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Mar 10, 2017
Christine Springer (Public Policy and Leadership) was a plenary speaker for the DRI 2017 Professionals Conference in February. She addressed emergency management and homeland security degrees nationwide, the ECEM (executive master of science in crisis and emergency management) degree that she helped start and manages and also where the emergency management and homeland security profession is today in contrast to 2011. She also interacted with the audience for 30 minutes and received and answered questions.  

Mar 9, 2017
Nancy Lough, James Hines (both Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Margo Malik (Athletics) participated in the Sport and Recreation Law Association's 30th annual conference in Las Vegas this month. Lough, the invited keynote speaker, titled her talk, "If We Build It, Will They Come? Considering 30 Years of Sport Law and Policy." Additionally, Lough and Ph.D. student Hines presented "First and What's the Goal? A Legal Examination of North Carolina House Bill 2 (HB2) and Intercollegiate Athletics." Malik and Lough presented: "Title IX Compliance and Athletic Department Webpages: A Content Analysis." Malik also is a UNLV alum, having earned a master's degree in journalism and media studies in 2016.      

Mar 9, 2017
Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology hosted the third annual Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Day during the first week of March. The day-long event provided students with group interactions such as a poverty simulation designed to encourage collaborative, positive patient outcomes when they begin working in clinical settings. Nearly 50 faculty and staff volunteers made the day possible for more than 180 students. The next IPE Day is tentatively scheduled for spring semester 2018.

Mar 6, 2017
Gregory Borchard (Journalism and Media Studies) is the author of "Beyond Radicalism: The New-York Tribune's Whiggishness and Constructive Democracy," which appears in the March edition of Journalism & Communication Monographs.

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

Dec 16, 2016
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) has written an article, “Annie and the Shaman: Exploring Data via Provocative Artifacts” that has been accepted by Leonardo, an MIT Press peer-reviewed journal exploring the application of contemporary science and technology to the arts. The article covers the development of an exploratory data visualization connecting two contexts with notable data histories: Nevada’s aboveground atomic testing and its Basin and Range region. The project uses onsite data visualizations to encourage researcher and public engagement, and the article’s subject is currently on a two-year tour throughout Nevada as part of the "Basin and Range" exhibit, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the state of Nevada.  

Dec 16, 2016
The Multicultural Educational Services Alliance (MESA) Team (Education) was chosen from more than 90 applicants as a focus project at the national Teach to Lead Summit held in Washington, D.C., last month. The annual teacher preparation summit seeks to spotlight and advance groundbreaking research and work happening in states, districts, and schools across the nation. MESA team members Jori Beck (Teaching and Learning); Cynthia Chávez, a teacher in the Clark County School District ; and UNLV students Marcus Jackson (Education), Rosemary Flores (Public Policy and Leadership), and Tonya Walls (Education) were invited to workshop the team’s new project, Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways, which seeks to add to and diversify the pool of highly skilled educators across Clark County and Nevada. The team also was highlighted in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s EdPrepMatters newsletter. 

Nov 28, 2016
Magdalena Martinez (Lincy Institute and College of Urban Affairs) has written a chapter that has been published in the book Engaged Research and Practice: Higher Education and the Pursuit of the Public GoodEngaged Research and Practice is about two prevailing and complementary ideas that have surfaced in the higher education arena: engaged research and higher education for the public good. Engaged research is scholarship that not only attempts to open up new knowledge, but also does so with a sense that the new knowledge, insight, and directions have a direct relationship to needs and problems within our communities, institutions, and policy arenas. Martinez offers a critical look at the importance of families and parents in models of higher education access in her chapter,"The Problem With Our Students... Is That Their Families Don't Value Education."       

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.

Oct 3, 2016
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) presented his work in the U.S. Senate Rotunda in Washington, D.C., as part of the competitively selected “Home Means Nevada” exhibit highlighting federally managed lands in Nevada and sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Nevada Arts Council. His contribution, a documentary photograph, “Camping at Shaman Knob, Dusk,,” features a location rich in petroglyphs in Lincoln County surrounded by a wide expanse of the recently protected Basin and Range National Monument. The work builds on his earlier “Aesthetic Evidence” exhibit examining empirical evidence in imagery, sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.