Accomplishments: Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

February 8, 2019
Seong Park (Criminal Justice) recently published two articles. With collaborator Yongoh Hong (Korean Institute of Criminology), he published the article, "The Effect of Economic Inequality on Individual Violence in South Korea: A Comparative SEM Analysis of Relative Deprivation Theory and Strain Theory." Published in the Journal of Korean Criminological Association, it examines the effect of income inequality on individual violence in South Korea. In the peer-reviewed journal Race Ethnicity and...
February 1, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) and Denise Tillery (English) published an article about how climate change deniers make use of social media to circulate climate misinformation. The article is titled, "The Circulation of Climate Change Denial Online: Rhetorical and Networking Strategies on Facebook" and was published in the journal Environmental Communication. Comparing the networking and rhetorical strategies of Watts Up With That and the Global Warming Policy Forum's Facebook...
January 29, 2019
Shon M. Reed and M. Alexis Kennedy (Criminal Justice) recently published an article with two collaborators, Andrea Cimino and Michelle Decker of Johns Hopkins University, in Child Abuse & Neglect.  The article,  "Friends, Family, and Boyfriends: An Analysis of Relationship Pathways Into Commercial Sexual Exploitation," examined the narratives of 26 human sex trafficking survivors to assess how relationships functioned as a pathway towards their exploitation.
January 11, 2019
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) has just published her fifth book, Religion Across Television Genres: Community, Orange Is the New Black, The Walking Dead, and Supernatural. In analyses of contemporary television programming, she and co-author Joseph Valenzano III (University of Dayton) explain how the NBC comedy Community, the critically acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, AMC’s international megahit The Walking Dead, and the CW’s long-running fan favorite Supernatural...
December 18, 2018
Kathleen Lauckner (Community Health and Public Policy and Leadership) was chosen to be a guest lecturer for her alma mater's new Stockton University campus in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She presented a session titled “Engaging Communities and Stakeholders”  for the executive Ed.D organization leadership program. This opportunity allowed her to share her involvement with communities impacted by the legacy of lead toxicity as well as her engagement with voter participation in issues involving...
December 12, 2018
David Damore (Political Science) and Robert Lang (Public Policy) hosted a colloquium on behalf ofThe Lincy Institute at UNLV, "Higher Education Reform: A Time for Action." The event featured research on Nevada higher education governance and system administration reform, with presentations from professors , executive director of The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West.  Local news coverage of the event can also be found in the Las Vegas Sun editorial, "Reforms Can Help Nevada Get the...
December 4, 2018
Melissa Rorie (Criminal Justice) received the Young Career Award at the 2018 American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual meeting in November. Specifically, the award came from ASC's Division of White-Collar and Corporate Crime.The award recognizes outstanding contributions to scholarship to the broadly defined areas of white-collar and corporate crime by persons early in their professional careers. To be eligible for this award, an individual must have received his or her terminal degree no...
November 14, 2018
Donica’ Beckett (Public Health), Philip Danquah (Social Work), Johanna Andrews (Public Health), Melva Thompson-Robinson (Public Health), Carolee Dodge Francis (Education). Presented a research poster, "Perspectives of Vulnerability to Sexual Risk Behaviors among Self-Identified Heterosexual African American College Students Enrolled In Jefferson County, Texas Colleges" at Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues 2018 pre-conference meeting for the 146th American Public...
November 14, 2018
David Becker (Journalism and Media Studies Graduate Teaching Assistant), is one of the producers of Cracked Up. The film follows Saturday Night Live actor Darrell Hammond and his history of child abuse.The film premiered Nov. 14 in New York City as part of the DOC NYC, a storytelling documentary festival. It is an Academy-qualifying festival for short films.     
October 18, 2018
The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West served as co-sponsors of the American Planning Association Nevada Chapter Annual State Conference earlier this month. As such, many UNLV faculty members presented their research on critical policy areas for our state through various conference sessions.  Robert Lang and William Brown (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) moderated two keynote sessions on the conference theme "Vegas Growing Up — Welcome to the Big Leagues," featuring...
September 13, 2018
On Sept. 5 the Academic Success Center (ASC) celebrated its 10-year anniversary and as part of its celebration recognized former students, faculty, departments, and community leaders that have made the ASC such an exemplary center. They are: Dean’s Award - Carl Reiber (formerly of the provost's office) Dean’s Award - Regent Kevin Page Founder’s Award - Neal Smatresk (former UNLV president) Outstanding Impact Award - philanthropist Christina Hixson  Classified Dedication Award -  Monica McNeely...
September 11, 2018
Jay Shen, Sungyoun Chun (both Community Health Sciences); Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration), Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), Haneul Choi (Honors), and Ji Won Yoo (Medicine) recently published an article, “Relationship Between Acute Hepatitis C and the Opioid Epidemic” in the American Journal of Medicine. This paper was a collaboration between UNLV and the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. In response to the opioid epidemic across the country, this article suggests the...