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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. Our academic programs focus on making effective public policy, 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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Campus News |

News highlights featuring UNLV students and staff who made (refreshing) waves in the headlines.

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Business and Community |

The College Opportunity Program provides access to online certificate and degree programs, at no cost to MGM Resorts Employees.

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Campus News |

Juan Rubio Pulido joins the first cohort of TheDream.US scholars to graduate from UNLV.

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People |

President Keith E. Whitfield honors six graduates who have shown exemplary commitment to both the community and their studies.

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Campus News |

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

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Campus News |

Steered by President Keith E. Whitfield and UNLV Alumni Association, the first-ever event drew the support of around 100 participants.

Urban Affairs In The News

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As a science communication scholar, I’ve always supported vaccination and trusted medical experts – and I still do. As a new mom, however, I’ve been confronting new-to-me emotions and concerns while weighing decisions about my son’s health.


Emma Frances Bloomfield, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, explores the effective use of storytelling in science communication. Bloomfield supports vaccination and trusts medical experts, but as a new mom, she has faced a wave of online misinformation about potential vaccine risks. She notes that anti-vaccine advocates often deploy personal stories that make their case compelling.


As a science communication scholar, I’ve always supported vaccination and trusted medical experts – and I still do. As a new mom, however, I’ve been confronting new-to-me emotions and concerns while weighing decisions about my son’s health.


Four years ago, Milwaukee considered banning the use of tear gas and pepper spray on crowds after a summer of protests and civil unrest. That moment was brief. Now, those options remain on the table as the city prepares to host the Republican National Convention next week.

Las Vegas Sun

Enacting “commonsense” gun safety measures doesn’t mean taking away people’s firearms, but some conservatives have falsely framed any steps as a move toward gun-grabbing, U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen said.

Las Vegas Sun

Vice President Kamala Harris came to the defense of President Joe Biden during a campaign appearance in Las Vegas on Friday, admitting his debate performance Thursday against former President Donald Trump faltered but saying it wasn’t indicative of the president’s potential second term.

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

Tara McManus, with co-authors and MA graduates Brooke Wolfe and Hannah Novak (all Communication Studies), published an article, “Memorable Messages about Pregnancy and Abortion from the Perspective of College-Enrolled Emerging Adults,” in the journal Health Communication. The study found that college students remember messages about pregnancy that…
Tara McManus (Communication Studies) published the article, "Information Work with Friends Experiencing an Intimate Health Concern," in the journal Communication Reports. The study indicates that communication competence and personal experience increases the information shared when helping friends who are experiencing an intimate health…
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) recently published an article in The Conversation that summarizes key points from her recent book, Science v Story: Narrative Strategies for Science Communicators (University of California Press, 2024).
David R. Gruber (Communication Studies) published a philosophical paper in Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge outlining a new ontology. The work is inspired by a poem produced by ChatGPT after being prompted to “write a poem using combinations of words not found anywhere on the Internet as far as your data knows.” The result is an "…
Alexandra Nur (Criminal Justice) published an article, "Visits as a Catalyst for Prison Program Engagement," in Crime & Delinquency. The paper explores how receiving visits while enrolled in prison education and vocation programs promotes retention in programming. The positive link between visits and program retention suggests that prison…
Deborah A. Kuhls, Bertille Mavegam Tango, Kavita Batra (all Medicine), along with Courtney Coughenour, Max Gakh, William Porter, Darin Mains, Kacie Washburn (all Public Health), and William Sousa (Urban Affairs) presented findings from the Statistical Transparency of Policing (STOP) Project, resulting from SB 236 (2021) at…