Division Hires New Executive Director of UNLV's Office of Undergraduate Research
The Division of Research and Economic Development is pleased to announce the hire of Levent Atici as executive director of UNLV's Office of Undergraduate Research. In his role, he is responsible for connecting undergraduate students and faculty with the resources necessary for successful research experiences and offering programs for professional development.
Atici joined UNLV’s department of anthropology as an assistant professor of anthropology and archaeology in 2007 after receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He founded the UNLV Zooarchaeology Laboratory in 2009 and established large collections of modern and archaeological animal bones for research and teaching purposes.
Atici’s research probes human-animal interactions, with an emphasis on the two greatest progressive revolutions that humankind has experienced: the Neolithic Revolution, wherein humans transitioned from hunting and gathering to farming, and the Urban Revolution, wherein small-scale agricultural societies developed into sociopolitically and economically complex urban centers. Atici has published extensively on subsistence economies of the last hunter-gatherers and first farmers as well as urban food provisioning in ancient Anatolia (present-day Turkey). He has been awarded prestigious competitive external grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and National Geographic Society for his work on food provisioning systems in early cities and on the origins and spread of domesticated animals in Southwest Asia. Atici also received the prestigious UNLV Barrick Scholar Award in 2015 and the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Researcher Mentor Award in 2018.