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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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Campus News | May 16, 2023

News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

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Campus News | May 15, 2023

Jorge Reyes touted the importance of diversifying the field at the Graduate College's annual Inspiration, Innovation, Impact event.  

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Research | May 11, 2023

UNLV study pinpoints 10 bacterial groups associated with Alzheimer’s disease, provides new insights into the relationship between gut makeup and dementia.

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Campus News | May 5, 2023

President Keith E. Whitfield continues decades-long commencement tradition, honoring 10 students who embody the academic, research, and community tenacity of the graduating class.

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Research | May 3, 2023

UNLV geologists name ancient rock layer after Las Vegas mountain that contains similar strata; research published in the journal Geosphere.


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Campus News | April 21, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Sciences In The News

The Health Standard Newswire
May 24, 2023

New research is showing that an abundance of certain specific types of gut bacteria could be associated with the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 16, 2023

Who can forget the 2019 grasshopper invasion? Grasshoppers were covering gas stations, overcoming the skies, and fast forward to today, the question that everyone may have is, “Will this be a repeat of 2019?”

Trial Site News
May 14, 2023

A growing body of evidence suggests that an imbalance of the human gut microbiome is associated with the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD) via neuroinflammatory processes across the gut-brain axis. Now, researchers at the University of Las Vegas have identified 10 bacterial groups associated with Alzheimer’s disease, providing new insights into the relationship between the gut and dementia.

The Record-Courier
May 13, 2023

A paleontologist who excavated what he believes is a Washoe hunting camp in the flood plain of the Carson River is scheduled to speak 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. UNLV Professor Emeritus Steve Rowland will discuss the excavation of he believes is a 200-year-old butchering site.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 13, 2023

From residents receiving COVID-19 vaccines to emergency room patients in immense pain, Citlally Lopez-Flores has seen — and spoken — to many anxious residents and has learned that caring for patients can go beyond providing physical aid. In this case, she’s bridging the gap between local doctors and their patients who may not speak English.

Asian News International
May 12, 2023

Specific types of gut bacteria and Alzheimer's disease are closely related.

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Recent Sciences Accomplishments

April 17, 2023
Farhad Shokoohi (Mathematical Sciences) and colleagues A. Khalili, M. Asgharian, both of McGill University, and S. Lin (Ohio State University) co-authored an article titled "Sparse estimation in semi-parametric finite mixture of varying coefficient regression models". The paper introduces an unsupervised learning and feature selection methods for…
April 10, 2023
Jorge Reyes (Mathematical Sciences) published a micro article titled, "Examples of identities and inequalities for the nonlinear term in the Navier–Stokes equation," in the Journal Examples and Counterexamples.
March 28, 2023
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) recently held their 241st AAS meeting in Seattle, Washington. During the meeting students from across the nation participated in the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Poster Competition where students present their posters and are judged by volunteer judges.  Margaret Johnston (Physics and Astronomy)…
March 18, 2023
Second-year Ph.D. student Hossein Madhani (Life Sciences) received a $5,800 EECG Research Award from the American Genetic Association. The EECG program funds highly competitive proposals from graduate students or postdocs that address genome-scale questions, or ecological, evolutionary, and conservation genetics questions that are best addressed…
March 9, 2023
Ph.D. student Hannah Patenaude (Radiochemistry) and fellow of the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), recently published a technical paper on the history of the Los Alamos Plutonium Fast Reactor, Clementine. The article was published in the online journal Nuclear Technology and provides an in-depth look at this…
March 9, 2023
Janelle Yasukochi (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education) and Maria Aladjova (Health Sciences) served as the conference co-chairs, representing Region 9, at the NACADA Region 8, 9, & 10 Conference: Illuminating the Path of Possibilities, recently held in Las Vegas from Feb. 27-March 1. NACADA is the professional association for Academic…