The GPSA is continuing this semester with a research brown bag series. Each event features two graduate and/or professional students from designated colleges that will share their research. Time will be given after each presentation for Q & A. Highlighted this semester are students from the Law School and the College of Urban Affairs.
Marisa Rodriguez-Shapoval and Morgan Petrelli are third year law students and student attorneys in the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic. After graduation Marisa will clerk for the Honorable Susan Scann of the Eighth Judicial District Court. Marisa is interested in commercial litigation, immigration law, and public interest work. After graduation Morgan will work as an associate at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer in Las Vegas.
Abstract: Morgan and Marisa spent three weeks in New Delhi, India in December 2012-January 2013 investigating and documenting serious labor and human rights violations among migrant workers in the construction industry. They interviewed workers living in extreme poverty, drafted a human rights report that will be used as a platform for future advocacy, and filed formal complaints with the Department of Labor, the National Commission on Women's Rights, and the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights. Their work reflects a unique collaboration among U.S. and Indian law students in tackling some of the most challenging and dehumanizing aspects of globalization.
Carol Servino is a doctoral candidate in the Public Affairs Ph.D. program in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at UNLV. Carol’s dissertation defense date is set for April 8 and she will be pursuing an academia position. Currently, Carol is a graduate research assistant for Jessica Word, Ph.D., the primary investigator, on a nonprofit economic impact project report for the Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West.
Abstract: Motor vehicle crashes caused the majority of fatalities to police officers in the U. S. for more than a decade, yet little is known about factors contributing to injury crashes. This research study required original data collection. A national survey of police chiefs in state, county, and local agencies of all sizes was conducted online in June and July, 2012. Questions focused on various driving policies and practices, including those related to communication technology commonly used in police patrol vehicles. Other questions included hypothetical situations to explore the culture of driving safety in individual police organizations. The majority of chiefs clearly responded that speed is the top factor in crashes, and many believe there are other contributing factors, notably inexperience and distractions. Binary logistic regression results show agency size and policies permitting cell phone use as statistically significant predictors of injury crashes involving officers. Organizational cultures were compared with t tests.