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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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Research | June 23, 2022

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


Research | June 8, 2022

Nicotine impacts bone health — upping chance of wrist, spine, other breaks by nearly 40%.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

"bathtub ring" around Lake Mead
Research | May 13, 2022

How UNLV anthropologist Jennifer Byrnes is helping improve training for forensic scientists.

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Research | May 10, 2022

Confronted in our desert backyard by the inescapable effects of a deteriorating environment, these UNLV researchers, professors, and activists are fighting to mitigate the effects of climate change on scientific, legal, and sociological fronts.

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Campus News | May 5, 2022

Edwin Oh uses genetics to improve health while Katherine Hertlein explores healthy relationships and the connection between sexuality and technology.

Research In The News

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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.

Mirage News
June 3, 2021

Vice President for Research and Economic Development Edmund “Ed” Synakowski is leaving the University of Wyoming to become vice president for research at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), effective Aug. 30.

Research 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 Accomplishments

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.
March 16, 2022
Tiange Xu (Hospitality), Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), and Shane Kraus (Psychology) presented a poster, "Problem Gambling and Mental Health Disorders among Undergraduate Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic", at the 2022 New Horizons In Responsible Gambling Conference.
December 7, 2021
Marta Soligo (International Gaming Institute and Sociology) published a post in the blog Northern Notes, produced by the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in the UK. In the post, Soligo analyzes tourism through the lens of social problems, touching on topics such as inclusivity for minorities, accessibility for…