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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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Campus News | January 5, 2021

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.

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People | January 4, 2021

Great places are made of great people. Here are a few who made the news in 2020.

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

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Research | December 29, 2020

A yearlong collection of UNLV faculty making the news for their discoveries and contributions to the community.

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Research | December 16, 2020

UNLV expert on emerging media Benjamin Burroughs examines the ethical considerations of child-created content.

Urban Affairs In The News

January 22, 2021

A Capitol Hill lawmaker is asking the director of the FBI to investigate whether Henderson-based Parler helped extremists plan and carry out the deadly attack in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 19, 2021

North Las Vegas is planning to expand its municipal court to offer diversionary programs that will focus on rehabilitation for those accused of low-level crimes.

January 19, 2021

On Thursday, 2020 officially took its place in the upper echelon of warmest years in human history: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ranked last year as the hottest year to date, ahead of 2016 by just a hair. Two other global temperature tracking organizations, the U.K.’s Met Office and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said 2020 was the second-hottest year on record, closely tailing 2016. Meanwhile, the European Union’s climate change agency declared a tie between the two years.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 15, 2021

North Las Vegas is planning to expand its municipal court to offer diversionary programs that will focus on rehabilitation for those accused of low-level crimes.

January 11, 2021

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January 6, 2021

Two UNLV professors find little to like about a Pahrump attorney's call to create a new state out of rural Nevada--excluding Clark County and Las Vegas.

Urban Affairs Experts

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A criminologist with expert knowledge of police order-maintenance practices, police management, and community crime prevention.
An expert in education policy and minority-serving institutions.

Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

January 22, 2021
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and William Brown (Brookings Mountain West) collaborated with SRI International and RGC Economics on "Nevada's Plan for Recovery & Resliance," which was released by the Nevada governor's office of economic development as part of Gov. Steve Sisolak'...
January 20, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) published the article "Questions of Professional Practice and Reporting on State Secrets: Glenn Greenwald and the NSA Leaks" in the academic journal Secrecy & Society. The study analyzes the reporting of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Edward Snowden National Security Agency leaks, and ensuing...
January 15, 2021
Katherine E. Marcal (Social Work) published an article, "Pathways to Adolescent Emotional and Behavioral Problems: An Examination of Maternal Depression and Harsh Parenting," in Child Abuse & Neglect. The study leveraged a large, longitudinal survey of families across the U.S. to investigate whether harsh parenting mediated the links between...
January 11, 2021
David Grant Sinclair (Urban Affairs) wrote an article, "Food Deserts of Las Vegas: An Overview with a Vertical Solution," which appears in Journal of the West. The article examines the cyclic creation of food deserts and their pervasive role in economic and health outcomes of Nevadans living in areas without access to fresh foods. He also presents...
January 6, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had her OpEd, "Clark County deserves a bigger slice of pizza" published in the Las Vegas Sun. Gilbertson proposes a long term solution to the recovery of Las Vegas' most prominent industry, live entertainment. Her piece discusses how Clark County should receive...
January 6, 2021
Kenneth Miller (Political Science) was interviewed by the Las Vegas Sun to talk about the implications of this week's Georgia Senate runoffs for Nevada senators' legislative efforts in the next Congress.