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May 21, 2018
In mid-April, the UNLV public history program hosted the National Council on Public History’s annual conference, giving UNLV faculty and graduate students an opportunity to organize events and showcase their work: Costume curator and the director of public history at UNLV Deirdre Clemente organized a pop-up fashion exhibition where four teams of four competed to curate and install a Vegas-themed costume exhibition. The clothing used for this mad-cap, collaborative two-hour project is part of the public history program’s study collection and was donated by local collector David Porcello. Professor and public historian Andy Kirk won the best book award at the National Council on Public History for his graphic history, Doomtowns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing. Public historian Miriam Melton Villanueva organized an ofrenda, a Mexican altar commonly used on Day of the Dead. Working with students, Melton Villanueva created the altar to offer visitors to Las Vegas a place to honor the many lives lost in our city on October 1. This work is an extension of a project that began in collaboration with the Barrick Museum. Michael Green, associate director of public history, and graduate students Billy Marino, Shae Cox and Anthony Graham worked with conference organizers on a local program that shared locals’ secrets on where to get the best tacos (Tacos El Gordo) and the city’s historical must-sees, including The Mob Museum. The conference also gave UNLV graduate students a number of opportunities to make important career connections as they move into their professional lives.

Mar 12, 2018
Jeremy Smallwood (Astronomy), Sara Black (History), Tyler Stalbaum (Mechanical Engineering), and Cheryl Anderson (Anthropology) are the recipients of this year's Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards. Each year the college gives four awards — within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM. This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM): Jeremy Smallwood, master of science, astronomy, for  “Secular Resonances during Main-Sequence and Post-Main-Sequence Planetary System Dynamics” Outstanding Thesis (Non-STEM): Sara Black, master of arts, history, for “Homeland, Homestead, and Haven: The Changing Perspectives of Zion National Park, 1700-1930” Outstanding Dissertation (STEM): Tyler Stalbaum, doctor of philosophy, mechanical engineering, for “Ionic Electroactive Polymer Devices: Physics-Based Modeling with Experimental Investigation and Verification” Outstanding Dissertation (Non-STEM): Cheryl Anderson, doctor of philosophy, anthropology, for “The Bioarchaeology of Inequality during the Middle Bronze Age in Central Anatolia.

Mar 9, 2018
Caryll Batt Dziedziak (History and Women's Research Institute of Nevada) will participate in a panel discussion this month following a screening of the film Dolores at the Springs Preserve. The film is about feminist and activist Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice with Cesar Chavez.

Feb 23, 2018
Andy Kirk (History) received the 2018 National Council on Public History (NCPH) Book Award for his book, Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing, A Graphic History (Oxford University Press, 2017). The book was illustrated by Kristian Purcell. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship that addresses the theory and/or practice of public history or that includes the products of public history work. "Kirk’s graphic history of the Nevada nuclear test sites draws on oral histories, agency documentation, and environmental history to tell the complex and controversial story of atmospheric atomic testing, primarily at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site situated in the cultural landscape of the Mojave and Great Basin deserts," said committee members selecting the award winners. "One-part oral history, one-part graphic history, and one-part documentary history, this distinctive publication is remarkably accessible and engaging. Born of a long-term public history project developed through the shared authority of Great Basin residents, Doom Towns interprets the history of atomic testing through a largely hidden community of participants that includes technicians, local ranchers, and nuclear bomb protestors. The graphic history component is strikingly creative and rigorously researched. More than 600 illustrative panels tell a comprehensive story that is a remarkable example of innovative public history," they said.  

Oct 24, 2017
Joanne Goodwin (History) has been elected to the position of secretary for the National  Collaborative for Women's History Sites. The organization's mission is to promote the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women's participation in American life. Most recently the organization won National Historic Landmark status for the home of civil rights and women's rights activist Pauli Murray. Goodwin's term is for two years. 

Aug 25, 2017
Marcia M. Gallo (History) has been named Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar for 2017–18 by the New York Public Library. The visiting scholar program fosters excellence in LGBT studies by providing funds for scholars to do research in the library’s preeminent LGBT historical collections. The fellowship is open to both academic faculty and independent scholars who have made a significant contribution to the field. At UNLV, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, Gallo serves as MA program coordinator. She also is the current president of the Southwest Oral History Association, which promotes community as well as academically based oral history projects in Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. During her fellowship at the library, she will be researching the impact of feminist and lesbian theory and activism on the LGBTQ movements and its organizations from the 1970s through the 1990s.

Jun 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV Provost's office Sciences A full list of recipients is available online. To learn more about their projects, attend the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum on Aug. 9.  

Oct 11, 2016
Andy Kirk (History) is the author of the new graphic history, Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic History, which was released last week by Oxford University Press.The book grew out of Kirk's work over the past 10 years on the award-winning Department of History & Sociology, Nevada Test Site Oral History Project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Education. The history of atomic testing is usually told as a story about big technology, science, and complex global politics. Doom Towns explains critical technological developments and the policies that drove weapons innovation within the context of the specific environments and communities where testing actually took place. The book emphasizes the people who participated, protested, or were affected by atomic testing and explains the decision-making process that resulted in these people and places becoming the only locations and groups to actually experience nuclear warfare during the Cold War. The graphic history presents various viewpoints directly linked to primary sources that reveal the complexity and uncertainty of this history to readers, while also providing evidence and access to archives to help them explore this controversial topic further and to reach their own informed conclusions about this history. 

Aug 12, 2016
William Bauer (History) published a book, California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History (University of Washington Press). Using oral histories of Concow, Pomo, and Paiute workers, taken as part of a New Deal federal works project, Bauer reveals how Native peoples have experienced and interpreted the history of the land we now call California. Combining these oral histories with creation myths and other oral traditions, he demonstrates the importance of sacred landscapes and animals and other non-human actors to the formation of place and identity.         

Jul 28, 2016
Michael Green, Eugene Moehring, Greg Hise, Andy Kirk, William Bauer, (all History), Claytee White, Su Kim Chung, (both Libraries) and Karen Harry (Anthropology), recently participated n a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop in which 72 teachers from across the country studied "Hoover Dam and the American Southwest." Green served as co-director, while Moehring, Hise, Kirk, Bauer, Harry, White, and Chung participated. Also participating was Michelle Turk, '11 PhD History.