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May 24, 2017
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) is the author of an article, "YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting," which recently was published in the journal Social Media + Society. The article was part of a special issue on infancy and media and explores the growing relationship between media industries and the everyday viewing patterns and lives of young children. Specifically, this research focuses on the development of the YouTube Kids app, with well over 10 million downloads, which seeks to capture and monetize youth attention.    YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile ParentingYouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting       YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting  

May 15, 2017
Katherine Hertlein and Gerald Weeks (both Marriage and Family Therapy) have won the Integrative Approaches to Sex Therapy Award from the American Association for Sexuality Counselors, Educators, and Therapists (AASECT). This award is for creative applications of an integrative and interactive approach to sexual issues in clinical work with individuals, couples, groups, and/or supervisees of all ages, genders, and other diversities. This award may be considered for any practical or theoretical body of work, including (but not limited to) trainings, retreats, online courses, videos, or a published paper or book. Nominees should be AASECT-certified sex therapists or sexuality counselors who have demonstrated a clinical consciousness that is multidimensional: inclusive of some combination of physical, emotional, cognitive and/or spiritual dimensions of sexual experience, along with relational and/or social contexts. This award will be presented at AASECT's 49th annual conference in June.

May 11, 2017
Katherine Hertlein and Gerald Weeks (Marriage and Family Therapy), along with co-author Nancy Gambescia of Drexel University, are the 2017 recipients of the American Association for Sexuality Counselors, Educators, and Therapists Book Award for their book, A Clinician's Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy. This award is presented to the author(s) of a book that makes a significant contribution to AASECT's vision of sexual health and to the clinical and educational standards of the field. The nominated book can be written for a professional audience or for a general audience and must have been published in English.  The three authors will be given their award at the AASECT 49th annual conference in June. 

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.

May 3, 2017
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) received the Centennial Alumni Award from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary last October, the Mandel School recognized 100 alumni for their exceptional work toward "inspiring hope and shaping the future."

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 25, 2017
The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Academic Advising Center has been chosen as the "Student's Choice" Academic Advising Center of the Year. The college was selected by the results of a survey that was sent out to the entire UNLV student population. This survey was administerd by the Rebel Voice Commission, an academic advising commission that is run out of the Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Retention, Progression, and Completion. 

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.