Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

April 25, 2019
Melissa Schofield and Muneeba Ahmed (both Life Sciences)  were recognized for their outstanding presentations at the 2019 AZ-NV American Society for Microbiology branch meeting. Schofield, a doctoral student in Boo Shan Tseng's lab, received the top prize for graduate student oral presentation. Ahmed, an undergraduate researcher in Brian Hedlund's lab, was recognized for an outstanding poster presentation
April 23, 2019
Boo Shan Tseng (Life Sciences) was awarded a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation pilot grant, entitled "Suppressors of mucA essentiality in Pseudomonas aeruginosa." She, with her team of undergraduate and graduate students, will use this two-year, $107,290 award to study why the gene mucA, is required for bacteria to survive. This bacterial gene is important in infection, as mutations of this gene is strongly correlated with death of cystic fibrosis patients chronically infected with this pathogen....
April 23, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Donald Price , along with doctorate candidate Tomoko Sakishima published "Multiple Colonizations, Hybridization and Uneven Diversification in Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) Lineages on Hawai'i Island" in the Journal of Biogeography.  This work used variation at nine single-copy nuclear genes in this species-rich plant genus to investigate the roles of colonization and hybridization in shaping community assemblages.  Results revealed rapid diversification (3.5 species/My) of one of...
April 12, 2019
Linda Lister (Music), Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences), and Zhaohuan Zhu (Physics and Astronomy) have been selected by the NSHE Board of Regents to receive this year's Regents’ Awards, which honor accomplishments that increase NSHE’s stature in five areas: teaching, academic advising, creative activities, research, and early-career (or “rising”) research. The board selected three faculty members whose work related specifically to research and creative activity. Lister received a Regents’ Creative...
March 29, 2019
Alexis Sauceda-Quintero, Yesenia Cuenca, and Kelly Tseng (all School of Life Sciences) are highlighted as "trailblazers" in videos on the Nevada STEM mentor network, sponsored by the NSHE system sponsored programs and EPSCoR office. This website showcases contributions to STEM research, education, and mentorship. Undergraduate students Cuenca and Sauceda-Quintero are research mentees of Tseng, an associate professor. Cuenca was a recipient of undergraduate research fellowships from the National...
March 8, 2019
Donald Price (Life Sciences) had a paper, "Hawaiian Picture‐winged Drosophila Exhibit Adaptive Population Divergence along a Narrow Climatic Gradient on Hawaii Island,"  published in Ecology and Evolution. The paper stems from work done in Price's laboratory with Jonathan Eldon, a previous graduate student now at Indiana University, and Renee Belinger,, a postdoctoral researcher in Hawaii. Anthropogenic influences on global processes and climatic conditions are increasingly affecting ecosystems...
March 6, 2019
Carmen Vallin (School of Life Sciences) was named Young Ambassador for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM is the largest international professional association in the Life Sciences in the world with 47,000 members. Nominated by professor Eduardo Robleto of Life Sciences, Vallin will join a group of more than 100 Young Ambassadors of Science across the U.S. and around the world. The mission of ASM ambassadors is to promote the field of microbiology and its benefits to society at...
February 5, 2019
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) was part of an international team that recently published an article in Nature Communications titled "Genomic Inference of the Metabolism and Evolution of the Archaeal Phylum Aigarchaeota" describing several new genomes of the archaeal group Aigarchaeota. The Aigarchaeota inhabit terrestrial geothermal springs and submarine hydrothermal vents globally, but are particularly abundant and diverse in springs in Northern Nevada and southwest China. To date, the...
January 31, 2019
Five College of Sciences faculty exhibited posters at the UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo Jan. 29.  Gabriel Judkins (Geosciences) and Rex Suba: "Embedding Accessibility in Course Development" Elana Paladino (Sciences): "Mentoring meetings increase student performance on 'high stakes' projects in STEM" Viktoria Savatorova (Mathematical Sciences): "Active Learning and Transparency in Teaching Gateway Mathematics Courses" Alison Sloat (Sciences): "Pre-tests Improve Students’ Critical Thinking"...
January 18, 2019
Numerous UNLV Students won awards at the Media Innovation Hackathon sponsored by the Beasley Media Group in collaboration with UNLV at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Student teams aimed to generate potential commercial products. Winners include: First Place: Converting Radio Waves to Energy. Matias Allieti (Mechanical Engineering), Yuria Mann (Computer Science), Kristine Monsada (Computer Science), Ricardo Rodriguez (Computer Science), and Erick Serrano (Computer Science)...
November 20, 2018
Tanviben Patel,  Mark Buttner, Dr. Joram Seggev (Environmental and Occupational Health), Dennis Bazylinski (Life Sciences), Chad Cross  (Environmental and Occupational Health, and Medicine), and former student David Rivas co-authored an article in The Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment titled "Variation in Airborne Fungal Spore Concentrations Among Five Monitoring Locations in a Desert Urban Environment."
October 31, 2018
Alexis Billings, Katherine Schultz, Eddy Hernandez, W. Elizabeth Jones, and Donald Price (all Life Sciences) had a paper, "Male Courtship Behaviors and Female Choice Reduced during Experimental Starvation Stress," published in Behavioral Ecology this month. The paper stems from work done in Price's laboratory. Billings, a postdoctoral researcher, is the lead author. Schultz and Jones, both are Ph.D. students, while Hernandez is an undergraduate. Price is the principal investigator. The paper...