Below are theses and dissertations completed by graduates of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Public Policy and Leadership (beginning in Summer 2016). This collection also includes theses and dissertations of graduates of the Environmental and Public Affairs Program (through Spring 2016).

For the entire collection of UNLV theses and dissertations, visit UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

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Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Independent living program evaluation for Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently, Patricia Armour, Debra Moulton, and Araceli Pruett

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Identifying and reducing lead exposure associated with the use of cultural practices in southern Nevada Hispanic communities, Maria Castillo-Couch

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HELP of Southern Nevada analysis project, Lauren Cella, Carly Dunlap, Jonathon Nunes, and Anna Vaillancourt

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NevadaGIVES.org: Building website capacity for data collection, Snezhanka V. Christy and Lisa E. Stamanis

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Relationships of exotic plant invasions with biological soil crust, desert pavement, and soil carbon in the eastern Mojave Desert, Adria DeCorte

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Assessing a combined theories approach to climate change communication, Ted Greenhalgh

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Climate and vegetation change in the Newberry mountains, Southern Clark County, Nevada, Ross Joseph Guida

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Public Utilities Commission of Nevada: A research design for data collection, Mario Heresi, Jamie Stout, Brandy Davis, and Cheyenne Pasquale

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Telework within the Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado Region office, Theresa Lee, Lynne Arnold, John Wagner, Elias Samorano, and Anita Morgan

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Evaluation of mentoring in southern Nevada, Andrew Merz and Glen Leavitt

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Ready for Life — An evaluation: Factors relating to truancy and promising practices, Clayton Nichols, Shenita Harper, Maria Thomas, Mikaela Louve, and Christina Vela

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Environmental impact of the Three Kids Mine tailings, Henderson, NV, Ji Hye Park

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Evaluation of interim sessions in state legislatures, Laurie Erin Russell

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Climate change in rural Nevada: The influence of vulnerability on risk perception and environmental behavior, Ahmad Safi

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Program evaluation: Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region business lines and focus areas “Water Drop” project, Adriana VanBuskirk, Marion Biron, Kris Kirby, and Theodore Anderson

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Estimating wildfire potential on a Mojave Desert landscape using remote sensing and field sampling, Peter F. Van Linn III

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Nonprofits in crisis: How to retain employees in the nonprofit sector, Liz Armstrong, Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher, Lori Lopez-Newman, Diana R. Paul, and Keith R. Paul

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The Use of policy analysis in southern Nevada planning and development departments, Dawn Barlow, Shane Dillon, Lynn Hunsinger, Ted Lendis, Neo Vidal, and Wendy Yada

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City of Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement accreditation evaluation program, Daniel Bennett

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Flowing Toward Sustainability: Two Stream Adjudications Analyzed Under the IAD Framework, Nancye Lou Bethurem

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Getting on track: Consolidating and streamlining positions at Clark County, Elaina Bhattacharyya, Kevin Cerny, Craig Christiansen, and Elizabeth Muto

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The Role of tuition in financing higher education, Jay Craddock, Amjad Kisswani, Krista Kurvers, Hillery Leslie, Kumiko Primm, and Abigal Sills

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Program evaluation of help Las Vegas Genesis Apartments, Shauna Davis, Bristol Ellington, Alexis Mussi, and Jason LaMarr Wasden

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HopeLink: A program evaluation, Cheryl Edwards, Telma Lopez, Bryan Osborne, and Erik Pappa

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City of Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement commission on accreditation of law enforcement accreditation program evaluation report, Karen Kelly, Cecelia McNeely, and Sandy Seda

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The Effectiveness and adoption of market-based state health care expansion programs, Nathan Gregory Myers

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Desert varnish as an indicator of modern-day air pollution in southern Nevada, Piotr Nowinski

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Comparing the effectiveness of interactive field, interactive class and non-interactive class lecture teaching strategies to teach wetland ecology concepts to 6th grade science students, April Marie Samson

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Analysis of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Nevada, Andrea Sundberg, Brad Giles, Cedric Pittman, Imelda DeLatorre, and Rebbeca Morris Fridley

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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The Environmental and economic benefits of highway access management: A multivariate analysis using system dynamics, Dan Andersen

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Understanding the motivations of rock climbers: A social worlds study, Amy Miller Ansari

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Modeling natural resources scarcity and proverty effects on fertility in Honduras, Nepal, and Tanzania, Ayoub Shaban Ayoub

