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urban affairs Accomplishments

Aug 16, 2018
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) during the summer presented at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) photography group in Geneva, Switzerland, on the topic of Las Vegas and UNLV initiatives to document urban and public lands in Southern Nevada. This is the third year that he has presented updates on these ongoing efforts to the CERN audience.

Aug 15, 2018
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) is the author of Treating Addictions: The Four Components, a book published by Routledge in July. It is based on her ACQS model of the four essential components of treatment: addiction fundamentals (A) co-occurring disorders (C) quality of life (Q) social and macro factors (S) After an introduction discussing the framework of addiction, subsequent chapters elaborate on each component. The book offers a comprehensive skill set for treating addictions.

Aug 13, 2018
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) and Joseph M. Valenzano III of the University of Dayton received the First Place Faculty Paper award for "True Believers, Poseurs, and Becoming 'Woke': Portrayals of Religion in 'Orange Is the New Black'" by the Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the group's annual conference in Washington, D.C, in August. Their paper examines the various roles that religion plays in the critically acclaimed Netflix television series.

Jun 22, 2018
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) published an article on baseball, sabermetrics, and infrastructures of expertise in the journal Games and Culture. Statistical fandom is presented as a cultural infrastructure, which influences how all fans perceive the game of baseball, including what is valued in the game, how the game itself is played, and Major League Baseball as an industry. In building off of Erica Halverson and Richard Halverson's (both academics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison) conception of a fantasy plane of baseball fandom, this research theorizes an additional statistical plane. Sabermetrics serve as a microcosm for understanding a larger statistical turn in sports and reporting.   

Jun 21, 2018
The UNLV Debate Team (Communication Studies) was recognized at the Clark County Board of Commissioners meeting for their outstanding achievements in the 2017-18 season. Commissioner Jim Gibson invited head coach Jake Thompson (Communication Studies) and members of the Debate Team to the June 19  meeting to be recognized with an official county proclamation.

Jun 14, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee, Ya-Ting Hsu (both Physical Therapy), and Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with two alums, Marissa Toberman, '12 BS Kinesiology and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Betina Bair, '03 BA Communication Studies and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, co-authored “Gender and Posture are Significant Risk Factors to Musculoskeletal Symptoms during Touchscreen Tablet Computer Use.” The study, which noted that among all postural factors, sitting without back support was the most important risk factor for having musculoskeletal symptoms, appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.  

Jun 13, 2018
Olesya Venger (Journalism and Media Studies) was awarded the Top Faculty Paper Award (First Place) during the Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition, which is held by the International Division of the the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She will present her paper on immigration and media attitudes during the annual association conference in Washington, D.C., in August. 

Jun 7, 2018
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "Ironic Faith: Shades of Religious Renewal in AMC's The Walking Dead" at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association in Pittsburgh in April.  

May 31, 2018
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication) is a contributor to the new edited volume, Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads. Her chapter, titled "Thanaviewing, the Aokigahara Forest, and Orientalism: Rhetorical Separations between the Self and Other in The Forest" analyzes how using Japan's Aokigahara Forest as a backdrop for the horror film The Forest functions to orientalize Japanese people and culture and to minimize the real social and cultural concerns of suicide in Japan.

May 15, 2018
Gregory Borchard (Journalism) has been named the Editor of Journalism History by the History Division of AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication). Greg Borchard won unanimous approval from Vice Chair Erika Pribanic-Smith, Second Vice Chair Teri Finneman, and Chair Doug Cumming. Borchard is a full professor of history at the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and has been praised for his organizational skills, clear writing, and his work with editors.