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urban affairs Accomplishments

Aug 18, 2017
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) was invited to present at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) photography group in Geneva, Switzerland, in July on collaborative efforts to document and protect public lands, including Nevada's Basin and Range and Gold Butte national monuments.

Aug 16, 2017
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "Positive Disruption: Gender, Popular Communication, and the Growth Mindset" at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held in Chicago in August. Her presentation addressed the use of disruption in teaching feminist concepts and making students aware of gender inequality in a range of mass media forms in order to encourage growth mindedness.

Jul 24, 2017
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies), Janet Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Jennifer Rennels (Psychology) have been named Graduate Faculty Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. The Graduate Faculty Fellows Program allows UNLV faculty and the Graduate College to work together on projects each academic year. The program brings faculty expertise and insight into the Graduate College as well as builds and sustains close relationships between the college and the departments and programs it serves. Congratulations to this year’s fellows, who will begin their one-year appointment in August.

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 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."