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Newsmakers 2014: June

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

Campus News  |  Jul 7, 2014  |  By Megan Downs

Single-family housing prices are rising as Southern Nevada's economy improves. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

June was a month for research and reflection at UNLV. Business and community health researchers released multiple studies tracking economic and health trends in the state; the university community mourned the loss of philanthropist and former Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Jim Rogers; and faculty experts helped the community make sense of the tragic shootings that took the lives of two Las Vegas police officers and one civilian.

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

Kindergarten Health

As part of an annual survey, UNLV researchers examine the well-being of Nevada students entering kindergarten. The survey revealed that 30 percent are overweight or obese and nearly 13 percent did not have health insurance.

Making Sense of Tragedy

A senseless act of violence in Las Vegas earlier this month left the community wondering why the tragedy occurred. UNLV Sociologist Robert Futrell and UNLV Criminalogoist William Sousa discussed social movements and public safety issues with several local and national media outlets.

Economic Forecast: Sunny Skies Ahead

The Southern Nevada economy was in its fourth year of escalating recovery, according the biannual outlook report developed by the Lee Business School's Center for Business and Economic Research. Las Vegas should reach its precession levels of unemployment in early 2016, economists said.

Farewell to Rogers

The University community mourned the passing of former Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Jim Rogers. Rogers, a prominent businessman, philanthropist and advocate for higher education, passed away June 14.

Kids Count

The annual Nevada KIDS COUNT Data Book, created by the Center for Business and Economic Research, revealed that the number of children living in poverty in Nevada climbed 8.4 percent during the economic downturn and remained above the national average in 2012.

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