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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 | November 17, 2022

Vice President for Research David Hatchett's first goal is hiring more staff to make it easier for faculty to get grant funding.

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Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

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Research | October 18, 2022

A team of UNLV scientists is researching how we can support extended space travel with oxygen and food needs for people.

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Research | October 13, 2022

UNLV economic geologists estimate global supply of tellurium — a metal used for solar panels — and the potential for extracting critical metals from existing mining operations. 

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People | October 12, 2022

This former Alumni Association president continues to build relationships by connecting Rebels to each other for career development.

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People | October 6, 2022

Tricia Evans powered her way into becoming head of mineral resource management for Nevada Gold Mines — with the hopes other Rebels will follow in her footsteps.

Sciences In The News

Eos
November 23, 2022

By studying these literal chunks of Mars, scientists are learning more about the Red Planet’s deep interior and impact history.

USA Today
November 21, 2022

Humans discovered the curvature and rotation of the Earth thousands of years ago, dating back to ancient Greece. Since then, scientists have only discovered more evidence to prove this is true – including seeing Earth itself from space.

Gizmodo
November 21, 2022

During the early hours of Wednesday morning, James Rice waited anxiously at Kennedy Space Center’s Banana Creek viewing platform in Florida as NASA’s Moon rocket geared up for its inaugural liftoff. “Today I saw a piece of history,” Rice, associate director at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, told Gizmodo in an email.

KSNV-TV: News 3
November 18, 2022

NASA's Artemis ONE launch is an attempt to return America to "Space Race" form.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
November 18, 2022

Nevada is called the Silver State because of the silver mining industry which was a big part of the state’s early history. What’s lesser known is that Nevada can mine for minerals like lithium too, and it could one day become something the state is known for like hospitality and tourism.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
November 18, 2022

Nevada is called the Silver State because of the silver mining industry which was a big part of the state’s early history. What’s lesser known is that Nevada can mine for minerals like lithium too, and it could one day become something the state is known for like hospitality and tourism.

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Recent Sciences Accomplishments

November 17, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Chemistry) was invited and participated in a workshop hosted by the US-EU Trade and Technology Council to discuss Russian disinformation in Africa and Latin America. Blankenship has appeared in the media numerous times discussing disinformation and misinformation, and has published…
November 16, 2022
Hyunhwa "Henna" Lee (Nursing) presented a paper at the 2022 International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) World Congress on Nov. 12, 2022. Her paper is titled, "Cognitive-Psychological Functioning and Saliva MicroRNA Expression after Home-based Dual-Task Exercise in Asians and Pacific Islanders with History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury."…
November 16, 2022
Hui Zhang and Hong Sun’s (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) biochemistry laboratories recently published a research article titled “The Assembly of Mammalian SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodeling Complexes is Regulated by Lysine-Methylation Dependent Proteolysis,” in Nature Communications. This research revealed for the first time how the mammalian SWI/SNF…
November 7, 2022
Krishnakumar Nangeelil, Peter Dimpfl, Zaijing Sun (all Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences), Shichun Huang (currently faculty at UTK, a former member of the department of geosciences at UNLV), and Mayir Mamtimin (Halliburton) published an article titled, "Preliminary Study on Forgery Identification of Hetian Jade with Instrumental Neutron…
October 31, 2022
UNLV researchers Pedro Santos-Florez, Byungkyun Kang, and Qiang Zhu (all Physics and Astronomy) recently published a paper, "Size-Dependent Nucleation in Crystal Phase Transition from Machine Learning Metadynamics," in the journal Physical Review Letter (PRL). This work has also been featured in the cover of the latest issue of PRL. In addition to…
October 12, 2022
UNLV researchers add an important computational capability to a widely-used, open source software. Specifically, a summer undergraduate researcher working with Jason Steffen (all Physics and Astronomy), along with a graduate student and an outside collaborator, added the Yarkovsky effect to the REBOUND software. This is a force that affects the…