UNLV Magazine

Fall 2020
Vol. 28, No. 2
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As we near the end of our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year, 2020 nonetheless allowed for new avenues of research and innovation. Here's what gives us a glimmer of hope for 2021 and beyond.
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Reasons for hope aren't just confined to UNLV's academic halls. Here are just a few places where 2020 inspired staff and students to find new paths forward.
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Professor Tyler D. Parry expanded his reading list in 2020 to understand this summer's racial reckoning, and look to tomorrow.
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Three resort stakeholders find an equilibrium in the pandemic.
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Coming to UNLV at a most unusual time, President Keith E. Whitfield remains undaunted and ready to make his mark as a Rebel.
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UNLV's Sports Research and Innovation Initiative gives a home to the university's sports-related research — and is positioned as a crucial touchstone of a burgeoning sports mecca.
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Amid the natural upheaval of a new coaching regime, newcomer Marcus Arroyo had to navigate a team through a pandemic cut off from the usual rhythms of football.
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Alumnus Eric Whitacre's YouTube sensation Virtual Choir is the creative project that had been planning for the pandemic moment for 10 years.
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The last great pandemic has remarkable similarities to our own.
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College of Engineering expansion, on hold due to coronavirus-induced budget shortfalls, has a lifeline in February's meeting of the state legislature.
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College receives $5 million gift from Panda Express co-founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng to support new program in rapidly growing field.
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Alumnus Oliver Wu now recruits UNLV students for their career ambition, can-do attitude, and ability to communicate with diverse people.
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New law school requirement draws in multiple faculty members to address race, policing, and legal system.
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$1 million awarded to companies innovating solutions to challenges facing hospitality industry in UNLV-hosted competition.
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We're all mad at each other online all the time. Why, and what do we do about it?
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Office of information technology had a busy summer preparing for a remote campus this fall.
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With donor funding through the Nevada Health & Bioscience Corp., the 135,000-square-foot building is expected to open in summer 2022.
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13-year-old pursues his fifth degree at UNLV. And he's got some wise advice for his fellow students.
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Outstanding Alumnus of the Year didn't let a little thing like Nevada's only law school closing stop him from pursuing a legal education.
UNLV professor Ashkan Salamat in his lab on UNLV's campus
The discovery, reported in the journal Nature, opens door for reimagining the energy grid, technology, society
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Keith E. Whitfield on his 2020 silver linings.
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From UNLV Magazine's fall 2020 issue.