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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 | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

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Research | December 29, 2020

A yearlong collection of UNLV faculty making the news for their discoveries and contributions to the community.

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Research | December 17, 2020

Biostatistician Richard Tillett from the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine was part of a statewide team to identify a Nevada man infected twice by COVID-19 – the first documented occurrence in North America.

Research | November 16, 2020

UNLV, UNR team up to help tech entrepreneurs earn federal funds for early-stage business development.

Research | October 29, 2020

The thrill of celebrity encounters doesn't end with their deaths, according to UNLV tourism researcher Marta Soligo.

People | October 26, 2020

One of her hobbies has taught the lab safety manager that sometimes the victor is the one who just keeps moving forward.

Research and Economic Development In The News

November 25, 2020

GOED Knowledge Fund grant will connect technology companies statewide to federal Small Business Innovation research grants.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 24, 2020

The robots are coming.

BizTech Magazine
May 28, 2020

Embarc Collective nurtures the growing tech startup community in Florida’s Tampa Bay area as it works to turn the region into the next hotbed for technology innovation. To do it, the nonprofit has built a state-of-the-art facility that is giving the area’s startup ecosystem a major boost.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 20, 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus has devastated the gaming industry, prompting the shutdown of arenas, casinos and resorts across the country.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 20, 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus has devastated the gaming industry, prompting the shutdown of arenas, casinos and resorts across the country.

Zero Uno
March 11, 2020

Nutanix , Caesars Entertainment and UNLV have announced the collaboration to enhance Black Fire Innovation a hub where new ideas for the gaming and hospitality sectors are tested and tested, with the aim of accelerating innovation in these areas.

Research and Economic Development Experts

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Recent Research and Economic Development Accomplishments

December 23, 2020
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) spoke at a national Chilean conference about observations and data on gambling and problem gambling during the COVID-19 pandemic in a session entitled "Perspectivas de Nevada."
December 22, 2020
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) authored a brief essay about the many business opportunities in esports betting (particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic) and how easy it can be to botch the responsible gambling component. She summarizes, "Don't exploit for short-term gain at the expense of long-term sustainability. Be...
November 10, 2020
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and colleagues Sally Gainsbury and Alex Blaszczynski of the University of Sydney in Australia published an article in New Frontiers in Psychiatry about in-play betting behaviors and gambling problems.  
October 16, 2020
Repairer Etuk, Kaelyn Griffin, Shane Kraus (all Psychology) and Tiange "Patrick" Xu and Brett Abarbanel (both International Gaming Institute), along with Marc N. Potenza of the Yale School of Medicine, presented their findings from a systematic review, "Sports Betting around the World: A Systematic Review, at the 21st International Center for...
October 14, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology), and Brett Abarbanel, Tiffany Huang, and Bo Bernhard (all International Gaming Institute), along with colleagues at Harvard Medical School, published a follow-up study on GameSense — a responsible gambling (RG) initiative enacted by MGM Resorts several years ago. This study is part of a yearly series designed to analyze...
July 31, 2020
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) and Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) co-authored a paper on the Venetian Hotel and Casino for the International Hospitality Review. The paper analyzes the concepts of experience economy and promotion of authenticity by exploring the resort’s tangible and intangible Italian...