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Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences
An expert in ecology, fire management, and U.S. National Parks.
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Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina.
Professor, Life Sciences
Brian Hedlund in an expert in microbial ecology at high temperatures, biofuels and genomics.
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Associate Professor, School of Community Health Sciences
An expert in pediatric asthma, chronic disease trends, complex weighted survey data, and clinical programming
Senior Vice Provost
A top UNLV administrator and life sciences researcher.
Professor of Geology
An expert in geology, palecocology, paleontology, and the history of geology.
Acting Dean, College of Sciences
An expert on desert ecology and climate change.
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
An expert in astronomy, dark matter, and general physics.
Get ready for the sun to go dark during the day, but don't grab your shades. UNLV astrophysicist Jason Steffen on being humbled by the universe.
The UNLV Office of Undergraduate Research’s new program immerses local high school students in the opportunities research at UNLV has to offer.
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If you’re anything like us, you probably have solar eclipse fever: You've had August 21 marked on your calendar for days with dozens of sun and moon emojis; you’ve got your special viewing glasses, and you’re planning on taking your lunch break precisely at the eclipse’s peak moment (for all of you New Yorkers out there, that’s 2:44 p.m.). If you’re really committed to 2017’s total solar eclipse, you might even have travel plans to the path of totality to see the phenomenon in its truest form.
Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Jason Steffen, has been working with NASA as part of the research team for the Kepler Mission. This mission is in it’s final stages where release papers are ready to be submitted. The spacecraft is still functioning under there K2 Mission. NASA’s goal under the K2 Mission is to create a spacecraft and science program. Since the spacecraft is getting older, NASA has changed the direction of the spacecraft in they sky to make it easier to steer. The K2 gets reviewed every two years, where budget constraints are also analyzed at this time. Primarily, the K2 Mission is searching for different planets around different stars, determining whether or not these exoplanets could be habitable. So, is life on other planets really that common? One way to analyze this is by fractions of stars. For example, if 1 out of every billion stars has life around it, that’s still 300 in a galaxy. Regardless of this being in a rudimentary stage of research, Steffen says he would “not be surprised to find life out there.”
Master’s student Ka-Voka Jackson has combined her passion for biology and the environment with her Native American roots to help solve environmental issues from a unique perspective.
Amber Turner, a twenty-two-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is probably busier than you. Turner, a first-generation minority student, is a senior studying Geology who put her collegiate studies on hold to partake in an eight-month internship working for NASA from January 2017 until August 2017.
Over the course of two decades, several thousand planets have been discovered and recorded. Most of these exoplanets look nothing like the planets in our Solar System. Dr. Steffen, a member of the science team for NASA’s Kepler mission, joins us to talk about these discoveries and what we’ve learned from them.