UNLV prides itself on being a good neighbor by tackling issues that matter to Southern Nevadans. In campus labs and out in the community, our faculty, staff and students are creating programs to tackle the teacher shortage and to improve health; they're working to stamp out violence and discrimination; and they're archiving residents' histories for generations to come.
Below is a sampling of stories that highlight just a few of UNLV's efforts to help create community solutions in 2015.
Engineers build girl a robotic hand
A group of Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering professors and students in 2014 created a plastic prosthetic Robohand for Las Vegas native Hailey Dawson using a 3-D printer. This year, more than 80 media outlets covered how the scientists customized the hand, allowing the 5-year-old to throw out the first pitch at a home game for her favorite team, the Baltimore Orioles.
- E! Online, CNN, ESPN, and MLB.com (first pitch coverage)
- New York Daily News (Hailey's story inspires recently-wounded professional athlete)
- Fox News Business (UNLV professor Brendan O'Toole explains the Robohand building process)
- KNPR (feature profile on Hailey's family)
As news arose that the Clark County School District would begin the 2015-16 school year more than 2,000 educators short, UNLV's College of Education (COE) began crafting plans to help fill the gap. Over the summer, COE hosted Rebel Academy, a fast-track certification program. Later in the year, COE secured scholarships that will help expand a similar fast-track program, Troops to Teachers, and hosted a summit that drew stakeholders from the local, state and national levels looking to create more permanent solutions.
- KVVU, KLAS, Las Vegas Sun, and Las Vegas Review-Journal (Summit on Nevada Education)
- Las Vegas Sun and Reno Gazette-Journal (scholarships)
- PBS, Vegas Seven, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and NPR (teacher shortage)
- KLAS, MundoMax, and KTNV (Rebel Academy)
Students promote peace
As headlines about anti-Muslim sentiment and discrimination filled news sites, UNLV students decided to take a stand. One Muslim student stood blindfolded on campus beside a sign offering hugs. A group of journalism students are participating in a U.S. State Department contest aimed at using social media and other tools to combat extremism and terrorist recruitment.
- Las Vegas Weekly, KSNV, and Las Vegas Review-Journal (Hug demonstration)
- KVVU and KSNV (Students combat extremism)
Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night — held each October to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month — is an empowering event to honor the victims of domestic, sexual, dating and gender violence. For the first time in its 22-year history, UNLV expanded its event from one to six days to provide even more opportunities to speak out against violence, remember victims, support survivors, celebrate recovery, and make the UNLV campus and Las Vegas community a safer place.
Clark County residents now have a better idea of what's causing their stuffy noses, sneezing and wheezing during allergy season. UNLV and the Clark County School District (CCSD) this spring revived a monitoring program to track when and how much pollen is in Southern Nevada's air. Without the partnership, which includes the Clark County Department of Air Quality, Las Vegas has been one of the country's only metropolitan areas without a pollen count system.
UNLV's University Libraries spent the year documenting and updating records about life in Southern Nevada.