Accomplishments: Brookings Mountain West

August 16, 2019
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present her summer internship research on "The Nexus Between Population and Criminal Arrests in Clark County, Nevada, by Jurisdiction 2006-2016" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which took place earlier this month. Carmen's research summarizes arrest trends from 2006 to 2016 — before, during, and after the Great Recession — to examine the implications of static...
August 15, 2019
Peter Grema (Honors College and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present his summer internship research on "The Price of Legal Cannabis and Other Industry Policies" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium earlier this month. Grema's research explores three distinct public policy areas wherein the legal U.S. cannabis industry is facing challenges. These issues relate to current banking, pricing, and entrepreneurial policies that hinder the growth of this nascent...
August 15, 2019
Ember Smith (Economics and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present her summer internship research on "Automation and Artificial Intelligence in Las Vegas" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which took place earlier this month. Smith's research draws on work by the McKinsey Global Institute and the Brookings Institute to assess the risk of automation across a number of occupations, and identifies the forms of automation and adaptation measures that businesses...
August 14, 2019
Eshaan Vakil (Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present his summer internship research on "State and Local Per Pupil Funding for Higher Education in the Mountain West States" at UNLV's Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Vakil, a Clark High School student and Brookings summer intern, conducted research analyzing changes in governmental funding for higher education in the Mountain West states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The selected years of...
August 7, 2019
Ashley Schobert (Law and Brookings Mountain West) recently wrote a report with Brookings Senior Fellow Richard Reeves titled "Elite or Elitist? Lessons for Colleges from Selective High Schools." In the report, the pair present data that show how selective high schools are racially unrepresentative of the districts they are located in, and discuss past and future reform. Schobert currently is completing a prestigious internship for the Future of the Middle Class Initiative at the Brookings...
July 12, 2019
Brookings Mountain West is pleased to release a new policy brief from Brookings Senior Fellow in Economic Studies Richard Reeves titled "Making a Middle Class: Colleges and Cities in the Mountain West." In the piece, he explores how a stronger middle class is important for the economic and political future of both cities and nations. Higher education can serve students from middle-class backgrounds, helping them sustain a middle-class standard of living and rise up the economic ladder, as well...
July 11, 2019
Caitlin Saladino (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute) was selected to present two research projects at the 2019 European Urban Research Association - Urban Affairs Association Conference, City Futures IV, in Dublin, Ireland. Her research explores Las Vegas's urban school district, and public policy implications of memorializing tragedy in Las Vegas, both representing the conference theme of "Creating Just and Sustainable Cities."
June 24, 2019
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry, Economics, and Brookings Mountain West) recently co-authored a brief featured on the Brookings Institution blog, the Brown Center Chalkboard. The piece discusses the shortage of STEM teachers and the wage penalties teachers face in STEM. The piece originally was published June 17. She is an undergradaute student pursuing two majors, chemistry and economics. She also is a Brookings public policy minor.  
June 17, 2019
David Damore (Political Science and Brookings Mountain West) recently authored an essay featured on the Brookings Institution blog, FixGov. His work discusses how the Nevada Legislature, which meets for a 120 day session every two years, "exemplifies how institutional constraints challenge effective policy making." The piece was originally published on June 14. 
June 11, 2019
Madison Frazee (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. In her piece, Frazee discusses the need for a health care system overhaul by recounting her own unfortunate experience with the U.S. health care system. The piece was originally published June 8.
June 6, 2019
Caitlin Saladino (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West), Marya Shegog (Public Health/Lincy Institute), Magdalena Martinez (Public Policy and Leadership/Lincy Institute), Jaewon Lim, and Kelliann Beavers (both Public Policy and Leadership) were each selected to present their respective research projects at the 2019 Urban Affairs Association annual conference in April, held in Los Angeles. Their papers represented the 2019 conference theme of "Claiming Rights to the City: Community,...
April 11, 2019
Brookings Mountain West is pleased to release a new policy brief from Brookings Senior Fellow in Governance Studies Molly Reynolds titled, "The 2018 Midterms in the Mountain West." In the piece, Reynolds explores how the 116th Congress has begun with a bang, with a protracted government shutdown and promises of aggressive oversight from the new Democratic House majority. To understand how we got to this point—and where we might be going in 2020— she offers a look back at the 2018 elections. As...