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liberal arts Accomplishments

May 25, 2017
Briceida Hernandez-Toledo (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) and Meghan Pierce (Psychology) were recognized as Outstanding Graduates at spring commencement. Both were students in the College of Liberal Arts. Hernandez-Toledo earned a bachelor of arts degree in gender and sexuality studies. A first-generation college student and McNair Scholar, she revived UNLV's Chicano student organization, MEChA, and worked with the Center for Social Justice. She will pursue a doctoral degree at UCLA. Pierce, who earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, does research focused on post-traumatic stress disorder. This year she served on 19 university committees and completed a term as president of UNLV's Graduate and Professional Student Association. She will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the fall.

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 8, 2017
Sharang Chaudhry (Math) and Jessica Nave-Blodgett (Psychology) recently were named by the Graduate College as recipients of the 2017-18 UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellowship.The fellowship is made possible by funds from the UNLV Foundation. This prestigious award is granted over four semesters to doctoral students in the final two years of their program. Nave-Blodgett is working toward a doctoral degree in psychology. Her adviser is professor Joel Snyder. Chaudhry is pursing a doctoral degree in mathematical sciences and is being advised by professor Kaushik Ghosh.

May 5, 2017
Abigail Mayfield and Karli Nave (both Psychology) recently were named by the Graduate College as recipients of the 2017-18 Barrick Graduate Fellowships. Both students are pursuing doctoral degrees. Professor Daniel Allen serves as Mayfield's advisor, while professor Erin Hannon is Nave's advisor. The Barrick Graduate Fellowships were established by an endowment from philanthropist Marjorie Barrick. These fellowships are given to outstanding doctoral students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship during their graduate study at UNLV.  

Apr 28, 2017
Michael Ian Borer (Sociology) was quoted in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article titled, "Hairstylist Shelley Gregory Brings Rainbow Hair to Las Vegas." 

Apr 28, 2017
Carolee Dodge Francis (Environmental and Occupational Health) and M. Crystal Lee (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) made a presentation at the 16th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations this month. The presentation, “The Impact of National and International Policies on Indigenous Health and Well-Being” addressed national policies in relation to the DRIP, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They incorporated tribal, national, and international perspectives in order to convey diverse aspects of health, such as the quality of health care services, health disparity, and best practices of prevention, diagnosis, and continuum of treatment.The best practice of research in the scope of indigenizing academia, environmental health and the link to land and water rights, sexual and reproductive health, infectious and chronic diseases, and the integration of culture to improve health and well-being will be discussed. Addressing these issues, the pair highlighted important topics, such as the difference of health perspectives across different global indigenous groups, how these populations view well-being, and the varying health ideals among youth and aging adults.The presentation attempted to highlight these different angles to give a pluralized idea of what can be viewed as indigenous health and well-being in the context of modern states and health policies. Lee, '08 Master of Public Health and '15 PhD Public Health, also is a UNLV alum.

Apr 27, 2017
Takashi Yamashita (Sociology) and co-authors published an article in Gerontology & Geriatrics Education titled, "Impact of Life Stories on College Students’ Positive and Negative Attitudes toward Older Adults."

Apr 26, 2017
Socioliogy professor Ranita Ray was elected as Chair of the Poverty, Class, and Inequality Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She is the author of "The Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City" (UC Press). 

Apr 26, 2017
Sociology professor Anna C. Smedley-López  was an invited panelist at San Diego State University on a panel titled "Global Social Mobility." The panelists discussed access to higher education, barriers to social mobility, and ways to decolonize our work as academics. Smedley-López was invited to participate on the panel because of her work with undergraduate students and SLICES.

Apr 25, 2017
Emily Setina’s essay, “Marianne Moore’s Postwar Fables and the Politics of Indirection,” published in the October 2016 issue of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association, has won the First Annual Marianne Moore Essay Prize from the Marianne Moore Society.