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Newsmakers 2016: January

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

Campus News  |  Feb 5, 2016  |  By Andrea Corral
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A community awareness initiative launched in January to rally support for the final 2016 presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 19. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

January is a time for setting goals and forging ahead on new ideas, two concepts UNLV took to heart as it kicked off 2016. A high-energy event rallied community support as the university and partners prepare for October's presidential debate on campus; construction is underway on a new parking garage and home for UNLV Police, thanks to a public-private partnership; and a UNLV computer science professor was recognized at the White House as a technology "Champion of Change." 

Below are just a few stories featuring UNLV people and programs that made news in January.  

Presidential Debate

The eyes of the nation – and many around the world – will be on Las Vegas Oct. 19 for the final 2016 presidential debate as candidates tackle issues inside UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center that could decide the election. Gov. Brian Sandoval joined officials from UNLV and the LVCVA in mid-January to launch a community awareness initiative intended to rally support leading up to the debate.  

University Gateway Groundbreaking 

University Gateway, a new parking and retail structure, broke ground in January across from Greenspun Hall that will give the land-strapped university access to much-needed parking in the busy southeast part of campus. UNLV will have access to 610 new parking spaces and a new headquarters for the university's police department when the project is completed in 2017. 

'Champion of Change'

Engineering professor Andreas Stefik recently traveled to the White House to be recognized as one of nine Champions of Change for his contributions to computer science. Stefik is the inventor of Quorum, the first evidence-oriented programming language. With grants from the National Science Foundation, Stefik also established the first national educational infrastructure for blind or visually impaired students to learn computer science — a model being used in nearly 20 states and overseas, including in Clark County and the United Kingdom.

Prosperous Pupils and Professors

What do an award-winning honors film student, a national Hip Hop title, unmanned aerial systems, and energy economists have in common? They are all part of UNLV, and they all made news in January.

Advancing Economic Development 

Driving economic development in Nevada is part of UNLV's Top Tier vision, and it can happen in many different ways. UNLV's rising drone studies minor, student technology creations, and faculty insight into new ideas all play a role in moving Southern Nevada forward. 

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