Accomplishments: College of Sciences

May 16, 2019
Kelly Tseng, Cindy Kha, and Dylan Guerin (all Life Sciences) published a research article, "Using the Xenopus Developmental Eye Regrowth System to Distinguish the Role of Developmental Versus Regenerative Mechanisms," in the journal Frontiers in Physiology. This study addressed the role of developmental mechanisms in regenerating eye tissues after injury. The authors showed that regeneration of the retina recapitulates the developmental process. Furthermore, they identify a gene that is used by...
May 14, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Tomoko Sakishima (both Life Sciences) authored a paper in press for the Journal of Biogeography, "Phylogeography of the Highly Dispersible Landscape-dominant Woody Species Complex, Metrosideros, in Hawaii." They carried out a population genetic analysis of >1,500 adults of Hawaii's dominant tree from across the archipelago for insights into how diversification occurs within long-lived, highly dispersible and continuously distributed groups. They find, among other results...
May 7, 2019
Hokwon Cho (Math) published "Two-Stage Procedure of Fixed-Width Confidence Intervals for the Risk Ratio" in the Springer journal, Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability. The article provides the two-stage sampling design and its procedure for obtaining fixed-width confidence intervals and optimal sample sizes for the risk ratio or relative risk in the decision-theoretic framework.
May 1, 2019
Dylan Guerin (Life Sciences), was featured as the "Visitor of the Week" by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories on Long Island, New York. A doctoral student in the research group of professor Kelly Tseng, Guerin was selected to attend the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories' course on Cell & Developmental Biology of Xenopus and received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholarship. His research seeks to identify and understand the genes that promote eye regeneration.
May 1, 2019
William R. Speer (Mathematics Learning Center) recently presented a talk on "Successful Transition to College Readiness through Collaboration with and Cooperation of Stakeholders" at the World Future Forum held at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago last month. 
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 19, 2019
Howard Yanxon (Physics and Astronomy) was one of 70 graduate students from across the nation selected for the Department of Energy's  Solicitation 2 cycle for Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program.  Yanxon's advisor is professor Qiang Zhu. He will conduct his research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the area of Basic Energy Sciences — Predictive Materials Science and Chemistry. The  program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their...
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...
April 11, 2019
Sajjad Ahmad (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) and Jun Yong Kang (Chemistry) recently were selected for the Barrick Scholar Awards, which recognize UNLV faculty members who have produced a significant amount of high-quality, interdisciplinary research or creative output recognized by scholars and journals within and outside their primary disciplines. Funded through an endowment from the late Marjorie Barrick since 1981 and conferred by the executive vice president and...
March 30, 2019
William R. Speer (Math Learning Center) was honored this month as the recipient of the James W. Heddens Distinguished Service Award presented by the Research Council on Mathematics Learning at the 46th annual meeting of the organization at University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
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 26, 2019
Simon Jowitt (Geoscience) and colleagues from Hefei University of Technology and Uppsala University recently published a paper on the use of magnetite compositions to determine the processes that formed major mineral deposits in eastern China. The paper, "In situ LA–ICP–MS Trace Element Analyses of Magnetite: Genetic Implications for the Zhonggu Orefield, Ningwu Volcanic Basin, Anhui Province, China," was published by Mineralium Deposita.