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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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Business and Community | September 25, 2023

UNLV researchers will collaborate with local, state, and federal authorities on research and policy solutions to enhance safety and security for Nevada visitors.

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Campus News | September 18, 2023

The curriculum includes general and cohort sessions to focus on technical knowledge and professional skills.

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Athletics | September 18, 2023

The former student-athlete has returned and is ready to tackle a new position as director of Football Player Development and Community Engagement for UNLV Athletics.

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People | September 15, 2023

President Emerita Carol C. Harter, who broke down barriers while building up UNLV's status as a research institution, passed away at age 82.

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People | September 14, 2023

Jumping into extracurricular activities as a student leads Hospitality College Alumna of the Year to vice president role at Wynn Resorts.

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People | September 12, 2023

U.S. District judge uses lessons learned from her distinguished career to mentor and inspire UNLV's next generation of jurists.

Urban Affairs In The News

Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2023

The allure of the mainland has long won over people from the state with the nation’s highest cost of living. Now, experts fear the fire and the redevelopment that follows could speed up gentrification of Maui and the outward migration, in particular for Native Hawaiians, a group that includes many of the state’s poorest.

Nevada Independent
August 27, 2023

Nevada’s unhoused population has grown, but experts say statistics don't give an accurate view of the complex nature of homelessness.

Las Vegas Review Journal
August 24, 2023

The seventh annual summit is a collaboration between the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and Sands Cares, the community engagement and charitable giving program of Las Vegas Sands Corp., with support from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.

ABC News
August 23, 2023

From Richard Nixon's sweating to Rick Perry's "oops"

The Independent UK
August 23, 2023

There’s no way for Trump to go but down in Republican primary, leaving him with few incentives to take part, debate experts tell Gustaf Kilander

Reno Gazette-Journal
August 22, 2023

The biggest challenge Legends Bay Casino has faced since opening is not inflation or the economy but something familiar to Northern Nevada residents.

Urban Affairs Experts

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

September 25, 2023
Seong-min Park and Christopher Forepaugh (both Criminal Justice), along with a scholar from the Korean Institute of Criminology, recently published a peer-reviewed article, "Understanding the Association of Subjective Perception and Emotional Resentment With Micro- and Macro-Level Violence: A Multilevel SEM Examination of Relative Deprivation…
September 25, 2023
A new edition of a well-known undergraduate textbook in Denmark titled, "Retorik: Teori og Praksis," [Rhetoric: Theory & Practice] has been published with a chapter dedicated to Visual Rhetoric written by David R. Gruber (Communication Studies). The book was edited by Charlotte Jorgensen and Lisa Villadsen and will be widely used across…
September 25, 2023
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) and co-author Samantha Senda-Cook (Creighton University) won the 2023 Oravec Journal Article Award in Environmental Communication for their article titled, "Building Coalitions from Shared Pieties: Polyvocal Religious Environmentalism at the Asian Rural Institute," which was published in the Journal…
September 24, 2023
Linda Dam (Journalism and Media Studies) and Carolyn A. Lin and Xihui Wang (both University of Connecticut) have published an article titled, "TikTok Videos and Sustainable Apparel Behavior: Social Consciousness, Prior Consumption and Theory of Planned Behavior," in Emerging Media. The study explores the role of social media in promoting…
September 17, 2023
Linda Dam (Journalism and Media Studies), Zhan Xu (Northern Arizona University), and Suji Park (Konkuk University) have published an article titled, "Using Virtual Reality in E-Cigarette and Secondhand Aerosol Prevention Messages: Implications for Emotional Campaign Design," in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. The study designed…
September 14, 2023
Stephen Bates (Journalism and Media Studies) published "Climatotherapy and the Influx of the Ill." The newspaper article recounts the late-19th-century migration of ailing Easterners to Southern California, lured by doctors' claims that the "salubrious" climate could cure disease. Some dissenting doctors, however, argued that an unceasingly…