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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 | November 1, 2023

Meet some UNLV grads who've had a hand in shaping the city's sports identity. 

Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
Campus News | November 1, 2023

A chilling collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

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People | October 16, 2023

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year helps raise millions of dollars in his 28 years with the UNLV Foundation.

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People | October 12, 2023

The Urban Affairs Alumna of the Year works to encourage self-success and eliminate generational poverty.

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Research | October 4, 2023

Find out why video consumers are hungry for mukbang!

The Sphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Campus News | October 2, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting expert insights, research, and academic achievement.

Urban Affairs In The News

Las Vegas Sun
November 29, 2023

Aminata Dieng left her home country of Mauritania in 2009, when she was 6 years old, to seek asylum in the United States. 

November 23, 2023

According to the proposed ordinance, it would be "unlawful" for any person to stop, stand, or do anything to cause others to pause in those zones. The ordinance goes on to state that the measure is being proposed due to public safety concerns.

San Bernardino County Sun
November 22, 2023

Experts share tips for effective — not combative — conversations. Facts and kindness matter.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
November 22, 2023

Tourists view the 15 pedestrian bridges towering over Las Vegas Boulevard as the perfect vantage point to get the perfect shot of the Las Vegas Strip. Law enforcement, instead, views them as safety concerns when not enough people are flowing in the walkway.

November 21, 2023

With Thanksgiving upon us, most of us are preparing to gather with loved ones. And some of us … may not be looking forward to it.

The Orange County Register
November 19, 2023

Some Christians feel a duty to take care of God's creation. Others see climate change as a 'wicked' distraction.

Urban Affairs Experts

Lee Bernick is a professor with expertise in state and local public policy, survey research, public budgeting, and legislative behavior.
An expert on science communication, religion and politics.
An expert in regional demographics, workforce development, and sustainable economic development.
An expert on social and emerging media.
An expert in crime science, crime prevention, and crowd management
An expert in violence prevention programs.

Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

November 15, 2023
Kacie Washburn, Maxim Gakh, Courtney Coughenour (all Public Health), Kavita Batra, Deborah Kuhls, Bertille Mavegam Tango Assoumou (all Medicine), and William Sousa (Urban Affairs) presented their study titled, “Perceptions of Law Enforcement Officers About Profiling and Disparities in Traffic Stops in the United States: A Comprehensive Review," at…
November 13, 2023
Ben Leffel (Public Policy and Leadership) is lead author in a new study published in Cities , titled "Not so polycentric: The stratified structure & national drivers of transnational municipal networks" that has mapped the known universe of cities in these global governance networks. This analysis of over 10,000 cities and their memberships in…
November 9, 2023
Bryson Carrier, Robert W. Salatto, Dustin W. Davis, Jacquelyn V.L. Sertic, Brenna Barrios, Graham R. McGinnis, Tedd J. Girouard, James W. Navalta (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) published "Assessing the Validity of Several Heart Rate Monitors in Wearable Technology While Mountain…
November 6, 2023
Linda Dam (Journalism and Media Studies) and Natalie Pennington (CSU Fort Collins) have published an article titled, "Social interaction, support preferences, and the use of wearable health trackers," in Frontiers in Communication. The study assessed how social factors relate to reported weekly use and behavioral intentions toward the use of…
October 9, 2023
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) and Tēvita O. Ka'ili recently published an article titled, "Kū Kia‘i Kahuku: Indigenizing Social Media, Civic Streaming, and Sociospatial Symmetry" in the journal Communication, Culture, and Critique. The article argues that the Kū Kiaʻi Kahuku community movement's (an Indigenous and ecological…
October 3, 2023
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) published the article, “Constituting absence as reliability: The case of COVID-19 response networks,” in Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management.