Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

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...
October 5, 2018
Mandy Mountain and Dan Thompson (both Life Sciences) earlier this month were awarded the Faculty Award for the UNLV Image of Research for their image entitled Caterpillar of the Endangered Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly Attracting an Ant Mutualist. 
September 25, 2018
Eduardo Robleto (Life Sciences) has been awarded a three-year grant for $428,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study mechanisms of evolution in stressed bacteria. His research team includes international scientists and seeks to understand how microbes, including bacterial pathogens, adapt to inhospitable environments or become resistant to antibiotics. As a LatinX professor, his efforts to promote inclusion and model our different, daring, and diverse institution include...
September 18, 2018
Aude Picard (Life Sciences) was awarded a Research Infrastructure Grant of $45,000 from the Nevada Space Grant Consortium for her research project “Evaluating the Impact of Oxidation on Biosignatures Preserved in Minerals”. She will study the composition and physical properties of minerals precipitated in the presence of microorganisms and evaluate how they respond to environmental changes. This work is relevant for the search of microbial life on Mars and other planets.  
September 13, 2018
On Sept. 5 the Academic Success Center (ASC) celebrated its 10-year anniversary and as part of its celebration recognized former students, faculty, departments, and community leaders that have made the ASC such an exemplary center. They are: Dean’s Award - Carl Reiber (formerly of the provost's office) Dean’s Award - Regent Kevin Page Founder’s Award - Neal Smatresk (former UNLV president) Outstanding Impact Award - philanthropist Christina Hixson  Classified Dedication Award -  Monica McNeely...
September 12, 2018
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) was an invited speaker at the American Genetics Association’s Annual President’s Symposium in Kamuela, Hawaii, in July.  The theme of this year's symposium was "Origins of Adaptive Radiation." She spoke on evolution in a sea of trees: adaptive radiation where populations are continuous, gene flow is high, and intrinsic barriers are slow to arise.    
September 7, 2018
Brian Hedlund, Kelly Ai-Sun Tseng (both Life Sciences), Dharini Bhammar, Arpita Basu (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Sarah Harris (Electrical and Computer Engineering) participated in the annual statewide Nevada-INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) meeting at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno last month. The faculty members, supported by NV-INBRE, presented lectures on their research. Additionally, nine UNLV undergraduates presented posters highlighting their...
August 31, 2018
Jenifer Utz (Life Sciences) and Matthew Bernacki, formerly of UNLV's department of educational psychology and higher education, published "Voluntary Web-Based Self-Assessment Quiz Use is Associated with Improved Exam Performance, Especially for Learners with Low Prior Knowledge" in HAPS Educator, the official publication of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS). This study was conducted in a large enrollment Human Anatomy and Physiology undergraduate course and documented that student...
August 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...
July 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."