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An Eye Towards Regeneration

It ends up a kiss isn’t really the only method to heal a frog. In fact, they do not require excessive assistance at all from anyone else.

UNLV researcher Kelly Tseng, Ph.D. and her team have found that frog embryos can fully regrow their eyes after injuries, a development that may lead one day to the ability to orchestrate tissue regeneration in humans.

The research study, “A Design for Examining Developmental Eye Repair work in Xenopus laevis,” was just recently published in the journal Speculative Eye Research Study.

Xenopus laevis, or the South African clawed frog, are studied due to their highly regenerative characteristics that permit them to regrow tails, limbs, and even their brain. There was disagreement in the science neighborhood, nevertheless, that these frogs might restore their eyes as embryos.

” In this study, we found that eliminating the majority of eye tissues in an embryo led to fast regrowth to a typical sized eye within 3 to 5 days,” Tseng stated. “Some research studies recommended these embryos didn’t have this ability, but we have actually revealed conclusively that these frog embryos can regenerate their eyes.”

Tseng and her trainees were able to confirm effective regeneration by means of 2 approaches. Initially, the scientists saw that injured eyes had the ability to create lots of brand-new cells within 3 days, an essential to cell regrowth in these frogs.

The second idea was that Xenopus tadpoles reveal a strong choice to swimming in a white background instead of a black background. And after eye regrowth, Tseng’s tadpoles showed the exact same functional preference.

The team likewise discovered that apoptosis (set cell death), a process utilized in regeneration of other organs and tissues, is required for effective eye regrowth.

” These results recommend the embryonic Xenopus eye is an effective design for studying developmental eye repair work,” inning accordance with the research study.

Now researchers can study the regeneration abilities of frogs and determine exactly what developmental systems are utilized to fix a harmed eye.

Tseng stated that because frog eye development is similar to human eye development, it might eventually lead to a blueprint on how to cause such regrowth in humans.

By determining how frogs regenerate tissue, Tseng hopes she and other scientists can find out the best ways to get stem cells to better fix or regrow tissue in people. Of course, more research is required, she stated.

For her work, Tseng utilizes graduate and undergraduate trainee scientists and lots of the jumpy clawed frogs.

Did you know

Xenopus have a long history of helping people in medication and science.

Because the 1930s, physicians used the frogs as a reputable pregnancy test since they would respond to a hormonal agent found in a pregnant female’s urine.

Tseng discussed the urine would be injected into a female frog’s stomach and if the frog lay eggs the next day the test would be positive. That was the go to check until the modern test was introduced in the late 1960s.

New Face: Blanca Rincón

As the United States population continues to diversify, UNLV is blazing a trail in serving trainees from varied backgrounds. The makeup of the university’s student body was definitely an aspect that drew Blanca Rincón, an assistant teacher of college in the department of instructional psychology and higher education, to Las Vegas.

Tell us about an object in your workplace that has significance to you.

In my office, I publish up cards that I have actually received from trainees and associates throughout my time as a professor. These cards represent the lessons I’ve discovered as an educator and the many lives I have actually shaped, and that have actually formed me, throughout this journey. They are a consistent tip that I am a part of something larger than myself which the work that we do as teachers matters.

Why did you choose to come to UNLV?

A number of things brought me to UNLV. Initially, I am excited to continue to pursue my research on underserved populations in STEM fields, in addition to the deal with Latinxs in college. This is an interest I share with a few of my colleagues who are doing important work around issues of equity in higher education. I likewise get to work with actually intense trainees like Juanita Jasso. As one of a couple of Latina professor on school, I want to contribute to making UNLV a more varied and inviting environment that reflects the students it serves– representation matters!

What about UNLV strikes you as various from other locations you’ve worked or where you went to school?

There is no doubt that a person of the defining qualities of UNLV is its racially diverse trainee body. UNLV is one of the most racially varied institutions in the nation. Prior to pertaining to UNLV, I had only operated at or attended historically white organizations. UNLV has achieved what the majority of four-year institutions are still working toward– structural diversity. UNLV must now ask, exactly what does it mean to be a minority serving institution (MSI)? How is the MSI designation reflected in our institutional mission and top priorities, student services, and class? What must we do to ensure that our commitment to offer access to postsecondary education for our Las Vegas community sustains as we make strides towards Leading Tier? This is my very first time at an institution that is engaging with these types of concerns. It’s an exciting time to be here!

