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Newsmakers 2013: Spring Roundup

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Campus News  |  Jun 14, 2013  |  By Megan Downs
UNLV's 50th commencement ceremony. (Aaron Mayes/UNLV Photo Services)

UNLV wrapped up the Spring semester with a frenzy of activity, including its 50th commencement ceremony where late night talk show host and UNLV alumnus Jimmy Kimmel received an honorary doctorate. Two new deans were appointed, one for the Harrah Hotel College and another for the College of Education. UNLV's solar decathlon team started construction of its solar powered, energy efficient home and history professor Dierdre Clemente lent her fashion expertise to the spring's blockbuster hit The Great Gatsby.

Below are some recent top stories from April and May featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

Gastby Garment Guru

History professor Dierdre Clemente was a costume consultant for Baz Luhrmann's remake of The Great Gatsby. She conducted her master's thesis at Fashion Institute of Technology on Fitzgerald and fashion and shared her expertise with media.

Parleying on Placenta

Research by anthropology professor Dan Benyshek and his graduate student on the health benefits of eating placentas is piquing the interest of the medical community and made national news this spring.

Introducing Dr. Kimmel

UNLV celebrated its 50th commencement ceremony, awarding almost 3,000 degrees. Late night talk show personality Jimmy Kimmel, a UNLV alumnus and generous donor, received an honorary doctorate.

Climate Research

UNLV researchers are leading the way on several studies monitoring climate change throughout Nevada. Two engineering professors will also lead a statewide $20 million grant to improve solar energy research.

Healthier Kids

The obesity rate drops for Nevada's youngest students, according to an annual report by UNLV's Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy.

Dean Announcements

In April, Kim Metcalf, the director of institutional research and planning at the University of West Georgia is appointed the seventh education dean. In May, Stowe Shoemaker was appointed dean of Harrah Hotel College of Administration. Shoemaker, tapped from UNLV faculty, has decades of consulting experience for the hospitality industry, including gaming, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and major medical centers.

Solar Home Kickoff

UNLV's team began construction on a solar-powered home called Desert Sol that will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. More than 60 students are helping build the home on the Paradise Campus this summer.