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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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Research | July 12, 2019

As casino operators optimize the house advantage, a new UNLV study contradicts long-held beliefs about a player’s ability to detect differences in how much – and how often – a slot machine pays.

Campus News | June 26, 2019

A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Research | June 7, 2019

UNLV sociology doctoral students study how two politically polarized activist groups use social media to organize and impact legislation.

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Research | June 4, 2019

New UNLV study lays bare cultural reasons around the globe for bikini waxing and man-scaping.

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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.

Research and Economic Development In The News

News Medical
July 17, 2019

From birthday cakes to Thanksgiving pie to cold summer treats, every holiday, season or special occasion harkens mouth-watering memories of a favorite sugary treat.

El Tiempo
July 15, 2019

The feet in the grass, the smell of the flowers, the breeze brushing the face and neck, the river water falling heavily on the back. These are some of the examples of how nature can acquire a sexual and sensual dimension. Jennifer J. Reed, a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas, spoke with EL TIEMPO to explain the concept of ecosexuality.

Vice
July 15, 2019

When pubic hair became less fashionable, so did talking about crabs—but they're just as common as they've ever been.

Dirty History Podcast
July 9, 2019

On this episode, I was joined by Lyndsey Craig, a researcher and Ph.D. student of Anthropology at UNLV. She recently penned a paper titled, “Pubic Hair Removal Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective.”

Psychology Today
July 8, 2019

A number of bloggers have asked us to discuss sport performance optimization exercises that are supported in science. In answering this call, we’d like to report the results of a study that compared the effectiveness of 3 exercises that were designed to improve running performance (systematic motivational exchanges, yoga, discussion about competitive running), and show how this information can be used to assist athletes immediately prior to competitive events.

The Hook Up Podcast
July 8, 2019

What do you do with your hair down there? Maybe you pluck it, maybe you wax it, maybe you’ve lasered it all off…But why are we so obsessed with removing our pubes, and has it always been this way? Host Nat Tencic tackles those questions and learns how everyone can embrace whatever landscaping they choose … and how to deal if a partner can't get around it.

Research and Economic Development Experts

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Recent Research and Economic Development Accomplishments

June 24, 2019
Jane Kober and Ruth Lopez (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 level of...
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...