Where did you mature and what was it like?

I grew up in Azusa, California, which is situateded versus the San Gabriel Mountain foothills in Los Angeles County. Azusa definitely has a small-town feel– with a downtown that covers about three blocks and its many festivals. It was a great place to mature!

What books are on your night table?

On my night table, you will presently discover, We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

What inspired you to obtain into your field?

My very first instructors, my grandmother, and parents, instilled within me a love of knowing and a desire to make the world a more simply and equitable place. Higher education is increasingly ending up being more stratified, even as it becomes more varied. As a professor of higher education, I saw an opportunity to end up being a life-long learner and to utilize my talents to produce more inclusive and responsive campus environments.

What is the greatest obstacle in your field?

Among the most significant difficulties in my field right now is most likely the defunding of public higher education. This leads institutions to seek out other income sources and frequently leads to an increase in college costs in the form of tuition and charges for trainees and their households. Increasing college costs have genuine implications for accessing higher education and subsequent task opportunities, especially considered that the majority of brand-new jobs significantly need some kind of postsecondary education.

Inform us something individuals might be amazed to learn about you.

I am an amazing cook (or so I have actually been informed)!

Complete this sentence, “If I could not work in my field, I would like to …”.

Be a cafe owner. I consume an absurd amount of coffee so I feel like it would be an excellent investment.

Rebel in the Ring

Leopolodo Martinez ran his mouth during the lead-up to his battle with Max Ornelas last April. Ornelas, a 19-year-old UNLV criminal justice major, wasn’t amused. The 118-pounders combated 2 rounds at a Mariott in Burbank, California, prior to a head-butt opened a cut on Martinez’s head and he could not continue.

In many states, that fight would be ruled a no-contest– effectively eliminated from either fighter’s record. In California, it’s ruled a draw. In boxing, a draw does not have the very same stain on your record as a loss, however it’s a mark, nonetheless.

3 months later, they reunited. Martinez, not discovering any lessons from the very first fight, never stopped talking a lot. Ornelas listened with one ear while he stayed busy going to school while attending to the rigors of training camp

“We were supposed to eliminate in December the year prior to,” Ornelas said. “He pulled out of it. Then in March he pulled out of that. However he kept running his mouth the whole time. [The draw] simply motivated me much more. He kept talking and he kept talking. I’m currently an encouraged individual without the talking, however that inspired me more.”

Bad concept.

In the 5th round, Ornelas punished Martinez with a barrage of body shots. He pulled away to the ropes and threw up his guard, intending to last the minute-plus left in the round. Ornelas drove a best uppercut through Martinez’s tired defenses, and the older guy collapsed, the very first loss of his profession.

Ornelas, with less than 2 years’ professional experience, returned in November for the first 10-round battle of his career versus 13-year veteran Nick Otieno. Ornelas starched him. A shutout on all 3 cards for his 10th career win.

On April 20, Ornelas goes into his 12th profession battle with the very best type of home-field advantage, right at Cox Structure, when he faces Tony Lopez for a small bantamweight title. [Ticket information. ] The fight airs live on beIN Sports at 7 p.m.

“He’s currently combated here in Vegas a couple of times,” Gil Martinez, Ornelas’ trainer, said. “He brings a good crowd. I think it helps him and makes him feel at ease to have many people there.”

Martinez has been training Ornelas because he started boxing at the age 7. Ornelas’ household transferred to Las Vegas from California around then, and his older brother, who was in training, welcomed the younger brother or sister to the gym.

As the child of the household, Ornelas had some convincing to do. Ultimately, his mother came around and told him if he was going to battle, he was going to have to take it seriously.

That implied taking notice of school, too.”I would run before school,” Ornelas stated. “When I got to school, I could not wait to get to P.E. due to the fact that I desired another workout.”

Accustomed to handling education with the school of hard knocks, Martinez had simply one caveat for his charge when it came time for college– schedule morning classes, so the afternoons were totally free for training. Ornelas knew UNLV was his best alternative. It was currently his hometown school, and it allowed the young fighter to stay in the center of boxing in the United States.

