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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 | June 9, 2023

Jessica Grifaldo, the only UNLV student to receive the award this year, credits Life Sciences professor Eduardo Robleto for encouraging her to pursue research.

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Campus News | June 6, 2023

UNLV Global Entrepreneurship Experience students come face-to-face with Chilean history.

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Campus News | May 16, 2023

News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

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Campus News | May 15, 2023

Jorge Reyes touted the importance of diversifying the field at the Graduate College's annual Inspiration, Innovation, Impact event.  

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Research | May 11, 2023

UNLV study pinpoints 10 bacterial groups associated with Alzheimer’s disease, provides new insights into the relationship between gut makeup and dementia.

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Campus News | May 5, 2023

President Keith E. Whitfield continues decades-long commencement tradition, honoring 10 students who embody the academic, research, and community tenacity of the graduating class.

Sciences In The News

June 3, 2023

In the event of nuclear war, the ultra-rich can hide away in their luxury bunkers that cost anywhere from $35,000 to $14 million. But what about the rest of us?

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
May 30, 2023

Spring has come and while temperatures are rising, the Las Vegas valley is seeing more pesky insects crawling and flying around.

Psychology Today
May 25, 2023

According to the World Health Organization, Alzheimer's is one of our most debilitating diseases. It effectively erases who you are, insinuating itself at first with annoyance, then anger, then fright, and finally silence. It can take 20 years to play out, exhausting caregivers, family, and friends.

May 25, 2023

It’s a classic science fiction trope: Astronauts on an interstellar journey are kept in sleek, refrigerated pods in a state of suspended animation. Although such pods remain purely fictional, scientists have pursued research into inducing a hibernation-like state in humans to lessen the damage caused by medical conditions such as heart attacks and stroke, and to reduce the stress and costs of future long-distance space sojourns.

The Health Standard Newswire
May 24, 2023

New research is showing that an abundance of certain specific types of gut bacteria could be associated with the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 16, 2023

Who can forget the 2019 grasshopper invasion? Grasshoppers were covering gas stations, overcoming the skies, and fast forward to today, the question that everyone may have is, “Will this be a repeat of 2019?”

Sciences Experts

An expert on hibernation, pupfish, evolution, and cellular biology.
A physics professor, whose specialties include high pressure science, explosives, and high radiation flux.
An expert in planetary science, igneous petrology, and Martian geology.
An expert on bacterial gene regulation and bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. 
An expert in climate resilience and sustainability.  
An expert in insect physiology and evolution.

Recent Sciences Accomplishments

June 5, 2023
Grant: Advising Colleagues from Across Campus The UNLV Academic Advising community was recently awarded a two-time grant from the Stupski Foundation to focus on wellness initiatives for academic advising professionals within NACADA Region 9 institutions. Two teams submitted a proposal that addresses the needs for wellness, sustainability, and…
April 17, 2023
Farhad Shokoohi (Mathematical Sciences) and colleagues A. Khalili, M. Asgharian, both of McGill University, and S. Lin (Ohio State University) co-authored an article titled "Sparse estimation in semi-parametric finite mixture of varying coefficient regression models". The paper introduces an unsupervised learning and feature selection methods for…
April 10, 2023
Jorge Reyes (Mathematical Sciences) published a micro article titled, "Examples of identities and inequalities for the nonlinear term in the Navier–Stokes equation," in the Journal Examples and Counterexamples.
March 28, 2023
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) recently held their 241st AAS meeting in Seattle, Washington. During the meeting students from across the nation participated in the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Poster Competition where students present their posters and are judged by volunteer judges.  Margaret Johnston (Physics and Astronomy)…
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…