The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) System Sponsored Programs and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) office welcomes you to our first edition of Discoveries. It is with great anticipation and enthusiasm that we present to our readers a compilation of the diverse areas of research within NSHE. A key to the successful projects which NSHE and its institutions manage, is the collaborative and communicative efforts that you will read about in the next few pages. Specifically, interdisciplinary collaboration within the state is highlighted as this has the potential to transcend disciplines, and when it does, discovery moves swiftly, providing benefits and enrichment to each discipline. For interdisciplinary collaboration to exist, communication must be a key factor, as discovery must be shared for activism to take place. Once this is accomplished, a greater understanding for science will exist in the public eye, making scientific discovery cogent and relevant; increasing science literacy; and stimulating excitement about research and science among people of all ages. We hope you enjoy this issue!