctoral degrees. Professor Daniel Allen serves as Mayfield's advisor, while professor Erin Hannon is Nave's advisor. The Barrick Graduate Fellowships were established by an endowment from philanthropist Marjorie Barrick. These fellowships are given to outstanding doctoral students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship during their graduate study at UNLV.  

Mar 9, 2017
Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology hosted the third annual Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Day during the first week of March. The day-long event provided students with group interactions such as a poverty simulation designed to encourage collaborative, positive patient outcomes when they begin working in clinical settings. Nearly 50 faculty and staff volunteers made the day possible for more than 180 students. The next IPE Day is tentatively scheduled for spring semester 2018.

Oct 20, 2016
Cassandra Boyer, Jorge Adrian Castrejon, Jessica Nave-Blodgett, Andrew Ortiz, and Karl Wennerlind have been chosen to receive the fall 2016 Southwest Travel Awards. They were selected from among 150 student applicants. 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. Boyer, who is pursuing a master of arts degree in criminal justice, will be attending the annual conference of the American Society of Sociology in New Orleans. Castrejon, a doctoral candidate in public affairs, will be traveling to San Antonio to attend the Gloria Anzaldua Mundo Zurdo Conference. Nave-Blodgett, a doctoral student in experimental psychology, will be attending the biennial meeting of the Society for Research into Child Development in Austin, Texas. Ortiz, who is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, will be traveling to San Diego to attend the international conference of the Society for Neuroscience. Wennerlind, a doctoral student in special education, will be attending the national TASH Conference in St. Louis. TASH is an organization that is an international leader in disability advocacy.