Robin Cresiski

Robin Herlands Cresiski earned her B.S. in Biology from Haverford College and her Ph.D. in Immunobiology from Yale University.

Dr. Cresiski became Nevada State College’s Vice Provost of Scholarship and Experiential Curriculum in 2014. Prior to this role, as a faculty member at Nevada State College, she taught Immunology, Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, as well as a First Year Experience (FYE) course : My Hormones Made Me Do It: the Biological Underpinnings of Psychological Behavior. She started NSC’s first undergraduate research program in the sciences.

Jacque Ewing-Taylor

As the Institutional Grants Coordinator, Jacque Ewing-Taylor brings together interdisciplinary research teams to respond to high-profile grant Requests For Proposal (RFPs) and coordinates the support for proposal review.

Ewing-Taylor also holds the position of associate director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education. The Raggio Center is focused on the educational aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) such as professional development for educators and improving instruction for students.

A major function of the center is supporting the evaluation portion of the grant process and this correlates to Ewing-Taylor’s primary research interest—studying professional development strategies that best increase teacher effectiveness. Ewing-Taylor points out that, “kids are natural scientists” and she is focused on finding the best ways to develop those tendencies.

Patrick Naranjo

Many students enter a university setting with tremendous trepidation about whether they belong, doubts about their chances of success, and a conspicuous lack of knowledge about the college experience.

Patrick Naranjo serves as a mentor for students at UNLV and utilizes his Native American perspective and academic background to provide guidance that can reinforce both the cultural and academic achievements of students at UNLV.

Mr. Naranjo’s goal is to help the University develop cultural and social capacity for teaching Native American and other underrepresented minority students methods to adapt in culturally responsive ways and ultimately succeed in higher education.

Patrick is a member of Santa Clara Pueblo, an expert in Native American cultural property protection, and Resource Coordinator for The Intersection. He earned his B.A. from Haskell Indian Nations University and his M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lawrence Rudd

Dr. Rudd’s professional interests are in the areas of science education and geomorphology. By following these interests throughout his life, Dr. Rudd has been involved in a delightful combination of learning, researching, and teaching. Regardless of what he is teaching, Dr. Rudd never fails to use science examples and demonstrations to keep learning active. An ardent believer in inquiry-based learning, students in Dr. Rudd’s classes learn science and science teaching methods through active participation in class activities.

Dr. Rudd has wide-ranging experience in education, including 20 years of teaching high school earth science, physics, and geology in Portland, Maine, Pinon, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona. In Pinon, Arizona Dr. Rudd taught in the first high school built in a remote part of the Navajo nation. Working with diverse student populations is one of Dr. Rudd’s lifelong interests.

In addition to teaching education classes at Nevada State College Dr. Rudd maintains an active interest in the study of landslides and other Earth surface processes and thoroughly enjoys being able to do field work in Southern Nevada and the nearby Colorado Plateau.

Scott Mensing

Dr. Mensing is a biogeographer and paleoecologist. He has extensive experience reconstructing Quaternary environments in the Great Basin and California . His primary research tools are pollen and charcoal analysis and he maintains the department palynology laboratory. He also has experience with tree ring analysis and woodrat middens. He enjoys field work and is always anxious to explore new corners in the intermountain west.