Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

November 9, 2017
Donald Price (Life Sciences) is one of the authors of a research paper, "Mapping Genomic Scaffolds to Chromosomes Using Laser Capture Microdissection in Application to Hawaiian Picture-Winged Drosophila," that was published in Cytogenet Genome Research. His fellow authors are Lin Kang, Phillip George, Igor Sharakhov, and Pawel Michalak, all of Virginia Tech.        
November 7, 2017
School of Life Sciences associate professor and associate dean of the College of Sciences Javier A. Rodríguez was appointed Affiliated Researcher of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. “Affiliated Researcher” is an official designation conferred to a small number of investigators with strong ties to the museum, one of the best curated natural history museums in the country, and a leading institution in evolutionary research and in biodiversity and museum...
October 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,...
September 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....
June 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...
May 17, 2017
Donald Price (Life Sciences) is one of the authors of a scientific article titled "A Test for Gene Flow among Sympatric and Allopatric Hawaiian Picture-Winged Drosophila"   that recently was published in the Journal of Molecular Evolution.    
May 5, 2017
Michael Picker (Life Sciences) recently was awarded the 2017-18 Hermsen Fellowship by the Graduate College. The fellowship was established by a gift from Richard and Beverly Hermsen. This prestigious award is designated for outstanding doctoral students in the School of Life Sciences. Picker is pursuing a doctoral degree in biological sciences. Professor Helen Wing is his advisor.      
May 1, 2017
Nemanja Novakovic (Sciences and Honors) is the 2017 UNLV undergraduate recipient of the Regents' Scholar Award. The award is bestowed upon one undergraduate student from each NSHE institution for their academic achievements, leadership ability, and service contributions. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend. Novakovic is pursuing a double major in biochemistry and biological sciences, with an emphasis in cell and molecular biology. He’s conducted applied bioinformatics and HIV research in the...
March 22, 2017
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) and colleagues, including Donald Price (Life Sciences), published "Incipient Ecological Speciation between Successional Varieties of a Dominant Tree Involves Intrinsic Postzygotic Isolating Barriers" in the journal Ecology and Evolution. This study demonstrates that partial intrinsic postzygotic barriers may be among the first isolating barriers to arise during speciation between large, hybridizing populations of a long-lived species.
March 9, 2017
Vivian Sam and Matt Rader (Life Sciences) were featured in "Study Breaks," a national undergrad write-up. Both are pursuing biology degrees with concentrations in ecology and evolution.
February 16, 2017
Dennis Bazylinski (Life Sciences) and a team of international researchers recently published a research article titled “Origin of Microbial Biomineralization and Magnetotaxis During the Archean” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that shows magnetic navigation by swimming bacteria may be more ancient than previously thought. Bazylinski’s research team shows genomic evidence that magnetotaxis, the production of magnetosomes (intracellular magnetic crystals in certain bacteria)...
February 15, 2017
Ai-Sun "Kelly" Tseng (Life Sciences) published an article, “Seeing the Future: Using Xenopus to Understand Eye Regeneration” in genesis: The Journal of Genetics and Development. Graduate student Cindy Kha’s images were selected for the journal cover illustration. This invited review article is part of of a special issue focusing on biological advances and emerging technologies using the frog, Xenopus, as a model organism.  Tseng’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that enable...