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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

"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.

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People | April 26, 2022

Through research and advocacy for her students, engineering professor Jacimari Batista helps address Nevada's natural resources issues.

artist conception of fast radio burst
Research | March 17, 2022

New study by international team of scientists identifies polarization as key trait that may reveal the origin of the powerful millisecond-long cosmic radio explosions.  

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Research | March 16, 2022

Research by nursing professors helping address issues from trouble sleeping to health education and psychiatric care.

Research In The News

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.

KNPR News
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

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

Recent Research Accomplishments

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…
December 3, 2021
Sojeong Lee, ,Toni Repetti, Ashok Singh (all Hospitality), and Bo Bernhard (Economic Development and International Gaming Institute) have published an article, "The Impacts of a Smoking Ban on Gaming Volume in a South Korea Casino" in The Journal of Gambling Business and Economics. The number of countries and cities implementing smoking bans has…