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Obituaries - Fall 2020 | News Center - UNLV NewsCenter

Obituaries - Fall 2020 | News Center - UNLV NewsCenter

Obituaries - Fall 2020 | News Center - UNLV NewsCenter

Posted: 08 Nov 2020 12:00 AM PST

Stephen Brown

Brown, professor of economics and former director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, died May 6. He joined the Lee Business School in 2010 as professor and the center's director. Several years later he took a position in the department of economics as a full-time professor, teaching courses in public finance and economic development, and doing research in energy economics. He was senior editor of the international academic journal Energy Policy and a University Fellow at Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based think tank that specializes in energy, environmental, and natural resource economics.

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Felicia Campbell

Campbell, UNLV's longest-serving faculty member, died July 27 of complications related to COVID-19. A member of the English department since 1962, she was the first on campus to teach African American and Asian literature. Known for her pioneering work in gaming research, she also championed popular culture as a field worthy of study. Learn more about Campbell in an updated article originally published in 2008.

Kathleen Espin

Espin, a professor emeritus in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism, died July 24. She had taught at UNLV since 1996 and also was an alum, having earned her master's degree in communication studies in 1997. She won an award for Outstanding Teaching by Part-time Faculty in 2003. She retired in 2018 but continued to teach on a part-time basis. Before coming to UNLV, Espin was a city editor at the Las Vegas Sun, spent 12 years in resort marketing and in 1996, started her own marketing and PR firm. The native of Charlotte, North Carolina was a court-appointed special advocate with the CASA organization in Clark County Family Court.

Malcolm "Mac" Graham

Graham, one of UNLV's first faculty members, died Jan. 17. He moved to Las Vegas in 1956 to become one of the first 12 full-time faculty members — and the only math professor — at the Southern Regional Division of the University of Nevada, the school that would become UNLV. Since the Southern Nevada branch had no buildings, he taught in rooms downtown at the Baptist Church and the old Las Vegas High School. The first campus building opened the following year. He retired in 1985 as an emeritus professor of mathematics. Read about Graham and about UNLV's early years in a 2015 story.

Paul Meacham

Meacham, emeritus professor of education, died Dec. 7, 2019. A nine-year member of UNLV's faculty, he previously had served as president of the community college now known as the College of Southern Nevada. Heading CSN from 1983 to 1994, he was the college's longest-serving and first African America president and oversaw the college during a time of tremendous growth. Read more about Paul Meacham.

Douglas Peterson

Peterson, who was one of the first three faculty members in the School of Music and who started the university's choral program, died May 27. He retired as an emeritus professor after teaching at UNLV for 36 years. During his time on campus, the Minnesota native took university choral groups to prestigious conventions of both the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. In addition to his teaching career, the Navy veteran was music director and CEO of the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society for 52 years.

Dennis Pirages

Pirages, emeritus professor of political science, died Oct. 1. He joined the UNLV faculty in 2007 and taught nine years. During his time on campus he served as graduate coordinator and was instrumental in helping launch the Ph.D. program. A prolific scholar, he was author, coauthor, or editor of 14 books on environmental politics. He also published a number of book chapters and journal articles, and was the recipient of many prestigious grants, fellowships, and awards. He is credited with helping to popularize the concept of international ecopolitics. In 1988 he was elected a lifetime fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Billie Mae Polson

Polson, emerita librarian, died July 16 from complications of dementia. She joined the university, then known as the Southern Regional Division of the University of Nevada in 1959 as one of its first two librarians. She began her tenure supervising cataloging and reference in the one-room library in Maude Frazier Hall. The library soon relocated to Grant Hall. She served as acting head librarian for a two-year period in the early 1960s, and supervised the library's move into the James R. Dickinson Library, the building that now is home to the William S. Boyd School of Law. As director of technical services she was involved in designing the layout of the technical services department in Lied Library, but retired in 1999 before the move into the new facility. Read more about Polson in this retirement story from 1999.

Gerald Rubin

Rubin, a professor of social work, died Nov. 2, 2019. In addition to his academic work, he maintained a private counseling practice for many years. The North Dakota native was an avid reader, scholar, jazz aficionado, and basketball enthusiast. He retired from UNLV in 1998.

