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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

vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

a student wearing a face mask, hard hat and safety vest operates a table saw
Business and Community | March 26, 2021

After pandemic delays, about 50 students on Team Las Vegas gear up for UNLV's third showdown in the international Solar Decathlon sustainable homebuilding competition.

A woman places a tray inside a research freezer
Research | March 4, 2021

A "minus 80" freezer keeps the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine well below zero, but it was a mistake UNLV got it in the first place.

medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
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.

Professor Ashkan Salamat in his lab at UNLV
Research | December 29, 2020

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

medical professional conducting a curbside COVID-19 test to person in blue vehicle
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 and Economic Development In The News

The Press-Enterprise
February 3, 2021

Before stepping foot in a casino in 2021, there are cameras ready to take temperatures and, in some cases, identify guests. It’s the kind of technology that even in 2019 would have seemed foreign to casino visitors but has now become the new normal because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Research and Economic Development Experts

A longtime industry executive and leading international expert on responsible gaming. 
An expert in research infrastructure, electrochemistry, chemistry, and radiochemistry.   
An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation. 
An expert in commercializing intellectual property.
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 and Economic Development Accomplishments

April 14, 2021
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) was interviewed for the sociology podcast "The Social Breakdown." Soligo explored the sociology of tourism, especially the relationship between COVID-19 and the travel industry. She discussed the role of tourism in Las Vegas as well as the creation of culture and dark tourism. She also...
February 11, 2021
Shekinah Hoffman and Itzel Alanis (both International Gaming Institute) published a review article, "COVID-19 and its Implications for Women In Gaming: Move Towards Regulation, Policies, and Culture Changes in the United States," in UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal. In this piece, the duo argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has made...
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...