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College of Sciences News

The College of Sciences provides students a solid foundation in natural, physical, and mathematical sciences for a successful career in the sciences and other professional programs.

Current Sciences News

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People | September 20, 2019

Alumna Vanessa Sanders finding new paths for isotopes therapeutic and diagnostic at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

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Campus News | September 19, 2019

UNLV received a nearly $700,000 National Science Foundation grant to house ‘multicollector’ device, the first of its kind in Nevada.

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Research | September 17, 2019

Physicist Ashkan Salamat one of just 46 university professors nationwide – and the first from UNLV – selected for competitive award, which is now in its 10th year.

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People | September 4, 2019

Inspired by a '00s movie and a grandfather she never met, Alexis Hilts found her path to medical school.

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Research | August 15, 2019

Physics professor Michael Pravica's work on useful hard X-ray photochemistry could reveal novel materials — and possibly an explanation for the origin of life on Earth.

Business and Community | August 13, 2019
UNLV works to dismantle barriers to college-level math success to retain and graduate students.

Sciences In The News

Las Vegas Sun
September 19, 2019

Las Vegas’ nearest island is hundreds of miles away. But a “sky island” can be found right in the city’s backyard. The Spring Mountains, particularly the area near Mount Charleston, are a hotbed of biodiversity, with an estimated 28 species of endemic plants, animals and insects, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

PR Newswire
September 13, 2019

Rockwealth Resources Corp. ("Rockwealth" or the "Company") (TSXV: RWR) announces that it has entered into a binding amalgamation agreement dated September 12, 2019 (the "Definitive Agreement") with Realgold Resources Corp. ("Realgold"), pursuant to which the Company will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of Realgold (the "Transaction"), as more particularly described below.

The Nevada Independent
September 6, 2019

Water researcher Kumud Acharya has become interim president of the Desert Research Institute (DRI) for the next two years.

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 23, 2019

It’s officially an outbreak. There are more West Nile cases in Southern Nevada this year than ever before and mosquito season is far from over.

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 23, 2019

One of the most important mining operations in the world is just an hour's drive from Las Vegas.

KNPR News
August 23, 2019

There’s a question out there related to climate change that everyone asks but no one seems to have a good answer for: When will climate change reach the point of no return? Read the news, and timelines range from 18 months to 12 years to 40 years. UNLV geology professor Matt Lachniet explained it is not about an exact drop-dead moment.

Sciences Experts

An expert in earthquakes, structural geology, tectonics, and neotectonics.
An expert in Mars geochemistry, astrobiology, water-rock interactions, and snow dynamics.
A physics professor, whose specialties include high pressure science, explosives, and high radiation flux.
An expert in geology, paleoecology, paleontology, and the history of geology.
An expert in astronomy, dark matter, and general physics.
Lachniet is an expert in paleoclimatology, quaternary geology, climate change and stable isotope geochemistry.

Recent Sciences Accomplishments

September 12, 2019
Art Gelis (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently was published in Scientific Reports. His article, "Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle with a Simplified Minor Actinide Lanthanide Separation Process (ALSEP) and Additive Manufacturing," discusses his newly patented approach to the long-time technical challenge of recycling long-lived actinide isotopes...
September 5, 2019
Ashkan Salamat (Physics and Astronomy) was one of just 46 university professors nationwide – and the first from UNLV – to earn an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) office of science. Each year, the DOE selects rising researchers from the nation’s national labs and universities for the competitive award. The program, now...
August 21, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) has her work featured in the newest (12th) edition of Gilbert’s Developmental Biology, the discipline’s foundational textbook.  The Tseng lab works to identify mechanisms of organ regeneration using the Xenopus (African clawed frog) model.
August 20, 2019
Robin Kee (Life Sciences) was selected as scholar in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP). The UGSP is a highly competitive program with approximately 300 nationwide applications received and 10 students chosen as UGSP Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. Kee's selection as a UGSP Scholar speaks...
August 14, 2019
Ashkan Salamat (Physics and Astronomy), Paul Forster, Frederic Poineau, and Keith Lawler (all Chemistry and Biochemistry) were awarded a $449,901 research grant from the National Science Foundation for "Expanding Known Binary Technetium Nitrides and Sulfides: A Computationally-Led Synthesis Program." Technetium is a radioactive element and its...
August 12, 2019
Jason Steffen (Physics and Astronomy), Shichun Huang (Geoscience), and Zhaohuan Zhu (Physics and Astronomy) were awarded a $550,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation for "Modeling Dust Condensation in Protoplanetary Disks".  This program will combine UNLV's expertise in geochemistry and in planet formation to calculate the...