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communication studies Accomplishments

May 2, 2017
Larissa Terán (Communication Studies), Jonathan Birds, Anna Caputo, Rich Easter, Rosa Rosas, and Mark Sakurada (all Public Policy and Leadership) received honors at the 8th annual Greenspun College of Urban Affairs' (GCUA) Graduate Research Symposium in April. The symposium offers graduate students in GCUA the opportunity to present their research to the college, UNLV, and the community at large. Judges for the event were Robert Ulmer, GCUA dean; Chris Heavey, dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and Kendall Hartley, associate dean of the Graduate College. The graduate student research awardees are: 1st Place: Larissa Terán, department of communication studies 2nd Place: Jonathan Birds, School of Public Policy and Leadership 3rd Place: Anna Caputo, Rich Easter, Rosa Rosas, and Mark Sakurada, School of Public Policy and Leadership    

Apr 18, 2017
Jennifer Guthrie (Communication Studies) and Adrianne Kunkel of the University of Kansas were awarded the 2016 B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article Award from the Western States Communication Association for their article, "Survivor: Women's Stories of Navigation and Tensions in a Domestic Violence Shelter."

Apr 4, 2017
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) is the author of Feminism, Gender, and Politics in NBC's Parks and Recreation, which just has been published (Peter Lang, New York). This book analyzes the various ways the series presented feminism as a positive force, such as the satirical portrayal of patriarchy; alternative depictions of masculinity; the feminist ideology and political career of main character Leslie Knope; the inclusion of actual political figures; and depictions of love and romance as related to feminism.

Apr 3, 2017
The UNLV Debate Team celebrated its second consecutive year advancing to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament (NDT). The NDT is the most prestigious and challenging collegiate debate tournament in America. This year two individual UNLV teams advanced to the elimination rounds of the NDT — a first for the program. The UNLV Debate Team also had three individual teams compete in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship Tournament. At the CEDA National Championship tournament, UNLV debaters Christian Ogata and Jerrell Berrios advanced to the Sweet 16 elimination round and were named to the CEDA All-American Debate Squad.  Learn more about UNLV's award-winning debate team.  

Jun 25, 2015
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies) and some colleagues from the University of Colorado, Denver, Stephen Hartnett, Lisa Keranen, and Patrick Dodge, gave research talks to graduate students working in the areas of communication and cultural studies at Shenzhen University, China earlier this month. His talk was titled "Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear: The Paradoxes of Communicating 'Development.'"

Dec 1, 2014
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "'Let Us Plan Your Happily Ever After': Disney's Princess Brides in the Wedding Utopia" at the Midwest Popular and American Culture Association's annual conference in Indianapolis. This research explores the implications of Disney's fairy tale weddings and the place of the "princess bride" in a post-feminist, female-targeted media milieu.

Nov 1, 2014
Joseph Rhodes (Honors and Communication Studies), along with Nathan Crick (Texas A&M University), co-authored a lead essay in the journal Rhetoric Review. "Death and Eloquence" explores the relationship in Homer's Iliad between coming close to death and delivering eloquent speeches. Crick and Rhodes argue that only those Homeric heroes capable of understanding mortality at a deeper level are truly able to reach the heights of beautiful speech.

Nov 1, 2014
David Schwartz (Center for Gaming Research) and 10 graduates of the Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies or School of Communications won awards in this year's Nevada Press Association contest. Schwartz's awards came for his work in Vegas Seven magazine. He was recognized in the Best Local Column category for his bi-weekly "Green Felt Journal" and in the Best Feature Story category for "The Book That Tried to End Vegas," a look back on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ed Reid and Ovid Demaris' The Green felt Jungle. Among the top honors claimed by the 10 UNLV alums was the Journalist of Merit prize for Urban Weeklies for Mark Adams at Las Vegas Weekly. A first-place winner was feature writer Michael Lyle at the Review-Journal, who also received second- and third-place honors for his writing in the RJ's View section. He is now a reporter for the RJ Living section. Other grads who took honors (some with multiple prizes) include Caitlyn Belcher, Ray Brewer, Glenn Cook, Sean DeFrank, Jack Johnson, Jorge Labrador, Valerie Miller, and PJ Perez. The Boulder City Review won the General Excellence Award for community newspapers in the past year when Arnold Knightly was editor and Jack Johnson was the reporter. Steven Slivka is the reporter there now. The awards were presented at the association's annual ceremony Sept. 20.

Nov 1, 2014
Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum, UNLV's debate team, won accolades at its first debate tournament of the 2014-15 season. Four teams represented UNLV at the tournament hosted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City in September. A total of 114 teams from across the nation competed. Sara Beth Brooks and Dan Stanfield finished the preliminary rounds with a 6-2 record, defeating Stanford, Arizona State, and others. They advanced to the elimination round of 32 where they beat Baylor University, and then advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, losing on a close 2-1 decision to the University of Kansas. Brooks was ranked the 17th best speaker at the tournament out of 228 speakers. Matt Gomez and Alex Velto finished the preliminary rounds with a 5-3 record, defeating University of Kansas, University of Iowa, Pitt, and others. They also advanced to the elimination round of 32. The team of Roman Kezios and Christian Ogata also finished preliminary rounds with a 5-3 record, seeded 37th, defeating teams from NYU, Baylor, University of Kansas, and others. This fall UNLV will compete at tournaments at home, at Harvard, and at Wake Forest.

Jun 2, 2014
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) is co-author of "Television, Religion, and 'Supernatural': Hunting Monsters, Findings Gods" (Lexington, 2014) with Joseph M. Valenzano III of the University of Dayton and formerly of UNLV. Their book examines the text of the CW network television series Supernatural, a program based in the horror genre that offers viewers myriad religious-based antagonists through the portrayals of monsters, which its two main characters "hunt" and destroy, as well as story lines based on the Bible.