As a professional, now Ornelas runs in the early mornings, does strength and conditioning after that, squeezes in class, then goes to the Roy Jones Jr. Battle Academy (the retired champ shows up there often) where he trains from 3:30 to 8 p.m.

Doing from two to 4 exercises a day suffices of a commitment, but tossing a load of coursework on top of it? Well, let’s just state that’s something Canelo Alvarez doesn’t have to contend with, too.

“If I’m at school, I’m not thinking about boxing excessive,” Ornelas– who hopes to take a profession as a detective if boxing does not work out– said. “If I’m not focusing on school, what’s the point of going to school? [Boxing] programs me if I need to do something, I need to do it. Don’t lounge around. Don’t get lazy.”

Labels in boxing typically get recycled, but when they stick in later generations, there’s a rhyming quality to them that proves satisfying. Sugar Ray Robinson paved the way to Sugar Ray Leonard, 2 champs united in dominance in numerous middle divisions, if separated by 35 years. Ornelas’ “Baby-faced Assassin” name recalls Johnny Tapia, a fighter from the ’90s and aughts who won his first two titles at 115 and 118 pounds, prior to going on to catch belts at 126 and 135.

Ornelas is high for his weight and still growing– existing 118-pound world champ Ryan Burnett stands 5-foot-4; Ornelas is better to 5-foot-10. Martinez pictures world championships anywhere from 118 to 130. Every fitness instructor states that about young fighters. Young fighters generally say that about themselves, too.

Ornelas, however, wants to take it one battle at a time. One opponent at a time. And today, that suggests Tony Lopez in front of the home crowd at the Cox Pavilion.

Lopez may be well-advised, though, to keep a low profile ahead of time.

UNLV Fights

A lot of student-athletes have played sports both contact and non, however fight sports are a world unto themselves. All the safety gear worldwide still can’t mitigate whatever about getting hit, choked, or joint-locked. These sports aren’t for everyone, that’s why they call them Rebels.

Boxing

In the fight capital of the world, UNLV Boxing has been an example for specialists of the sweet science on school since 1996. While the sport isn’t really extensive among university schools, here it’s a vital link between the UNLV and the culture of the city writ big.

The city’s highest-profile professional athlete, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., has actually used UNLV Boxing’s dedicated gym the McDermott Physical Education structure in the past, as has professional Joseph Parker.

Boasting around 30 active members, UNLV just recently saw its own, Michael Alvarez, reach the finals of the 147-pound National Collegiate Boxing Association regionals. The club’s leaders– president Daniela Rodriguez, vice president Xavier Williams and treasurer Arjan Jousif– wish to raise the profile of amateur boxing on school and in the city to a level befitting the world’s center of professional boxing.

Participation isn’t really for everybody– about half of people who come to try the sport leave it as soon as they get struck– however it does have certain advantages.

” As a lady, [self-defense] is among the main reasons I like it, in addition to a tension relief,” senior pre-professional biology student Rodriguez stated. “It’s a fantastic stress relief to punch a bag often.”

The discipline had to box has carryover impacts into the rest of an academic career, as well.

” When you remain in a fight, you have that worry in your soul, like ‘I’m frightened for my life although I understand I have the skills, the capability to beat this individual,'” junior business significant Williams stated. “If you can get in there and risk your life, you can do anything you put your mind to. You take that into the real life, you’re unstoppable.”

Wrestling

When upon a time, UNLV boasted a nationally ranked NCAA battling team. Given that 1984, though, the sport has been fallow on school. In 2015 Drew O’Neill, a doctoral trainee in mathematics, changed that, assisting get wrestling off the ground as a club sport with an eye on bring back the team to its approved splendor.

With 15 student-athletes, UNLV Fumbling completed in 2015 in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s Division 2, against regional schools like University of California, Los Angeles; Fresno State; and Dixie State.

With a foundation board led by UFC fighter Miesha Tate, the wrestling club has allies in its corner, however it still would need to create sufficient money– and find a compatible females’s sport to bring along– if it were to increase into the NCAA ranks. O’Neill, however, thinks it might be a possibility within 2 years.

