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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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People | November 28, 2022

UNLV master's program prepares professionals for wide variety of positions serving the community.

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Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

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People | November 7, 2022

Media professor’s revolutionary experience informs a social change perspective.

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People | October 18, 2022

Counselor, social worker, and UNLV School of Social Work lecturer Natasha Mosby offers tips for those becoming a caregiver for someone in their life.

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Campus News | October 17, 2022

The event is the next in the We Need To Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas series sponsored by the UNLV University Libraries and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.

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People | October 7, 2022

Marine Corps veteran Victor Ingram pays it forward after turning his childhood circumstances around through a UNLV-sponsored high school outreach program.

Urban Affairs In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 28, 2022

Everyone deserves the dignity that comes with having a place to call home — a safe harbor that shelters and nourishes. But, unfortunately, a growing number of Nevadans are being priced out of the housing market, and this is true for both renters and homeowners. With interest rates on the rise, many simply cannot make mortgage payments pencil, nor do they have the required savings for a down payment. And with housing shortages, renters are facing escalating payments that are out of reach and unsustainable.

November 16, 2022

Pregnant with her second child, working, teaching, and caring for her mother, who was undergoing cancer treatments, Natasha Mosby found herself finally following her own advice: Ask for help.

KSNV-TV: News 3
November 16, 2022

Researchers from UNLV have received a grant to study law enforcement traffic stops around Nevada.

Las Vegas Sun
November 16, 2022

This photo Monday inside an auditorium at Rancho High School comes from an event where Republican Gov.-elect Joe Lombardo was to deliver his victory speech.

November 10, 2022

Unlike broader Russian narratives that exploit existing grievances of African audiences, most disinformation does not gain the same traction or attention on Twitter.

Global News
November 8, 2022

The Canadian government is “assessing next steps” in deciding whether it will pay to keep its Twitter accounts verified, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed on Monday.

Urban Affairs Experts

An expert in health journalism. 
An expert in child welfare and foster care systems, family homelessness, and child mental health.
An experienced clinical social work professional and expert on mental health and caregiving, anxiety, trauma, and depression. 
An expert in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
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.

Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

November 28, 2022
The multidisciplinary social and healthcare research team, which includes Seong Park (Criminal Justice), visiting professor Changsun Kim (Medicine), and Ji Yoo (Medicine) published an article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, October 2022. The article includes a critical appraisal of the HOPE HOME Study, health outcomes of homeless…
November 27, 2022
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published an article alongside Jeffrey A. Hall (Kansas) and Andy J. Merolla (UC, Santa Barbara) titled, "Which mediated social interactions satisfy the need to belong?" in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. This study looked at whether face-to-face communication compared to mediated…
November 8, 2022
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) was recently announced as the winner of the National Communication Association Master's Education Section Outstanding Mentor Award for 2022. Pennington will be honored for her work supporting graduate students at the national conference later this month in New Orleans, LA.
November 4, 2022
David R. Gruber (Communication Studies) published a new book titled, Splat: On throwing things and the messy politics of material protest. Published in the Intermezzo series supported by the journal Enculturation, the book examines throwing things as a form of political protest. Gruber draws on the history of rhetoric to theorize why some things…
October 19, 2022
David R. Gruber (Communication Studies) published an article in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy asking, "What's it like to be a universe?" Imagining the universe as a massive brain offers new ways to think about quantum non-locality but also encourages scholars to pursue speculation and consider what it might mean to be "In, Of, and About" a…
October 14, 2022
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) gave an invited talk to the department of media and communications, University of Sydney, with Tēvita O. Kaʻili (Brigham Young University-Hawaii) titled, "Kū Kia'i Kahuku: Civic Streaming and Altruistic YouTube." This talk attempted to theorize the concept of civic streaming, and specifically the…