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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

An image of rocks snapped by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover
Research | September 26, 2022

UNLV geoscientists Libby Hausrath and Arya Udry dish on latest Perseverance rover data, and provide peek at upcoming research.

Lake Mead
Research | September 26, 2022

Record of past volcanic eruptions — and potential hazards to health — revealed by low water levels at dwindling local tap source.

microscopic images of bacteria
Research | September 20, 2022

The SeqCode is a universal system, created through collaboration of hundreds of scientists, to formally register and name single-celled microorganisms known as prokaryotes. 

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Dr. Simon Jowitt, an associate professor in UNLV's College of Geoscience.
Business and Community | August 22, 2022

UNLV economic geologist Simon Jowitt tells us about the future of lithium battery production, green energy, and how American self-sustainability hinges on Nevada.

Silver graduation cap reads "I did it" among other red graduation caps.
Campus News | August 12, 2022

UNLV’s College of Sciences introduces a new degree program aimed at ensuring students complete their degree. 

Sciences In The News

Newsweek
September 27, 2022

Lake Mead's receding water levels are now revealing ancient volcanic eruptions from millions of years ago.

Sky & Telescope
September 27, 2022

A peculiar repeating fast radio burst seems to be coming from a dynamic environment in an otherwise uninteresting region, leaving researchers scratching their heads as to the burst’s origin.

Yahoo!
September 27, 2022

Mysterious fast radio bursts release as much energy as the Sun pours out in a year - and newly published research has deepened the mystery around them.

Scientific American
September 26, 2022

A diamond contains the only known sample of a mineral from Earth’s mantle—and hints at oceans’ worth of water hidden deep within our planet

Science News
September 26, 2022

The mineral may shake things up by changing its identity at high pressure and temperature

World News Era
September 26, 2022

A beautiful blue flaw in a gem-quality diamond from Botswana is actually a tiny fragment of Earth’s deep interior—and it suggests our planet’s mantle contains oceans’ worth of water.

Sciences Experts

An expert in global metal resources, the use of geochemistry to unravel geological processes, igneous petrology, mineral exploration, and global tectonics.    
Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina. 
Brian Hedlund in an expert in microbial ecology at high temperatures, biofuels and genomics. 
An expert in climate resilience and sustainability.  
An expert in ecology, fire management, and U.S. National Parks.
An expert in planetary science, igneous petrology, and Martian geology.

Recent Sciences Accomplishments

September 14, 2022
Seungman Park (Mechanical Engineering) received the prestigious NIH Career Award (NIA K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award). This five-year grant supports Park’s ongoing research to investigate the relation between tissue viscoelasticity and tumor progression in aging tissues. Park is currently an assistant professor in the…
September 7, 2022
Edward Huynh and Keoni Castellano (both Mathematical Sciences) recently published their work, "Remarks on the Preservation and Breaking of Translational Symmetry for a Class of ODEs," to the journal, Examples and Counterexamples. They studied a particular class of boundary value problems with periodic boundary conditions and proved that the…
September 5, 2022
Bowen Liu (Mathematical Sciences) published an article titled, "Impact of COVID-19 on college students at one of the most diverse campuses in the USA: a factor analysis of survey data," in BMJ Open. He and his team conducted a university-level survey study on UNLV students, which is the first study that assessed the perceived stress of university…
September 1, 2022
Simon Jowitt and Brian McNulty (Geoscience) recently published a paper in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews on critical metals – often discarded as a byproduct of mining operations – that are vital components in the global push for low-carbon energy generation, storage, and transport. Researchers explored the current global supply and…
August 24, 2022
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) was awarded a four-year $747,500 National Institutes of Health grant titled, "Regulation of Eye Regrowth in Xenopus laevis." The goal of this grant is to understand the mechanisms of eye regeneration. She was also awarded a Research Infrastructure grant from the Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium to study the role of…
August 19, 2022
Bowen Liu and Malwane M.A. Ananda (both Mathematical Sciences) published an article titled, "A Generalized Family of Exponentiated Composite Distributions" in Mathematics. This paper proposed a new family of distributions. Two special models within this family were introduced, and both models demonstrated great performance when fitting to…