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UNLV Magazine - Spring 2015

UNLV Magazine

Spring 2015 - Volume 23, Issue 1

President Len Jessup on UNLV’s big initiatives, higher ed’s toughest challenges, and his own path to leadership.


Once the Nevada System of Higher Education set its sights on expanding medical education in the state, things have moved fast. Here’s how far the UNLV School of Medicine has come and what’s next.


Abuse as a teenager and rejected applications didn't hold James Dold back from law school. Once there, he found his purpose in changing the country's juvenile justice system.


Lawrence Mower jumped into journalism just as newsrooms were cutting back. That gave the young reporter a chance to dig into the numbers to expose corruption in public agencies.

UNLV researchers team up with Las Vegas police department to study the effectiveness — and drawbacks — of officer body cameras.


Clark County School District is ground zero for the issues rumbling in schools across the country. Here's how UNLV is linking research and outreach programs to help find solutions.


Las Vegas as a high-tech center for robotics? It's doable in the next decade, according to engineering professor Paul Oh.


A 2.8-million-year-old jawbone fills in section missing from human evolution’s timeline.

Alumna Kathleen Decker turns around a struggling elementary by reaching out beyond the school grounds.

When a trio of Rebels learned that the anthem "Taps" was often piped into funerals, they launched a nonprofit to bring the appropriate gravitas to ceremonies honoring veterans.

Two UNLV grads take different approaches to a perennial problem: Finding a mate.

As spring gets off to an early start, UNLV and CCSD program monitors allergen counts.

Pledge from Rogers Foundation to UNLV’s literary center now totals $30 million, making the gift one of the largest to UNLV.

Local committee formed to bring candidates to UNLV.

Honors College students hit it hard to prepare for a big test: a grueling obstacle course. Along the way, they learn more than they thought possible.


Lied Library Exhibit (May through October) and panel event (May 17) explores translation of large-scale productions ‘Lido de Paris’ and ‘Folies Bergère' from Parisian stage to Las Vegas Strip.

Psalm 92 inspires UNLV’s longtime director of bands to put down the conducting baton and pick up the composing pen.

UNLV English instructor Brittany Bronson named a New York Times opinion writer. Plus new books on Nevada history and women in the workforce.


UNLV looked in its own backyard to find a coach to take on the challenge of turning around the football team.


The so-called dean of UNLV coaches, swimming’s Jim Reitz, is retiring. Here he looks back on 35 years at UNLV.

Kim, a leading expert in active materials and energy systems, recognized with annual award from Nevada Board of Regents at March 6 meeting.


Ramona Denby-Brinson of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs recognized for her work on social services, the foster system, and children’s mental health.

The campus remembers the legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian, who brought the Runnin' Rebels to national prominence.

UNLV Director of Photography Geri Kodey retires after 13 years.


President Donald D. Snyder on taking the helm and keeping UNLV's top initiatives moving forward.


What have your fellow UNLV graduates been up to? Read about their latest accomplishments.


From Bob Hope to Jimmy Kimmel, top entertainers have long been honored at UNLV commencement with honorary degrees.