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Division of Research and Economic Development News

UNLV's Division of Research and Economic Development creates a campus environment that supports and promotes superior research, creative, and scholarly pursuits, ensuring our students and faculty can recognize their full intellectual potential.

Current Research and Economic Development News

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Business and Community | May 16, 2019
Students and faculty lead programs to improve lives in Southern Nevada.
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Research | May 14, 2019

UNLV geoscientist, student among international research team behind discovery of ancient monkey species that lived in Africa 22 million years ago.

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Campus News | May 8, 2019

Undergraduates Michael Schwob and Dylan Wallace among just 496 nationwide to earn the prestigious honor.

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People | May 6, 2019

The longtime small business advisor brings her expertise and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship to fast-growing Las Vegas.

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Research | May 2, 2019

Sociology doctoral student Nick Mac Murray studies activists working to change how America views and approaches the burials of their dearly departed.

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Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant looked at learning theories to build a better school design.

Research and Economic Development In The News

Medical Xpress
May 21, 2019

There have been many famous duos throughout history: Sonny and Cher. Batman and Robin. Penn and Teller.

NJ Online Gambling
May 15, 2019

It’s no secret that online gambling and sports betting (81% over the internet) in New Jersey are thriving, but what about the brick-and-mortar casino floors in Atlantic City?

Tech Explorist
May 15, 2019

Determining the unreacted equation of state of 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) is challenging because it exhibits low crystal symmetry and low X-ray scattering strength.

Phys.Org
May 14, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists in collaboration with University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) have discovered a previously unknown pressure induced phase transition for TATB that can help predict detonation performance and safety of the explosive. The research appears in the May 13 online edition of the Applied Physics Letters and it is highlighted as a cover and featured article.

KNPR News
May 13, 2019

After the recession, Nevada said it needed to be more than a company town that relies on jobs and taxes from gaming and tourists to pay for police, fire, roads, schools, and other public needs.

Casino.buzz
May 13, 2019

The new evolving technologies have immense potentials and can significantly contribute to the casino and gaming sector. To advance innovation and research, casino and gambling giant Caesars Entertainment has partnered with the University of Las Vegas to develop a casino innovation hub on the university’s southwest campus.

Research and Economic Development Experts

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Recent Research and Economic Development Accomplishments

May 2, 2019
Carisa Shaffer (Research and Economic Development), Cate Weeks (University Marketing and Communications), Grant Kurosu (University Marketing and Communications), Katelyn Dibenedetto (Graduate College), and Michelle Tomasino (Research Integrity) are the Rebel Spirit Award recipients for April. The Rebel Spirit Award Committee recognizes employees...
April 3, 2019
Jennifer Roberts and Natice Locke (both International Center for Gaming Regulation) were published in the Clark County Bar Association's "Communique." Their article is on the current status of sports betting in the United States. 
April 2, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) participated in the NCAA’s Sports Betting Task Force, presenting on the topic of “The Nexus of Esports and Gambling" at the NCAA Summit on Sports Wagering and Well-being in College Student-Athletes. 
February 5, 2019
Felicia Sumler and Drew Ehlert (both Sponsored Programs) recently accomplished a career goal of receiving their certification in research administration. The designation of certified research administrator indicates that an individual has met the Research Administrators Certification Council's eligibility requirements and has demonstrated the...
January 25, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), Sally Gainsbury (University of Sydney), Kahlil Philander (Washington State University), and Jeff Butler (University of California, Merced) published a paper, "Customized Responsible Gambling Messaging as a Tool to Encourage Help-Seeking,” in BMC Public Health. The paper analyzes how responsible...
January 17, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), along with Mark Johnson (University of Alberta), recently published a paper, "Esports Consumer Perspectives on Match Fixing: Implications for Gambling Awareness and Game Integrity,” in International Gambling Studies. The paper examines esports consumers’ awareness of and attitudes towards gambling-...