Accomplishments: College of Sciences

September 12, 2019
Art Gelis (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently was published in Scientific Reports. His article, "Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle with a Simplified Minor Actinide Lanthanide Separation Process (ALSEP) and Additive Manufacturing," discusses his newly patented approach to the long-time technical challenge of recycling long-lived actinide isotopes within the nuclear fuel cycle. He is the director of UNLV's radiochemistry program.       
September 5, 2019
Ashkan Salamat (Physics and Astronomy) was one of just 46 university professors nationwide – and the first from UNLV – to earn an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) office of science. Each year, the DOE selects rising researchers from the nation’s national labs and universities for the competitive award. The program, now in its 10th year, comes with significant funding to bolster financial support for exceptional talent during crucial early career years, when many...
August 21, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) has her work featured in the newest (12th) edition of Gilbert’s Developmental Biology, the discipline’s foundational textbook.  The Tseng lab works to identify mechanisms of organ regeneration using the Xenopus (African clawed frog) model.
August 20, 2019
Robin Kee (Life Sciences) was selected as scholar in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP). The UGSP is a highly competitive program with approximately 300 nationwide applications received and 10 students chosen as UGSP Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. Kee's selection as a UGSP Scholar speaks highly of her accomplishments. A senior biology major, Kee is a member of the AANAPISI-STEM program at UNLV, conducting behavior and genetic research on...
August 14, 2019
Ashkan Salamat (Physics and Astronomy), Paul Forster, Frederic Poineau, and Keith Lawler (all Chemistry and Biochemistry) were awarded a $449,901 research grant from the National Science Foundation for "Expanding Known Binary Technetium Nitrides and Sulfides: A Computationally-Led Synthesis Program." Technetium is a radioactive element and its chemistry is not well established in comparison to neighboring elements. This proposal will fill in critical gaps in fundamental knowledge of the solid...
August 12, 2019
Jason Steffen (Physics and Astronomy), Shichun Huang (Geoscience), and Zhaohuan Zhu (Physics and Astronomy) were awarded a $550,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation for "Modeling Dust Condensation in Protoplanetary Disks".  This program will combine UNLV's expertise in geochemistry and in planet formation to calculate the composition planet-forming material both in the solar system and in planetary systems that orbit distant stars.
July 31, 2019
MaryKay Orgill and Sarah York (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) wrote a research article that was published in the Journal of Chemical Education and also was selected to be featured in American Chemical Society (ACS) Editors' Choice. The selection of these articles is based on recommendations by the scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world. Only 365 articles are selected each year for Editors' Choice. The article, "An Introduction to Systems Thinking for the Chemistry Education...
July 30, 2019
Eddy Hernandez (Life Sciences), a senior majoring in biology, was awarded a 2019 Station1 Frontiers Fellowship, which is a unique and prestigious 10-week residential summer science and technology education, research, and internship program based in the Boston area. He was selected from more than 800 applicants across the nation and the world as a result of a lengthy admissions process. He received a fellowship package worth approximately $15,000.  The Station1 Frontiers Fellowship program is a...
July 9, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) was a speaker at the BioEM 2019 Conference, the joint annual meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association, in Montpellier, France, in June. Her talk was titled "Bioelectrical Signaling Regulates Eye Regeneration." She presented the findings of her laboratory group on the role of a key ion channel gene in stimulating the successful repair of eye tissues and the proliferation of eye stem cells. 
June 24, 2019
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry, Economics, and Brookings Mountain West) recently co-authored a brief featured on the Brookings Institution blog, the Brown Center Chalkboard. The piece discusses the shortage of STEM teachers and the wage penalties teachers face in STEM. The piece originally was published June 17. She is an undergradaute student pursuing two majors, chemistry and economics. She also is a Brookings public policy minor.  
June 21, 2019
Yang Jiao (Electrical and Computer Engineering) recently presented a paper at Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2019 about object tracking in 3D fluorescence volumes. The paper is based on work done by Jiao in collaboration with Mei Yang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mo Weng (Life Science). This work targets the challenge of 3D subcellular structures tracking because, unlike cells and macro objects, 3D subcellular structures perform rapidly expansion and shrinking as well as...
June 4, 2019
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team including scientists from Harvard, Bishop Museum, Louisiana State University, UC Davis, and the University of Hawaii that recently published an article in Current Biology titled "Reproductive Capacity Evolves in Response to Ecology through Common Changes in Cell Number in Hawaiian Drosophila."  They investigated potential effects of ecology on the developmental processes underlying ovariole number evolution among Hawaiian Drosophila, a large...