Paul Strauss

portrait of manStrauss, '91 Ph.D. English, died April 28 in Roseville, California, from the effects of Agent Orange. The first person to earn a doctorate from UNLV, Strauss wrote his thesis on "In Hope of Heaven: English Recusant Prison Writings of the 16th Century." A technical writer with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for 13 years and a lecturer at UNLV, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He earned five bronze stars, a national defense service medal, a commendation medal for exceptional meritorious service, and a war office certificate. Among his survivors are his wife, Sandra Colomy Strauss, '94 BA English and '97 MA English.

Norma Engberg Thoemmes

Thoemmes, emerita professor of English, died May 16. During her 41 years on the faculty, she was a trailblazer in distance education, television lectures, and online learning at UNLV, helping lay the foundation for today's remote instruction. She joined UNLV in 1970 and taught Old English, Language and Linguistics, Principles of Modern Grammar, and the Bible as Literature. She directed theses and dissertations for numerous graduate students, many of whom went on to careers in academia, education, politics, business, communications, and the arts. She had an abiding love of tortoises, and raised and rescued a variety of tortoises and turtles. She was one of the founders of the nonprofit Nevada Desert Tortoise Group. She spent her retirement years in Ely.

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Jerry Vallen

Vallen, founding dean of the Harrah College of Hospitality, died July 30. He built the nationally recognized college from the ground up, serving as dean from 1967 to 1989. In recognition of his legacy, the college created its signature event, The Vallen Dinner of Distinction, at which industry leaders and alumni are honored each year. In a full-length article first published in 2017 Vallen reminisced about starting the college.

C. Todd White

White, a professor in the department of anthropology, died March 19. He had taught at UNLV since 2016. Some of his courses had been listed among "cool classes at UNLV" in local and state media coverage. Among the classes he taught were Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion; Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; and Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology. His book, Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights, was published in 2009 by the University of Illinois Press. He served as chair of the Homosexual Information Center and editor of Tangents magazine and Tangents Online.

The (Remote) Interview: Monika Neda | News Center - UNLV NewsCenter

Posted: 16 Nov 2020 11:15 AM PST

Before the pandemic, Monika Neda, professor in the College of Sciences' department of mathematical sciences, was already preparing for a hybrid teaching model. While she has embraced teaching remotely, she misses the immersion and collaboration of face-to-face teaching.

Growing up

I grew up in Uzdin, a small village in north Serbia, close to the Romanian border and about an hour from the capital, Belgrade. It has a population of approximately 1,500 and only has seven named streets, which is about the size of two modern Las Vegas housing complexes. There are no traffic lights and traffic rules are dissipated in the warm gestures of salutations. You can hear two languages (Romanian and Serbian) spoken on the streets every day. There is a small river nearby that served as our summer recreation as kids.

Your degrees

My undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia. Immediately after graduation I moved to the United States to join the graduate program in the department of mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. That is also where I obtained my Ph.D. in computational applied mathematics.

When did you come to UNLV?

I joined UNLV in the summer of 2007 after completing my Ph.D. studies and having just given birth to my first daughter. The move with a 6-week-old was not easy, but I am glad we did it!


I had my doubts about Las Vegas and UNLV. I took the interview trip more at the request of my husband who loves hot weather. We had never visited Las Vegas before, and I only saw the campus during my interview. My decision to come to UNLV was simply based on the warmth and hospitality that I felt from the committee members and the department of mathematical sciences. There was also this uplifting campus vibe that I felt during my scheduled campus walk after meeting with the dean. During that walk, I had a moment of realization that I could definitely move and work here. 

Inspiration to get into your field

I was always good at math and enjoyed studying it very much. I got the opportunity to enter the math graduate program and I was so thrilled. That is where I discovered all the numerical classes of applied math and even my engineering undergraduate background kick in toward the field of computational applied mathematics. I still remember the joy of obtaining my first fluid flow simulations and deriving my first error estimates. I had an amazing Ph.D. mentor!

