Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

December 17, 2020
Dale Devitt (Life Sciences) recently published a book, "Selecting and Maintaining Trees for Urban Desert Landscapes." Growing trees in an urban desert environment can be challenging, especially if water is a limited resource. In the book, Devitt provides guidance to those living and working in the Desert Southwest on how to select  and irrigate urban trees to achieve a healthy, beautiful landscape while conserving water.
November 24, 2020
The office of undergraduate research (OUR) recently held its Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Sciences brought home several honors, including: The School of Life Sciences earned the Champions of Undergraduate Research Award for its commitment to excellence in research education. The school's leadership and faculty were commended for their contributions to elevating the role of experiential and discovery learning at UNLV and to advancing OUR’s mission. The College...
November 12, 2020
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) was part of a large international team led by the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (JGI) that published a paper, "A Genomic Catalog of Earth's Microbiomes," in Nature Biotechnology. The paper describes 52,515 new draft microbial genomes that were generated from metagenomic data contained within the JGI's Integrated Microbial Genomes & Microbiomes platform. The study revealed 18,000 new microbial species and expanded the known diversity of...
October 27, 2020
Allyson Hindle (School of Life Sciences) received a grant, "Epigenetic pathways to regulate homeostatic resilience: Model-based discovery of rules across diverse mammals," from the National Science Foundation and its Rules of Life Mechanism. The total collaborative grant is for five years and $3 million with UNLV receiving $884,080. This project will discover the biological rules that govern how different species respond, at cellular level, to changes in their environment, and why some species...
October 26, 2020
Donald Price (Life Sciences) recently has published two scientific articles describing research conducted in Hawaii.  The first paper, titled “Analysis of Genomic Sequence Data Reveals the Origin and Evolutionary Separation of Hawaiian Hoary Bat Populations,” is published in Genome Biology and Evolution. This paper is with Corinna Pinzari, a masters student working with Dr. Price and Dr. Bonaccorso from the United States Geological Service – Biological Resources Division and three other co-...
September 4, 2020
Qing Wu, Yingke Xu (both Epidemiology and Biostatistics), and Jovan Alvarez (Life Sciences) published an article on “Tricyclic Antidepressant Use and Risk of Fractures: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies through the Use of Both Frequentist and Bayesian Approaches” in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. This meta-analysis aimed to quantitatively assess all eligible cohort studies that examined the effect of TCA use on fracture risk and to obtain a more comprehensive assessment and a more precise...
September 3, 2020
Qing Wu, Jongyun Jung (both Public Health), and Mira V. Han (Life Sciences) recently published an article on “Machine Learning Approaches for Fracture Risk Assessment: A Comparative Analysis of Genomic and Phenotypic Data in 5130 Older Men” in the journal Calcified Tissue International. The study aims were to develop fracture prediction models by using machine learning approaches and genomic data, as well as to identify the best modeling approach for fracture prediction. Jung is a doctoral...
September 2, 2020
Jef Jaeger (Life Sciences) and Kathy Longshore, '03 PhD Biology, were among a group of researchers spearheaded by collaborators at Oregon State University that recently published, "Genetic and Environmental Indicators of Climate Change Vulnerability for Desert Bighorn Sheep." The research, featured in Frontiers of Ecology and Evolution, has garnered interest, including an article in ScienceDaily, because of the implications for long-term conservation of the charismatic species.    
September 1, 2020
Helen Wing (Life Sciences) received her fourth consecutive R15 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $444,540 award is for the project titled, "Understanding Transcriptional Silencing & Anti-silencing Mechanisms in Shigella." Wing now has received a total of $1.6 million from NIH to research this topic at UNLV.
July 27, 2020
Cindy X. Kha (Life Sciences) was selected by the Nevada Space Grant Consortium to receive the prestigious Nevada NASA Space Grant Graduate Research Opportunity Fellowship for 2020-21. This highly selective award is focused on innovation through projects that will generate advancements in STEM that will directly contribute to NASA’s current and future science and technology goals. Kha is a doctoral student in the laboratory of professor Ai-Sun "Kelly" Tseng, studying mechanisms that enable...
May 19, 2020
Anjala S. Krishen (Marketing & International Business) had a paper, "Harnessing the Waiting Experience: Anticipation, Expectations, and WOM," accepted in Journal of Services Marketing. This interdisciplinary work was conducted in collaboration with the Shark Reef Exhibit at Mandalay Bay and co-authored with Brian Robison and two UNLV doctoral alums, Orie Berezan, assistant professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Shaurya Agarwal, assistant professor at University of...
May 5, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce its 2019-20 award winners.  UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards Each year the Graduate College presents four awards for outstanding theses and dissertations (within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM). This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM): Rachel Rahib, M.S. Geoscience, "Petrogenesis of Enriched and Intermediate Poikilitic Shergottites: From Magmatic Source to Emplacement"...