” All these people are coming out of high school, although they’re 18, they’ve trained their entire lives to battle. They’ve nearly mastered a sport, then they come here and that’s all that’s gone,” O’Neill said. “The least I can do is get them some sort of competitors.”

Taekwondo

A young club, UNLV Taekwondo has just been around given that 2015. Co-founded by psychology significant Anthony Riviera and now-alumna Lazara Gonzalez, this 22-member organization is for both veteran and new professionals of the Korean martial art.

Though the club, which boasts two black belts, does not currently travel to competition, Riviera hopes to quickly see the group begin to square up with trainees from other clubs at UNR and Arizona State.

” You can go to a fitness center every day and see the exact same faces and lift weights and all that,” Riviera stated. “But going to a fitness center and training with other individuals is different; you’re walking around and you’re striking and finding out the best ways to effectively strike.

And, he said, you’re building abilities like cooperation. “It’s an excellent bonding time with other similar individuals. It builds camaraderie, and it’s a great stress relief. College is demanding. Even for the smartest individuals it’s difficult. Taekwondo is a great way to launch, and it’s a good way of being active.”

Jiu-Jitsu

In the blended martial arts capital, it’s no surprise that UNLV’s Jiu-Jitsu Club has actually been in operation for Ten Years.

Though this isn’t cage-fighting– strikes aren’t allowed at all– the UNLV club does practice full-contact, with the name of the video game requiring a challenger to submit from a joint lock or choke hold. With 30 active members, UNLV Jiu-Jitsu is a signed up trainee company, however finishing club president and history significant Michael McNeiece hopes it as soon as again becomes a competitive club sport.

“There’s a lot of jiu-jitsu professionals (among the student body) who aren’t active in the club, and I think that would change if we were a main sports club, going to competitions as the main UNLV jiu jitsu team,” he stated.

That would likewise make it much easier to raise funds to grow the club and spend for tournament costs. “The sport is expensive, sadly. It shouldn’t be. On its face, it’s a very little art; I just require another person to choke, and I can get better at jiu-jitsu,” he said. “But every gym is over $100 a month. Every piece of clothes is $50. Competition entries are $100 each. All of it adds up.”

UNLV Engineering Trainees Show Off Item Prototypes at Elder Style Competition

On May 3, UNLV Howard R. Hughes undergraduate engineering trainees will contend for $20,000 in rewards during the 17th annual Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Citizen Style Competitors. Forty-one groups of trainees from all engineering disciplines, consisting of mechanical, civil, environmental, electrical, entertainment and computer science, will showcase their prototypes and have their projects evaluated by a panel of local and nationwide market specialists. The projects will be on show and tell from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the very first floor of the Thomas & & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

A capstone to every engineering trainee’s academic career at UNLV, the senior design task motivates students to utilize everything they have actually discovered in their program to plan, style and produce an useful, real-world option to an engineering or computer technology obstacle.

” Most engineering schools have a culminating engineering task for undergraduates,” stated Rama Venkat, Dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. “However, most of those competitions are composed plans on paper. Several years ago we decided to provide our trainees practical experience by having them not simply plan a model, but in fact develop it and present it to a body of industry experts for examination.”

This semester’s tasks include:

The Turbinator, a portable, easily constructible wind turbine for power generation following natural catastrophes and power blackouts
Fluffy Mates, a mobile app that will permit individuals to browse all animal shelters simultaneously for their next fluffy relative.
FireHUD, a hands-free thermal imaging camera with universal helmet style for very first responders.
Vertical Vegas, turning the Fountainebleau structure into a vertical farming development.

UNLV’s Senior Design is judged by regional and nationwide market professionals who invest a full day assessing the groups’ models. Winners are acknowledged at the awards dinner taking place Friday, May Fourth, from 5:30 -10 pm in the Cox Pavilion. This year the supper is including stand-up comedian and Stanford University Electrical Engineering M.S. graduate, Don McMillan, who will bring his own brand name of technology-based funny–” Technically Funny”– to the event. This year’s keynote speaker will be finishing engineering

trainee, Darius Jackson. Jackson is a double major, receiving a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s of arts in computer technology. A first-generation college student, he has likewise gotten several scholarships and held leadership roles in several UNLV trainee associations consisting of President of Tau Beta Phi, engineering’s honor society, and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). For more information on the Fred and Harriet Cox Elder Design Competition and

Awards Supper, visit unlv.edu/engineering/senior-design.