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An Economic development plan for Boulder City, Mel Barosay, Amber Z. Cunningham, Dollinda Fields, and Silas Prince

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Urban corruption policy analysis, Michael Buttars, John Devaney, Jared Gerber, and Kevin Sansom

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Boulder City, Nevada revenue generating analysis, Mayra A. Castro, Dolores P. Leyva, Arnetta M. Meagher, and Wade Zimmerman

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Recruit training academy Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, Kristin Cooper, Christine Dudas, Torrell Huber, Stephanie Jordan, and Darryl Martin

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Policy analysis: Compressed workweek, Rick Crosby, Matt Richardson, Stephen Nowicki, and Ly Doan

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Clark County town advisory boards and citizens advisory councils: Participation rates, Lucy Greger, Jason Hafen, Aaron Mueller, Heather Rosich, and Rebecca Saoud

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City of Las Vegas human resources promotional selection process program evaluation, Rik Holman, Cecil Johnson, April Thomas, and Steve Weber

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Increasing the recycling rate in Clark County, Nevada, Emerald Laija

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Urban sustainability through green building, Andrea Anzalone, Virginia Sawyer, and Robert Woolsey

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The Textbook adoption process in the state of Nevada: The teacher's perspective, Dwight Bellard, Rebecca Coates, and Tamara Hicks

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Nevada's textbook adoption process: The state perspective, Mitch Bishop, Katie Bliven, and Scott Hess

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City of Las Vegas municipal court house arrest program evaluation, Karen Coyne, Michele Hornstein, and Timothy Shattler

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Nevada's textbook adoption policy: The role and influence of parents and interest groups, Brady Dehn, David Hood, Barry Michaels, and Harry Williams

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Program evaluation report for: Nevada Child Seekers, Nori Evans, Raymond Keeler, and Lisa Pletz

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City of Boulder City Parks and Recreation Department revenue policy and user fee analysis, Karla Fritchman, Jayne Harkins, and Cheryl Rodriguez

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Harry Reid Center of Environmental Studies: Quality assurance program evaluation, Michael G. Herenick, Stephanie C. Hill, Tya R. Mathis, and Greg Troutman

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Proposing measures for assessing systems thinking interventions, Megan Aline Hopper

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Nuclear waste cooperative agreement collaborative study for the Nevada System of Higher Education, Betty Taylor, Renee Martinez, Rolanda Smith, and Emmit Lamb

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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A Comparison of population sizes and number of captures for the Desert Woodrat (Neotoma lepida) in two microhabitats in the Las Vegas Wash, Nevada, Jayson Barangan

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Streamlining the National Environmental Policy Act reporting requirements: A hard look at the healthy forests initiative, Jeffrey Alan Geller

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Study examining a DOE proposal to dispose of mixed low level waste at the Nevada test site using an alternative landfill design, Deborah Hart

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Public safety communications center staffing: Do we have an emergency?, Steven L. Herrin

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Converting turfgrass to xeriscape: Evaluating Southern Nevada water authority’s “Water smart program”, Tom Hudak

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Examining the basis for change in Clark County non-conforming zone change process, was it needed?, Maria D. Kaseko

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Assessing the relationships between the spatial variation in land-use spatial patterns and surface water quality, Majed A. Khater

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Total suspended solids in Las Vegas Wash, Mika Koponen

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Analyzing the effects of various sign types used by the Bureau of Land Management for desert cleanup and restoration projects, Christopher Linehan

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Using a systems dynamics approach to determine what can be done to minimize ozone production, Jusdi McDonald

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The Benefits Improvement and Protection Act (BIPA) and its impact on the stability of provider networks in medicare + choice managed care organizations (MCOs), Frances R. Nelson

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Valuing wildfire risk mitigation in Kyle Canyon, Nevada, James P. O'Brien

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Observed omnivory in the herbivorous Blue tilapia (Oreochromis aureus), Stephen M. Oliveira Jr.

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Probation violators: An examination of felony male adult probation violators in the state of Nevada, Stefanie Wilson Palacio

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Charitable gambling in Nevada, J. Thomas Rainwater

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Impacts of the tax shift of 1981: An examination of Nevada local governments, Philip F. Stoeckinger

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Public participation as part of the Clark County nonconforming zone change process, Mara Weber

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The Professional Career Paths of Members of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, Jason Woywod