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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 | July 12, 2019

Nevada is the nation’s third-most seismically active state and neighbors quake-prone California, which experienced two temblors in early July felt in Las Vegas. UNLV geoscientist Wanda Taylor explains why, and what we can do to prepare.

Bradley Boe ready to play wheelchair rugby
People | July 11, 2019

Bradley Boe finds empowerment in a new scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries.

Campus News | June 26, 2019

A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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People | June 25, 2019

Allen Gibbs earns Top Tier Award for his long history of research and efforts to engage others in science.

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People | May 23, 2019

This professor was inspired by a mentor while in college and now tries to do the same for UNLV students.

UNLV student in cap and gown waves to crowd during commencement
Campus News | May 20, 2019

More than 3,000 newly minted UNLV Grads cross the Thomas & Mack Center stage during Spring 2019 Commencement.

Sciences In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 8, 2019

Nevada faces a low potential of California’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Friday triggering a seismic event along one of its many fault lines, according to an earthquake expert.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
July 8, 2019

Nevada is no stranger to earthquakes.

NewScientist
July 5, 2019

We might need to rethink our understanding of water, both on Earth and other planets. New experiments with water ice at high pressures has revealed unexpected behaviour, which could upend our assumptions about the makeup of icy exoplanets.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
July 5, 2019

An earthquake in California's Searles Valley, 150 miles from Las Vegas, sent the Vegas valley into a series of shakes and rumbles Thursday morning.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 24, 2019

Jason Steffen, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, has more than 7,000 Twitch followers and uses the platform to practice future lectures.

Business Insider
June 20, 2019

Bottled water may be considered a luxury item, but it's also a life-saving tool, depending on where you live.

Sciences Experts

An expert in biochemistry.
A physics professor, whose specialties include high pressure science, explosives, and high radiation flux.
An expert in ecology, fire management, and U.S. National Parks.
An expert in geology, paleoecology, paleontology, and the history of geology.
An expert on bacterial gene regulation and bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. 

Recent Sciences Accomplishments

July 9, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) was a speaker at the BioEM 2019 Conference, the joint annual meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association, in Montpellier, France, in June. Her talk was titled "Bioelectrical Signaling Regulates Eye Regeneration." She presented the findings of her laboratory group on the...
June 24, 2019
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry, Economics, and Brookings Mountain West) recently co-authored a brief featured on the Brookings Institution blog, the Brown Center Chalkboard. The piece discusses the shortage of STEM teachers and the wage penalties teachers face in STEM. The piece originally was published June 17. She is an undergradaute student...
June 21, 2019
Yang Jiao (Electrical and Computer Engineering) recently presented a paper at Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2019 about object tracking in 3D fluorescence volumes. The paper is based on work done by Jiao in collaboration with Mei Yang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mo Weng (Life Science). This work targets the challenge of 3D...
June 4, 2019
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team including scientists from Harvard, Bishop Museum, Louisiana State University, UC Davis, and the University of Hawaii that recently published an article in Current Biology titled "Reproductive Capacity Evolves in Response to Ecology through Common Changes in Cell Number in Hawaiian Drosophila."  They...
June 3, 2019
Joy A. McKenna (Life Sciences) was selected by the Graduate College to receive the first place 2018-19 UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, which is a highly selective and prestigious award recognizing a strong commitment to outstanding pedagogy and successful experiences thus far with undergraduate instruction at UNLV. McKenna...
May 28, 2019
Balakrishnan Naduvalath (Chemistry & Biochemistry) is part a research team that received the coveted Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office. The interdisciplinary team from multiple institutions (Harvard; Stanford; University of Colorado Boulder; University of New...