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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

Sam Sokalzuk works on object/people recognition for cars.
Campus News | August 10, 2022

NSF-funded program welcomes undergraduates from across the nation to UNLV for hands-on experiences alongside top faculty.


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Research | August 3, 2022

Newly published research builds on team’s landmark 2020 discovery of a room-temperature superconductor by replicating results with even greater efficiency. 

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Research | August 1, 2022

UNLV midwifery experts’ analysis proves maternal health benefits of burgeoning labor and delivery method.

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Research | August 1, 2022

The clinical trials manager is helping to increase opportunities for the community to be part of UNLV's expanding healthcare research programs.

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Research | July 7, 2022

Qiang Zhu receives NSF CAREER Award for his work to guide the development of organic materials important to energy and memory storage.


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Research | June 23, 2022

Here's how UNLV's radiochemistry program is building a diverse workforce for the nation's nuclear energy sector.


Research In The News

July 29, 2022

A Michigan-based science and technology business incubator is expanding its reach across the Ann Arbor area with a new location, creating a home for startups founded by local university graduates.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 11, 2022

The Entertainment Capital of the World has been a draw for families with children during the pandemic, and hospitality insiders have differing opinions on whether tourists with little ones will keep flocking to Las Vegas.

April 13, 2022

COVID-19 hit Las Vegas hard; entertainment, casinos, tourism, it all came to a halt. Las Vegas, and Nevada in general, is starting to bounce back.

Nevada Business
March 16, 2022

Art Vivas, the Low Voltage Project Manager at Henderson-based FEA Consulting Engineers, will be a top speaker at the upcoming Casino Esport Conference. Vivas is scheduled to discuss how the esport industry can leverage immersive audio technology to improve sportsbook visual elements.

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.

Research Experts

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

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.