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International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

Oct 15, 2018
Nicole Schultz (International Gaming Institute) recently published an article in M Life Magazine, the internal publication for all MGM Resorts International properties, about the different virtual and augmented reality entertainment options on the Las Vegas Strip.

Sep 25, 2018
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) is the author of an article about the #MeToo McDonald’s protest that took place in 10 U.S. cities Tuesday, Sept. 18. The article, which was written for the Italian website Ytali, discusses the first strike in more than a century related to sexual harassment in the workplace, and includes a quote from Shekinah Hoffman (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) about changes to the workplace over the decades that have created a safer and more inclusive workplace culture. Soligo and Hoffman are sociology doctoral students and graduate assistants in the International Gaming Institute.

Sep 14, 2018
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) is the author of an article about World Tourism Day, an event promoted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The article, which was written for the Italian website Ytali, covers the role that technology plays in tourism today and how technology can produce more sustainable tourism practices in the future. She is a sociology doctoral student and a graduate assistant in the International Gaming Institute.

May 24, 2018
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) was invited to give a keynote address at the GamiFIN Conference in Pori, Finland. At this academic-meets-industry games research conference, Abarbanel's presentation focused on the convergence of video games and gambling. 

May 22, 2018
André Wilsenach and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) were invited to present at this year's International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) conference and Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia in Macau. The two spoke on emerging topics in the gaming industry, including blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and esports, as well as taxation and global regulatory trends. 

May 22, 2018
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) recently delivered two keynote addresses in Macau, China. The first keynote was for the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) Summit and focused on the impacts of the integrated resort on society and the economy. The second, for the Asia Lottery Forum, presented a global analysis of problem gambling impacts, implications, and treatments.

May 22, 2018
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) was invited to speak at a plenary "talkback session" for The Spot conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Hosted by ThinkSport, an organization founded in part by the International Olympic Committee, the conference aims to bring together sports organizations, research and educational institutes, business, health, and the public sector. Abarbanel's session focused on the future of esports, esports competitions, and esports betting.  

May 11, 2018
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) was recently selected as the recipient of the 2017 Harry Reid Silver State Research Award. The award recognizes faculty members whose work significantly advances the recipient’s academic field, addresses real-world needs and concerns, and contributes to Nevada’s economic growth and development. Bernhard's research focuses on the sociological and psychological impacts of gambling on the individual and the community. Over the years, Bernhard has done extensive research on the impacts of gambling in global communities and is frequently called upon to consult with national and international governments that are interested in bringing the gaming industry to their respective jurisdictions.

Feb 14, 2018
Bo Bernhard, Brett Abarbanel, and Dan Sahl (all International Gaming Institute) recently returned from giving several presentations at the ICE Totally Gaming conference in London. Bernhard presented on responsible gambling and the future of the Japanese integrated resort, while Sahl presented on the design challenges of incorporating more skill into slot play. Abarbanel hosted the ICE Research Exchange — where academics from all over the world discussed research projects with business implications for the gambling sector.   

Jan 23, 2018
Bo Bernhard and Brett Abarbanel (both International Gaming Institute) recently spoke at the winter meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. The council brings together gaming legislators from across the United States to discuss the most pressing issues impacting states and their gambling industries. Bernhard presented his research on how gaming jurisdictions around the world maximize economic benefits and minimize social costs within their communities. Abarbanel discussed the rise of convenience/cashless payments and their implications for operators on responsible gambling behaviors. The conference took place in Miami earlier this month.