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UNLV Lincy Institute Announces Fellowship and Resident Scholar Programs

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Business & Community  |  Jan 27, 2011  |  By UNLV Media Relations
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UNLV President Neal Smatresk announced the recipients of the UNLV Lincy Institute's inaugural fellowship awards and resident scholar positions. Recipients of the Lincy Institute Fellowship program will be awarded up to $20,000. Each fellowship represents research, which will address specific topics of community need and each demonstrates a direct impact with community agencies in Southern Nevada. The Lincy Institute's Senior Resident Scholars will work directly with the community to address large-scale challenges in the areas of education, health, information technology and social services.

The following UNLV professors have been selected as Lincy Institute Fellowship recipients: Kathleen Ja Sook Berquist, School of Social Work; Bo Bernhard, UNLV International Gaming Institute and Department of Sociology; Monica A. F. Lounsbery, Physical Activity Policy Research Program; Gwen C. Marchand, UNLV Educational Psychology; Nancy Nivison Menzel, Department of Nursing. The faculty Team recipients are: LeAnn Putney and Ralph Reynolds of UNLV Educational Psychology and Sylvia R. Lazos of the UNLV Boyd School of Law.

The following individuals were selected from UNLV as Lincy Institute Senior Resident Scholars: Denise Tanata-Ashby, Ramona Denby Brinson, Sonya Horsford and Fatma Nasoz.

"I am excited about the selection of these exceptional faculty members who represent an incredible range of expertise. Each will be engaged throughout our community to address the extensive and overlapping challenges faced in the education, health and social service sectors," said UNLV President Neal Smatresk.

"As accomplished researchers who are already significantly involved in our community, these senior scholars are uniquely qualified and will contribute directly toward the capacity building of our non-profit and for-profit agencies in Southern Nevada."

The Lincy Institute conducts and supports research that will be used to build capacity for community service providers and enhance efforts to draw state and federal money to greater Las Vegas. The Institute will also highlight key issues that affect public policy and quality-of-life decisions on behalf of children, seniors and families in Nevada.

"UNLV is one of Southern Nevada's most important assets and an essential partner in efforts to help diversify our economy and improve the quality of life for all our citizens. Outstanding UNLV faculty are the inspiration behind our decision to create The Lincy Institute," said Lindy Schumacher, Nevada Program Director for The Lincy Foundation. "I am confident that this extraordinary team of scholars and their critical social research efforts in Southern Nevada will make a real difference in people's lives and uplift our community."

The Lincy Institute Fellowship awards and Senior Resident Scholar positions are funded by a private gift provided through The Lincy Foundation. For more information about The Lincy Institute, please visit