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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 | March 17, 2023

A roundup of news stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made headlines locally, nationally, and globally.

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Research | March 16, 2023

International team of scientists reveals first in-depth look at Omnitrophota, one of the world’s oldest and tiniest bacteria.

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People | March 10, 2023

Marge and Bill Speer’s love and dedication to each other and the university has been commemorated in what once was their favorite spot on campus.

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Research | March 10, 2023

Physicist Elizabeth Donley tackles the challenge of precisely redefining the second.

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Arts and Culture | March 6, 2023

University Forum on March 9 features Elise Pearlstine — wildlife biologist, perfumer, author — discussing the complex and storied relationship between humans and fragrant plants.

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Research | February 14, 2023

A polymer created by a longtime chemistry professor can lower the risk of fires when used as a component of lithium-ion batteries.

Sciences In The News

Science Daily
March 16, 2023

Bacteria are literally everywhere -- in oceans, in soils, in extreme environments like hot springs, and even alongside and inside other organisms including humans. They're nearly invisible, yet they play a big role in almost every facet of life on Earth.

Market Scale
March 13, 2023

It is said that science is a mosaic of contributions from all over the world. Modern science has, however, been hailed as a product of Western civilization for centuries, with the narrative of its history centered around seventeenth-century European gentlemen, who distinguished themselves from the scholastic schoolmen of yore by seeking to uncover the laws of nature. This narrative has provided a powerful resource to explain the economic and political hegemony of Europe in the centuries to follow. But how accurate is the idea and notion of formulating science as a product of Western attitudes? And if that’s not the case, is it more incumbent than ever for the science community at large to help the world regard science as a global enterprise?

Scientific American
March 10, 2023

This week researchers claimed to have discovered a superconducting material that can shuttle electricity with no loss of energy under near-real-world conditions. But drama and controversy behind the scenes have many worried that the breakthrough may not hold up to scientific scrutiny.
March 8, 2023

Has the quest for room temperature superconductivity finally succeeded? Researchers at the University of Rochester (U of R), who previously were forced to retract a controversial claim of room temperature superconductivity at high pressures, are back with an even more spectacular claim. This week in Nature they report a new material that superconducts at room temperature—and not much more than ambient pressures.

Global Finance Magazine
March 2, 2023

India has found 5.9 million tonnes (about 6.5 million US tons) of lithium in the federally administered, long-disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir, a discovery that can transform the country into a lithium global powerhouse. India currently relies on China and Hong Kong for its lithium requirements and about 96% of its lithium-ion cell and battery imports. Yet, it will be a lengthy and complicated process to get the new reserves into smartphones, electric vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines.

City Cast Las Vegas
February 23, 2023

News reports and social media are awash with photos and videos of coyotes roaming the streets of Las Vegas — but why? Are we in the middle of a coyote population boom, is climate change driving them out of their natural habitat, or are we simply moving into the coyotes’ neighborhoods?

Sciences Experts

A physics professor, whose specialties include high pressure science, explosives, and high radiation flux.
An expert on mutagenesis, DNA repair, and bacterial genetics.
An expert in global metal resources, the use of geochemistry to unravel geological processes, igneous petrology, mineral exploration, and global tectonics.    
An expert in research infrastructure, electrochemistry, chemistry, and radiochemistry.   
Brian Hedlund in an expert in microbial ecology at high temperatures, biofuels and genomics. 
Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina. 

Recent Sciences Accomplishments

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…
February 19, 2023
Satish C. Bhatnagar (Mathematical Sciences) has just published, both in the U.S. and India, the second volume of the Darts on History of Mathematics; the first volume was published in 2014. Darts are humanistic angles of analysis, including History, Political Systems, Sociology, Religions. The book contains 78 reflections (different from articles…
February 17, 2023
Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal by the office of undergraduate research (OUR) solicits student submissions for its Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal Cover Artwork Award to have a student-designed cover for each spring and fall issue. The competitive award intends to foster student participation in the undergraduate research publication…
February 9, 2023
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team that published an article in the January 2023 issue of PeerJ titled, “Genetic diversity, structure, and effective population size of an endangered, endemic hoary bat, ʻōpeʻapeʻa, across the Hawaiian Islands." The team included scientists from the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental…