Student holding test tubes and examining their content

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

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
September 28, 2022

When millions of grasshoppers swarmed the Las Vegas valley a few years ago, tourist and locals alike were taken by surprise. During 2019’s infestation, Channel 13 talked with people who couldn’t stand the sight of the creatures or the crunch sound of dead grasshoppers being walked on.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
September 28, 2022

Not only have Lake Mead’s dwindling water levels exposed human remains and old relics but now decades-old sedimentary rocks containing volcanic ash are being seen at the lake, according to a recent UNLV study.

Space.com
September 28, 2022

New observations are challenging a hypothesis about what produces these energetic bursts of radio waves.

Samachar Central
September 28, 2022

As the climate crisis continues to affect the American West, sunken boats and human remains aren’t the only surprises to be revealed by record-low water levels at Lake Mead. Sedimentary rocks that hadn’t been seen since the 1930s are now exposed along the constantly changing shoreline, and a UNLV study of the deposits has discovered that many of these rocks also contain ash from volcanoes as far away as Idaho, Wyoming, and California that rained down on Southern Nevada as many as 12 million years ago.

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.

Sciences Experts

An internationally recognized expert in astrophysics.
An expert in geology, paleoecology, paleontology, and the history of geology.
An expert on hibernation, pupfish, evolution, and cellular biology.
An expert in conservation biology, phylogeography, and ecology.  
An expert in climate resilience and sustainability.  
An expert in biochemistry.

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…