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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 | April 14, 2021

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

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Campus News | April 6, 2021

Here's why members of the campus community are excited to receive the new vaccine.

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Campus News | March 29, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 26 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100.

Vanessa McConnell sitting in a radio control booth
People | March 26, 2021

Nontraditional student Vanessa McConnell forging a path to bring diversity to sports broadcasting.

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Research | March 9, 2021

UNLV social media expert Natalie Pennington shares the top 10 takeaways of research on the impact of video chats, email, online gaming, and other communication tech on stress, loneliness, and relationships.

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People | February 16, 2021

Public Policy professor Jayce Farmer stresses the importance of looking at how and why your local government is spending taxpayer money.

Urban Affairs In The News

Digital Information World
April 14, 2021

The start of 2021 has seen us face a series of dubious anniversaries – a year since the first cases, deaths and lockdowns caused by Covid-19 in countries across the world. These milestones have caused us all to reflect on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the ways in which it has changed our lives in and out of work.

The Nevada Independent
April 6, 2021

We tried, at first, to shake the uncanniness of it all.

Elemental
April 1, 2021

When it comes to technology, many of us reflexively assume newer is better. So when Covid-19 forced us into isolation a year ago, we turned to our digital devices to stay in touch with family and friends.

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 29, 2021

Southern Nevada nonprofits have been on the front lines over the last 12 months, providing much-needed resources and services, while highlighting the importance of their role in the community.

Las Vegas Weekly
March 25, 2021

UNLV prof Natalie Pennington on lessons learned from pandemic isolation.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
March 23, 2021

The pandemic has taken a toll on mental health and a new study by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas shows some surprising results.

Urban Affairs Experts

An expert on local government and public policy. 
An expert in the field of criminal justice, particularly community responses to violence against women.
An expert on women and crime, social justice, intersectionality, re-entry, surveillance, violence, and victimization.
An expert in regional demographics, workforce development, and sustainable economic development.
Lee Bernick is a professor with expertise in state and local public policy, survey research, public budgeting, and legislative behavior.
An expert on social and digital media, and a recognized authority on the role of superheroes and comics books in society. 

Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

April 15, 2021
Monica Arebalos (Medicine), who is an MD candidate, was asked an unexpected number of questions about her recently published paper on sex trafficking red flags, "Sex Trafficking Red Flags: Confirming Presentation Patterns and Childhood Adversity Risk Factors," during her match interviews with emergency room departments around the country. The ER...
April 14, 2021
Seong-min Park and Stacey Clouse (both Criminal Justice), along with Logan Kennedy, '12 BA, '15 MA, and '19 PhD Criminal Justice, as well as Young-oh Hong (Korean Institute of Criminology), recently published a peer-reviewed article, "Pathways from Relative Deprivation to Individual Violence: The Effect of Subjective Perception and Emotional...
April 12, 2021
Drs. Ji Won Yoo and David Byun (Medicine), Jay Shen (Public Health), Dr. Georgia Dounis (Dental), and Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), along with Dr. Se Won Lee of Mountain View Hospital and past visiting scholars Sung-Youn Chun, Hee-Taik Kang, Jinwook Hwang, Young-Jae Lee, and Dong-Hun Han published a paper "Regional Variation in States'...
April 8, 2021
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones, Phillip Zawarus, Sean Slattery, Olga Townsend, Genevieve Tremblay, Francisco Menendez, Adam Paul (all Fine Arts), Althea Inns, Ted Weisman (OIT), and Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) contributed to a national online conversation about Envisioning a Post-pandemic Future for Arts and Media Higher Education...
March 29, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) published an article in Management Communication Quarterly titled "High Reliability Collaborations: Theorizing Interorganizational Reliability as Constituted through Translation." The article studies how multiple risk and emergency organizations collaborate across organizational boundaries to address shared...
March 24, 2021
Stephen Bates (Journalism and Media Studies) has won the Goldsmith Book Prize for the best trade book about the media and democracy, awarded by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. The $5,000 prize honors his book An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hutchins, Niebuhr, and the Committee That Redefined...