Accomplishments: Office of Executive Vice President and Provost
November 24, 2020
The office of undergraduate research (OUR) recently held its Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Sciences brought home several honors, including: The School of Life Sciences earned the Champions of Undergraduate Research Award for its commitment to excellence in research education. The school's leadership and faculty were commended for their contributions to elevating the role of experiential and discovery learning at UNLV and to advancing OUR’s mission. The College...
November 16, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently published an article about the Kefauver Committee's hearing in Las Vegas on the Mob Museum's blog as part of that institution's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the hearing. The second-floor courtroom in which the committee, a Senate investigatory panel chaired by Tennessee Democrat Estes Kefauver, met is now a signature part of the Mob Museum.
October 9, 2020
John "Skip" Crooker, Qingmin Shi, and Celeste Calkins (all Decision Support) recently co-presented “Instructors’ Grading Practices and Student Evaluations of Teaching” at the annual virtual conference of the Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research. This study examines how student evaluations of teaching (SET) are related to instructors’ grading practices (grading leniency and grading reliability), instructor characteristics (e.g., gender, ethnicity, rank), student variables (e.g...
September 21, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently published an article, “Venomous in the Extreme: Understanding Frank Sinatra’s Acrimonious 1963 Exit from Nevada Gaming.” An outgrowth of his research into the history of the Sands Hotel that culminated in the recent publication of his latest book, At the Sands, the article examines the colorful history of Sinatra in Las Vegas, centered around his 1963 standoff with Nevada gaming authorities over his open friendship with alleged mobster Sam Giancana....
September 18, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently gave a presentation at the historic Mob Museum on the legacy of the Sands Hotel. The Sands was one of the glamorous resorts that transformed Las Vegas into an international resort destination in the 1950s. In his talk, Schwartz traced the story of the Sands, from its Mob origins and the Rat Pack to Howard Hughes and its ultimate implosion. This multimedia presentation also highlighted the many fascinating characters who made the Sands an enduring...
July 24, 2020
Nicole Hudson (Online Education) has been accepted to the Online Learning Consortium's Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL) 2020 cohort. The program is in its 12th year and this year is completely virtual, commencing in July and concluding in November.
June 30, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently had an essay, "Dreaming of Zion: The American West as Place or Process in Fallout: New Vegas's Honest Hearts DLC," published in First Person Scholar. The essay posits that, as a Western set in a post-apocalyptic Mohave, the video game Fallout: New Vegas demonstrates that the big questions that drive Western history are durable and malleable enough to survive even the (fictional) nuclear demise of the United States itself, and suggests that the game...
June 15, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently delivered his public lecture as the 2020 Scholar in Residence for the Neon Museum. In "After Howard, Before the Mirage: The Early Corporate Era of Nevada Casinos and the Shifting Visual Landscape of Las Vegas," he talked about the "middle child" of Las Vegas casino history, the period between 1967 and 1988. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the talk was recorded and delivered online rather than in person.
June 5, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently published an extended blog post highlighting his research as the Neon Museum's 2020 Scholar in Residence. Called “After Howard, Before The Mirage: The Early Corporate Era of Nevada Casinos and the Shifting Visual Landscape of Las Vegas,” it considers an often-neglected period of Las Vegas casino history, which nevertheless had a distinct visual style.
June 3, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently published an essay on Desert Companion's DC Blog examining how Las Vegas recovered from a pair of deadly fires in 1980/81 that shook public confidence in high-rise safety, particularly in Las Vegas.
May 14, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently had a paper based on his keynote address published as a chapter in the proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Alfa BK University in Belgrade, Serbia. “To Stand the Test of Time: A Close Reading of Sid Meier's Civilization V as Text” examines the story of history that the popular video game "tells" through its gameplay, structure, and content. The collection, called Language, Literature, Play, and...
May 6, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently published an essay in Desert Companion on the deeper meaning of the COVID-19 shutdown for Las Vegas, examining how, over its 115-year history, the city has embraced a variety of "essential" roles, the latest of which was hospitality and entertainment capital. But what happens to the world's most connected city when the connections are cut? And where can we go from here?