Research interests

My research interests span numerical analysis of partial differential equations based on continuous and discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods, large eddy simulation of turbulent flows, applied sensitivity analysis, and statistical analysis of engineering type of problems related to solar energy. The fluid flow studies include derivation of the energy (in)equality, exploring model's micro-scale, boundary layer investigation, stability proofs of the model's numerical solution, derivation of error estimates, sensitivity computations, and simulations of benchmark fluid flow problems.

I also was a collaborator on a multidisciplinary National Science Foundation grant with the College of Education that promoted increasing the retention rates and overall success in STEM undergraduate classes. That work was different than my normal research but it was fulfilling, and I am glad I had the opportunity. Overall, I am active in undergraduate research that targets underrepresented groups in education and I try to expose undergraduates to my research ideas.

Most interesting aspect of your field

It still amazes me how little is actually known and how much is left to discover in my field. My entire research area is related to one of the Millennium Prize Problems in mathematics that were stated by the Clay Mathematics Institute in 2000. It is the so-called "Navier–Stokes existence and smoothness problem". The Navier-Stokes equations were derived in the 19th century and we are still challenged with making substantial progress toward a mathematical theory that will reveal the secrets of fluid flow.

Math always seems so difficult and daunting, whether in college or middle or high school. Why is that and how can we change that?

Math is one of the subjects that is completely interconnected. To be able to do well in calculus, you need to know precalculus, for which you need to know algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and so on. The material always builds on something previously taught and studied. We then have to fight with how easy it is to forget something that we learned and that took so much time and energy to study in the first place.

I believe we can change it using current educational methods, such as developing a class structure with a growth mindset, transparency, and developing grit in our students. To that aim, give students plenty of opportunities to fill in the gaps, recover from a bad test, and achieve content mastery by the end of the semester. I did my entire education in a rigorous system full of punishment settings. It is not an understatement to say that none of us liked it. I am so glad that I have the opportunity to make a difference using these new studies and methodologies. 

Remote teaching

My remote teaching is going well, at least in my opinion. Hopefully, my students agree with me. I am a little hesitant to say that I may even like some components of it. Maybe it is too early to draw conclusions, but I definitely do not feel any negative resistance towards it. I became interested in creating online math classes in the last few years, and that just became stronger over time. Last year during the fall semester I started a project with the online education department at UNLV. I learned how chalkboards were replaced by dry erase boards, which are now replaced by so-called lightboard videos. I had an amazing team from whom I learned a lot and that is helping me tremendously with my current remote teaching.

What do you miss most about campus?

Despite the fact that I feel comfortable teaching remotely, I do feel that something is missing. As much as digital technologies are helpful, in my opinion, the most important part of an education is immersion and collaboration — being able to ask questions, talk to classmates and collaborators face to face, and to be physically present in a learning environment. I am starting to really miss it, and I am looking forward to going back to campus where I will be able to use all the online teaching material and math applications that I learned during this pandemic and integrate them into a hybrid teaching model. 

What's your day typically like right now?

Getting up at 7 a.m. and waking up both daughters who are attending school online. After breakfast, we all rush to our computers. The work starts and it usually continues until evening hours. If the internet connection goes bad you can feel and hear all the negativity, and everybody is calling my husband to fix it, as if he can do anything about it. There is always some cooking happening in between and some exercise here and there as well. 

Give us your recommendation for a TV show are you binge-watching.

I love cooking so I enjoy watching cooking shows, such as those of Jacque Pepin (French cuisine) and Lidia Bastianich (Italian cuisine) from Create TV, as well as Pioneer Woman and Barefoot Contessa on Food Network. I watch them together with my daughters, who also are developing a passion for cooking.   

Ideal summer vacation

I love the ocean and the sandy beach. My ideal summer vacation would be on a beach or seaside where you can hear the waves and smell the salty water. However, being away from most of our families, it is exciting to return to Serbia to visit. Hanging with family, cousins, neighbors, and childhood friends over good food brings back some of the most treasured memories, and at the same time creates unforgettable new ones. Those are some of the moments I cherish the most during my summer vacations.


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