Accomplishments: College of Sciences

March 11, 2020
The CSUN Faculty Achievement Award recognizes faculty members for outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events. Those receiving the award in 2020 are: William Ramsey, College of Liberal Arts, department of philosophy Caitlin Saladino, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West Brett Levner, College of Fine Arts, department of film Shubhra Bansal, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, department...
March 2, 2020
Satish Bhatnagar (Math) chaired a creativity panel and also presented a paper, "Mathematical Foundations of My Creative Writings," during the 32nd annual conference of the Far West Popular Culture Association held in the Palace Station Hotel and Casino last month. Felicia Campbell (English) is its founder and organizer. The paper is posted on Facebook.
February 24, 2020
Bing Zhang (Physics and Astronomy) is the author of the book Physics of Gamma-Ray Bursts, which is one of four books selected for the 2020 Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Awards in the Cosmology and Astronomy category. The PROSE awards honor scholarly works published in 2019. There were a total of 157 finalists across 49 subject categories.  Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers’ annual PROSE Awards have recognized publishers who produce books, journals, and digital...
February 21, 2020
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) and a large team of evolutionary biologists led by Rosemary Gillespie (University of California Berkeley) published a review article, Comparing Adaptive Radiations Across Space, Time, and Taxa in the Journal of Heredity.  This paper reviews adaptive radiations across the globe to uncover commonalities and contrasts and to identify priorities for future research.  The results provide insights into the external (environment) and internal (genetic) conditions that...
January 30, 2020
Kevin McVay (Sciences), Lauren Layton (Education), Rimi Marwah (Urban Affairs), and the Wilson Advising Center (Liberal Arts) are the winners of the 2019-20 UNLV Academic Advising Awards presented by the office of the vice provost for undergraduate education and the Academic Advising Council leadership team. These awards recognize individuals and advising centers that go above and beyond to serve the students, faculty, and staff at UNLV, as well recognizing their contributions to the advising...
January 22, 2020
Satish C. Bhatnagar (Math) presented a paper, "Making Proofs Palatable," at the annual Joint Mathematics Meeting held in Denver earlier this month. The travel to the conference was partially supported by the University Faculty Travel Committee.  
January 10, 2020
Eduardo Robleto (Life Sciences) is the new program director INBRE program. His responsibilities are to oversee the INBRE-sponsored faculty research and undergraduate research components of the grant, which covers all NSHE institutions in Nevada. The annual direct budget he will manage directly is approximately $400,000.  Nevada INBRE is part of the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, and is a National Institutes of Health program designed to help traditionally underfunded states...
December 20, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) was an invited speaker at the 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Anaheim, California. Her talk, "A Lot of Nerve! Evolutionary Mechanisms of Neural Regeneration," presented her laboratory group's recent research studies on vertebrate eye regeneration. 
December 12, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) and collaborators Michael Purugganan and Jae Young Choi (New York University) published a paper in Molecular Biology and Evolution, "Divergent Selection and Primary Gene Flow Shape Incipient Speciation of a Riparian Tree on Hawaii Island."  This work uses population genomics approaches to uncover the evolutionary history of a tree endemic to the rivers on east Hawaii Island and concludes that this taxon is a rare example of incipient sympatric speciation in trees...
December 11, 2019
Cindy Kha, Dylan Guerin, and Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) published a book chapter, "Studying In Vivo Retinal Progenitor Cell Proliferation in Xenopus laevis" in Retinal Development: Methods and Protocols." This is part of the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology book series published since 1983. The work from Kha, Guerin, and Tseng describes a novel system for generating new retinal stem cells to repair eye injuries in an animal model. Kha (a recipient of UNLV Summer Doctoral research...
December 10, 2019
Jason Steffen (Physics and Astronomy) was recognized as a 2019 "Highly Cited Researcher" by the Web of Science.  This places him, by citations, in the top one percent of his field over the decade 2008 through 2018.  Most of these citations come from his work in exoplanets, especially in conjunction with NASA's Kepler mission.  Steffen is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  He was one of only two NSHE faculty to achieve this designation—the second being Jennifer...
December 9, 2019
Jenna Heath (Liberal Arts) and Kathryn Raffety (Life Sciences) recently received fall 2019 Academic Assessment Mini-Grants through the office of academic assessment. Health and the College of Liberal Arts received the award for “College of Liberal Arts Student Success Through Service Learning Pilot Project,” an ambitious, faculty-driven service-learning project that builds on an existing service-learning program fostering academic and professional development through community engagement, and...