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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 | August 6, 2020

As shutdowns threatened internships, various programs and employers have found creative workarounds for students to gain crucial workplace experience.

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Campus News | August 4, 2020

Nationally recognized program builds critical thinking through times of crisis but faces funding problems.

Nicole Santero at home, surrounded by BTS memorabilia, including a poster.
People | August 3, 2020

Nicole Santero balances her job communicating about the School of Public Health with her doctoral research on the BTS phenomenon.

People | July 23, 2020

This financial aid counselor is working on a master's degree in public administration to help further her UNLV career.

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Campus News | July 14, 2020

Urban Affairs’ Advising Center Crafts Remote Infrastructure in Response to Pandemic

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Business and Community | July 10, 2020

Placements provide students vital experience as they serve at more than 60 local agencies.

Urban Affairs In The News

New York Post
August 4, 2020

Many advocates of “defunding the police” contend that too many police encounters with civilians concern trivial matters. Defunding proponents worry that poor decisions by officers can escalate tensions and lead to unnecessary uses of force. They argue that the police mandate should be more narrowly focused on responding to “serious” crimes, especially violent felonies. All other matters should not be considered police business. This premise has gained a receptive hearing in our political climate. Most people instinctively support the idea of leaving management of serious felonies to the police, who are certainly less likely to get into trouble if their job is simply to arrest violent felons.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
August 4, 2020

“Using COVID to steal the state." That’s a tweet from President Trump Monday morning continuing to hammer Nevada on voting procedures and threatening legal action on Twitter. This comes after the state Senate passed Assembly Bill 4 to mail ballots to all active voters. Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the bill Monday.

Idaho Press
August 1, 2020

The Boise Police Department currently doesn’t have a set policy governing how it responds to civil disturbances and protests.

City Journal
July 30, 2020

Many advocates of “defunding the police” contend that too many police encounters with civilians concern trivial matters. Defunding proponents worry that poor decisions by officers can escalate tensions and lead to unnecessary uses of force. They argue that the police mandate should be more narrowly focused on responding to “serious” crimes, especially violent felonies. All other matters should not be considered police business. This premise has gained a receptive hearing in our political climate. Most people instinctively support the idea of leaving management of serious felonies to the police, who are certainly less likely to get into trouble if their job is simply to arrest violent felons.

Las Vegas Sun
July 28, 2020

The recent special session pleased no one.

Grist
July 24, 2020

Allow me to applaud your instinct to avoid the intergenerational blame game, America’s favorite pastime that has not been canceled by coronavirus. Perhaps you’re still recovering from the latest round, which kicked off last week when fiction writer Lorrie Moore devoted four paragraphs of her audacious review of the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People to a takedown of millennials, in general.

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

July 31, 2020
Pearl Kim, Chris Cochran, Jay Shen (all Healthcare Administration), Ji Yoo (Medicine), Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), and former international visiting scholars Sungyoun Chun and Yong-Jae Lee published a paper, "Trends and Associated Factors of Use of Opioid, Heroin, and Cannabis among Patients for Emergency Department Visits in Nevada: 2009–...
July 16, 2020
Jay J. Shen, Sfurti Rathi, Kalyn Frost (Healthcare), Catherine Dingley (Nursing), Ji Won Yoo (Medicine), and Soo Kyong Kim (Journalism & Media Studies), along Hee-Taik Kang, a past visiting scholar in the School of Public Health, published a study on "Sociocultural Factors Associated with Awareness of Palliative Care and Advanced Care Planning...
July 16, 2020
Stephen Bates (Journalism and Media Studies) is cited in a New Yorker article on the democratic role of the news media. The author relies extensively on Bates's forthcoming book, An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hutchins, Niebuhr, and the Committee That Redefined Press Freedom (Yale).
July 14, 2020
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership and Honors), along with Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA Criminal Justice and English, are recipients of the highly competitive and prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This scholarship...
July 10, 2020
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) recently had five photographs included in the World Health Organization (WHO) Art Gallery exhibit in Geneva, Switzerland. Contributors to the exhibit were the organization's worldwide staff, past and present. (Prior to joining UNLV, Kilker developed early field prototypes for WHO'S Health for the...
June 23, 2020
Seong-min Park, Hong Lu, and Joshua W. Donnelly (all Criminal Justice), along with Young-oh Hong (Korean Institute of Criminology), recently published a peer-reviewed research article, "Untangling the Complex Pathways to Confidence in the Police in South Korea: a Stepwise Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling Analysis" in the Asian Journal of...