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criminal justice Accomplishments

Sep 11, 2018
Jay Shen, Sungyoun Chun (both Community Health Sciences); Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration), Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), Haneul Choi (Honors), and Ji Won Yoo (Medicine) recently published an article, “Relationship Between Acute Hepatitis C and the Opioid Epidemic” in the American Journal of Medicine. This paper was a collaboration between UNLV and the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. In response to the opioid epidemic across the country, this article suggests the screening of hepatitis C must expand to the all American adults from the currently existing baby-boomer cohort born between 1945 and 1965. 

Feb 14, 2018
Emily J. Salisbury (Criminal Justice) was awarded the 2018 GPSA Outstanding Mentor Award by the Graduate and Professional Student Association at UNLV.

Nov 14, 2017
Rachell Ekroos (Nursing) and Alexis Kennedy (Criminal Justice) hosted meetings with Ukrainian leaders representing government sectors, law enforcement agencies, social service providers, and non-government organizations as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Program alumni include 19 current chiefs of state or heads of government and 330 former chiefs of state or heads of government. Ekroos’ expertise includes the health care response to persons identified as victims of human trafficking, their unique biopsychosocial and clinical forensic needs, and collaborative multidisciplinary responses to human trafficking. Kennedy shares her expertise and data related to trafficking of minors and how local systems have responded to the needs of victims during the past decade. Both provide expertise related to the differences between local, national, and international systems coupled with discussions about due process and justice. 

Oct 19, 2017
Tamara Madensen (Criminal Justice) is the recipient of the 2017 Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. She received the award for developing an effective and innovative violence-reduction policing strategy called PIVOT (Place-based Investigations of Violent Offender Territories). PIVOT is designed to stop shootings in chronically violent urban locations. Police, city departments, and local communities work together to disrupt opportunities for violence, using a problem-oriented approach that focuses on uncovering and dismantling place-networks that permit violent activities. A panel of distinguished judges from around the world, including academics and police experts, gave the Goldstein Award to those who developed and implemented PIVOT in Cincinnati, Ohio — Cincinnati police department officers and analysts, city of Cincinnati personnel, and Madensen, the strategy's co-creator.    

May 9, 2017
Breanna Boppre (Criminal Justice), Leiszle Lapping-Carr (Psychology), and Michael Moncrieff (Anthropology), recently were announced by the Graduate College as the recipients of the 2017-18 President's UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowships are funded by gifts to the UNLV Foundation by the Frank Koch Living Trust for the research support of doctoral students. Boppre is pursuing a doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice and is advised by professor Emily Salisbury. Lapping-Carr is working toward a doctoral degree in psychology. Her advisor is Chris Heavey, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of psychology. Michael Moncrieff is pursuing a doctoral degree in anthropology. Professor Pierre Lienard is his advisor.  

May 3, 2017
Breanna Boppre (Criminal Justice) has been awarded the President's UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Her doctoral dissertation research focuses on understanding the pathways of justice-involved women of color, and their criminogenic needs and strengths. Boppre and her work were the subject of an article that appeared on the UNLV News Center in April.

Feb 3, 2017
Randall Shelden (Criminal Justice) recently completed his first novel, An Improbable Rise. It has been published as a Kindle e-book. 

Oct 20, 2016
Cassandra Boyer, Jorge Adrian Castrejon, Jessica Nave-Blodgett, Andrew Ortiz, and Karl Wennerlind have been chosen to receive the fall 2016 Southwest Travel Awards. They were selected from among 150 student applicants. Recipients of the awards receive a round-trip travel voucher from Southwest Airlines to allow them to travel to a conference or workshop related to their studies. Boyer, who is pursuing a master of arts degree in criminal justice, will be attending the annual conference of the American Society of Sociology in New Orleans. Castrejon, a doctoral candidate in public affairs, will be traveling to San Antonio to attend the Gloria Anzaldua Mundo Zurdo Conference. Nave-Blodgett, a doctoral student in experimental psychology, will be attending the biennial meeting of the Society for Research into Child Development in Austin, Texas. Ortiz, who is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, will be traveling to San Diego to attend the international conference of the Society for Neuroscience. Wennerlind, a doctoral student in special education, will be attending the national TASH Conference in St. Louis. TASH is an organization that is an international leader in disability advocacy.

Apr 1, 2015
Miliaikeala Heen (Graduate College) is the recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for her thesis, "Putting The Microscope On Crime Labs: The Effects of Evidence Complexity And Laboratory Type On Jurors' Perceptions Of Forensic Evidence." She is pursuing a master of arts degree in criminal justice.

Dec 1, 2013
Karunaratne Hangawatte (Criminal Justice), Sri Lanka's ambassador to France and permanent delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), unanimously was elected vice president of the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris in November. Leading the delegation of Sri Lanka to the biennial session of the General Conference, he highlighted the socio-economic achievements of the nation while providing a detailed overview of the advancements that have occurred in Sri Lanka. Delivering his country's national statement at a general policy debate, he spoke about the many initiatives adopted by Sri Lanka to promote religious understanding and intercultural dialogue through social cohesion and a culture of peace and non-violence. Additionally, he unanimously was elected to chair the 19th session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention at the opening of the sessions in November. This is the first time Sri Lanka has been elected to chair the General Assembly of the World Heritage Convention, having accepted the convention and becoming a states party in 1980.