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Greenspun College of Urban Affairs News

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs is committed to creating contemporary solutions for resilient communities. Its academic programs focus on effective public policymaking, creating support structures to meet behavioral and mental health challenges, ensuring cities are safe and prepared to meet emergency situations, effective and ethical journalism, and interpersonal and public communication strategies.

Current Urban Affairs News

Nicole Schultz with ice cream cone.
People | January 22, 2020

This alumna-turned-employee savors the small moments in life and work at UNLV's International Gaming Institute.

Students in red shirts walking outside on campus
Business and Community | December 30, 2019

A collection of news stories from 2019 highlighting UNLV's impact in Southern Nevada and beyond.

UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
People | December 27, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.

unlv professor arya udry looks at a meteorite that she's holding up to the light
Research | December 26, 2019

A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.

Photo of Martha Amaya standing in a crowded group of people.
Campus News | December 12, 2019

Honors College student Martha Amaya one of just 30 nationwide to receive Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.

students in cap and gown line up for graduation ceremony
Campus News | December 12, 2019

About 2,200 students from 33 states and 45 countries to participate in 4 p.m. ceremony.

Urban Affairs In The News

Medium
January 15, 2020

Everyone knew the question of “electability” was going to come up at last night’s Democratic presidential debate.

Canada's National Observer
January 3, 2020

Pope Francis is not your average pope. He’s weighed in on prison reform and women’s rights, and he wrote a whole encyclical on climate change in 2015. On Friday, at the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, Francis waded into the climate change debate again with an unusual idea: perhaps environmental destruction should be classified as an official sin.

Marvel
December 30, 2019

“It was a real feast or famine for me this year,” sums up writer Kelly Thompson when thinking back on 2019, a 12-month period in which her workload went from several projects across multiple lines of characters to the solo adventures of a single Avenger and back again.

Yahoo!
December 27, 2019

More and more people are questioning the value that social media brings into their lives, with many users choosing to disconnect and trading in blue screens for blue skies, or at least, a life less dependent on checking notifications every three seconds.

Hello Giggles
December 27, 2019

Signing off from social media due to depression, stress, and anxiety is common, says University of Nevada, Las Vegas communication studies professor and social media researcher Natalie Pennington.

Topical Thunder
December 23, 2019

Does social media play a big role in politics? Most people would say yes. But what are the dynamics of that role? How does social media impact our understanding of politics, and in what ways should politics take platforms like Facebook and Twitter into account?

Urban Affairs Experts

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

January 24, 2020
Jon Castagnino (Journalism and Media Studies) serves as the featured professional in the chapter "Audio and Video Journalism" in Convergent Journalism, 3rd edition, newly published by Taylor and Francis. In the book, Castagnino shares his experience as a television sportscaster, providing tips for future broadcast journalists.
January 23, 2020
Jacob Thompson (Communication Studies) was quoted in an article related to public speaking and debate skills. Thompson, director of the UNLV Debate Team, was featured in the article "How to Stick to Your Talking Points: When You’re Trying to Get a Point Across, Embrace Your Inner Candidate."
January 21, 2020
Chris R. Cochran, Yong-Jae Lee, Jay J. Shen (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Ji Won Yoo (Medicine), and Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), along with Pearl Kim, '19 PhD Public Health, and Sungyoun Chun, a former visiting international scholar in Health Care Administration and Policy, published an article on "Trends and Associated...
January 17, 2020
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) and Gary Larson (Journalism and Media Studies) are co-authors of "Audio and Video Journalism" in Convergent Journalism, An Introduction: Writing and Producing Across Media, third edition, newly published by Taylor and Francis. 
December 19, 2019
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) recently presented at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) photography group in Geneva, Switzerland, on documenting landmarks and people of the American Southwest using emerging imaging technologies. This is the fourth year that he has presented updates on these efforts to the CERN...
December 13, 2019
Pearl C. Kim, Chris R. Cochran, Sungyoun Chun and Jay J. Shen (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Ji Won Yoo (Medicine), and Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice) recently published an article on "Trends and Associated Factors of Use of Opioid, Heroin, and Cannabis among Patients for Emergency Department Visits in Nevada: 2009–2017" in the...