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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. Our academic programs focus on making effective public policy, 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 | February 20, 2024

UNLV vice president's preschool revolt was the start of her career in government affairs. She presents at Grad College event Feb. 22.

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Campus News | December 20, 2023

Newest graduates join the Class of 2023 for their moment of Rebel triumph as they cross the Thomas & Mack stage.

A portrait of Kirk Massey in blue clothes in front of a blue backdrop. He is wearing a red graduation cap.
People | December 19, 2023

Kirk Massey, a Blue Man Group member for nearly 20 years, turned to UNLV when he was ready to get his bachelor's degree in journalism.

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | December 4, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

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Business and Community | November 1, 2023

Meet some UNLV grads who've had a hand in shaping the city's sports identity. 

Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
Campus News | November 1, 2023

A collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

Urban Affairs In The News

The Real News Network
February 19, 2024

Over 70% of incarcerated people who are released from prison in the US will be rearrested within five years of their release date. That’s no accident: our system of mass incarceration sets returning citizens up to fail.

Las Vegas Sun
February 16, 2024

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is suing Clark County over an ordinance that bans stopping or standing on pedestrian bridges on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 16, 2024

More than 70 percent of Nevadans consider water supply and lowering river levels a serious issue, but only a little more than half believe climate change is, a Colorado College poll released Wednesday shows.

February 15, 2024

Combinations of state, local and private-sector efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are more effective in their goal than any of the three on their own, according to research published in the journal Energy Research & Social Science.

Diario AS
February 9, 2024

This year the Air Force’s Thunderbird flight demonstration team are in charge of the flyover, and they are in home skies.

February 9, 2024

The Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, which is hosting the 2024 Super Bowl this weekend, uses 100% renewable energy, notably from solar panels.

Urban Affairs Experts

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

February 2, 2024
A new study led by professor Ben Leffel (Public Policy and Leadership) has been selected for the inaugural Berkeley Haas Sustainable Business Research Prize as a finalist, which "recognizes research with the greatest potential to spur immediate change in the face of environmental crises". The study, by Leffel and University of Michigan coauthors…
January 30, 2024
Ph.D. student Aaron Colleta (Public Policy and Leadership) has been honored as a Founders' Fellow by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) this year. The Founders' Fellows program is designed to support and advance the next generation of public service leaders, providing significant professional development opportunities. Aaron…
January 25, 2024
Gregory A. Borchard (Journalism and Media Studies), associate director and undergraduate coordinator, was elected president of the Society of Nineteenth Century Historians for a 2023-24 term to advance and promote 19th-century historical studies through the encouragement of research, teaching, presentation of findings, and publication.
January 4, 2024
Alexandra Nur, Ph.D., (Criminal Justice) has published a new original article examining racial/ethnic disparities in prison misconduct sanctioning. Results suggest that Black, Hispanic/Latino, and White incarcerated persons are punished disparately for similarly severe prison misconduct infractions. The article is available at the Journal of…
December 5, 2023
Assistant professor Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) received a top paper award for her paper, "How will Climate Change Change Organizing? An Exploratory Study of How Emergency Organizations Frame Climate Change," from the Western States Communication Conference. 
December 4, 2023
Benjamin Burroughs, Shi-Quan Nettingham, and Dave Nourse (all Journalism and Media Studies) published a paper titled '“Stick to Sports” and Critical Sports Media Industry Studies" in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues. This research aims at unpacking the discourse of “stick to sports,” which audiences and industry wield to police social and…