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Newsmakers 2016: February

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Campus News  |  Mar 3, 2016  |  By Andrea Corral
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Diane Chase

Diane Chase was named the executive vice president and provost of UNLV.

UNLV continued to make headlines in February, with political commentary, robots, med school momentum and a new provost leading the way. 

All eyes were on UNLV and Nevada this February as media called on the university's political experts to offer commentary on the Nevada Caucuses; the campus community grew with the hire of a new executive vice president and provost; UNLV's School of Medicine moved a step closer to accepting its first class of students; and UNLV's world-class drone and robotics programs were prominently featured.

Students on UNLV's Solar Decathlon team got in the mix too as they prepared to defend the university's strong 2013 showing with an innovative home design to help residents age-in-place.

Below are just a few stories highlighting UNLV's people and programs that made news in February. 

Executive Vice President and Provost

Diane Chase will join UNLV as its next executive vice president and provost on May 1. Chase is currently vice provost for academic program quality at the University of Central Florida. A noted archaeologist, Chase has spent the past 15 years in a variety of administrative roles for the nation’s second largest university. 

Presidential Election 2016

The presidential candidates aren't the only ones who have been busy this election season. UNLV professors from political science, law, history, and urban affairs have been immersed in the campaign, providing their expertise about the Nevada Caucuses to local, state, national, and international media outlets. For an exhaustive list of media coverage, please see UNLV in the News

Drone and Robot Territory

Months after placing eighth in the world at DARPA, an elite competition of disaster response robots, work in UNLV's robotics lab continues to make headlines. Meanwhile, another engineering program also racked up successes: What once seemed a possibility only in movies is a reality at the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab. How many students can say they're minoring in drones at UNLV? 12 (and counting). 

School of Medicine

The UNLV School of Medicine can check off one more item from its to-do list as it prepares for its inaugural class in 2017. The school moved from “applicant” to “candidate” status and will host a site visit for its accrediting body this summer, paving the way for officials to begin recruiting students this fall.

Solar Decathlon

The UNLV Solar Decathlon team is back at it again after initially competing in 2013. This time around, they are taking advantage of sunny Las Vegas to build a solar home customized for the needs of the elderly. 

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