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College of Sciences News

The School of Life Sciences offers programs that meet the needs of students intending to enter the workforce or pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields. We provide a well-rounded foundation in natural, physical, and mathematical sciences that can set students up for successful careers and professional programs.

Current Sciences News

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Campus News |

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Research |

International team explores how our cells detect and destroy disease-causing proteins with specificity; findings published Feb. 20 in the journal Molecular Cell.

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UNLV History |

The late biology professor documented the history of Southern Nevada through its plants.

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Research |

Ph.D. student Keoni Castellano's research explores how epidemics start and how we might end them.

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People |

International student Shangjia Zhang lands a highly competitive NASA grant and UNLV graduate fellowship.

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People |

This administrative assistant left a career in medical education to learn something new, and then found the School of Life Sciences.

Sciences In The News

The Mirror

Boarding a flight can be stressful as you navigate long queues, the mad rush to get bags into overhead lockers, and try to settle in within the short timeframe so the plane can leave on time.

Birmingham Live

An airline is set to split friends and family up in new plane boarding rules. One method that is being used by United Airlines splits up friends and families for the boarding process.

The Sun UK

Getting passengers on and off planes in an orderly fashion can be a nightmare for flight attendants.

Euro News

Airlines are trialling new techniques to shave minutes off turnaround procedures as a way to cut costs.

Las Vegas Review Journal

When Martin Schiller decided to launch his own company based off the research he did at UNLV, he picked Las Vegas despite the prospect of being one of only a handful of biotechnology firms in the valley.

Yahoo! Finance

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is pleased to announce that another chapter has been established to serve the state of Nevada. Rosemary Brock, chapter president and founder of EISC Lab Data Automation, was motivated to create a local hub where women in STEM could connect with one another, access resources for personal and professional growth, and advocate for gender equity in science and technology.

Sciences Experts

Carrie Tyler is a marine conservation paleobiologist.
An expert in geology, paleoecology, paleontology, and the history of geology.
An expert on water resources, paleoclimatology, and environmental pollution. 
An expert in biochemistry.
Lachniet is an expert in paleoclimatology, quaternary geology, climate change and stable isotope geochemistry.
An expert on mutagenesis, DNA repair, and bacterial genetics.

Recent Sciences Accomplishments

Katherine Betts, Kushanie Heenkenda, Bryan Jacome, Sohyo Kim, Michael Tover, and Zhange Feng (all Chemistry and Biochemistry) published a study, "Refractive Laser Beam Measuring Diffusion Coefficient of Concentrated Battery Electrolytes," that offers a universal optical method to measure diffusion coefficient, a key transport property in battery…
Program director Artem Gelis (Radiochemistry) has been selected to receive a Secretary's Honor Award from U.S. Department of Energy for his contributions to the International Molybdenum-99 Conversion Team during his career with the DOE. The Achievement Award is one of about 20 awards given annually from the Department of Energy and will…
Assistant professor Mo Weng (Life Sciences) was recently awarded CAREER: Molecular mechanisms of epithelial and mesenchymal plasticity: the reversible regulation of cell polarity and cell adhesion from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The proposal is to investigate the molecular mechanisms of epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity, a…
Ali Balooch and Zhijian Wu (both Mathematical Sciences) had a peer-reviewed article published in Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications. Abstract: "Applications and findings involving the norm of the weighted Dirichlet space D_alpha are steadily being discovered. There are notable characterizations of D_alpha through…
Carrie Coppa (Physics and Astronomy) was nominated for and recently graduated the Administrative Academy Academy Path C.  The UNLV Administrative Assistant Academy is a training series designed to foster a culture of continuous improvement for all administrative assistants. The eight-week program outlines six competencies that UNLV…
Farhad Shokoohi (Mathematical Sciences) and team from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran, recently had their article, "Analyzing aberrant DNA methylation in Colorectal cancer uncovered intangible heterogeneity of gene effects in the survival time of patients," accepted for publication in Scientific Reports. The study employs advanced…