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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

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People | October 12, 2021

Volunteerism was an essential part of College of Sciences Alumnus of the Year Zane Marshall's career path.

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People | September 8, 2021

UNLV School of Dental Medicine names Drs. Jesse Falk and Michael Moody its Alumni of the Year.

A woman stands in front of Machu Picchu
People | July 16, 2021

Artist Danielle Eames turns to medical school at age 32.

People | July 13, 2021

UNLV Alumni Association affinity club helps develop networks between students and alumni and build bridges for career development.

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People | June 18, 2021

Family COVID diagnoses didn't slow Genesis Krisel Leon's determination to help those underserved in medicine.

Graduates seated in red caps and gown during a previous UNLV commencement
People | May 10, 2021

An enduring commencement tradition continues this spring as UNLV president honors seven outstanding students who exemplify the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

Life Sciences In The News

Houston Chronicle
October 21, 2021

Food and oxygen are scarce on deep space flights. Time is plentiful.

Detroit Free Press
October 1, 2021

The murder hornets that have been making headlines and both terrifying and fascinating the public can be as deadly as their nickname implies, but their true threat is to honeybee populations, rather than people.

MobiHealthNews
September 20, 2021

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine awarded $4 million to researchers studying how to protect the body from damage in space by reducing metabolism.

SpaceRef
September 20, 2021

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine grants nearly $4 million in awards to four outstanding researcher teams in response to its Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH) 2101 solicitation.

National Geographic
September 9, 2021

The day a cyprinodont challenges you to hold your breath for as long as possible, run away. Inhabiting hot springs in California's Death Valley, this tiny bubbler is able to go without oxygen for nearly five hours, according to a new, forthcoming study.

Baylor College of Medicine
August 31, 2021

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine granted nearly $4 million in awards to four outstanding researcher teams in response to its Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH) 2101 solicitation.

Life Sciences Experts

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Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

October 12, 2021
Frank van Breukelen, Helen Wing and Christy Strong (all Life Sciences) have been informed that their application for a Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship award has been funded.  The GAANN program provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial...
September 10, 2021
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) co-authored a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with collaborators from New York University, Princeton University, and Oxford Nanopore Technologies.  Their paper, "Ancestral polymorphisms shape the adaptive radiation of Metrosideros across the Hawaiian Islands" presents the first...
September 8, 2021
Mingon Kang (Computer Science), Ji Yoo (Medicine), Brendan Morris (Electronic and Computer Engineering), Zhaohuam Zhu (Physics and Astronomy), Qiang Zhu (Physics and Astronomy), Mira Han (Life Sciences), Kazem Taghva (Computer Science), and Shashi Nambisan (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) were awarded National Science...
September 1, 2021
Anthony Waddle (M.S. Biology 2017, now at the University of Melbourne), and Rebeca Rivera and Jef Jaeger (both Biology), along with a group of former UNLV undergraduate students (Emma Keenan, Ghazal Rezaei, Joshua Levy, Yesenia Vasquez, Marlai Sai, Jessica Hill, Alexandra Zmuda, all Biology; and Hannah Rice, Kinesiology) and an Australian...
August 31, 2021
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) coauthored an in-depth review paper titled: "Hawai‘i Forest Review: Synthesizing the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Model System" in Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.  The findings of this synthesis challenge some long-standing ideas about evolution and ecology in the Hawaiian...
August 6, 2021
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team that published an article in the July 2021 issue of eLife titled “Highly contiguous assemblies of 101 drosophilid genomes." The team included scientists from Stanford University, University of North Carolina, University of Washington, University of California Davis, Bangor University, University of...