Accomplishments: College of Sciences

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...
March 4, 2021
Allyson Hindle (Life Sciences) received a research award sponsored by the Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN). RAIN is funded by the National Institutes of Health to improve collaborative biomedical research efforts in western states. The title of the award is "Harnessing of Deep-diving Seal Cardioprotective Factors as Novel Therapy for Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury." Myocardial infarction, the consequence of cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), is the leading cause of...
February 4, 2021
Gary Kleiger (Chemistry) participated in an international collaboration with Brenda Schulman, director of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. Published this week in Nature, their article describes at atomic structural resolution how enzymes called ubiquitin ligases function in human cells. How these enzymes work is also of considerable importance to a blossoming, new drug discovery area in biotechnology called targeted protein degration. 
January 27, 2021
James Louis-Jean (Chemistry) recently was published in the Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry for his work on isotope analysis of nuclear materials with collaborators at Los Alamos National Lab. His other accomplishments include receiving the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Fellowship in fall 2020, the African American Partnership Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2019), and the Seaborg Research Fellowship (2018). Additionally, he was the recipient of a first-place...
January 25, 2021
Maria Aladjova (Health Sciences), Marlon Urquico (Liberal Arts), Peter Clancy (Sciences) and the College of Engineering Advising Center are the winners of the 2020-21 UNLV Academic Advising Awards presented by the office of the vice provost for undergraduate education and the Academic Advising Council leadership team. These awards recognize individuals and advising centers that go above and beyond to serve the students, faculty, and staff at UNLV, as well as recognizing their contributions to...