Accomplishments: College of Sciences

March 1, 2013
Adam Koebke (Math) and Chyna Miller (Academic Success Center) presented "Show Me the Data: Advancing Standards to Measure Success" at the 2013 Nevada ACT State Organization Educational Symposium, which took place at UNR in February. Their session, "Improving Remedial Math Outcomes with Adaptive Technology," explored the results of last year's Expect Success Summer Bridge Program and the positive impacts made on the students who participated.
February 1, 2013
Steve Rowland (Geoscience) recently published the first English translation of an 18th century Russian book by Mikhail Lomonosov. The book, titled On the Strata of the Earth, first was published in 1763. The book is historically significant because it presents new ideas about the history and age of the Earth, and it predates by 25 years a book by James Hutton, a Scot who is considered "the father of modern geology." The Russian book was co-translated by Rowland's former graduate student Slava...
January 1, 2013
Ken Czerwinski (Chemistry) has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the chemistry section. Election as an AAAS fellow is bestowed upon association members by their peers. He was elected because of his distinguished contributions to actinide and fission product chemistry and for building a world-class radiochemistry program at UNLV. In 2012, 702 members were awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished...
January 1, 2013
Brenda Buck (Geoscience) and her research were the subject of an article, "Health Implications of Dust," which was the cover story for the December issue of CSA News. The publication is the official magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.
January 1, 2013
Satish Bhatnagar (Math) is the author of the book My Hindu Faith and Periscope, which was published recently by Trafford Publishing. He also is the author of Epsilons and Deltas of Life: Everyday Stories, Vectors in History: Main Foci; India and USA, and Scattered Matherticles, Mathematical Reflections.
November 1, 2012
Satish Bhatnagar (Math) spoke about Hinduism as part of the Dixie Forum "Great Faiths" discussions at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, in October. The Dixie Forum is a lecture series designed to introduce Dixie students and faculty, as well as the St. George community, to diverse ideas and personalities to widen their world view.
November 1, 2012
John Farley (Physics) gave a departmental colloquium at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri, Rolla) in October. Titled "Beyond the Lecture: What Have We Learned from Physics Education Research?," the colloquium examined how conventional lecture-based instruction is surprisingly ineffective in introductory physics classes. Students learn nearly twice as much when taught in a more interactive way, using "active learning," which also is called "...
October 1, 2012
Brenda Buck (Geoscience) was named a 2012 Fellow by the Soil Science Society of America. Members of the society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Only .3 percent of the society's active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow. She will be formally recognized during the society's annual meeting in Cincinnati this month.
October 1, 2012
John Farley (Physics and Astronomy) served on a panel of a Carbon to Clean Energy Roundtable at the Clark County Commission chambers in June. The Sierra Club and the Nevada Conservation League formed the panel to talk about the future of clean energy in Nevada and how it can help the economy.