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Oct 18, 2018
The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West served as co-sponsors of the American Planning Association Nevada Chapter Annual State Conference earlier this month. As such, many UNLV faculty members presented their research on critical policy areas for our state through various conference sessions.  Robert Lang and William Brown (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) moderated two keynote sessions on the conference theme "Vegas Growing Up — Welcome to the Big Leagues," featuring Jeremy Aguerro, and on "Growth Management in the Intermountain West," featuring Chris Nelson of the University of Arizona. Karen Danielsen (Public Policy & Leadership) was joined by community leaders, Chad Williams of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority and Mike Shohet of Nevada HAND, to offer a session on "Housing and Community Development in Nevada. David Damore (Political Science), Caitlin Saladino (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West), and Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) presented a session on "Planning and State Politics." Marya Shegog (Community Health Science and The Lincy Institute) and Sara Hunt (UNLV School of Medicine) were joined by Natasha Mosby (Social Work) to present on "Health Equity in Nevada."  Jaewon Lim (Public Policy & Leadership), along with Zachary Miles (Research & Economic Development), offered a session on "Economic Development in Nevada"  Magdalena Martinez (Public Policy & Leadership and The Lincy Institute) was joined by Maria Marinch of the College of Southern Nevada to present on "Latino Education: The Key to Metropolitan Vitality."  Two visiting scholars from the Brookings Institution to Brookings Mountain West also offered sessions: John Hudak, senior fellow in governance studies, presented on "Marijuana Regulation & Neighborhood Impact" and Michael Hansen, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, presented on "Teacher Diversity & Achievement Gaps.  */

Sep 13, 2018
On Sept. 5 the Academic Success Center (ASC) celebrated its 10-year anniversary and as part of its celebration recognized former students, faculty, departments, and community leaders that have made the ASC such an exemplary center. They are: Dean’s Award - Carl Reiber (formerly of the provost's office) Dean’s Award - Regent Kevin Page Founder’s Award - Neal Smatresk (former UNLV president) Outstanding Impact Award - philanthropist Christina Hixson  Classified Dedication Award -  Monica McNeely (ASC) Full-time Faculty Dedication Award - Salvador Mora (ASC) Graduate Student Ambassador Award - John Starkey (Lee Business School) Alumni Award of Excellence - Devante Davis, '15 BS Public Administration Alumni Award of Excellence - Crestcencia Ortiz-Barnett, '10 BA Theatre Arts, '15 MA Theatre Arts Alumni Award of Excellence - Ashley Rapuano, '16 BA Theatre Arts Outstanding Graduate Award - Lily Sender, '18 BS Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Award - Angelica Bustos, '16 BS Biology Outstanding Graduate Award - Ariana Burton, '18 BA Anthropology Outstanding Graduate Award - Nha Trang "Vivian" Sam, '17 BS Biology Lifetime Partner in Student Success - College of Liberal Arts Lifetime Partner in Student Success - University Libraries Lifetime Partner in Student Success - College of Engineering

Sep 11, 2018
Jay Shen, Sungyoun Chun (both Community Health Sciences); Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration), Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), Haneul Choi (Honors), and Ji Won Yoo (Medicine) recently published an article, “Relationship Between Acute Hepatitis C and the Opioid Epidemic” in the American Journal of Medicine. This paper was a collaboration between UNLV and the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. In response to the opioid epidemic across the country, this article suggests the screening of hepatitis C must expand to the all American adults from the currently existing baby-boomer cohort born between 1945 and 1965. 

Aug 28, 2018
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) and Gabriela Tscholl, '15 BA and '17 MA Communication Studies, published an article about political rhetoric in the 2016 presidential election in the Kenneth Burke Journal titled, "Analyzing Warrants and Worldviews in the Rhetoric of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Burke and Argumentation in the 2016 Presidential Election." Comparing the idealist argumentative strategies of Trump to the pragmatic argumentative strategies of Clinton, the authors argue for the importance of the rhetorical dramas offered by the candidates and their implications for the future of political communication. 

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.