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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 Research News

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Business and Community | January 30, 2023

As more states adopt legal sports betting, International Gaming Institute leader Brett Abarbanel talks regulations, research, and the industry’s changing ‘boys’ club’ reputation.

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People | January 17, 2023

Beyond being passionate about researching climate change and its environmental impacts — Marie-Odile Fortier is unobjectively enthusiastic about educating others on the complex topic.

Brett Abarbanel
Campus News | January 5, 2023

Longtime research director brings nearly 20 years of advisory and leadership experience in transition to lead role.

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Research | December 27, 2022

Groundbreaking discovery was the norm for Rebel researchers in 2022. Here's a selection of our favorite news-making UNLV research highlights from the year. 

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Research | November 29, 2022

With a rich store of lithium in our lands, the state has a chance to capitalize on the ever-growing demand for clean energy. Here’s how we can ensure this boom doesn’t go bust.

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People | November 17, 2022

Vice President for Research David Hatchett's first goal is hiring more staff to make it easier for faculty to get grant funding.

Research In The News

Politico
January 20, 2023

Kristen Averyt has joined the White House's Council on Environmental Quality as director for drought and Western resilience, Daniel Lippman reports. She most recently was senior climate adviser for former Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and is a research professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Politico
January 19, 2023

Kristen Averyt is now director for drought and Western resilience at the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality. She most recently was senior climate adviser for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and is a research professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Gambling News
January 13, 2023

Gaming Society and International Gaming Institute (IGI) at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) have partnered to research women’s sports and females engaging in sports betting

Gambling News
January 13, 2023

Gaming Society and International Gaming Institute (IGI) at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) have partnered to research women’s sports and females engaging in sports betting

SBC Americas
January 12, 2023

Gaming Society has partnered with the International Gaming Institute (IGI), a nonprofit academic center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to support betting’s relationship with women’s sports and provide betting education.

SBC Americas
January 12, 2023

Gaming Society has partnered with the International Gaming Institute (IGI), a nonprofit academic center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to support betting’s relationship with women’s sports and provide betting education.

Research Experts

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Recent Research Accomplishments

October 4, 2022
Craig Schwartz and colleagues (Nevada Extreme Conditions Lab) were recently awarded two grants from the Department of Energy: 1.) Next generation solar cells probed at the interface with exceptional precision (PIE): Towards new device design – Summary: Generating solar energy via photovoltaic (PV) devices is one of the most promising routes for…
July 7, 2022
Marta Soligo (International Gaming Institute and Sociology) delivered a keynote speech earlier this month at the webinar “Film Tourism: Destination Branding and Experience” organized by the Bali Dwipa University in collaboration with the Bali Tourism Board. Soligo’s presentation centered around film-induced tourism, focusing on tourism planning,…
June 3, 2022
Marta Soligo (International Gaming Institute and Sociology) gave a presentation last month at the Sustainable Tourism Africa Summit 2022. Her speech centered around sustainable tourism, popular culture, and the post-pandemic recovery.
April 26, 2022
Kasra Ghaharian (Hospitality and International Gaming Institute) spoke on an expert panel at the 2022 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention. The panel, Responsible Gaming in the Digital Age, addressed how advances in technology are impacting consumer protection policy and practices in the gambling industry.
March 24, 2022
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and Shane Kraus (Psychology) and colleagues from the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School recently published a paper, "Examining Responsible Gambling Program Awareness and Engagement Trends and Relationships with Gambling Beliefs and Behaviors: A Three-Wave Study of Customers from a…
March 23, 2022
Joel Snyder (Psychology) was named a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). "Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application," according to a statement from the APS.