Accomplishments: College of Sciences

June 16, 2020
Vanessa Booth (Political Science),  Peter Grema (Economics), and Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) each received the Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research Funding Scholarship for Summer 2020. With this funding, these students can continue their research on important public policy issues and scientific studies. 
June 16, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently had an Op-Ed published in the Las Vegas Sun titled, "In an age of misinformation, fact-checking must be encouraged." In her piece, Blankenship discusses how "the pervasiveness of misinformation on social media makes it one of the great challenges of the 21st century." Blankenship is pursuing a double major in chemistry and economics, and recently completed a minor in Brookings public policy.
June 15, 2020
James Louis-Jean (Chemistry) recently was awarded first place in the 2020 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards - Materials and Recovery Section sponsored by the Department of Energy's office of nuclear energy. His winning paper, "Preparation and Characterization of Benzotriazolium Perrhenate," was published in Inorganica Chimica Acta in 2019 and will be presented at the Innovations Awards session of the ANS winter meeting in Chicago in November. A radiochemistry Ph.D. student, Louis...
June 9, 2020
Farhad Shokoohi (Math) has been awarded a COBRE pilot grant of $25,000 for the proposed project titled "Differentially Methylated Cytosine Identification via Functional Regression Model" from The National Institute of General Medical Sciences / National Institute of Health for the period of June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021.
May 19, 2020
Anjala S. Krishen (Marketing & International Business) had a paper, "Harnessing the Waiting Experience: Anticipation, Expectations, and WOM," accepted in Journal of Services Marketing. This interdisciplinary work was conducted in collaboration with the Shark Reef Exhibit at Mandalay Bay and co-authored with Brian Robison and two UNLV doctoral alums, Orie Berezan, assistant professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Shaurya Agarwal, assistant professor at University of...
May 19, 2020
Jun Yong Kang and Paul Foster (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) have been awarded a patent (10,633,403) granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the invention “N-Heterocyclic Phosphines." The chemical reagents, N-Heterocyclic Phosphines, enable a rapid synthesis of potential bioactive phosphorus-containing compounds and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) under toxic metal-free conditions. This invention also describes efficient, mild, toxic metal-free synthetic methods of...
May 5, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce its 2019-20 award winners.  UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards Each year the Graduate College presents four awards for outstanding theses and dissertations (within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM). This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM): Rachel Rahib, M.S. Geoscience, "Petrogenesis of Enriched and Intermediate Poikilitic Shergottites: From Magmatic Source to Emplacement"...
May 4, 2020
Natalie Johns (Biochemistry) was recognized for an abstract that she submitted to the American Society of Radiation Oncologists (ASTRO). A senior, Johns was selected to present her work, "Comics for Pediatric Oncology Patients & Families: Education & Empowerment," at the annual meeting in October in Miami. The abstract was one of 280 selected for oral presentation out of 3,000 submissions to the professional conference aimed at highlighting advances in the applications, technologies,...
May 1, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Graduate College Medallion recipients. Graduate College Medallion recipients are exceptionally involved during their time as graduate students at UNLV. Medallions are given in the semester students graduate.  This semester's recipients are: Austin McKenna, Biological Sciences Ph.D.  Monia Kazemeini, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Johanna Andrews, Public Health Ph.D. Jessica Nave-Blodgett, Psychology Ph.D. John...
April 27, 2020
Min Li (Physics and Astronomy) will have a new study appear in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society — a major international astronomy journal. She and her collaborators, UNLV's Jason Steffen, Zhaohuan Zhu (both Physics and Astronomy), and Shichun Huang (Geoscience), as well as Misha Petaev at Harvard, combined simulations of a planet-forming disk with software that calculates the chemical compounds that form from an initial array of chemical elements. With this, Li , a...
April 27, 2020
Cassara Higgins (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was recognized for a paper that she presented at the International Youth Nuclear Conference in Sydney, Australia, in March. A third-year student in the radiochemistry PhD program, Higgins wrote about "The Reduction of Uranium Hexafluoride with a Room Temperature Ionic Liquid (1-methyl-1-propylpiperidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide)." The paper was selected as being among the best at the conference and will be published in the Journal of...
April 22, 2020
PhD student Randall Dannen (Physics & Astronomy) has recently demonstrated a novel method to create clouds around black holes. To appear in May as a letter in the prestigious Astrophysical Journal, the work led by Dannen was co-authored with astronomy professor Daniel Proga (his PhD adviser), UNLV postdoctoral researcher Tim Waters, and Sergei Dyda of the University of Cambridge).  It combines methodology from both observational and theoretical disciplines to address an outstanding problem...