Accomplishments: College of Sciences

April 14, 2021
Dylan Guerin, Cindy Kha, and Kelly Tseng (all Life Sciences) recently published an article, "From Cell Death to Regeneration: Rebuilding After Injury" in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. Guerin, recipient of GPSA Research Forum presentation awards, and Kha, recipient of the 2020-21 President's UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, are Ph.D. students. Research in the Tseng lab focuses on understanding the genes that stimulate tissue regeneration with the goal of applying this...
April 12, 2021
Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering), Artem Gelis (Chemistry), and Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave recruitment presentations and answered questions about corresponding nuclear-related programs at the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference last week. UNLV is among the 11 top-tier universities invited to have university recruitment sessions at the conference and is the only university with three virtual booths in the full scope of nuclear-related fields, including...
April 5, 2021
Boo Shan Tseng (Life Sciences) received a prestigious early career research grant sponsored by the international Human Frontier Science Program, in collaboration with William Durham (University of Sheffield), John Whitney (McMaster University), and Julien Bergeron (King’s College London). The project is "The bacterial biofilm as a multicellular organism: from molecules to populations.” Most bacteria reside in biofilms, which are communities of microbes that are adhered to each other and to a...
March 30, 2021
David Rice,  Zachary Grande, Ashkan Salamat, Jason Steffen (all Physics and Astronomy), and Oliver Tschauner (Geoscience), along with former UNLV postdoc Chenliang Huang (Physics and Astronomy) published a study on the properties of the interiors of distant, extrasolar planets in the "Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society." This study used new measurements of the properties of water under high-pressure conditions, measured in the Salamat lab, to examine their ramifications on our...
March 25, 2021
Sarah York (Chemistry & Biochemistry) has accepted a 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. York's research is in chemistry education. Her dissertation research will focus on the use of systems thinking approaches to improve chemistry teaching and learning. Her advisor, MaryKay Orgill, found the following line from her offer letter to be particularly relevant: "Your selection as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow is a highly significant national accomplishment and...
March 23, 2021
David Kreamer (Geoscience) was invited by the president of the United Nations General Assembly to speak to the member states in open session at a high-level UN meeting on the "Implementation of the Water-Related Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda" earlier his month. Kreamer spoke on an interactive panel on water data, information, and governance. The United Nations developed the Millennium Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) and the ambitious SDG 6 was to have clean water and sanitation for...
March 17, 2021
Aude Picard (School of Life Sciences) was awarded $175,987 by the National Science Foundation for her project “RII Track-4: Physiology of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria under Energy-Limiting Conditions." Sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) play an important role in the transformations of sulfur and carbon in anoxic environments. The project’s goal is to understand SRB’s long-term survival under starvation conditions. Their physiological and metabolic adaptations will be studied using transmission...
March 15, 2021
Ashok K. Singh (Hospitality) and Rohan J. Dalpatadu (Math) published their study, "Prediction of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using Fast Fourier Transform of Overnight Breath Recordings," in Machine Learning with Applications. The study addresses the problem of predicting the risk of obstructive sleep apnea from overnight breath recordings collected by the smartphone app ZeeAppnea. Four data mining multi-level classifiers were used on the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) of each time series, and...
March 12, 2021
Jun Yong Kang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been awarded a patent (10,927,135) granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the invention “Metal-free Direct Arylation of Dialkyl Phosphonates for the Synthesis of Mixed Alkyl Aryl Phosphonates” Mixed phosphonates show a wide range of biological applications including phosphonate prodrugs, antibacterial agents, and enzyme inhibitors. This invention affords efficient synthesis of functionalized mixed phosphonates under toxic metal-free...
March 11, 2021
Asma Tahir, Samin Kamal, Mark Buttner (all Environmental & Occupational Health), and Dennis Bazylinski (Life Sciences), along with Joseph Jean, '18 BS Health Education and '20 Master of Public Health, and local allergist/immunologist Dr. Jorem Seggev, presented a virtual poster at the 2021 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology annual conference last month. Their poster was on the “Annual Comparison of Weed Pollen in Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert 2017-2019.” All presenters...
March 8, 2021
Kathryn Rafferty (Life Sciences) was awarded U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen's March Women in STEM award. This prestigious award aims to highlight Nevada's women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with the hopes of encouraging young women to pursue their STEM goals. 
March 8, 2021
Heejin Mun (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Bowen Liu (Mathematics), Thu Huynh Anh Pham (Biology), and Qing Wu (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) recently published an article on "C-Reactive Protein and Fracture Risk: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies through the Use of Both Frequentist and Bayesian Approaches" in the journal Osteoporosis International. The association between the inflammatory marker CRP and osteoporotic fracture has remained uncertain. In this...