Accomplishments: Division of Research and Economic Development

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 Responsible Gaming (ICRG) conference. Posters will be published under the twitter handle @ICRG_Poster_2020. Look at these posters.
October 14, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology), and Brett Abarbanel, Tiffany Huang, and Bo Bernhard (all International Gaming Institute), along with colleagues at Harvard Medical School, published a follow-up study on GameSense — a responsible gambling (RG) initiative enacted by MGM Resorts several years ago. This study is part of a yearly series designed to analyze employee perceptions of GameSense and how these perceptions might contribute to the program's overall effectiveness. 
July 31, 2020
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) and Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) co-authored a paper on the Venetian Hotel and Casino for the International Hospitality Review. The paper analyzes the concepts of experience economy and promotion of authenticity by exploring the resort’s tangible and intangible Italian heritage use in design and marketing strategies.
July 17, 2020
Marta Soligo (Sociology, International Gaming Institute) and David Dickens (Sociology) published an article in Tourism Culture & Communication about the increasing frequency of tourist visitation to "Hollywood memorial parks," which host the graves of some of the most famous stars in the world. Their study found that initiatives such as movie screenings and guided tours transform cemeteries into much more than just peaceful places to honor the dead, becoming venues for both commodification...
June 8, 2020
Repairer Etuk (Psychology) and Tiange Xu (International Gaming Institute) received a pre-doctoral student network grant of $2,500 for their proposed project, Sports Betting around the World: A Systematic Review, from the International Center for Responsible Gaming. Their primary mentor is Shane Kraus (Psychology) and secondary mentors are Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and Marc Potenza (Yale School of Medicine).
June 4, 2020
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) recently was published in two scholarly journals. Her first article, "Gambling Engagement in Live Streaming on Twitch," was published in International Gambling Studies. The second article, "Gamers Who Gamble: Examining the Relationship Between Esports Spectatorship and Event Wagering," was published in the Journal of Emerging Sport Studies.  
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 fellowship.
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 incumbent.  
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 of an entertainment engineering and design alumnus, which was published in UNLV Magazine. UNLV Magazine won a Gold award in the periodical staff...
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 assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  He was one of only two NSHE faculty to achieve this designation—the second being Jennifer...