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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 | June 29, 2022

UNLV senior Mae Agbilay's research shapes programming for Native American youth.

a woman and girl viewing Native American jewelry in museum case
Campus News | June 29, 2022

Research drives how programs serve youth.

Map highlighting three distinct regions in Nevada
Research | June 16, 2022

UNLV Brookings Mountain West and Lincy Institute scholars review Silver State’s economic development efforts of the past decade and present agenda for the next five years.

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People | June 6, 2022

Planning events for the College of Engineering takes more than a magic wand. 

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

woman posing outside Erotic Heritage Museum
Research | May 26, 2022

Class tackles taboos to help future social workers to factually and professionally discuss sex.


Urban Affairs In The News

June 28, 2022

For years, mass shootings in the US have elicited a common refrain on social media: “Sending thoughts and prayers.”

June 28, 2022

For years, mass shootings in the US have elicited a common refrain on social media: “Sending thoughts and prayers.”

June 27, 2022

The information spaces in Africa and other regions of the Global South like India and China have been heavily targeted by Russian disinformation and propaganda campaigns in recent months and years. In the case of Africa at this moment, Russia’s objectives are not only to justify its invasion of Ukraine, but to sway African countries to support Russia’s actions and secure Russia’s influence over the region, especially as the country becomes increasingly isolated from the United States and Europe.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 23, 2022

UNLV researchers are part of a team that will receive almost three million dollars of federal funding for a project focused on the workforce for nuclear energy.

Nevada Independent
June 16, 2022

America is in the middle of a mental health care crisis. While the COVID-19 pandemic greatly worsened this national crisis, it has been years in the making.

June 15, 2022

This has been a horrific month in America. While Ukrainians fight for their nation and their lives amid an aggressive Russian invasion, Americans are dealing with the slaughter of their schoolchildren and peaceful grocery shoppers (among others) by their own citizens. And yet at least half of our polity is unmoved and unwilling to support restrictive measures against gun ownership that have proven effective at stopping mass murders in at least 10 other wealthy countries, including the U.K., New Zealand, Scotland, and Australia.

Urban Affairs Experts

An expert in health journalism. 
An expert in the field of white-collar and corporate crime, and regulation and corporate compliance in the gambling industry.
An expert in public policy and governance.
An expert on social media misinformation/disinformation, and combating online propaganda.  
An expert in child welfare and foster care systems, family homelessness, and child mental health.
An expert in trauma, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, and juvenile delinquency.

Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

June 28, 2022
Kiersten Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) represented the city of Henderson as a featured speaker at the 2022 Data Governance and Information Quality Conference. Her presentation, “When Non-Data Professionals Inherit Data Stewardship,” centered on navigating the minefield of limited resources, loss of expertise, and maintenance of quality and…
June 16, 2022
Jesse Barnes (Public Policy and Leadership), Anjala Krishen (Marketing and International Business), and Alexander Chan (both Business) recently published their article, "Passive and Active Peer Effects in the Spatial Diffusion of Residential Solar Panels: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Valley," in the Journal of Cleaner Production. In this…
June 3, 2022
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) and Shi-Quan Nettingham, '20 MA Journalism and Media Studies, presented their research, "'Stick to Sports” and Critical Sports Media Industry Studies," at the 72nd Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in Paris. 
May 30, 2022
Sungyoun Chun, Jinwook Hwang, Pearl Kim, Jay Shen (all Healthcare Administration), Dr. Ji Yoo (Medicine), and Seong Park (Criminal Justice) recently published a paper, “Trends and Age-related Characteristics of Substance Use Hospitalizations of Homeless Population: 2007-2015"  on Medicine.
May 12, 2022
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) presented at the annual Broadcasters Education Association (BEA) conference on a panel titled, "The Metamorphosis of Local Sports Media: Reshaping Local Sports Media in the Sports News and Information Ecosystem." The panel was moderated by Rich Johnson (Creighton University) with other panelists…
May 9, 2022
Jaewon Lim and Aaron Colletta (both Public Policy and Leadership) recently published an article in the Annals of Regional Science with a co-author, Ayoung Kim of Mississippi State University. In their article, "How Regional Economic Structure Matters in the Era of COVID-19: Resilience Capacity of U.S. States," they analyzed the importance of…