Accomplishments: College of Sciences

November 18, 2019
Chao-Chin Yang, Zhaohuan Zhu, Stephen Lepp, and Xiao Hu (all Physics and Astronomy) just were awarded a $474,315 research grant by NASA through the Astrophysics Theory Program. They will conduct state-of-the-art computer simulations to model a circumstellar disk around a young star and study the dust-gas dynamics in the disk. The investigation will help us understand the variety of morphological features such as rings and gaps in nearby circumstellar disks detected recently by high-resolution,...
November 18, 2019
Jason Park (Math) has had his research published in the International Journal of Statistics and Probability. The article is "Random Measure Algebras under O-dot Product and Morse-Transue Integral Convolution."
November 14, 2019
Jason Park (Math) presented a talk at the fall western sectional meeting of the American Mathematical Society. The meeting was held at the University of California, Riverside earlier this month. The topic was "Algebra of Random Measures."
November 8, 2019
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. In her piece, Blankenship discusses what Nevada can do to incentivize renewable energy. The piece was originally published Oct. 26. She is an undergraduate student pursuing two majors, chemistry and economics. She also is a Brookings public policy minor.
November 8, 2019
Chao-Chin Yang, Zhaohuan Zhu and Stephen Lepp (all Physics and Astronomy) just were awarded a $456,315 research grant by NASA through the Emerging Worlds Program. They will investigate one of the most difficult stages in the course of planet formation, for example, how kilometer-scale planetesimals can be built from pebble-sized materials around a young star before a planet can be fully assembled. By conducting state-of-the-art computer simulations and comparing the results with the properties...
November 4, 2019
Jun Kang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been awarded a patent for the invention “Functionalized phosphonates via Michael addition.” This synthetic method enables the efficient synthesis of functionalized phosphonates under toxic metal-free conditions. This invention provides rapid access to diverse phosphorus-containing heterocycle compounds, which have received significant attention owing to their biological properties and pharmaceutical applications.
October 30, 2019
Jason Steffen (Physics and Astronomy) converted data from NASA's Kepler mission, which detected thousands of planets orbiting distant stars, into music.  The sounds that are generated for each system can give insight into the formation of that system.  His YouTube video, and the accompanying story, was picked up by Earth and Space Science News and later by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
October 24, 2019
Hokwon Cho (Math) and Zhou Wang, '15 PhD Mathematical Sciences, recently published a paper, "On Fixed-Width Confidence Limits for the Risk Ratio with Sequential Sampling," in the American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences.  
October 23, 2019
In celebration of International Open Access Week, the University Libraries has announced five winners of the 2019 UNLV Open Access Awards. This year winners include: Brookings Mountain West in the category Non-Academic Departments With The Most Materials in the Institutional Repository William F. Harrah College of Hospitality in the category College With The Most Downloads From the Institutional Repository Michelle Tusan (History) in the category of Faculty Publication With Most Downloads for...
October 23, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Tomoko Sakishima (both Life Sciences) have written a paper with coauthors Neil Snow of Pittsburgh State University and Heaven Tharp, an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii, that recently was accepted for publication in the Journal of Heredity's Symposium Issue, "Origins of Adaptive Radiation." This issue features research presented by invitation at the American Genetics Association President's Symposium in 2018. The paper, "Isolation of Metrosideros (`Ohi`a)...
October 2, 2019
Jef Jaeger (Life Sciences) and Anthony Waddle, '15 BS Biology, '17 MS Biology, were among an international team spearheaded by the Erica Rosenblum Lab at UC Berkeley that published “Cryptic Diversity of a Widespread Global Pathogen Reveals New Threats to Amphibian Conservation." The paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focuses on an aquatic fungal pathogen that has spread across continents causing amphibian declines. The research optimized an advanced method of...
October 1, 2019
Artem V. Gelis, Daniel Koury, Frederic Poineau, Kenneth R. Czerwinski (all Radiochemistry) are members of the research team whose noteworthy work recently was recognized in Angewandte Chemie, a leading weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal that is published on behalf of the German Chemical Society. The team, headed by Christopher Cahill from George Washington University and including Robert Surbella III from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, studies the synthesis, structure and...