Accomplishments: Division of Research and Economic Development

June 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV...
May 4, 2017
Yoohwan Kim (Computer Science) has been selected for the 2017 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program to conduct research at the Air Force Research Laboratory. The fellowship also will support graduate student Russell Harkanson (Computer Science). The program, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, offers hands-on experience for university faculty members to conduct research at one of the Air Force research facilities during the summer. As part of this program, the UNLV...
April 11, 2017
Jingchun Chen (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) received a UNLV IDeA Pilot Grant in the amount of $69,300 for her pilot study to develop a cellular model of microglia for schizophrenia research. Microglia are a type of white blood cell found in the brain and spinal cord that provides immune defense to the central nervous system. The study seeks to establish induced microglia-like cells (iMGCs) from monocytes, another type of white blood cell, and validate iMGCs through their signature...
March 31, 2017
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) were named as founding members of the Nevada Esports Alliance (NVEA), a new nonprofit organization launched Feb. 9 that is composed of stakeholders in Nevada's Esports ecosystem. The NVEA aims to position Nevada as a core part of the esports phenomenon, making it a global esports hub, and will provide information and resources that educate and promote the development of best...
March 27, 2017
Martin Schiller (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) received a total of $185,000 from the National Institutes of Health for his project “A Novel High-Throughput Functional Screen Using Chimeric Minimotif Decoys.” Minimotifs (short stretches of amino acids found in cell proteins), along with the proteins comprising them, ensure proper cell function, and understanding how these functions are executed is critical to diagnosing and curing diseases such as cancer that develop due of protein...
March 20, 2017
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) received a total of $139,372 in grant funding from the Nevada department of health and human services for the Nevada Problem Gambling Project. The funding will be used to support ongoing data collection and research projects that study several stages of the client experience in engaging state-funded problem gambling clinics in the state of Nevada.   
March 7, 2017
Zach Miles (Economic Development) received $300,000 from the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada to support the development of advanced mobility research and events. He will work with the RTC to explore, understand, pilot, and deploy advances in mobility. Miles will also provide guidance to state, regional, and local transportation agencies to help solve local mobility challenges related to electric, connected, and autonomous vehicles. Additionally, he will work to create...
February 27, 2017
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) has been appointed to the International Advisory Panel (IAP) for Singapore’s National Addictions Management Service and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) for a two-year term. The IAP is a coordinated effort from Singapore’s Ministry of Health and Ministry for Social and Family Development that is responsible for reviewing and recommending measures in the prevention, education, treatment, and management of problem gambling and other...
February 21, 2017
Qing Wu (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine and Environmental and Occupational Health) received a UNLV IDeA Pilot Grant in the amount of $70,389 for his pilot study to develop personalized bone mineral density reference values. The study seeks to determine how genetic factors contribute to normal bone mineral density variation in Caucasian women and identify the best genetics-enhanced statistical model for normal bone mineral density variation.  
August 17, 2016
Martin Schiller (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) and the Schiller Laboratory of Applied Bioinformatics, along with peers at other institutions, recently published research findings about “The Functional Human C-Terminome” in PLoS ONE. Schiller’s publication announces a new “-ome” (or part) of a protein region called the C-terminal region, which is found at the end of all proteins. Proteins (molecules that are responsible for maintaining homeostasis—i.e., internal stability—and...
June 24, 2016
Liam Frink (Research and Economic Development) is the author of A Tale of Three Villages (University of Arizona Press, 2016), an investigation of culture change among the Yup'ik Eskimo people of the southwestern Alaskan coast from just prior to the time of Russian and Euro-North American contact to the mid-twentieth century. Frink focuses on three indigenous-colonial events along the southwestern Alaskan coast: the late precolonial end of warfare and raiding, the commodification of subsistence...
December 1, 2015
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) recently received an $876,229 National Science Foundation grant for his project, "Collaborative Proposal: Biodiversity Discovery and Analysis of 'Aigarchaeota', a Globally Distributed But Poorly Understood Archaeal Lineage." The grant is for three years.