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Hoover Dam
Campus News | December 30, 2022

The problems facing our world and how UNLV helped find solutions.

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

cartoon of angry woman looking at laptop bearing labels of popular social media platforms
Research | July 8, 2022

Study by UNLV online misinformation expert analyzes conservative, liberal Twitter reactions to U.S. gun violence.

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.

Brookings Mountain West In The News

Tallahassee Democrat
January 28, 2023

When I read the sign posted at the St. Marks Headwaters Greenway off Baum Road, I wondered about its wording. It was direct and clear. What I wondered about was the psychology behind the words. How do you communicate a concern about arsonists and their activity that does not embolden them, but encourages them to reconsider?

Coda Story
December 16, 2022

In late October the curtain came up on the second “Russia-Africa: What’s Next?” youth forum at the Moscow State Institute on International Relations on the edge of the Russian capital.

Nevada Independent
December 16, 2022

The establishment of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV – Southern Nevada’s only fully accredited allopathic medical school – provides a foundation for strengthening Nevada’s health care economy. However, as a recent publication from The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West details, many graduates of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV and the UNR School of Medicine pursue residency programs out of state.

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.

Brookings
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.

Brookings Mountain West Experts

An expert on American politics, campaigns and elections and public policy.
An expert in welfare policies and programs.
An expert on social media misinformation/disinformation, and combating online propaganda.  
An expert in regional demographics, workforce development, and sustainable economic development.

Recent Brookings Mountain West Accomplishments

December 19, 2022
Caitlin Saladino, David Damore (both The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West), and William E. Brown, Jr. (Brookings Mountain West) recently co-authored the Nevada Independent Op-Ed, "Next steps for growing Nevada’s health care economy." The piece discusses the current lack of in-state medical residencies for graduates of the Kirk Kerkorian…
November 17, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Chemistry) was invited and participated in a workshop hosted by the US-EU Trade and Technology Council to discuss Russian disinformation in Africa and Latin America. Blankenship has appeared in the media numerous times discussing disinformation and misinformation, and has published…
November 17, 2022
David. Damore (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Political Science) published an analysis titled, "Blue metros, red state politics in the 2022 Nevada midterm elections," on the Brookings Institution's FixGox blog examining state and regional voting patterns in the recently completed 2022 midterm elections. The analysis finds that…
November 16, 2022
Zachary Billot (Political Science, Honors College, The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West) recently had his Op-Ed titled, "Stuck Like Glue: Eating Meat in the Modern Era," published by the Institute for Youth in Policy. His piece discusses the contemporary societal implications of meat eating and the impacts of factory farming has across the…
July 20, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had her research on Twitter posts featured in a Las Vegas Review-Journal story and on a City Cast Las Vegas podcast episode. She collects and studies varying public responses on Twitter that occur after a mass shooting. After reviewing tweets responding…
July 4, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had part one of a two-part report published in the Brookings Institution blog, Africa in Focus. The piece, "Russia’s Narratives about its Invasion of Ukraine are Lingering in Africa," analyzes Twitter data to examine the broader Russian narratives that…