Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry News
Chemistry, the “central science,” deals with the composition, structure, and properties of matter, especially in chemical reaction. The curriculum meets the needs of students intending to pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields.
Current Chemistry News
Bradley Boe finds empowerment in a new scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries.
The most exciting thing about chemistry? The infinite failures in even the most thoroughly thought-out experiments, the biochemist says.
Professor Clemens Heske's pride and joy is unique worldwide in its ability to study surface chemistry.
Doctoral student Bhagya De Silva traveled more than nine thousand miles to mine for better Alzheimer's Treatments.
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made the news in 2018.
UNLV president Marta Meana will highlight exceptional graduating students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the Winter 2018 graduating class.
Chemistry In The News
Tech red, an enigmatic technetium compound that has resisted characterisation for half a century, has been identified using chemical detective-work and computer modelling. The molecule’s unusual chemistry may explain why it has proven so difficult to unmask.1
San Diego native Jacqueline Phan passed on opportunities to study in California so she could contribute to biochemistry research here in Las Vegas.
The tiny nation of Denmark has just three stations for monitoring atmospheric radiation. Each week, scientists change out air filters in the detectors and take the used ones to a technical university near Copenhagen.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
It’s a beekeeper’s nightmare: She lifts the lid on her carefully tended hive and is greeted with a whiff of rotting flesh. Further inspection finds that the young bees of the colony, who should be plump, pearly-white larvae, have melted into a puddle of brownish goo at the bottom of their cells. This colony is infected with American foulbrood disease—most likely a death sentence.
Efforts to improve safety standards and practices in academic labs are multiplying at universities and colleges across the country, but teaching safety as rules and compliance is insufficient, experts agree. Instead, students need to learn and practice a range of safety skills, according to guidelines for undergraduate education issued last year by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Among other skills, students must be taught how to understand categories of hazards, “recognize … hazards in laboratories, assess the risks from these hazards, know how to minimize the risks, and prepare for emergencies,” the guidelines say.