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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

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People | June 22, 2021

Lang was a powerful advocate for UNLV and the role of higher education in helping Southern Nevada thrive.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | May 26, 2021

A pandemic staple — remote education — will be incorporated into select traditional classes. Instructors sought for pilot program this fall.

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Campus News | May 25, 2021

Associate professor Mark Padoongpatt will tackle the history of and rise in anti-Asian sentiment and violence in a special episode of 'We Need to Talk.'

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Business and Community | May 19, 2021

University's "We Need to Talk" virtual discussion series returns May 27.

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Campus News | May 16, 2021

Watch the highlights from UNLV's unique outdoor celebrations of its newest graduates.

Urban Affairs In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
June 23, 2021

The valley is mourning the loss of a man who contributed to the economic development of Las Vegas in more ways than one.

El Tiempo
June 23, 2021

Robert E. Lang, a UNLV professor who is credited with helping Las Vegas recover from the Great Recession and diversify its economy, died Monday of cancer complications. He was 62 years old.

Eminetra
June 23, 2021

Dr. Robert Lang, a professor of public policy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and secretary-general of the Brookings Mountain West and Lincy Institute, died Monday at the age of 62.

Quartz
June 23, 2021

The US government’s definition of an American metropolis could change and some cities are concerned about being downgraded.

Las Vegas Sun
June 23, 2021

Southern Nevada lost a visionary and passionate advocate Monday with the death of Robert E. Lang.

Las Vegas Sun
June 23, 2021

“I want him,” I said, the first time I listened to Rob Lang speak to an audience.Thus began the Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West marriage.

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

June 14, 2021
Students in JOUR 439 (Journalism and Media Studies) won the Student Emmy Award for Best Student Program - Sports Program from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - Pacific Southwest Chapter. The students put together a remote show from Allegiant Stadium, previewing last fall's UNLV football team.
June 4, 2021
Guadalupe Negrete (CAEO) and Tara McManus (Communication Studies) co-authored an article, "“Okay Twitter… Trend this, Sucka! #Supernatural': A Content Analysis of the Supernatural Fandom’s Use of Live-tweeting" that has been published in The Journal of Social Media in Society. The article examines the use of live-tweeting by the Supernatural...
June 1, 2021
Jesse Barnes (Public Policy & Leadership), Anjala Krishen (Marketing & International Business), and Han-fen Hu (Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology) recently had their paper, "Untapped Knowledge about Water Reuse: the Roles of Direct and Indirect Educational Messaging," published in Water Resources Management. This study...
May 25, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) published an article in Communication Monographs, titled "Feminist Theory and Interorganizational Collaboration: An Ethnographic Study of Gendered Tension Management." The article considered how collaborations among multiple organizations are influenced by constructs of masculinity and femininity so that...
May 20, 2021
Gabriela Buccini (Environmental & Occupational Health), Katherine Marcal (Social Work), and Krystyna A. Stave (Public Policy and Leadership) recently received a R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. As part of the award, the collaborators will...
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...