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Newsmakers 2014: July

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Campus News  |  Aug 8, 2014  |  By Megan Downs
Professor Stephen Rowland. (Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services)

The summer months give UNLV professors and students a chance to delve deeply into research projects and forge community connections. In July, a team of current and aspiring mechanical engineers were busy building a robotic hand for a 4-year-old girl ; geologists unearthed a rare fossil of ancient algae in western Nevada; a group of students created a contraption that kills bed bugs lurking in library books; and an undergraduate started a support group for undocumented students.

Below are just a few top media stories from July highlighting the people and programs at UNLV.

Building a Special Hand

A group of Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering professors and students are working to create a Robohand for 4-year-old Hailey Dawson using a 3-D printer.

Summer of Science

UNLV scientists presented recent discoveries of ancient fossils and long-gone species that roamed the area 250,000 years ago such as the giant ground sloth and the Columbian mammoth. They also worked to preserve the current endangered species such as the elusive Mt. Charleston blue butterfly.

A Bevy of Experts

UNLV experts from a variety of disciplines offer their knowledge to help explain complex problems and comment on social trends.

  • Nursing professor Pat Alpert discusses dangers of hypertension. Review-Journal story
  • English professor Amy Green explains how video games and great Western literature. KNPR story
  • Law professor Mary LaFrance explains trademark law. 8 News Now
  • Communications professor Erica Engstrom analyzes the media's portrayal of weddings. Academic Minute
  • Allied Health professor Gabriele Wulf on harnessing brain's power for better workouts. Men's Fitness story

Savvy Students

UNLV students don't stop studying in the summer. They are writing e-books, launching groups to help undocumented students through school, and developing a contraption that kills bed bugs that could be living in library books.

  • Nevada's first student organization dedicated to helping undocumented students. Las Vegas Sun story
  • UNLV student writer wins writing prize for e-chap book. KNPR story
  • Engineering students keep library books clean with bed bug zapper. Review Journal story

Finding Jobs for Veterans

UNLV partnered with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid to host a career fair for hundreds of local veterans. The event included resume help, mock interviews and social media training.