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urban affairs Accomplishments

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. 

May 8, 2018
The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Academic Advising Center has been named the "Student's Choice" Academic Advising Center of the Year for the second consecutive year. The selection was based on the results of a survey sent to the entire UNLV student population. This survey was administered 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.

May 8, 2018
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) has a piece, "10 minutes, 1000 years," that is part of the Monuments Exhibition of photographs, paintings, wall murals, and sculptures that will be on display at the Sahara West Library through June 23. The exhibit focuses on art inspired by Nevada's three national monuments, Gold Butte, Tule Springs Fossil Beds, and Basin and Range.

Apr 9, 2018
Jacob Thompson (Communication Studies) was awarded The George Ziegelmueller Coaching Excellence Award by the Board of Trustees of the National Debate Tournament at this year's national championship tournament for policy debate. He is the director of UNLV's top-five nationally ranked debate team, the Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum. The award is named for former Wayne State University debate coach George Ziegelmueller. It is presented to a faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself in the communication profession while coaching teams to competitive success at the NDT.  Thompson said receiving the award was particularly meaningful to him because Ziegelmueller was his coach when he was an undergraduate student debating at Wayne State.

Mar 30, 2018
Esther Herrera (Urban Affairs) and Kevin McVay (Sciences) presented a poster at the 2018 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 9 Conference in Santa Rosa, California. It was titled, "You Are Graduating Soon. Now What?" Their presentation focused on graduation being an exciting time for many students; however, it can also be an anxious time for those who feel unprepared for the workforce and their next life chapter. In their second-year seminar advising presentation, the two advisors proactively show students their campus resources and how they can get involved in internship and independent study opportunities. Within this poster session, they displayed the interactive Prezi presentation that advisors use within this course and shared data that demonstrates the importance of engaging with students early in their collegiate careers. A handout was provided for attendees to learn about how they can create a similar presentation within their own advising center. 

Mar 13, 2018
Claudia Chiang-Lopez (Communication Studies) participated in a panel discussion this month following a screening of the Great Basin Water Network's and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada's "Great Basin Water Grab" documentary films at the Clark County Wetlands. The films focus on the disastrous effects a proposed $15.5 billion water pipeline from rural Nevada to Las Vegas would create for our state.