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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

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

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Research | December 29, 2020

A yearlong collection of UNLV faculty making the news for their discoveries and contributions to the community.

People | October 26, 2020

One of her hobbies has taught the lab safety manager that sometimes the victor is the one who just keeps moving forward.

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Research | October 6, 2020

Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute student researchers embrace remote learning and engage in public policy research to benefit UNLV and the region.

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Research | August 11, 2020

As summer comes to a close and classrooms open, UNLV biochemist Ernesto Abel-Santos offers cleaning best practices.

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Campus News | May 14, 2020

An enduring UNLV end-of-semester tradition is to highlight exceptional students who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

Chemistry In The News

Raw Story
December 23, 2020

It was a down-in-the-mud presidential campaign, but the dirtiest part comes on Inauguration Day.

Kaiser Health News
December 21, 2020

It was a down-in-the-mud presidential campaign, but the dirtiest part comes on Inauguration Day.

HealthyWomen
December 21, 2020

It was a down-in-the-mud presidential campaign, but the dirtiest part comes on Inauguration Day.

Scientific American
December 21, 2020

It was a down-in-the-mud presidential campaign, but the dirtiest part comes on Inauguration Day.

American Healthcare Journal
December 21, 2020

It was a down-in-the-mud presidential campaign, but the dirtiest part comes on Inauguration Day.

Science Mag
November 25, 2020

Lauren Greenlee, associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Arkansas, received a $750,000 award from the Department of Energy to investigate the chemical and electronic structure of iron and oxygen atoms.

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Recent Chemistry Accomplishments

December 14, 2020
Ashkan Salamat's (Physics and Astronomy) recent research about room-temperature superconductivity with colleague Ranga Dias from the University of Rochester was announced as one of 10 finalists in Physics World magazine's Breakthrough of the Year for 2020.  The announcement of the Breakthrough of the Year will be made Dec. 17. This year’s Top 10...
December 10, 2020
Gary Kleiger (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is a co-corresponding author on a paper titled "Linkage-Specific Ubiquitin Chain Formation Depends on a Lysine Hydrocarbon Ruler" that was in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. Alums Nicholas Purser, '19 BS Biology; Nicole Burton, '20 BS Chemistry; and Daniel Houston, '09 BA Psychology and BS Biology,...
December 7, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Economics, Chemistry, Brookings Mountain West, The Liny Institute, Honors), was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award during the fall 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the office of undergraduate research (OUR). This award recognizes one outstanding UNLV undergraduate student for...
December 3, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Economics, Chemistry, Brookings Mountain West, Honors) recently was featured in the Global News article "‘Playing with Fire’: How Politicians Can Perpetuate Baseless Conspiracy Theories" where she discusses steps individuals can take to stop the spread of misinformation on Twitter.
December 2, 2020
Hui Zhang and Hong Sun (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) received an RO1 grant, “Regulation of SOX Proteins by Methylation-dependent Proteolysis in Stem Cells and Development,” from the National Institutes of Health for four years for a total of $1,238,360. The objective of this RO1 grant is to investigate how the pluripotency and self-renewal of...
November 24, 2020
The office of undergraduate research (OUR) recently held its Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Sciences brought home several honors, including: The School of Life Sciences earned the Champions of Undergraduate Research Award for its commitment to excellence in research education. The school's leadership and faculty...