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UNLV Magazine - Summer 2013

UNLV Magazine

Summer 2013 - Volume 21 Issue 1
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Four campus leaders on how we're advancing undergraduate education and engaging with the community to tackle our region's most critical problems.

Remember staring at the list of graduation requirements and wondering, Why do I need that class? UNLV did, too.

With limited resources and huge needs to serve, Nevada’s nonprofits have struggled to bring in grant money. The Lincy Institute is changing that.

UNLV's scientists make discoveries and share their findings in prestigious journals. But then what?

UNLV professors are extending their wealth of knowledge in guest satisfaction to boost Nevada’s emerging health care tourism industry.

On the court, UNLV alum Coach Dave Rice is rooting for the Runnin’ Rebels. Off the court, he’s championing another cause – autism awareness.

UNLV experts and the Libraries' unique public resources help make The Mob Museum more than a novelty attraction.


Like many a coach, Jerry Tarkanian had some quirks in his gameday routine. The UNLV Alumni Association captured a couple of them in a bronze statue.


Murdered by a mobster? A surprising suicide? Alumnus says the truth behind Thelma Todd’s death wouldn’t make a dramatic movie ending.

UNLV anthropology survey examines why women consume their placentas after childbirth.

UNLV's Center for Energy Research will evaluate new photovoltaic systems to help the United States become more reliant on solar energy.

Why do people choose amateur auto racing over a walk in the park? New research examines link between dangerous activities and our tolerance for risking death.


Sri Lanka recently named criminal justice professor Karu Hangawatte its ambassador for France. Find out more about the longtime professor's native country, his past diplomatic work, and what he hopes to bring back to UNLV when he returns to teaching.

UNLV is going big and thinking small as it moves to the forefront of solar energy research. The UNLV Center for Energy Research has installed the world’s most powerful solar energy generator while a UNLV chemist is working to expand solar cell technology.

Simon Keith got sick of being the "heart guy" and spent two decades trying to ignore his status as a transplant recipient. Then he got a reality check—and a new goal in life.


Alumnus Eric Talbert had long believed in the mission of the humanitarian group Emergency USA, but seeing a child's scars firsthand left a mark on him.

Christina Vela escaped the fate of many inner-city teen moms with education. Now she's determined to help others overcome their obstacles.

Cheerleader's courageous battle with cancer inspired the entire campus.


UNLV transition advisors move to CSN to assist aspiring Rebels.

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