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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

Ashton Ridley standing outside UNLV's Greenspun Hall
People | September 16, 2019

Once an intern in public radio, UNLV alum Ashton Ridley is now paying it forward.

A student sits on a cement bench and reads a book next to a backpack and iced coffee.
Campus News | August 30, 2019

Student enthusiasm is infectious as Rebels kick off the fall semester.

Portrait of Eliza Hallman, seated
People | August 19, 2019

This executive assistant says the classified staff are the glue that holds UNLV together.

Carlos Flores stands in front of a bank of television screens
Arts and Culture | July 18, 2019

How the gatekeepers in pop culture find exclusivity in their fandom.

Campus News | June 26, 2019

A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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People | June 26, 2019

The UNLV Medical School and its students have been among the beneficiaries.

Urban Affairs In The News

Variety
September 16, 2019

More than a decade ago, ABC News pulled off an amazing feat: a 2007 special edition of “20/20” that called attention to the rapid deterioration of the global environment. Reporters were stationed on all seven continents. The news unit even managed to have the lights turned off on the Empire State Building and Times Square to symbolize the dire threat posed by the decline of the earth’s natural support systems. Anchor Diane Sawyer had to use a flashlight – on camera – to maneuver around the set.

New Milford Spectrum
September 16, 2019

More than a decade ago, ABC News pulled off an amazing feat: a 2007 special edition of “20/20” that called attention to the rapid deterioration of the global environment. Reporters were stationed on all seven continents. The news unit even managed to have the lights turned off on the Empire State Building and Times Square to symbolize the dire threat posed by the decline of the earth’s natural support systems. Anchor Diane Sawyer had to use a flashlight – on camera – to maneuver around the set.

Inside Radio
September 11, 2019

Beasley Media Group is using its esports initiative to build a presence on college campuses and attract students to its competitive gaming content. The broadcaster’s Beasley XP esports division has unveiled Checkpoint XP On Campus, a college-based collaboration with the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV).

Radio Ink
September 11, 2019

Beasley XP, the Esports Division of Beasley Media Group, is unveiling Checkpoint XP On Campus, a new college-based collaborative endeavor with the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

MarketScreener
September 11, 2019

Beasley XP, the Esports Division of Beasley Media Group (BMG), announces the unveiling of Checkpoint XP On Campus, a new college-based collaborative endeavor with the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). The official announcement was made on campus on Monday, September 9thin Las Vegas on the eve of the 2019 Esports Business Summit.

Thrive Global
September 3, 2019

Don’t feed the trolls. When you respond and engage with every mean or potentially mean comment about you online, it gives license and opportunity for those behaviors to repeat. Don’t feed the trolls and don’t read the comments.

Urban Affairs Experts

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

September 19, 2019
Pearl Kim, Jay Shen, Hee-Taik Kang, Dong-Hun Han (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), Georgia Dounis (Dental), Tsigab Bahta, and Ji Won Yoo (both Medicine), along with Sung-Youn Chun, Jinwook Hwang, and Yong-Jae Lee, published an article, "Dissociation Between the Growing Opioid Demands and Drug Policy...
August 28, 2019
Emily Salisbury (Criminal Justice) has been appointed by Gov. Steve Sisolak to serve a two-year term as a member of the Nevada Sentencing Commission. The commission is responsible for advising the Legislature on proposed legislation and make recommendations with respect to all matters relating to the elements of Nevada's criminal justice system...
August 23, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) published two essays in August. The first article is "The Rhetoric of Energy Darwinism: Neoliberal Piety and Market Autonomy in Economic Discourse" in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, which addresses the role of metaphors in disrupting our understanding of energy and the environment. The second article is...
August 16, 2019
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present her summer internship research on "The Nexus Between Population and Criminal Arrests in Clark County, Nevada, by Jurisdiction 2006-2016" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which took place earlier this month...
August 14, 2019
Eshaan Vakil (Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present his summer internship research on "State and Local Per Pupil Funding for Higher Education in the Mountain West States" at UNLV's Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Vakil, a Clark High School student and Brookings summer intern, conducted research analyzing changes...
August 13, 2019
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "Discretion and Despair: Considering Civil Religion and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale" at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto. She examined the elements of civil religion — rituals and symbols of American public life — as portrayed in the...