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sociology Accomplishments

Aug 15, 2017
Andrew Spivak (Sociology) and colleagues published an article, "Self-interest and Public Opinion in Health Policy: Smoking Behavior and Support for Tobacco Control," in Social Theory & Health.

Jul 14, 2017
Jennifer Reed and Barb Brents (both Sociology), along with UNLV alumna Crystal Jackson, '03 BA Psychology, '07 MA Sociology, '13 PhD Sociology, published a co-authored book chapter titled "Strange Confluences: Radical Feminism and Evangelical Christianity as Drivers of US Neo-Abolitionism" in Feminism, Prostitution, and the State. Jackson is now a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.      

Jul 5, 2017
Three UNLV graduate students recently received a national Love of Learning Award from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. They are among 100 award recipients nationwide. Erick López, a doctoral student in sociology, will use funds from the award to travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to attend a research methods training titled "Health Disparities, Health Inequities and Vulnerable Populations: Research Examining and Understanding Complexity" and hosted by the world-renowned Interuniversity Consortium of Political and Social Research in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Alfonso Toro, ’17 M.Ed, is a Teach for America ’15 corps member and a full-time 8th grade English teacher in the inner city. His passion lies in creating access for others and he believes that education is the key to opportunity. Alfonso will use the award to travel to Frankfurt, Germany, to pursue German language lessons. Shelly Volsche is a visiting lecturer with the Academic Success Center and a doctoral candidate in anthropology. She is completing her dissertation on the formation and practice of the childfree identity, including what this emergent identity can teach us about the postmodern era. She is an engaged professor who believes continuing to learn is at the core of creating community within her classroom and the broader UNLV community.

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.  

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 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 20, 2017
Christie Batson (Sociology) was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Academic Assessment Award for a Department or Program. This is a first-ever, universitywide award that acknowledges "outstanding work and dedication to academic assessment." 

Mar 30, 2017
Takashi Yamashita and Jennifer Keene (both Sociology), and their co-authors, published an article in Journal of Applied Gerontology titled, "Underlying Motivations of Volunteering Across Life Stages: A Study of Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations in Nevada."