Barrick Museum Hosts Artist Workshop with Bobbie Ann Howell April 20

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art presents a workshop start at 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, titled Snowflake Camp with artist Bobbie Ann Howell. Sessions start on the hour at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. It is free and open up to the public.

About the workshop: Las Vegas artist Howell reveals you how to transform a sheet of paper into an elaborate and expressive artwork. Her cut paper and acrylic work entitled “Showgirls and Thunderbirds” is on view in the Barrick’s exhibition Plural. All materials will be supplied. Ages 8 and up are welcome!

About the artist: A native Nevadan, Howell equates current events, the lives of women, and components of the western landscape into cut paper imagery, photographic explorations, and other media. She has actually displayed at places throughout Nevada, including the Lost City Museum in Overton; Great Basin College, Elko; and the UNLV Donna Beam Art Gallery. Her works are held in public and private collections throughout the United States. She is the recipient of a 2018 Nevada Arts Council Visual Art Fellowship.

Hashtag UNLV: Are you Rebel Ready?

Rebel Preview is best around the corner. Hundreds of high school trainees and families will check out school April 21 to see exactly what being a Rebel is all about. (Tip: It’s about doing things differently while still having access to quality academics and diverse experiences both in and out of the class.)

Rebel Sneak peek is the primary step to becoming #UNLVBound (and Rebel proud).

However do not take our word for it. Lyric Evans participated in a couple years ago prior to he enrolled as an architecture and Honors College student: “My recommendations to prospective or inbound trainees is to not hesitate to ask suggestions, experiences, and concerns from the current students you fulfill at Rebel evaluation and on the trip. When I went, they stated so numerous things that relieved a great deal of my fears and got me actually thrilled for college.”‘

Are you all set to sign up with the Rebel household? Register now to have a look at school April 21.

Sign up with the conversations on UNLV’s social networks:

Barrick Museum Welcomes Acclaimed Author Lawrence Weschler April 17

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is proud to welcome well-known author Lawrence Weschler at 7 p.m. April 17 for a talk titled “Art and Science as Parallel and Divergent Ways of Knowing.” The lecture is sponsored by the UNLV Department of Art and the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute.

Artists and scientists tend to consider their ways of penetrating the world as distinctly various, however such was not always the case. In truth, the divide is only a few centuries old. Nor might the differences be all that distinct– or even real. In a lecture initially developed for a conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation, longtime New Yorker author Weschler– director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU (where the sciences were absolutely included as part of and main to the humanities) and author, among others, of Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Marvel and Whatever that Rises: A Book of Mergings– will theorize on such themes, with side-meanders into the thinking of artists Robert Irwin and David Hockney (topics of his two latest books) and an entire new interpretation of Rembrandt’s “Anatomy Lesson.”

Weschler (born 1952, Van Nuys, California), a graduate of Cowell College of the University of California at Santa Cruz, was for more than Twenty Years a staff author at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural funnies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for cultural reporting in 1988 and publication reporting in 1992) and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award.

His books of political reportage include The Passion of Poland ( 1984 ); A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers ( 1990 ); and Disasters of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas ( 1998 ). Mr. Wilson was shortlisted for both the Pulitzer Reward and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Whatever that Rises received the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

Weschler has actually taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, and NYU, where he is now identified writer in house at the Carter Journalism Institute.

He just recently graduated to director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, where he has been a fellow given that 1991 and was director from 2001-2013, and from which base he had aimed to start his own semiannual journal of composing and visual culture, Omnivore. He is likewise the creative director emeritus, still actively engaged, with the Chicago Liberal Arts Festival, and manager for New york city Live Ideas, a yearly body-based liberal arts collaboration with Expense T. Jones and his NY Live Arts.

When, happening upon a Portuguese edition of Weschler’s 1990 book on torture in Latin America throughout a photo opportunity in a Rio shopping center, Chilean General Augusto Pinochet flipped through its pages for a couple of moments, whereupon he pronounced, “Lies, all lies. The author is a phony and a hypocrite.”

