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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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People | May 11, 2020

The university's export control officer's path to higher education started in the military.

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Business and Community | May 5, 2020

With live sports temporarily on hold, more Americans than ever have turned to esports to fill the void. UNLV expert Robert Rippee on the phenomenon and what’s next.

Research | April 7, 2020

UNLV researcher Marta Soligo on the impact of the coronavirus on tourism and why it matters.

Campus News | February 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

Research | February 14, 2020

UNLV doctoral student Pouya Shojaei among nine selected in NASA collaboration project.

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Business and Community | January 24, 2020

Gaming, entertainment, and resort research facility kicks off landmark public-private partnership between UNLV and Caesars Entertainment.

Research and Economic Development In The News

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.

February 21, 2020

Nutanix Software has partnered with Caesars Entertainment and UNLV to operate the Black Fire Innovation research and technology centre.

February 19, 2020

Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced today that it has teamed up with Caesars Entertainment and UNLV to power "Black Fire Innovation," a hub where new gaming and hospitality concepts will be created and tested, to accelerate technology advancement in the gaming and entertainment industry.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 8, 2020

Beginning in World War II and continuing through the Cold War, public-sector biomedical and technology research led to discoveries that produced unprecedented economic and job growth, reshaped the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries and led to new inventions such as computers and the internet.

Research and Economic Development Experts

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A longtime industry executive and leading international expert on responsible gaming. 
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An expert in research infrastructure, electrochemistry, chemistry, and radiochemistry.   

Recent Research and Economic Development Accomplishments

April 27, 2020
Cassaundra Rodriguez (Sociology) has been awarded a prestigious Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year. This fellowship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, recognizes exceptional early-career faculty with promising research projects. Rodriguez is one of 10 scholars to receive the year-long national...
March 13, 2020
Rafael Oganesyan (Undergraduate Research) and Christian Jensen (Political Science) had an article, "Compelled Voters and Accountability in Australia," published in the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. The authors found that compelled voters are less likely to rely on pocketbook perceptions of the economy when voting for the...
January 22, 2020
Jason Scavone, Katy Griffin (both Integrated Marketing & Branding), Nichole Schultz (International Gaming Institute), and  Lonnie Timmons III (Photo Services) recently won first-place awards in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District VII competition. Timmons won a Gold award for individual photography for his portrait...
January 8, 2020
Kendall Murphy (Hospitality) of the UNLV PGA golf management program recently was named Golf Professional of the Year by the Southern Nevada Chapter of the PGA. This marks the second consecutive year Murphy has received this honor.
December 10, 2019
Jason Steffen (Physics and Astronomy) was recognized as a 2019 "Highly Cited Researcher" by the Web of Science.  This places him, by citations, in the top one percent of his field over the decade 2008 through 2018.  Most of these citations come from his work in exoplanets, especially in conjunction with NASA's Kepler mission.  Steffen is an...
December 10, 2019
Howard R. D. Gordon (Teaching and Learning) was recently granted the Distinguished Service Award by the Association for Career and Technical Education Research, the foremost association for CTE researchers and academic professionals. This award is a testmony to his substantial contributions to research and teaching, as well as his outstanding...