Accomplishments: College of Sciences

December 2, 2020
Hui Zhang and Hong Sun (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) received an RO1 grant, “Regulation of SOX Proteins by Methylation-dependent Proteolysis in Stem Cells and Development,” from the National Institutes of Health for four years for a total of $1,238,360. The objective of this RO1 grant is to investigate how the pluripotency and self-renewal of…
November 24, 2020
The office of undergraduate research (OUR) recently held its Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Sciences brought home several honors, including: The School of Life Sciences earned the Champions of Undergraduate Research Award for its commitment to excellence in research education. The school's leadership and faculty…
November 23, 2020
Ashok Singh (Hospitality) and Rohan J. Dalpatadu (Math) are the authors of an article, "Using HAC Estimators for Intervention Analysis." The purpose of this article is to present an alternative method for intervention analysis of time series data that is simpler to use than the traditional method of fitting an explanatory Autoregressive Integrated…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…