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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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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.

Professor Ashkan Salamat in his lab at UNLV
Research | December 29, 2020

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

UNLV geoscientist Arya Udry sits in front of her microscope in her office
Research | December 21, 2020

Udry is one of just 13 scientists added to NASA’s Participating Scientist Program and will help the Perseverance Rover to recognize magmatic rocks; becomes second UNLV professor on Mars 2020 science team.

Campus News | December 10, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.

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Campus News | December 8, 2020

UNLV replaces remedial courses with “corequisite” courses so incoming students don't fall behind before they even start college.

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People | November 16, 2020

This math professor strives to find teaching methods that encourage students to enjoy math and pursue further studies.

Sciences In The News

Ars Technica
January 23, 2021

Jason Steffen studies planets in other solar systems. His most famous work—OK, second-most famous work—was with NASA’s Kepler Mission, a survey of planetary systems. But you’re more likely to have heard of Steffen, a professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, in a very different context: as a student of the airplane boarding process. Years ago, after waiting in yet another line on a jam-packed jetway, the physicist thought to himself, “There has to be a better way than this.”

Wired
January 22, 2021

Jason Steffen studies planets in other solar systems. His most famous work—OK, second-most famous work—was with NASA’s Kepler Mission, a survey of planetary systems. But you’re more likely to have heard of Steffen, a professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, in a very different context: as a student of the airplane boarding process. Years ago, after waiting in yet another line on a jam-packed jetway, the physicist thought to himself, “There has to be a better way than this.”

Clean Technica
January 4, 2021

A person can survive 30 days (or more) without food, 3 days without water, and 3 minutes without air. The latest climate research indicates all three will be in short supply as average temperatures on Earth increase. Hotter, drier conditions will reduce harvests, constrain water supplies, and make it more difficult to breathe. Great thinkers like Rex Tillerson say we will adapt, but he and his climate change denier friends fail to appreciate what that adaptation will involve.

Teller Report
December 30, 2020

As the transition to clean energy gains momentum, the United States faces the dilemma that it is almost completely subordinate to China in terms of the rare minerals it uses to build clean energy systems.

Las Vegas Sun
December 29, 2020

When Arya Udry was a little girl, she would stare at the sky and ponder the possibility of life beyond Earth.

SciTechDaily
December 28, 2020

Fast radio bursts, or FRBs – powerful, millisecond-duration radio waves coming from deep space outside the Milky Way Galaxy – have been among the most mysterious astronomical phenomena ever observed. Since FRBs were first discovered in 2007, astronomers from around the world have used radio telescopes to trace the bursts and look for clues on where they come from and how they’re produced.

Sciences Experts

An expert on desert ecology and climate change.
Brian Hedlund in an expert in microbial ecology at high temperatures, biofuels and genomics. 
An expert in climate resilience and sustainability.  
Lachniet is an expert in paleoclimatology, quaternary geology, climate change and stable isotope geochemistry.
An expert in astronomy, dark matter, and general physics.
An expert in ecology, fire management, and U.S. National Parks.

Recent Sciences Accomplishments

January 27, 2021
James Louis-Jean (Chemistry) recently was published in the Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry for his work on isotope analysis of nuclear materials with collaborators at Los Alamos National Lab. His other accomplishments include receiving the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Fellowship in fall 2020, the African American Partnership...
January 25, 2021
Maria Aladjova (Health Sciences), Marlon Urquico (Liberal Arts), Peter Clancy (Sciences) and the College of Engineering Advising Center are the winners of the 2020-21 UNLV Academic Advising Awards presented by the office of the vice provost for undergraduate education and the Academic Advising Council leadership team. These awards recognize...
January 14, 2021
Arya Udry (Geoscience) published the review article "What Martian Meteorites Reveal About the Interior and Surface of Mars" in Journal of Geophysical Research : Planets.  Scientists learn about the formation and evolution of planets, such as Mars, by studying rock samples. Obtaining rock samples from Mars makes it possible to study them in state-...
January 6, 2021
Satish C. Bhatnagar (Mathematical Sciences) gave a keynote address, "What Ramanujan Means To You?" at the one-day online conference History and Development of Mathematics held Dec. 22. It was the celebration of what would have been mathematics legend Srinivasa Ramanujan’s 133rd birthday, which was recently declared National Mathematics Day in...
December 18, 2020
Ashkan Salamt (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded a grant from the Air Force office of scientific research. The grant, "The synthesis of supernitride compounds via extreme (pressure, temperature) conditions: a new generation of high-energy density materials," is for $452,184. Modern calculations reveal a novel group of binary metals materials with...
December 17, 2020
Dale Devitt (Life Sciences) recently published a book, "Selecting and Maintaining Trees for Urban Desert Landscapes." Growing trees in an urban desert environment can be challenging, especially if water is a limited resource. In the book, Devitt provides guidance to those living and working in the Desert Southwest on how to select  and irrigate...