Accomplishments: Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

October 15, 2021
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies), along with journalism and media studies master's student Alain DeSaix and communcation studies master's alumnus Joshua Barney published an article titled, "Place, Casinos, and Esports" in the Gaming Law Review. The article considers the importance of physical space and the demarcation of place in esports. Specifically, the research draws from a history of video games and place to understand what it means for an esports arena to exist as a...
October 8, 2021
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had her OpEd, "Vaccine gaps have a prominent effect on Black Nevadans" published in the Nevada Independent. Cheche discusses data which shows Nevada as reporting one of the lowest vaccination rates for its Black population when compared to 45 other states, Washington, D.C. and two cities. 
October 5, 2021
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) was awarded a one-year "Research to Action" grant by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with Co-PI Jennifer Mortensen of UNR. The project partners with the Nevada Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families to conduct a statewide investigation of the impacts of homelessness and COVID-19 on Nevada families in Early Head Start programs. Mixed effects analyses using individual-, family-, and...
September 28, 2021
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) was recently appointed by the National Association of Social Workers to be a member of its Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Specialty Practice Section Committee. The group is the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. The appointment is a two-year term.
September 20, 2021
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) published an article in Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The study applied strucutral equation modeling with latent variables to investigate whether housing insecurity mediated the link from intimate partner violence exposure in childhood to behavior problems in adolescence in a sample of at-risk children. Findings point to the long-term consequences of exposure to intimate partner violence in childhood, highlighting pathways to mental disorder in adolescence....
September 2, 2021
Brookings Mountain West recently published, "The Great Student Swap," a higher education policy brief authored by Brookings Institution Economic Studies colleagues Aaron Klein and Ariel Gelrud Shiro. This policy brief explores trends in student body compositions, tuition costs, and appropriations for state schools across the country, focusing on public flagship universities.  Public flagship universities are engaged in a “Great Student Swap,” admitting more out-of-state students and relatively...
August 23, 2021
Jayce L. Farmer and Andres J. Rodriguez Lombeida (Public Policy and Leadership) published an article, “How State Interventions affect Municipalities Taking the Lead in Sustainability,” in Sustainability. This article examines how state governments affect municipal government efforts to promote energy efficiency within their internal operations. Among other things, the authors found that greater state-level investments in energy programs encourage local government officials to enhance their...
August 19, 2021
Lisa Ly, Yonosuke DeJesus and Guadalope Moreno Ceballos, Dylone C. Braganza, James M. Hyman, Katie Gilbertson, Raisa Kabir, Manoj Sharma, Sayeda Tazim Zaidi, Chia-Liang Dai, and Nathalie Martinez all published manuscripts in the Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal’s spring 2021 issue. This issue celebrates the work of undergraduate researchers representing five colleges: Lee Business School, Integrated Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Sciences, and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. ...
August 6, 2021
Saha Salahi (Communication Studies, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) was named the inaugural Nevada recipient of the John Lewis Youth Leadership Award by Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske in a recent press release. The John Lewis Youth Leadership Award was established in 2021 by the National Association of Secretaries of State to honor the late Congressman John Lewis and his long tenure of public service and accomplishments in civil rights. Salahi is an undergraduate in...
July 15, 2021
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published a peer-reviewed journal article, "Communication Outside of the Home through Social Media during COVID-19," in the academic journal Computers in Human Behavior Reports. This article was published with support from the UNLV Open Article Fund. The study combines qualitative and quantitative analysis to explore how individuals engaged with social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
July 7, 2021
Benjamin Burroughs (Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies) recently published in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport a manuscript titled "Content analysis of biological sex-specific media coverage of sport: The case of National Collegiate Athletic Association athletic department home webpages." The article was published with Margo Malik, ’16 MA Journalism and Media Studies, a program coordinator for UNLV women's basketball; Richard Johnson of Creighton University...
July 1, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) and co-authors published a forum essay titled "Revisiting Ethnography in Organizational Communication Studies" in the journal Management Communication Quarterly. The essay brings scholars who have used ethnographic observation in organizational settings into a conversation about the future of the method in the wake of COVID-19, online work, and other institutional pressures.