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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 | November 4, 2019

A UNLV alum and current med school student says the Engelstad Scholars Program solidified his desire to help others.

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People | November 1, 2019

College of Sciences Alumnus of the Year Travis Huxman: Being a Rebel means having the courage to take a seat at any table.

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Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

A man walks through weeds
Research | October 29, 2019

UNLV’s reintroduction effort keeps leopard frog species off the endangered list.

UNLV Professor Libby Hausrath
Research | October 21, 2019

Libby Hausrath is one of just 10 scientists selected for NASA’s returned sample science team; will help decide which samples return to Earth from Mars 2020 mission.

Arya Udry using a microscope.
People | October 21, 2019

Studying rocks from space replaced this geoscience professor's original career choice of being an astronaut.

Sciences In The News

November 7, 2019

How far away is “safe”?

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
November 1, 2019

A professor at UNLV is presenting data obtained from a NASA space mission in the form of music.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 28, 2019

Outer space might be silent, but if planets could sing their tunes could tell us a lot about how they formed. At least that’s the theory of UNLV researcher and astrophysicist Jason Steffen, who turned data on thousands of distant worlds into chord progressions that may indicate how they have changed since their births.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 28, 2019

Geoscience professor Libby Hausrath is one of 10 scientists chosen by NASA to select and analyze soil samples from the Mars 2020 mission set to launch in July.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 25, 2019

If there was ever life on Mars, UNLV researcher Elisabeth “Libby” Hausrath will be one of the first to know.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
October 25, 2019

One of the major objections to nuclear energy has been the problem of radioactive nuclear waste. Although we have the capability to reprocess about 95 percent of the spent nuclear fuel from a reactor, the amount of highly radioactive waste that remains is nevertheless substantial. And that waste needs to be stored for hundreds of thousands of years before the toxic isotopes decay to a safe level.

Sciences Experts

An expert in earthquakes, structural geology, tectonics, and neotectonics.
Lachniet is an expert in paleoclimatology, quaternary geology, climate change and stable isotope geochemistry.
An expert in Mars geochemistry, astrobiology, water-rock interactions, and snow dynamics.
Brian Hedlund in an expert in microbial ecology at high temperatures, biofuels and genomics. 
An expert in ecology, fire management, and U.S. National Parks.
A physics professor, whose specialties include high pressure science, explosives, and high radiation flux.

Recent Sciences Accomplishments

November 18, 2019
Chao-Chin Yang, Zhaohuan Zhu, Stephen Lepp, and Xiao Hu (all Physics and Astronomy) just were awarded a $474,315 research grant by NASA through the Astrophysics Theory Program. They will conduct state-of-the-art computer simulations to model a circumstellar disk around a young star and study the dust-gas dynamics in the disk. The investigation...
November 18, 2019
Jason Park (Math) has had his research published in the International Journal of Statistics and Probability. The article is "Random Measure Algebras under O-dot Product and Morse-Transue Integral Convolution."
November 14, 2019
Jason Park (Math) presented a talk at the fall western sectional meeting of the American Mathematical Society. The meeting was held at the University of California, Riverside earlier this month. The topic was "Algebra of Random Measures."
November 8, 2019
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. In her piece, Blankenship discusses what Nevada can do to incentivize renewable energy. The piece was originally published Oct. 26. She is an undergraduate student pursuing two majors, chemistry and economics. She also is a Brookings public...
November 8, 2019
Chao-Chin Yang, Zhaohuan Zhu and Stephen Lepp (all Physics and Astronomy) just were awarded a $456,315 research grant by NASA through the Emerging Worlds Program. They will investigate one of the most difficult stages in the course of planet formation, for example, how kilometer-scale planetesimals can be built from pebble-sized materials around a...
November 4, 2019
Jun Kang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been awarded a patent for the invention “Functionalized phosphonates via Michael addition.” This synthetic method enables the efficient synthesis of functionalized phosphonates under toxic metal-free conditions. This invention provides rapid access to diverse phosphorus-containing heterocycle compounds,...