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UNLV Newsmakers 2018: November

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

Campus News  |  Nov 30, 2018  |  By Haven Neiman
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UNLV students and faculty were interviewed by CBS News as it stopped by the university's campus ahead of the midterm elections (Nicholas Endo/UNLV Creative Services)

UNLV had plenty to be thankful for in November, with breakthroughs in research, opportunities for students, and a rivalry win on the gridiron all making headlines this month.

Ahead of November’s midterm elections, journalists from around the world came to campus for stories on the youth vote. CBS News brought its Red & Blue Show to UNLV, giving students from the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies a chance to learn the ins and outs of a national program.

UNLV researchers made headlines throughout the month for their work, which included confirmation of the oldest footprints ever found in the Grand Canyon, a look at the impact of wildfires on real estate, and the best way to combat music piracy.

The Fremont Cannon – college football’s largest and most expensive trophy – is now back home at UNLV after the Rebels’ thrilling 34-29 victory over rival UNR. The cannon also sports a fresh coat of scarlet paint after a campuswide celebration Nov. 26. 

These stories and more make up the latest edition of UNLV Newsmakers.

Tiny Footprints, Large Discovery

UNLV paleontologist Steve Rowland and colleagues have confirmed the oldest footprints ever found in the Grand Canyon. The 310 million-year-old prints from a reptile-like creature were found by hikers in 2016 and reported by Rowland last month at a meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. There are 28 footprints which run on a boulder on the edge of Bright Angel Trail.

After the Fire

Disastrous megafires spread through northern California this month, devastating many communities. Wildfires are also occurring more frequently throughout the West in recent years, and Lee Business School Professor Shawn McCoy looks at the tendency of people to purchase homes in areas that have been through wildfires.

Can Music Piracy be Stopped? This Instructor May Have the Answer

A new study tested which anti-piracy warnings are the most effective deterrent for people who illegally download music. The research, borne out of dissertation work by current UNLV psychology instructor Joanne Ullman, found that explicit anti-piracy threats of surveillance are just as effective at scaring off illegal downloaders as big fines. The phrase “STOP. This is Illegal. You may be monitored and fined” accompanied with a symbol was proven most effective in a study of 220 undergraduates’ reactions to symbols, words, and phrases.

Don’t Jump Straight to ADHD Diagnosis

Children are typically hyperactive, display inattentiveness, and can even be impulsive. And though this may be a case of ADHD, Ronald Brown, Dean of School of Allied Health Sciences, claims that parents should not jump straight to an ADHD diagnosis for their children. According to Brown, It is a combination of specific traits at a minimum of six months, and in two settings such as school and home. There is also they key component, which is functional impairment. ADHD is becoming more and more diagnosed, but it is important to be sure of that diagnosis.

What Microorganisms in Nevada’s Hot Springs Could Mean for Mars

Believe in aliens? Brian Hedlund, professor of life sciences, and doctoral student researchers Ariel Friel collect microbes from communities found in springs located in parts of California and Nevada. By studying these microbes, they hope to gain information about the possibility of life on other planets, including Mars.

CBSN’s “Red & Blue” On Campus for Midterm Elections

One week before the midterm elections, CBS News visited UNLV to film its daily politics show “Red & Blue.” The show aired live from UNLV’s campus and included interviews with professors and students. Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies students joined in on the production, giving them a rare experience to work side-by-side with top professionals in the field.

Election Experts Roundup

This year was the year of the midterm elections, and UNLV political experts offer commentary before, during, and after the ballots were cast.  

Faculty Add Context to the Nation's Top News

UNLV faculty experts are regularly cited in top news outlets nationwide, offering insight and commentary on the day's pressing issues. 

  • UNLV Medicine’s Dr. Deborah Kuhls speaks with CNN about treating gunshot victims in the wake of another mass shooting in America.
  • Geoscientist Matthew Lachniet talks to Yahoo! News about Earth’s rising carbon dioxide levels.
  • Sociologist Michael Ian Borer shares with the Boston Globe what another World Series win for the Red Sox means about the city’s changing image and narrative.
  • The Thrillist catches up with astrophysicist Jason Steffen, who developed the most efficient way to board a plane.
  • Anthropologist Alyssa Crittenden talks with Science Magazine about threats to some of the world’s last hunter-gatherers.
  • Political Scientist Austin Wang speaks with Bloomberg News and the Washington Post about Taiwan’s 2018 elections and what it could mean for that island’s president.
  • UNLV psychology professor and Senior Vice Provost Chris Heavey connects with KSNV-TV to talk about ASMR, the relaxation trend making waves on social media.
  • Anthropologist Alan Simmons shares his opinion with National Geographic on a 9,000 year-old mask recently recovered by Israeli anti-looting authorities.

Rebel Football Gets Its Cannon Back

UNLV Football hosted rival UNR in its final game of the season, and wrapped the campaign with a win and the coveted Fremont Cannon – college football’s largest rivalry trophy –UNLV students and staff celebrated by painting the cannon red on the following Monday morning in celebration of the thrilling 34-29, come-from-behind win.