UNLV Dance Presents “” In Stride' ' April 26-29

UNLV Dance presents its final performance of the season, “In Stride,” featuring work choreographed by the bachelor of fine arts majors in dance performance and choreography, at 7:30 p.m. April 26 – 28 and at 2:30 p.m. April 27 – 29 in Dance Studio Among the Alta Ham Fine Arts structure.

All seats are $18, with $10 tickets readily available for seniors, military, students, and UNLV faculty, personnel, and alumni. Tickets may be bought at the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office or by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787 ).

Ending the Had To Leave Nevada for Health Care

Two decades ago, Dr. John Ham understood that virtually every liver transplanted in an adult in the United States had originated from tragedy– usually when a donor was killed in a vehicle mishap or by shooting.

But on Oct. 21, 1998, he was part of a surgical contingent that utilized part of a liver from a living donor to save a passing away man’s life at the Medical College of Virginia– among the very first centers to perform the exceedingly complex adult-to-adult living-donor liver transplant.

The story of the combined 15 hours of effective surgery by two surgical groups– 60 percent of Katherine Wojcik’s healthy liver was removed to change her hubby Tom’s diseased organ– was included in the Washington Post and after that was spread out across the globe by the Associated Press. Within 3 weeks of the surgery, Katherine’s staying liver and Tom’s brand-new liver had actually grown back to complete size.

“It was very fulfilling to see lives saved that way through surgical treatment. I wasn’t sure I ‘d ever see that occur,” said Ham, now a professor of surgery and transplant surgical treatment chief at the UNLV School of Medicine. “The liver is an amazing organ. I ‘d really like us to be doing liver transplants in Las Vegas.” When that takes place, University Medical Center will have an effective model to follow. Ham has actually turned UMC’s kidney hair transplant program– the only transplant program for any organ in the state– into among the nation’s most safe. Reports from Scientific Windows Registry of Transplant Receivers reveal that UMC’s three-year kidney survival rate between Jan. 1, 2012, and June 30, 2014, was 94.67 percent, compared with the national average of 88.69 percent. There are now 180 individuals on a waiting list for a kidney at UMC.

Prior to arriving at UMC in 2010, the transplant cosmetic surgeon established a successful kidney/pancreas and the living donor liver transplant program in Virginia. He likewise directed the liver and kidney/pancreas transplant programs at Oregon Health and Sciences University and the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center.

With Nevada’s population at more than 2 million– and most of it in Southern Nevada– Ham believes that UMC will become a multi-transplantation center, so people won’t have to journeys numerous miles for transplants of the pancreas, liver, heart and lung.

“It’s a concern of financing and I think it will come,” he said. “The requirement is there.”

Studies, he keeps in mind, have actually shown that individuals who must travel cross countries for care both before and after transplants do not fare also medically as those with a transplant center close by.

Currently, the Nevada Donor Network reports that 581 Nevadans are amongst the more than 115,000 Americans on a waiting list for a life-saving organ.

The son of a family physician, Ham never ceases to be impressed by the altruism and generosity of both the donors and clients he works with. Because people can live generally with just one kidney, the number of living donor kidney transplants continues to increase.

Ham says he’ll never forget the case of Jacob McCulloch who decided to contribute one of his kidneys to an ailing good friend. That buddy, Brandon Moran, had actually come down with a disease that ruined his kidneys and left him on dialysis. After Ham carried out the successful living donor transplant in 2016, he informed a medical reporter with the Las Vegas Review-Journal:”In our peaceful times, I believe we ‘d all like to think we ‘d respond as Jacob did. To sacrifice for a friend, as people we’re all touched by that.”

In 2015, when the Review-Journal did a function on Dinorah Arambula, a kidney transplant recipient who was prompting people to take part in the annual Las Vegas Kidney Stroll at UNLV, a fundraising event to combat kidney disease, Ham stated she exhibited the attitude of so many who get the gift of life.

“She speaks with individuals in schools, in health centers, any place she can about organ donation, and she takes care of herself to show how happy she is that somebody contributed an organ that offered her a much better life,” he said.

Ham says his profession as a transplant surgeon has been pleasing. “To play a part in individuals living longer, and better, it’s gratifying,” he said.