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Division of Research News

UNLV's Division of Research 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 Division of Research News

Campus scenery of the courtyard outside of F-D-H building
People | June 3, 2021

Synakowski, currently the vice president for research and economic development at the University of Wyoming, will join UNLV Aug. 30.

A device created by UNLV Engineering researchers for a space experiment
Research | May 29, 2021

First-of-its-kind device developed by UNLV for International Space Station experiment will test microgravity and Earth differences in growth and treatment of oral bacteria.

Dr. Levent Atici, Editor-in-Chief, Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal sitting at table holding copy of Spectra Magazine.
Campus News | May 20, 2021

"Spectra" will feature work of undergraduate students from wide variety of disciplines.

Portrait of Stephanie Page of the Office of Sponsored Programs
People | May 3, 2021

Knowing that her work in the office of sponsored programs sometimes plays a role in a faculty member receiving their first grant is a humbling experience for Stephanie Page.

unlv solar decathlon team during construction
Campus News | April 20, 2021

Multidisciplinary student team overcame 2020 pandemic obstacles and competition delays to win first in the operations and presentation categories, and second place for innovation and energy.

vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

Division of Research In The News

CDC Gaming Reports
June 10, 2021

Despite almost universal support for responsible gaming, a siloed approach across the United States can thwart efforts to help gamblers in need, four experts said Thursday.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 3, 2021

UNLV announced Thursday it has hired Edmund “Ed” Synakowski as the new vice president of research.

Mirage News
June 3, 2021

Vice President for Research and Economic Development Edmund “Ed” Synakowski is leaving the University of Wyoming to become vice president for research at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), effective Aug. 30.

Gambling News
April 16, 2021

A new report on sports betting in the US delivered strong recommendations for sportsbook operators not to advertise their products to vulnerable people, and for media outlets to distinguish between licensed and illegal gambling websites.

Gambling News
April 16, 2021

A new report on sports betting in the US delivered strong recommendations for sportsbook operators not to advertise their products to vulnerable people, and for media outlets to distinguish between licensed and illegal gambling websites.

Gambling News
April 16, 2021

A new report on sports betting in the US delivered strong recommendations for sportsbook operators not to advertise their products to vulnerable people, and for media outlets to distinguish between licensed and illegal gambling websites.

Division of Research Experts

An expert on gaming and society, Bernhard has been featured on CNN, The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and The History Channel.
An expert in sports betting, gaming policy and regulation, legislative affairs, and workplace sexual harrassment. 
An expert in research infrastructure, electrochemistry, chemistry, and radiochemistry.   
An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation. 
A longtime industry executive and leading international expert on responsible gaming. 
An expert in high performance computing.

Recent Division of Research Accomplishments

July 29, 2021
Dr. Jeff Cummings (Brain Health) published "Trial of Pimavanserin in Dementia-Related Psychosis" in the New England Journal of Medicine.       
July 2, 2021
Dr. Jingchun Chen (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) has published an article, "Artificial Image Objects for Classification of Schizophrenia with GWAS-selected SNVs and Convolutional Neural Network," in Patterns, a Cell Press journal. Additional contributing authors are Xiangning Chen, Daniel G. Chen, Zhongming Zhao, Justin Zhan, and...
June 2, 2021
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) gave the opening keynote at the Australian Gaming and Leadership Conference at The Star Hotel Casino in Sydney, Australia, last month. This was the first in-person national industry gathering post-COVID, and Bernhard's presentation was the only one presented remotely — prerecorded and produced in the...
May 11, 2021
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) spoke with Mark Johnson (University of Sydney) on the subject of gamblification in video game streaming platforms as part of the University of Sydney's Gather Series. The session is available to view on demand. 
April 16, 2021
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) and Josiah Kidwell (Sociology) published two chapters in the academic eBook COVID-19: Sociological Scenarios. Soligo’s chapter (in Italian), “The Sociology of Tourism and COVID-19: The Case of Las Vegas,” is a sociological analysis of the effects of the pandemic on tourism, especially in...
April 14, 2021
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) was interviewed for the sociology podcast "The Social Breakdown." Soligo explored the sociology of tourism, especially the relationship between COVID-19 and the travel industry. She discussed the role of tourism in Las Vegas as well as the creation of culture and dark tourism. She also...