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Aug 13, 2018
Satish C. Bhatnagar (Mathematics) was invited to speak to students and faculty of the Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, in India. The college is his alma mater. The topic of the talk was the uniqueness in the education dystems of India and the United States.

Aug 9, 2018
Jun Yong Kang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and his research team (Hai Huang and Jeffery Ash) published a research article, "Tf2O-Promoted Activating Strategy of Phosphate Analogues: Synthesis of Mixed Phosphates and Phosphinate," in Organic Letters. This research reports an efficient, mild synthetic method of phosphates and mixed phosphonates. Phosphonate derivatives are prevalent in bioactive small molecules, pharmaceuticals, and agrochemicals. This synthetic methodology will have significant effect on the research of organophosphorus chemistry by avoiding the use of toxic metals and hazardous chloride reagents. Jeffery Ash is an undergraduate student in Kang’s research laboratory.  

Aug 9, 2018
Physics and Astronomy graduate student John Boisvert, along with his advisor Jason Steffen and collaborator Ben Nelson were looking for planets hidden within archival data. There is an important degeneracy where a one-planet model produces the same signal as a two-planet model with a specific orbital configuration.  This group developed new statistical tools to compare the predictions of these two models to the existing data.  They found that as many as 25 percent of their sample have additional planets that have not been reported.

Aug 7, 2018
Tanviben Y. Patel, Mark Buttner, and Chad Cross (all Environmental and Occupational Health), and Dennis Bazylinski (Life Sciences), along with David Rivas, '18 Master of Public Health, and physician Joram Seggev, wrote an article, "Variation in Airborne Pollen Concentrations Among Five Monitoring Locations in a Desert Urban Environment," which was published in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. The article compares pollen concentrations in five locations in Las Vegas to determine if there are significant differences between microenvironments within the city.

Jul 30, 2018
Satish C. Bhatnagar (Math) addressed the graduate students and faculty of the mathematics department of the Central University of Punjab, Bathind, India, earlier this month. The topic was the "Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Academic Excellence." The department was started in 2015, while the university established in 2009.

Jul 30, 2018
Mira Han (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine and Life Sciences) won the National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) Young Investigator/Student Travel Award for her poster, "Transcriptome Analysis Reveals Negative Correlation between Mitochondrial Genes and Transcripts of L1HS, and Positive Correlation between KRAB-ZFPs and Older LINE Elements in Normal Somatic Tissues."

Jul 27, 2018
Katherine Thornock Luebke (Chemistry and Biochemistry) won an award for best poster presentation at the annual Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) University Program Review (UPR) meeting in June. Luebke's poster detailed her work on electrochemical recovery of uranium from uranium hexafluoride, the compound used in the uranium enrichment process to produce fuel for nuclear weapons. Her work was performed in collaboration with her mentor, Robert Rundberg, from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and supports advances in the separation, recovery, and utilization of uranium. She is a Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) Graduate Fellow in the radiochemistry program at UNLV. The meeting included more than 285 students, faculty, national laboratory scientists, and DOE NNSA program officials. The NSSC student fellows presented 18 oral presentations and 30 poster presentations. Three types of awards were presented to the students: awards for best national laboratory collaboration, best poster presentation, and best oral presentation.

Jul 26, 2018
Arya Udry (Geoscience) and James Day of the UCSD–Scripps Institute of Oceanography are the authors of a paper, “1.34 Billion-Year-Old Magmatism on Mars Evaluated from the Co-genetic Nakhlite and Chassignite Meteorites,” which was recently published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. The paper focuses on the formation and emplacement of the Martian nakhlite and chassignite meteorites on Mars’ surface. They show that these rocks were formed from the same parent magma and that they emplaced as different lava flows, similar to features observed in terrestrial volcanic systems.

Jul 20, 2018
Satish C. Bhatnagar (Math) spoke on "The Shadows of Science and Vigyan" in the mathematics department of his alma mater, Panjab University, in Chandigarh, India. This invited talk was organized by the Chandigarh Vigyan Parishad (Science Council), and also sponsored by the Chandigarh chapter of the Indian National Academy of Sciences. Bhatnagar earned his mater's degree at Panjab in 1961.

Jul 17, 2018
Arya Udry (Geoscience) and coauthors’ paper, “Formation of Evolved Rocks at Gale Crater by Crystal Fractionation and Implications for Mars Crustal Composition” recently was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets. This paper focuses on the formation of the rare Martian rocks measured by the rover Curiosity at Gale Crater on Mars that are enriched in silica compared to other Martian rocks. We suggest that these rocks likely formed similarly to intraplate volcanoes on Earth, such as those in Hawaii, the Canaries, or Iceland. This manuscript also was featured in Eos research highlights.