Accomplishments: College of Sciences

January 14, 2021
Arya Udry (Geoscience) published the review article "What Martian Meteorites Reveal About the Interior and Surface of Mars" in Journal of Geophysical Research : Planets.  Scientists learn about the formation and evolution of planets, such as Mars, by studying rock samples. Obtaining rock samples from Mars makes it possible to study them in state-of-the-art laboratories on Earth with high degrees of precision and accuracy. Currently, samples from Mars are obtained as meteorites that have been...
January 6, 2021
Satish C. Bhatnagar (Mathematical Sciences) gave a keynote address, "What Ramanujan Means To You?" at the one-day online conference History and Development of Mathematics held Dec. 22. It was the celebration of what would have been mathematics legend Srinivasa Ramanujan’s 133rd birthday, which was recently declared National Mathematics Day in India. The conference was organized by the Mathematics Department of the Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak (India). The article form of the address is...
December 18, 2020
Ashkan Salamt (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded a grant from the Air Force office of scientific research. The grant, "The synthesis of supernitride compounds via extreme (pressure, temperature) conditions: a new generation of high-energy density materials," is for $452,184. Modern calculations reveal a novel group of binary metals materials with high nitrogen content — “supernitrides” that are metastable under extreme conditions. Salamat's proposal aims to realize these new, high-energy...
December 17, 2020
Dale Devitt (Life Sciences) recently published a book, "Selecting and Maintaining Trees for Urban Desert Landscapes." Growing trees in an urban desert environment can be challenging, especially if water is a limited resource. In the book, Devitt provides guidance to those living and working in the Desert Southwest on how to select  and irrigate urban trees to achieve a healthy, beautiful landscape while conserving water.
December 14, 2020
Ashkan Salamat's (Physics and Astronomy) recent research about room-temperature superconductivity with colleague Ranga Dias from the University of Rochester was announced as one of 10 finalists in Physics World magazine's Breakthrough of the Year for 2020.  The announcement of the Breakthrough of the Year will be made Dec. 17. This year’s Top 10 Breakthroughs were selected by a crack team of five Physics World editors, who have sifted through hundreds of research updates published on the...
December 10, 2020
Gary Kleiger (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is a co-corresponding author on a paper titled "Linkage-Specific Ubiquitin Chain Formation Depends on a Lysine Hydrocarbon Ruler" that was in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. Alums Nicholas Purser, '19 BS Biology; Nicole Burton, '20 BS Chemistry; and Daniel Houston, '09 BA Psychology and BS Biology, played important roles in the study and are also co-authors. Purser will join the Kleiger lab as a PhD student in the spring.
December 7, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Economics, Chemistry, Brookings Mountain West, The Liny Institute, Honors), was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award during the fall 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the office of undergraduate research (OUR). This award recognizes one outstanding UNLV undergraduate student for excellence in research. In addition to her award, Blankenship also was selected to be a keynote speaker for the research symposium. An active...
December 7, 2020
Arya Udry (Geoscience) has been selected for the Mars 2020 Participating Scientist Program. Udry's proposal "Using Jezero Crater Igneous Compositions to Constrain Martian Interior and Surface Processes from the Noachian to Amazonian" was selected for funding. She was one of 13 proposals out of 119 chosen for the award. UNLV now has two Mars 2020 scientists. Geoscience professor Libby Hausrath previously was named a Mars 2020 scientist. 
December 3, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Economics, Chemistry, Brookings Mountain West, Honors) recently was featured in the Global News article "‘Playing with Fire’: How Politicians Can Perpetuate Baseless Conspiracy Theories" where she discusses steps individuals can take to stop the spread of misinformation on Twitter.
December 2, 2020
Hui Zhang and Hong Sun (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) received an RO1 grant, “Regulation of SOX Proteins by Methylation-dependent Proteolysis in Stem Cells and Development,” from the National Institutes of Health for four years for a total of $1,238,360. The objective of this RO1 grant is to investigate how the pluripotency and self-renewal of embryonic stem cells and neurogenesis during the development of the central nervous system are controlled by novel lysine methylation-dependent...
November 24, 2020
The office of undergraduate research (OUR) recently held its Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Sciences brought home several honors, including: The School of Life Sciences earned the Champions of Undergraduate Research Award for its commitment to excellence in research education. The school's leadership and faculty were commended for their contributions to elevating the role of experiential and discovery learning at UNLV and to advancing OUR’s mission. The College...
November 23, 2020
Ashok Singh (Hospitality) and Rohan J. Dalpatadu (Math) are the authors of an article, "Using HAC Estimators for Intervention Analysis." The purpose of this article is to present an alternative method for intervention analysis of time series data that is simpler to use than the traditional method of fitting an explanatory Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) model. Time series regression analysis is commonly used to test the  effect of an event on a time series. An econometric...