Accomplishments: College of Sciences

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,…
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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…
September 30, 2019
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) received a three-year, $174,938 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's national plant conservation and restoration management program. The title of the award is "Identifying perennial species for restoration to establish native plant communities."  
September 27, 2019
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team including scientists from UC Berkeley, Purdue University, University of Chicago, and Stanford University, that published an article in the October issue of Molecular Biology and Evolution titled "Horizontal Transfer of Bacterial Cytolethal Distending Toxin B Genes to Insects."  They investigated the…
September 26, 2019
Alison Sloat (Sciences) was awarded $33,000 from Mission Support and Test Services and $1,500 from Rotary of Southwest Las Vegas to fund Rebel Science Camp in 2020. This sponsorship allows 1,100 fifth graders from Title I Clark County School District elementary schools to attend Rebel Science Camp at UNLV in 2020. The funding covers transportation…
September 25, 2019
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) has been awarded $100,000 from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for two new research projects. One is titled "Stimulating Natural Regeneration of Native Desert Perennial Plants as a Minimum-Input Restoration Method for $49,999. The other is titled "Minimum-Input Restoration for Wildlife Habitat Enhancement for $49,…
September 24, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Tomoko Sakishima (Life Sciences), along with collaborators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, the University of Monpellier (France), University of Waikato (New Zealand), and the University of Florida, published "Targeted Amplicon Sequencing of 40 Nuclear Genes Supports a Single Introduction…