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UNLV Instructor Nominated for Tony Award

UNLV Instructor Nominated for Tony Award


An instructor at UNLV recently earned the highest recognition in the Broadway world for his work on a production of Pippin.

Jonathan Deans earned a Tony Award nomination for his sound design for Pippin on Broadway. Deans teaches sound design for the UNLV Department of Theatre and for the entertainment engineering & design program.

The award winners will be announced Sunday, June 9, in a show airing on CBS.

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest


Twenty high school students are enjoying the new iPads they earned by reducing their carbon footprint and writing a great essay about it.

The students were part of an essay contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Coca-Cola, Mariana's Supermarkets and the Clark County School District.

The 20 winners were chosen out of the 200 entries from 40 high schools around the Las Vegas valley. They all wrote a 500-word essay describing how they used transit services provided by the RTC to reduce the amount of carbon they personally use.

The winners for the 2013 contest are:

UNLV Hosting Family Day Saturday

UNLV Hosting Family Day Saturday


UNLV will be hosting the 5th annual Family Enrichment Day Saturday at the Student Union.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free. The day features family-focused workshops on math, reading and planning for college. A sack lunch will be provided.

No reservations are needed.

The event is a partnership between the university and the Clark County School District. 

UNLV Team Starts Construction on Solar-Powered House


A group of UNLV students will start their effort Wednesday to build the best solar-powered, energy-efficient home.

The home, known as DesertSol, will be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, a competition involving 20 colleges from around the world all trying to make the prototype home of the future.

The students must design and build a home that is 754 square feet with sustainable resources.

Team Las Vegas' effort will be designed for energy-efficient living in the Mojave Desert. It will take months to complete the work and every piece of the home must first be tested to make sure it is working properly. Once it is tested, DesertSol will be moved to California for judging.

It has taken 60 students, 10 faculty members and dozens industry consultants more than a year to perfect the design.

Nature Center Opens at Wetlands Park

Nature Center Opens at Wetlands Park

A new place to learn about the natural treasures in Clark County is now open.

The new Wetlands Park Nature Center, which is near Tropicana Avenue and Wetlands Park lane, opened its doors this past weekend

The center features exhibits about the wetlands and the Las Vegas Wash and their importance to southern Nevada. It also has 15,000-square-feet outdoor observation deck.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority operates a science lab inside the exhibit gallery for biology students and researchers.

The center also has information about the miles of walking trails in the Las Vegas Wetlands Park.

Admission is free and the center is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Del Sol High School Earns Concert for Anti-Bullying Effort

Del Sol High School Earns Concert for Anti-Bullying Effort


Its efforts to stop bullying has earned Del Sol High School at live performance by three emerging artists.

The performance is part of the anti-bullying program known as Flip the Script. The program encourages students to come up with ways to stop bullying in their own schools. It is sponsored by the R&R Partners Foundation and CBS Radio's 98.5 KLUC.

Del Sol was chosen out of 45 entries from high schools and middle schools around Clark County. The campaign called Express Yourself focused on getting students to embrace similarities and difference. It also encouraged kids to be confident about who they are.

The concert will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22. It will feature Jake Miller, LeeLee and Justice Crew. All three are up-and-coming hip-hop artists 

Boyd Law School Gets Highest-Ever Ranking

Boyd Law School Gets Highest-Ever Ranking


UNLV’s law school earned its highest-evet rating from U.S. News & World Report this year, scoring just outside the upper third of programs.

Boyd School of Law ranked no. 68 out of 194 accredited law schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2014 edition of the best graduate schools and specialty programs. Boyd climbed eight spots from last year.

“For a school that is two years away from being old enough to drive, this upward trend in the rankings is nice to see,” said Nancy B. Rapoport, interim dean at Boyd. “Although we're naturally quite happy to see our ranking improve, it's important to remember that the reputation ranking is based on very small sample sizes – and that the reputation ranking accounts for 40 percent of a school’s total score.”