Accomplishments: Brookings Mountain West

July 29, 2020
Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West), William E. Brown, Jr. (Brookings Mountain West), and David Damore (Political Science) had a guest column published in the Las Vegas Sun titled, "Whom Do You Trust? Not NSHE or the Regents." The three discuss the recent special session of the Nevada Legislature, and examine the relationship between the members of the Board of Regents and Nevada Legislature.
July 14, 2020
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership and Honors), along with Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA Criminal Justice and English, are recipients of the highly competitive and prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This scholarship helps U.S. undergraduate students pursue their academic studies or career-oriented internships abroad. Solano-Patricio is pursuing a major in urban...
July 13, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently co-authored "From the George Floyd Moment to a Black Lives Matter Movement, in Tweets" with Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution. They analyzed protest-related tweets between May 27 and June 4 to display the development of the Black Lives Matter movement. Blankenship is pursuing a double major in chemistry and economics, and recently completed a minor in Brookings public policy.
July 8, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) co-authored "How Misinformation Spreads on Twitter" with Carol Graham, Brookings Institution Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow. The pair discuss that while social media has many advantages, information pollution is prevalent and in some cases "generate[s] more engagement than factually reliable news." To illustrate this, Blankenship and Graham refer to their Twitter research on mass shootings where they extract data, such as hashtags and emojis, and analyze...
June 16, 2020
Vanessa Booth (Political Science),  Peter Grema (Economics), and Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) each received the Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research Funding Scholarship for Summer 2020. With this funding, these students can continue their research on important public policy issues and scientific studies. 
June 16, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently had an Op-Ed published in the Las Vegas Sun titled, "In an age of misinformation, fact-checking must be encouraged." In her piece, Blankenship discusses how "the pervasiveness of misinformation on social media makes it one of the great challenges of the 21st century." Blankenship is pursuing a double major in chemistry and economics, and recently completed a minor in Brookings public policy.
June 12, 2020
Kristian Thymianos (Political Science) recently co-authored "To Add Value to Black Communities, We Must Defund the Police and Prison Systems," a piece featured in the Brookings Institution's How We Rise blog, which focuses on "policy solutions to upend structural racism and create a more equitable society for all." Kristian is a summer research intern for the Brookings Institution's metropolitan policy program. An undergraduate, he is majoring in political science and pursuing minors in...
May 13, 2020
Kyle Catarata (Philosophy) recently had an op-ed published in the Las Vegas Sun. In his piece, American Payment System is Widening the Wealth Gap, he discusses the inequality in the business models of credit card companies and how a real-time payment system can benefit low-income families. Catarata is a second-year student of the Brookings Public Policy Minor. 
April 22, 2020
Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) recently coauthored an opinion editorial published in the Las Vegas Sun. In the piece, Dr. Lang and North Las Vegas city manager Ryann Juden discuss Southern Nevada's RISE Together Plan (Recovery and Innovation for a Sustainable Economy). "The RISE plan provides a framework for bold, persistent experimentation as the region strategically reinvents and transitions its economy with a more diverse and sustainable foundation. The current...
March 11, 2020
The CSUN Faculty Achievement Award recognizes faculty members for outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events. Those receiving the award in 2020 are: William Ramsey, College of Liberal Arts, department of philosophy Caitlin Saladino, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West Brett Levner, College of Fine Arts, department of film Shubhra Bansal, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, department...
February 28, 2020
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), William Brown (Brookings), and David Damore (Political Science) recently had an op-ed that was featured in the Las Vegas Sun. Their article, "Winners and Losers from the Nevada Caucuses," examines the outcomes of the 2020 Nevada caucus and how "Nevada shaped this year’s presidential race more than at any time in the past." The authors also were featured in a number of news outlets during the caucus week.
February 20, 2020
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West & The Lincy Institute), William Brown (Brookings), and David Damore (Political Science) recently had a piece published in FixGov, a Brookings Institution blog. Their piece "Electing a President: The Significance of Nevada," discusses that "while the outcomes of the Nevada caucuses may only yield a handful of delegates to the winning candidates, those who perform strongly in diverse, urban Las Vegas are well positioned to gain the nomination and to...