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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 | May 24, 2022

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine student Jacob Villarama took a year off to pray and contemplate which career path to follow.

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People | May 17, 2022

How this professor-in-residence is a "Force for Change" for future scientists at UNLV.

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Research | May 12, 2022

A bottomless hole, a tiny fish, and an ongoing preservation legacy that took a UNLV professor all the way to the Supreme Court and created one of North America's most important conservation sites.

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Research | May 11, 2022

Hydrophilanthropy, the practice of aiding those in water-scarce regions, can transform lives. But when done carelessly, it can lead to immeasurable harm.

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield at commencement
People | May 10, 2022

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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Research | May 10, 2022

Confronted in our desert backyard by the inescapable effects of a deteriorating environment, these UNLV researchers, professors, and activists are fighting to mitigate the effects of climate change on scientific, legal, and sociological fronts.

Sciences In The News

May 19, 2022

Scientists are just starting to uncover the vast diversity of microbes out there. The only problem? No one can agree on how to name them.

The National News
May 9, 2022

More human remains were discovered at Lake Mead at the weekend, less than a week after a barrel containing a possible murder victim was discovered at the body of water located near Las Vegas, Nevada.

May 2, 2022

Ambitions to start a uranium industry on American soil are being reawakened - but so are fears of the pollution the industry is bringing.

World News Era
May 2, 2022

David Kreamer, a professor of hydrology and an authority on groundwater contaminants at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, disputed that assertion.

UK Time News
May 2, 2022

David Kreamer, a professor of hydrology and a specialist in groundwater contaminants at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, disputed that claim.

New York Times
May 2, 2022

If imports end because of the war, American companies may look to increase domestic mining, which has a toxic history on Indigenous lands.

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Recent Sciences Accomplishments

May 24, 2022
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) has been awarded a $1,184,175 grant from the National Science Foundation to examine The Genetic Basis of Local Adaptation Across an Island Adaptive Radiation.  The project will combine gene expression, quantitative genetics, and evolutionary genomics analyses to uncover the major gene regions associated with…
May 13, 2022
Ashkan Salamat (Physics and Astronomy) is the joint recipient of The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant, along with colleagues Ranga Dias (University of Rochester) and Audrey Grockowiak (CNPEM, Brazilian synchrotron). The project, “Exploring the Limits of High-temperature Superconductivity,” is funded at $1,624,838 for 48 months (of which $…
May 9, 2022
Jason Steffen (Physics and Astronomy) was the lead organizer for a major international conference on Exoplanets (planets that orbit distant stars). The conference took place the M Resort in Henderson, and brought together more than 500 scientists from around the world for a week of scientific talks, discussions, and collaboration.
April 30, 2022
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) and Dong-Chan Lee (Chemistry) are inventors of a patent, Fabricating Ionic/Polyimide Membranes with its issue number, US 11,312,851, recently granted by the , the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   
April 29, 2022
Amanda Ostwald and Arya Udry (both Geoscience) and their collaborators, Valerie Payré (NAU), Esteban Gazel (Cornell), and Peiyu Wu (Cornell) published a paper, “The Role of Assimilation and Factional Crystallization in the Evolution of the Mars Crust”, in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Ostwald is geoscience graduate student, and…
April 28, 2022
Aude Picard, Nader Nabeh, and Cheyenne Brokaw (all Life Sciences) published a research article, "Quantification of Organic Carbon Sequestered by Biogenic Iron Sulfide Minerals in Long-Term Anoxic Laboratory Incubations," in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. Organic carbon preservation in sedimentary environments is a critical process that…