Accomplishments: Honors College

June 22, 2021
Peter Grema (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute, Honors College) was recently featured in the UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives Researcher Profile series discussing his research of the Clark County Economic Opportunity Board (EOB) for a History of Las Vegas class. Grema is an undergraduate.
June 21, 2021
Dan Bubb (Honors), along with other former and current airline industry professionals, did an interview with the Washington Post on the emergence of new, upstart airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.    
May 19, 2021
A number of undergraduate students were recognized during the office of undergraduate research (OUR) spring 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. They include: Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership), who was awarded Best Podium Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Her presentation was Police Shootings in the Mountain West, 2015 – 2021. Janelle Domantay, Ilya Pivavaruk, and Victor Taksheyev (Computer Science), who were awarded Best Poster...
May 11, 2021
Dan Bubb (Honors) recently did a television interview with Telemundo CNBC-Universal on how air travel helped Las Vegas become a global tourist destination. 
April 30, 2021
Nathalie Martinez (Anthropology, World Languages and Cultures, Honors College) presented her paper "'Our language do not die, they are killed': Indigenismo and its Effects on Indigenous Language Revitalization" at the Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium at Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. This opportunity was made possible through the support of her faculty mentor, Iván Sandoval-Cervantes, and the anthropology department. 
April 22, 2021
Nathalie Martinez (Anthropology, World Languages and Cultures, Honors College) is the recipient of the Vista Group Outstanding Senior Award. Carrying a $1,000 scholarship, this is a distinguished award given to a UNLV College of Liberal Arts senior displaying exceptional achievement, leadership, and service. A member of the Honors College, she is majoring in anthropology and French with minors in Spanish and business administration. 
March 29, 2021
Joanna Kepka (Honors) is the recipient of the 2020-21 Alex G. and Faye Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award. Carrying a stipend of $2,000, the annual award recognizes an outstanding UNLV faculty member for their excellence and innovation in teaching and mentorship. To be eligible, faculty members must have previously won a college teaching award. Kepka received the 2020 Len Zane Excellence in Honors Teaching Award from the Honors College. She also received the 2019 UNLV Foundation Distinguished...
March 8, 2021
Saha Salahi (Communication Studies, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute), along with Santiago Gudino-Rosales, '20 BS Biology (Honors College), and Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA English and Criminal Justice (Honors College),, contributed their personal and family stories to the Bookings Institution podcast "Our Nation of Immigrants," launched in September 2020. This year, the podcast is nominated for an Ambies award in Best Politics or Opinion Podcast. The Ambies Awards Ceremony will be...
March 1, 2021
Dan Bubb (Honors) and other former and current professionals in the commercial aviation industry were interviewed by the New York Times on the safety record of the Boeing 777 and commercial passenger planes in general, after a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 suffered a catastrophic engine failure following takeoff from Denver International Airport and dropped engine debris on a residential neighborhood.    
February 26, 2021
Bryan Blankfield (Honors College) published the essay "Tracking A Digital Dog(ma)" in Digital Doxa, a peer-reviewed academic blog. The piece offers insight into how presidential candidates rhetorically use (and misuse) their dogs to mobilize digital publics during political campaigns.
December 18, 2020
Michelle Follette Turk (History and Honors) has published a revised and expanded book, Gambling with Lives: A History of Occupational Health in Greater Las Vegas, a long-term study of health and safety in Southern Nevada, and the region's most catastrophic workplace disasters. Her research began as a dissertation at UNLV (Ph.D. History, 2011), and was funded by the 2010-11 President's UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.         
December 7, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Economics, Chemistry, Brookings Mountain West, The Liny Institute, Honors), was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award during the fall 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the office of undergraduate research (OUR). This award recognizes one outstanding UNLV undergraduate student for excellence in research. In addition to her award, Blankenship also was selected to be a keynote speaker for the research symposium. An active...