Accomplishments: College of Sciences

April 14, 2020
Donald Price (Life Sciences) recently published two scientific articles describing research aimed at understanding the genomic changes that are associated with the invasion of the fruit fly, Drosophila suzukii.  D. suzukii is originally from Asia, established in Hawaii in the 1980’, and recently expanded into the Americas and Europe. Unlike most Drosophilids, this species lays eggs in unripe fruits by means of its sclerotized ovipositor and is causing dramatic losses in fruit production. The...
April 3, 2020
Cindy Kha (Life Sciences) is the recipient of the next year’s President’s UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This is the second consecutive year that a life sciences graduate student has been awarded this prestigious fellowship. Kha is a doctoral student whose advisor is professor Kelly Tseng. 
April 2, 2020
Erin Cassin (Life Sciences), a graduate student studying under professor Boo Shan Tseng, was awarded an honorable mention for her National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program application. This program is highly competitive, and an honorable mention is a significant national achievement.
March 31, 2020
Boo Shan Tseng (Life Sciences) received an NIH/NV-INBRE Developmental Research Project (DRP) award to study how Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterial pathogen that causes lung infections in immuno-compromised humans, forms antibiotic-resistant aggregates. The DRP award is for up to two years and a total amount of $223,000. 
March 30, 2020
Lawrence "Lars" R. Walker (Life Sciences) recently published a book, Comparative Plant Succession among Terrestrial Biomes of the World, which provides a comparative approach to plant succession among all terrestrial biomes and disturbances, helping to reveal generalizable patterns.  The Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation series presents balanced, comprehensive, up-to-date, and critical reviews of selected topics within the sciences of ecology and conservation biology, both botanical and...
March 30, 2020
Cory Rusinek (Chemistry) received an NIH/NV-INBRE Developmental Research Project (DRP) award. This NV INBRE DRP will use diamond microelectrodes for the detection of analytes associated with oxidative stress. In the long-term, this research hopes to lead to fundamental understanding of the role of oxidative stress at the cellular level and its effects on a variety of biochemical pathways. The DRP award is for up to two years and a total amount of $223,000.
March 27, 2020
Several faculty and staff members recently were recognized by the College of Sciences with the following awards: Distinguished Classified Staff Award Rychelle Tomlin, College of Sciences   Distinguished Professional Staff Award Martha Schumacher, College of Sciences   Distinguished Researcher Award Balakrishnan Naduvalath, Chemistry and Biochemistry   Distinguished Teaching Award Wanda Taylor, Geoscience   Distinguished Service Award Helen Wing, Life Sciences
March 26, 2020
Art Gelis (Chemistry) has been recognized for his article, "Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle with a Simplified Minor Actinide Lanthanide Separation Process (ALSEP) and Additive Manufacturing," which was among the top 20 downloaded chemistry papers for Scientific Reports in 2019. The recognition carries the designation of Top 100 in Chemistry in Nature Research. The paper was downloaded 2,717 times. Scientific Reports published more than 688 chemistry papers in 2019.
March 25, 2020
Laurel Raftery (Life Sciences), along with Juan Carlos Duhart, '18 PhD Biology, authored a paper just published in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. "Mob Family Proteins: Regulatory Partners in Hippo and Hippo-Like Intracellular Signaling Pathways" is adapted from Duhart's doctoral dissertation. He is now a post-doctoral fellow in the department of neuroscience at Jefferson University.
March 20, 2020
Francisco Valenzuela (Life Sciences) a senior biology pre-professional student, recently was awarded the 2020 Student Service Award from the UNLV office of community engagement. Among other activities, Valenzuela's service includes organizing a sock and underwear drive for The Shade Tree, a shelter for homeless and abused women and children in crisis; establishing a partnership and program with the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas; serving as the humanitarian chair of the UNLV Predental Society...
March 19, 2020
Helen J. Wing and Joy McKenna (both Life Sciences) have published a primary research article, "The Anti-Activator of Type III Secretion, OspD1, is Transcriptionally Regulated by VirB and H-NS from Remote Sequences in Shigella Flexneri," in a recent edition of the Journal of Bacteriology (ASM Journal). Their work reveals that transcriptional control of virulence genes in the human pathogen Shigella flexneri can occur from remotely located DNA sites. Their findings raise the possibility that long...
March 18, 2020
Cornelia Fanter (Life Sciences) received a coveted National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology. Fanter is working with assistant professor Allyson Hindle and her proposal was titled, "What Makes a Mammalian Hibernator? Evaluating the Evolution and Mechanisms of Metabolic Depression as an Ancestral Trait." She was funded through the Rules of Life mechanism.