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October, 2020


Research Component Growing With Addition of Talented Biostatistician

According to Dr. Kavita Batra, a new biostatistician at the UNLV School of Medicine, biostatisticians not only can assist in designing studies, they review the data, perform quality assurance to statistical methods and outputs, and help interpret results of analyses to relay meaningful information to inform public health policies. Academic medicine, she notes, is evidence based. When Batra explains what she can bring to collaborations at the medical school, her scientific voice is evident: “I bring my analytic, problem-solving, and communication skills to the school of medicine. I perform advancedRead More

Diwali Celebrations by Friends of India

FOI Virtual Diwali 2020 Event The FOI Virtual Diwali 2020 event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov 7th from 5:00 pm onward. A variety of performances by our local talent and professional performances by Bollywood singers will be presented during this virtual event. The 2020 Diwali magazine along with a Diwali gift package will be distributed to all the sponsors and members who advertise in the magazine and renew the membership before Oct 15.

2020 GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS is pleased to announce the endorsements for the 2020 general election.  The endorsements below are the result of months of research on candidates’ background, qualifications, professional experience, and in certain instances informal meetings with the candidates. Exercising your right to vote matters as the elected officials have a constitutional and legal power to create, change, define, and enforce policies impacting your daily life.’s election advisory panel includes members from both the political parties and an independent.  All the members have a wide, diverse political experience & an in-depth knowledge of theRead More

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Financial Reports Reflect Diverse Support for Indian American Candidates

For the first time in the history of Nevada, three Indian American candidates, Radhika Pochampally-Kunnel, Sayed Zaidi, and Swadeep Nigam, are on the ballot in the 2020 general election. Kunnel, a Democrat, is running for an open Assembly District 2 seat, while Zaidi is an independent candidate from Assembly District 42.  Nigam is running in a non-partisan race for the Regent, University System District 3. All three candidates have been campaigning for months to come out a winners in their respective races. The third-quarter financial reports submitted by candidates Kunnel andRead More

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Indian Voices for Trump, a national group of Indian community members & supporters of President Trump invites you to a luncheon MAGA MEET-UP event with speaker Swati Singh What: MAGA MEET-UP Where: Taj Palace Restaurant When: Sunday, October 18th, 2020 @ 12:30 PM Cost: Free  8,906 total views

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Friends of India Diwali Celebrations go Virtual with SAREGAMA Performers

With successful India’s Independence Day virtual celebrations, the Friends of India has decided to celebrate the upcoming Diwali festival virtually with performances from the local community members followed by the artists from SAREGAMA on Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at 5 PM During this COVID pandemic, Friends of India (FOI) is following the guiding principles and best practices recommended by the CDC and Nevada State to control the spread of the virus and protect members. It is recommended to minimize contacts and minimize large gatherings. Crisis creates opportunities and FOI willRead More

Eric Kohli Joins Las Vegas Office of National Law Firm Lewis Roca Rotherger Christie

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP announced Eric Kohli, a well-known, registered patent attorney has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Group as Of Counsel in the firm’s Las Vegas office. With the addition of Kohli, the firm further strengthens and enhances its resources in Las Vegas to provide a broad range of intellectual property services to clients. With more than 20 years of experience in intellectual property law, Kohli’s practice has focused on advising a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, through patent and trademark development, prosecution, enforcement, business agreements,Read More

UNR Professor Krishna Pagilla, Ph.D. Elected a Fellow of the ASCE

After receiving his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 1994, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair Krishna Pagilla has embarked on a career that, to date, has resulted in more than 200 publications and more than $10 million in research grant funding. Most recently, he received an award of $1.8 million to study COVID-19 prevalence through wastewater surveillance. In recognition of these accomplishments, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has elected him as a fellow. The honor is given to only 3 percent ofRead More

Kumud Acharya, Ph.D Named Permanent President of DRI

After filling the role on an interim basis for a year, Desert Research Institute President Kumud Acharya is stepping into the position permanently amid challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. In September, the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents approved a four-year contract with Acharya, which runs through Sept. 11, 2024. He’s receiving a $320,000 annual base salary. DRI — established in 1959 — has campuses in Las Vegas and Reno and employs about 400 people. Its faculty members aren’t tenured and their salaries are generated through external funding such asRead More