Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

March 3, 2016
Biologist Daniel Thompson (Life Sciences) was recently featured in the Vegas PBS series Outdoor Nevada. Thompson and colleagues from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service joined host John Burke to discuss rare butterflies in the Spring Mountains. Vegas PBS’ Outdoor Nevada originally aired from 1995 to 1999. Hosted by highly regarded television host and actor John Burke, Outdoor Nevada will delve into the Silver State’s natural history and present-day happenings as...
February 18, 2016
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) is now serving as a member of the board of trustees for Bergey’s Manual Trust. The board is responsible for managing the trust, promoting microbial systematics internationally, and compiling and editing Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria, the preeminent reference publication on the taxonomy of microorganisms. The board consists of eight internationally recognized microbiologists from Europe, Asia, and North America, who are experts in microbial...
February 11, 2016
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) recently co-authored “Global Metagenomic Survey Reveals a New Bacterial Candidate Phylum in Geothermal Springs” with several colleagues in the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute as well as other institutions of higher education. The article appears in Nature Communications, published by the prestigious Nature Publishing Group, and marks Hedlund’s fifth appearance in high-impact Nature journals since 2013. The article announces the discovery of “...
January 15, 2016
Brett Riddle (Life Sciences) is a co-author on a paper that was recently published in Nature. The article is titled, "Holocene Shifts in the Assembly of Plant and Animal Communities Implicate Human Impacts." Understanding how ecological communities are organized and how they change through time is critical to predicting the effects of climate change. The research group's results suggest that the rules governing the assembly of communities have recently been changed by human activity.
December 1, 2015
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) recently received an $876,229 National Science Foundation grant for his project, "Collaborative Proposal: Biodiversity Discovery and Analysis of 'Aigarchaeota', a Globally Distributed But Poorly Understood Archaeal Lineage." The grant is for three years.    
November 4, 2015
Biochemistry professor Ernesto Abel-Santos and former postdoctoral scholar Amber Howerton were recently issued patent #9,079,935, which describes a novel compound designed to prevent Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections.
October 29, 2015
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) and his collaborators at the University of California, Berkeley, received a $48,000 award (UNLV portion) from the congressionally authorized Joint Fire Science Program. This nationally competitive funding agency supports fire research in wildlands and the wildland-urban interface across the United States. The purpose of the grant is to develop a fire science research consortium for California fire-dependent ecosystems and extending to the Mojave Desert of Southern...
September 24, 2015
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) just published a book, Conserving America's National Parks. The book coincides with the 100-year centennial of the National Park Service in 2016. The 200-page book provides an unprecedented view of the challenges and threats facing the 408 units of the national park system. It also provides inspiring conservation success stories that have reversed those threats and their bearing on the future of the national park system. While the book is grounded in the scientific...
September 17, 2015
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) recently received two grants. One is a three-year, $115,000 grant from the National Park Service (NPS). He is working with the southwest exotic plant management team of the NPS to plan, write,  and execute three restoration plans for two national parks. There will be two plans for Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas and one plan for Pecos National Historic Park in northern New Mexico.  He also received a $220,000 (year one only) grant from the U.S. Bureau of...
May 1, 2014
Dennis Bazylinski (Life Sciences) recently was named a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). A total of 88 microbiologists were elected to fellowship in the AAM. Fellows of the academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process based on their record of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. Fellows of the AAM represent all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public...
April 1, 2014
Denis Bazylinski (Life Sciences) had 20 scientific publications accepted, including 17 scientific papers and three book chapters, in 2013. He worked with a number of collaborators on the writings, including colleagues across the nation and around the world. While serving his fourth term as a chair of the school he was able to maintain an active research schedule, leading his small laboratory of one post-doctoral scholar, two graduate students, and three undergraduate students.
February 1, 2014
Dennis Bazylinski (Life Sciences ) and Mark Buttner (Community Health Sciences) received a 14-month, $106,098 award from the Clark County School District to establish an airborne pollen monitoring program in Las Vegas.