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.
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.
- UNLV Award-Winning Film Student- KTNV-TV Story
- UNLV Rebel Girls dance team celebrates national Hip Hop title- KSNV-TV Story
- The Robotics Guy- Vegas Seven Story
- UNLV professor plays role in U.S. oil exports- Las Vegas Review-Journal Story
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.
- Drone studies starting to take off at UNLV- Las Vegas Review-Journal Story
- UNLV student has high hopes for drone concept- Las Vegas Review-Journal Story
- UNLV student's "Battle Pig" app uses video games to fight obesity- KSNV-TV Story
- Building Vegas light-rail is essential- Las Vegas Review-Journal Story
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