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Newsmakers 2013: Summer Roundup

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Campus News  |  Aug 7, 2013  |  By Megan Downs
Jennifer Berger and Shawn Gerstenberger studied lead content in hot sauce. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

UNLV faculty, staff and students remained hard at work throughout the summer - hosting camps for local K-12 students, conducting research, and furthering plans to create programs that will contribute to Nevada's economic development.

Community health researchers examined lead levels in imported hot sauce, UNLV's top-ranked debate team taught high schoolers their best tactics during an intensive summer camp, a UNLV law professor is headed to Washington, D.C., and the College of Engineering announced it is exploring a new minor in unmanned aerial vehicles.

Below are some top stories from June and July.

Dangers of Hot Sauce

Community Health Sciences researchers Shawn Gerstenberger and Jennifer Berger found elevated lead levels in some hot sauces imported from Mexico, and they urged for enforceable screening standards. Their findings were featured in more than 150 news outlets around the world.

The Drone Plan

In the near future, UNLV students could earn a minor in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and other unmanned systems. If Nevada is selected by the federal government as a UAV testing site, students could be running the state's future drone industry.

Economic Uptick

The Center for Business and Economic Research at the Lee Business School released its biannual economic outlook, showing modest recovery throughout Southern Nevada.

Diversity in Newspapers

Journalism students analyzed 352 front-page stories of The New York Times and found that men were quoted 3.4 times more than female sources.

Teaching the Art of Debate

In a two-week camp, members of UNLV's nationally ranked debate team taught local high school students how to succeed in college-level debate. Jake Thompson, director of UNLV's Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum, wants Las Vegas to become the intellectual hub for the nation's top debaters.

Defending the Homeland

Boyd School of Law Professor Bret Birdsong headed to Washington this summer after being appointed by the Obama Administration to lead the Bureau of Land Management's legal team.