UNLV continued along the path to becoming a Tier One university in 2014, making headlines along the way with stories of student success, community engagement, outstanding academic programs and research breakthroughs. The year was also one of new beginnings for UNLV, as the university launched several new academic programs and welcomed a few new faces - including a new president - to the campus community.
Below are some of our favorite stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV in 2014.
The health and welfare of Nevada's children were front and center in new reports by the Nevada Institute for Children's Research & Policy and the Center for Business and Economic Research. Chemist Ernest Abel Santos and his team developed a compound that could prevent a disease that affects hundreds of thousands each year. Anthropologist Alyssa Crittenden and international researchers studied the gut bacteria of East African hunter-gathers, leading scientists to reconsider what belly bacteria may be good and bad for our health.
- 30 percent of young Nevada children are obese, study finds (Las Vegas Sun)
- Kids Count: Children's poverty exceeds national average (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- Gut Check (Desert Companion)
- Microbiota of the Hadza Tribe (Inside Higher Ed)
- UNLV researchers make big find with tiny fossil (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- Earth's most abundant mineral finally gets a name (National Geographic)
- UNLV celebrates world-class supercomputer (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UNLV's School of Medicine took a big step forward in 2014, hiring a planning dean, developing infrastructure and starting the accreditation process. The university also launched a new minor in unmanned aviation systems, a master's in Urban Leadership to train future principals and community leaders, and it announced the nation's first master's program in gaming law and regulation.
- Regents' OK is 'huge step' toward UNLV getting medical school (Las Vegas Sun)
- UNLV takes step toward accredited medical school (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- UNLV to roll out drones minor in fall (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- Game of Drones (High Country News)
- UNLV program sets out to groom future principals for CCSD (Las Vegas Sun)
UNLV is nationally ranked and recognized for student diversity and student yield. Eleven graduate programs placed on U.S. News & World Report's top 100 best schools list, and the School of Nursing's online master's program again ranked among nation's elite.
- UNLV ranks in Top 10 again for diverse student population (Las Vegas Sun)
- UNLV rubs elbows with Ivy League schools in student yield (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- U.S. News includes 11 UNLV grad programs on Top 100 list (Las Vegas Sun)
UNLV welcomed many new faculty, staff and students in 2014. Notable arrivals include Len Jessup as UNLV's 10th president; new deans in Urban Affairs, Honors, Engineering, Community Health Sciences and the School of Medicine; a new head football coach; and key faculty hires including robotics and UAS expert Paul Oh.
- Regents vote Jessup as new UNLV president (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- New UNLV president readies for next month's start date (Las Vegas Sun)
- In Jessup we trust? BOR's pick for UNLV's next president (Las Vegas Weekly)
School of Medicine Planning Dean
- Barbara Atkinson named planning dean for UNLV medical school (KNPR Radio)
- UNLV names planning dean for School of Medicine (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Head Football Coach
- Tony Sanchez to helm UNLV Program (AP/ESPN)
- Regents unanimously approve contract for UNLV football coach (Las Vegas Sun)
Lincy Professor for Unmanned Aerial Systems
- Professor's goal: Make UNLV a hotbed for robotics (Las Vegas Sun)
Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Dean
- Renowned professor of crisis communication takes office at UNLV (Las Vegas Sun)
UNLV's men's soccer made it to the NCAA tournament with the help of goalkeeper Ryan Harding, who faced a yearlong cancer scare. Undergraduate Robin Gonzales represented UNLV at the Clinton Global Initiative University. Hotel College student Hien Nguyen patented her casino game and sold it to industry leader Konami Gaming Inc. And the College of Engineering continued its biannual tradition as students impressed business leaders with new inventions at the senior design competition.
- Goalkeeper back in Rebels jersey after cancer scare (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- UNLV student headed to former President Clinton's global conference (Las Vegas Sun)
- A mind-controlled wheelchair? Geeking out at engineering competition (Las Vegas Weekly)
UNLV's commitment to the Las Vegas community is as strong as ever. Examples include an open invitation to create art, a holiday project to serve our veterans, work with local police to study the use of lapel cameras, a digital collection chronicling the experience of local African Americans, and a robotic hand that gave a little girl a more enjoyable life.
- ArtBar at UNLV art museum brings community together to create (KNPR Radio)
- UNLV cadets' holiday project to produce better soldiers (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- Vegas police, UNLV studying use of lapel cameras (Reno Gazette-Journal)