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School of Life Sciences News

Life sciences involves studies of living organisms and their life processes, including their evolution, and their relationships with other living organisms and our planet. Courses and programs are designed for those students pursuing professional careers in medicine, science, and science education.

Current Life Sciences News

Campus News | September 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.

People | September 11, 2020

Seeing opportunities to meet needs during the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 summer Ph.D. graduate stepped in to help. 

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

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Research | June 8, 2020

UNLV microbiologist Brian Hedlund among 119 to join consensus statement published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

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Campus News | May 28, 2020

Undergraduate Francisco Valenzuela spearheaded drives that resulted in the donation of more than 7,500 pairs of socks and underwear to The Shade Tree.

Life Sciences In The News

October 15, 2020

Giant hornets, like you, need protein.

September 24, 2020

Invasive Asian giant hornets—popularly known as "murder hornets"—could spread rapidly throughout western North America if left unchecked, researchers have found.

September 11, 2020

Giant hordes of blood-sucking mosquitoes have reportedly swarmed livestock to death in Louisiana this month, the latest gift 2020 has brought to Americans.

August 27, 2020

In the American Southwest, native desert bighorn sheep populations found in landscapes with minimal human disturbance, including several national parks, are less likely to be vulnerable to climate change, according to a new study led by Oregon State University.

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August 26, 2020

In the American Southwest, native desert bighorn sheep populations found in landscapes with minimal human disturbance, including several national parks, are less likely to be vulnerable to climate change, according to a new study led by Oregon State University.

August 20, 2020

Glycerol, used in the past as antifreeze for cars, is produced by a range of organisms from yeasts to vertebrates, some of which use it as an osmoprotectant—a molecule that prevents dangerous water loss in salty environments—while others use it as an antifreeze. Here, scientists from the University of Nevada and Miami University in Ohio show that two species of the single-celled green algae Chlamydomonas from Antarctica, called UWO241 and ICE-MDV, produce high levels of glycerol to protect them from osmotic water loss, and possibly also from freezing injury. Presently, only one other organism, an Arctic fish, is known to use glycerol for both purposes. Both species synthesize glycerol with enzymes encoded by multiple copies of a recently discovered ancient gene family. These results, published today in the open-access journal Frontiers in Plant Science, illustrate the importance of adaptations that allow life to not only survive but to thrive in extreme habitats.

Life Sciences Experts

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Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

September 4, 2020
Qing Wu, Yingke Xu (both Epidemiology and Biostatistics), and Jovan Alvarez (Life Sciences) published an article on “Tricyclic Antidepressant Use and Risk of Fractures: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies through the Use of Both Frequentist and Bayesian Approaches” in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. This meta-analysis aimed to quantitatively...
September 3, 2020
Qing Wu, Jongyun Jung (both Public Health), and Mira V. Han (Life Sciences) recently published an article on “Machine Learning Approaches for Fracture Risk Assessment: A Comparative Analysis of Genomic and Phenotypic Data in 5130 Older Men” in the journal Calcified Tissue International. The study aims were to develop fracture prediction models by...
September 2, 2020
Jef Jaeger (Life Sciences) and Kathy Longshore, '03 PhD Biology, were among a group of researchers spearheaded by collaborators at Oregon State University that recently published, "Genetic and Environmental Indicators of Climate Change Vulnerability for Desert Bighorn Sheep." The research, featured in Frontiers of Ecology and Evolution, has...
September 1, 2020
Helen Wing (Life Sciences) received her fourth consecutive R15 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $444,540 award is for the project titled, "Understanding Transcriptional Silencing & Anti-silencing Mechanisms in Shigella." Wing now has received a total of $1.6 million from NIH to research this topic at UNLV.
July 27, 2020
Cindy X. Kha (Life Sciences) was selected by the Nevada Space Grant Consortium to receive the prestigious Nevada NASA Space Grant Graduate Research Opportunity Fellowship for 2020-21. This highly selective award is focused on innovation through projects that will generate advancements in STEM that will directly contribute to NASA’s current and...
May 19, 2020
Anjala S. Krishen (Marketing & International Business) had a paper, "Harnessing the Waiting Experience: Anticipation, Expectations, and WOM," accepted in Journal of Services Marketing. This interdisciplinary work was conducted in collaboration with the Shark Reef Exhibit at Mandalay Bay and co-authored with Brian Robison and two UNLV doctoral...