Accomplishments: College of Sciences

November 19, 2020
Rebecca Martin (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded a NASA Exoplanets grant for $541,460 to study planet formation in binary star systems.
November 12, 2020
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) was part of a large international team led by the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (JGI) that published a paper, "A Genomic Catalog of Earth's Microbiomes," in Nature Biotechnology. The paper describes 52,515 new draft microbial genomes that were generated from metagenomic data contained within the JGI's Integrated Microbial Genomes & Microbiomes platform. The study revealed 18,000 new microbial species and expanded the known diversity of...
October 27, 2020
Allyson Hindle (School of Life Sciences) received a grant, "Epigenetic pathways to regulate homeostatic resilience: Model-based discovery of rules across diverse mammals," from the National Science Foundation and its Rules of Life Mechanism. The total collaborative grant is for five years and $3 million with UNLV receiving $884,080. This project will discover the biological rules that govern how different species respond, at cellular level, to changes in their environment, and why some species...
October 26, 2020
Donald Price (Life Sciences) recently has published two scientific articles describing research conducted in Hawaii.  The first paper, titled “Analysis of Genomic Sequence Data Reveals the Origin and Evolutionary Separation of Hawaiian Hoary Bat Populations,” is published in Genome Biology and Evolution. This paper is with Corinna Pinzari, a masters student working with Dr. Price and Dr. Bonaccorso from the United States Geological Service – Biological Resources Division and three other co-...
October 22, 2020
Daniel Proga (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded one of NASA's most prestigious research grants through the Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks (TCAN) program. The grant totals $1,547,537 and will be shared with four other major research institutions: the Institute for Advanced Study, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Virginia, and the Flatiron Institute. Proga is the principal investigator and UNLV will serve as the head node of this network collaboration...
October 21, 2020
Chao-Chin Yang (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded a multi-institutional research grant by NASA through the Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks (TCAN) program. Led by New Mexico State University, other collaborators include UNLV, University of Arizona, Iowa State University, and SETI Institute in the United States, and Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany. Yang is a co-I/Institutional PI and will lead the UNLV node on the project. The grant totals $1.3 million with UNLV...
October 15, 2020
Ashkan Salamat (Physics and Astronomy) and a team of researchers have made a breakthrough in the long-sought-after quest for a room-temperature superconductor, what they call the “holy grail” of energy efficiency. The research team, which includes Ranga Dias from the University of Rochester, established room temperature superconductivity in a diamond anvil cell — a small, handheld, and commonly used research device that enables the compression of tiny materials to extreme pressures — pressures...
September 14, 2020
Zhaohuan Zhu (Physics and Astronomy) coauthored the article "A Triple-Star System with a Misaligned and Warped Circumstellar Disk Shaped by Disk Tearing," which has been published in Science. 
September 4, 2020
Qing Wu, Yingke Xu (both Epidemiology and Biostatistics), and Jovan Alvarez (Life Sciences) published an article on “Tricyclic Antidepressant Use and Risk of Fractures: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies through the Use of Both Frequentist and Bayesian Approaches” in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. This meta-analysis aimed to quantitatively assess all eligible cohort studies that examined the effect of TCA use on fracture risk and to obtain a more comprehensive assessment and a more precise...
September 3, 2020
Qing Wu, Jongyun Jung (both Public Health), and Mira V. Han (Life Sciences) recently published an article on “Machine Learning Approaches for Fracture Risk Assessment: A Comparative Analysis of Genomic and Phenotypic Data in 5130 Older Men” in the journal Calcified Tissue International. The study aims were to develop fracture prediction models by using machine learning approaches and genomic data, as well as to identify the best modeling approach for fracture prediction. Jung is a doctoral...
September 2, 2020
Jef Jaeger (Life Sciences) and Kathy Longshore, '03 PhD Biology, were among a group of researchers spearheaded by collaborators at Oregon State University that recently published, "Genetic and Environmental Indicators of Climate Change Vulnerability for Desert Bighorn Sheep." The research, featured in Frontiers of Ecology and Evolution, has garnered interest, including an article in ScienceDaily, because of the implications for long-term conservation of the charismatic species.    
September 1, 2020
Helen Wing (Life Sciences) received her fourth consecutive R15 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $444,540 award is for the project titled, "Understanding Transcriptional Silencing & Anti-silencing Mechanisms in Shigella." Wing now has received a total of $1.6 million from NIH to research this topic at UNLV.