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College of Sciences News

The School of Life Sciences offers programs that meet the needs of students intending to enter the workforce or pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields. We provide a well-rounded foundation in natural, physical, and mathematical sciences that can set students up for successful careers and professional programs.

Current Sciences News

Martin Schiller Lab
People |

Professor Marty Schiller talks about his business and how UNLV made it possible.

group posing in front of sign that reads Ice Age Fossils State Park
Campus News |

GeoPaths program leads to more student-centered and interactive Earth science classes.

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Campus News |

News highlights featuring UNLV students and staff who made (refreshing) waves in the headlines.

Math equations superimposed over a world map and textbooks.
Campus News |

After 50 years at UNLV, Satish Bhatnagar finds that learning the history of mathematics — or any subject — provides a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Artist rendering of NASA Swift Satellite
Research |

Two studies pair observational data with machine learning models to increase precision in distance estimates for GRBs. 

Madison Montellano
People |

Madison Montellano knows what it means to take the road less traveled, embracing each twist and turn through her academic adventure.

Sciences In The News

Desert Research Institute

The question of whether Mars ever supported life has captivated the imagination of scientists and the public for decades. Central to the discovery is gaining insight into the past climate of Earth’s neighbor: was the planet warm and wet, with seas and rivers much like those found on our own planet? Or was it frigid and icy, and therefore potentially less prone to supporting life as we know it? A new study finds evidence to support the latter by identifying similarities between soils found on Mars and those of Canada’s Newfoundland, a cold subarctic climate.

The Sun

The real reason airlines still board planes from front to back despite it causing huge aisle queues has been revealed. Passengers have long found boarding one of the most tiresome parts of flying - but an astrophysicist thinks there's a better way.

Center for Biological Diversity

Local and national public-interest groups, as well as Havasupai Tribe members, delivered more than 17,000 petition signatures to Gov. Katie Hobbs today urging her to use her authority to close the Pinyon Plain uranium mine that threatens the waters of the Grand Canyon and the Havasupai Tribe.

Science News

Supermassive black holes at the hearts of active galaxies may be churning out a lot of the universe’s high-energy neutrinos.

Travel + Leisure

The worst part about flying isn't the flight itself. It's not even airport security. What's always a pain is boarding the aircraft. There's something utterly chaotic about the process, from the jumbles of people crowding the gate to the shuffling down the aisle before being blocked by someone in front of you attempting to put their bag in the overhead bin (which they'll often do the wrong way). There must be a better way, so why do airlines board front to back?

Mirage News

Caltech researchers have discovered a new class of enzymes that enable a myriad of bacteria to "breathe" nitrate when in low-oxygen conditions. While this is an evolutionary advantage for bacterial survival, the process produces the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) as a byproduct, the third-most potent greenhouse gas, after carbon dioxide and methane.

Sciences Experts

Carrie Tyler is a marine conservation paleobiologist.
Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina. 
An expert in astronomy, dark matter, and general physics.
An expert on mutagenesis, DNA repair, and bacterial genetics.
An expert in conservation biology, phylogeography, and ecology.  
An expert in ecology, fire management, and U.S. National Parks.

Recent Sciences Accomplishments

Ph.D. candidate Harry Jang (Radiochemistry) recently published an article in ACS Omega titled, "Tailoring Triuranium Octoxide into Multidimensional Uranyl Fluoride Micromaterials." The article investigates uranium microstructured materials with the aim of elaborating on unexplored uranium fluoride micromaterials. The successful…
The article "Advancing the Nuclear Safety and Security Culture Post-Fukushima: Strengthening the Broader Humanitarian Impacts Agenda" was recently published in the British American Information Security Council's (BASIC) Emerging Voices Network (EVN). Radiochemistry Ph.D. candidate, Liuba Pauline Williams (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is a first…
Ranjani Murali (Life Sciences), in collaboration with researchers from Caltech, is the lead author of a groundbreaking new study that found many more bacteria produce greenhouse gases than previously thought. The research team discovered a new class of enzymes that enable various bacteria to use nitrate as a substitute for oxygen in low-…
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) participated as an invited speaker and panelist in the Lessons from Successful Grantees panel at the Dialogue With Institutional Leaders About Successfully Navigating NIH conference held at the National Institutes of Health main campus in Bethesda, MD. 
Euiseong Ko (Computer Science), Farhad Shokoohi (Mathematical Sciences), and Mingon Kang (Computer Science) published original research titled "SPIN: sex-specific and pathway-based interpretable neural network for sexual dimorphism analysis" in Briefings in Bioinformatics (IF: 9.5). The study proposes a new deep learning-based unified framework,…
On May 31, 2024, Satish C. Bhatnagar (Mathematical Sciences) addressed nearly fifty graduate students and faculty on the importance of multidisciplinary training of mind in the pursuit of a PhD program at the Mathematics Department of Central University at Tezpur in an eastern state of Assam.