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Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Tom Piechota
Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research
Division of Research and Graduate Studies
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
66

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
772

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
27

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
62

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Christie Batson
Department of Sociology

Pramen Shrestha
Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Kenneth McCown
School Of Architecture

Seyhmus Baloglu
Hotel College Instruction

Thomas Jones
Hotel College Instruction

Carola Raab
Hotel College Instruction

Dina Zemke
William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration

Andrew Kirk
Department of History

Marianne Buehler
Library

Robert Futrell
Department of Sociology

Kathleen Lauckner
School of Environmental and Public Affairs

Robert Aalberts
School of Lee Business School

Scott Abella,
School of Environmental and Public Affairs

Sajjad Ahmad
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Penny Amy
Life Sciences

Jacimaria Batista
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Christine Bergman
Food & Beverage Management

Bo Bernhard
Sociology

Markie Blumer
Marriage and Family Therapy

Robert Boehm
Mechanical Engineering

Barbara Brents
Sociology

Cynthia Carruthers
Recreation and Sports Management

Michelle Chino
Environmental and Occupational Health

Michele Clark
Nursing

Jean Cline
Geoscience

Chad Cross
Biostatistics

Kenneth Czerwinski
Chemistry

Dale Devitt
Life Sciences

Carolee Dodge Francis
Environmental and Occupational Health

Mehmet Erdem
Hotel Management

Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez
Architecture

Shawn Gerstenberger
Environmental and Occupational Health

Allen Gibbs
Life Sciences

Simon Gottschalk
Sociology

Joseph Greenway
Health Information & Analysis

Mary Guinan
Community Health Sciences

Randall Hale
Architecture

Andrew Hanson
Geoscience

Karen Harry
Anthropology

David Hatchett
Chemistry

Oliver Hemmers
Harry Reid Center

Clemens Heske
Chemistry

Greg Hise
History

Jef Jaeger
Life Sciences

Thomas Jones
Hotel Management

Jennifer Keene
Sociology

Yen-Soon Kim
Food & Beverage Management

Andrew Kirk
History

Pierre Lienard
Anthropology

Anna Lukemeyer
Environmental and Public Affairs

Helen Neill
Environmental and Public Affairs

Glenn Nowak
Architecture

Edward Nussbaum
Educational Psychology

Thomas Piechota
VPRGS

Carl Reiber
Life Sciences

Jennifer Rennels
Psychology

Ralph Reynolds
Educational Psychology

Mary Riddel
Economics

Bret Riddle
Life Sciences

Aly Said
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Peter Schrader
Educational Psychology

Jeff Shen
Life Sciences

Bill Smith
Environmental and Public Affairs

Ron Smith
VPRGS

Stan Smith
Life Sciences

Peter Starkweather
Life Sciences

Krystyna Stave
Environmental and Public Affairs

Kirsten Swenson
Art History

Sarah Tanford
Hotel Management

Daniel Thompson
Life Sciences

Melva Thompson-Robinson
Program in Health Promotion

Denise Tillery
English

Edward Weber
Environmental and Public Affairs

Elspeth Whitney
History

Jessica Word
Environmental and Public Affairs

Ken McCown
Architecture

Eric Weber
Architecture


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

The methodology UNLV used to complete the research inventory was found through the UNLV Employee Database (https://webapps.oit.unlv.edu/eel/). Key words involving sustainability were used in order to create the inventory.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Below are a few notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty engaged in sustainability research:

1) Solar Decathlon
Eric Weber, Architecture
The University of Nevada Las Vegas designed its DesertSol house to reflect the spirit of the Mojave Desert. With reverence to the sun as both a source of harsh conditions and a solution for sustainable living, DesertSol harnesses abundant sunlight for solar electricity while capturing rain to provide evaporative cooling and irrigation. The ultra-efficient house is envisioned as a vacation home for a seasonal retreat—a basecamp for desert adventures that responds to its unique environment. Research was prepared on architecture, alternative technologies, and marketing strategies.

2) Resilience Atlas
Ken McCown, Architecture
The atlas is a place-based model tested in Las Vegas to explore bioregional distinctiveness of the water-energy-climate-food nexus, including regional transportation systems. The atlas integrates the systems within a utilitarian organization of information. Systems in this place-based model demonstrate how infrastructure services are efficiently provided for the Las Vegas Valley population.
This resiliency atlas can clarify how the nexus applies to place; and how it can be used to spur geographically germane adaption strategies. In the Las Vegas Valley, climate change (drought and high sustained temperatures) and population affect water, energy, and food systems. This clarity of a place based model can help educate the public about the resilience of their place, and facilitate and organize the planning process in the face of uncertainty.


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

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