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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 | October 29, 2019

Working with UNLV and Caesars Entertainment, Intel will provide state-of-the-art computing equipment and hands-on internships for UNLV students.

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Research | October 8, 2019

Collaboration to focus on sports-science, data analytics and student-athlete success.

U.S. Women's National Soccer Team lifts FIFA World Cup 2019 trophy as confetti and streamers rain down
Research | July 23, 2019

UNLV sports and gender equity researcher Nancy Lough weighs in on the wage gap, marketing/sponsorship, and role of men and media in the sports industry.

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Research | July 23, 2019

New research reveals how undocumented students pursue justice and joy at the nation’s most diverse campus.

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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.

Research and Economic Development In The News

KESQ News
November 14, 2019

People around the Coachella Valley depend on tourism to drive our local economy. Experts say approximately half of our jobs are in some way connected to tourism or hospitality. Protecting them is vitally important.

TechRepublic
November 7, 2019

Las Vegas has been in a constant state of reinvention, while its latest, as a citywide, family friendly amusement park, seems like its most inclusive. Las Vegas can hook you up, young, old and in-between. No longer is this desert town geared merely for adults only, with an inspired, evolved-to-iconic status ad campaign, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," but home too, to one of the nation's most exclusive shopping centers, Fashion Show, as well as its discount sister-stop, the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. There are lots of outdoorsy activities (for fall through early spring), and the opportunity to indulge in five-star hotels and restaurants. Vegas is also a world-class concert venue and convention destination.

Whittier Daily News
November 1, 2019

ICYMI, we published the annual Southern California Casino Guide Monday (you may have seen our special email to you loyal Casino Insider subscribers), but since everyone likes to eat we wanted to highlight our list of all of the restaurants at the area’s casinos.

Vegas Inc
October 30, 2019

A frequent traveler to Las Vegas for business, Joe Jensen has often wondered if the hotel check-in process could be shortened.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 29, 2019

UNLV and Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s soon-to-open Black Fire Innovation research and technology hub has caught the eye of technology giant Intel.

Hospitality Technology
October 29, 2019

Black Fire Innovation is a new research and technology hub created to drive innovation in the hospitality, gaming and entertainment industry. The hub is now announcing its collaboration Intel, which will provide technology and computing resources in order to help develop next-generation data-rich consumer experiences while also offering research and internship opportunities for students and partners at the Black Fire Innovation facility. The 43,000 square-foot-space was designed to change the landscape of hospitality with its replica integrated resort labs, where new concepts can be created and tested.

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Recent Research and Economic Development Accomplishments

November 15, 2019
The Administrative Faculty Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Professional Development Awards. The six $500 awards were granted to the following individuals for the purpose of funding professional development endeavors. Julie Bertoia, vice president of Research & Economic Development Nicole Stella, Academic Success...
August 9, 2019
Bo Bernhard, Sarah St. John, and Andi Dassopoulos (all International Gaming Institute) received a grant from the Nevada Governor's Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling to expand their problem gambling research, continuing the work they did for the Nevada Problem Gambling Project. These new projects will use a quantitative and qualitative...
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.