“We originally began hosting CommunityCation Luncheons as a way to create a buzz and spread the word about The Innevation Center,” said Chelsea Phillips, Director of Innevation at The Innevation Center. “Since our first luncheon over a year ago, it has truly grown to be so much more. Aside from the fact that it’s always free to attend, we believe that it creates an opportunity for members of both the Innevation and Vegas Tech community, as well as the community at large, to network, collaborate and educate themselves on a variety of topics presented by influential speakers. Past topics have included big data, cloud computing, PR & marketing, cyber security, entrepreneurship and growth hacking, just to name a few. Lunch is always provided and anyone is welcome to attend. Information about this event and many more is posted on our social media pages and blog, so be sure to follow us!”
Bo Bernhard, professor in both sociology and hotel administration at UNLV, will be speaking at the October 2015 event. He recently presented his speech, “Why Las Vegas Is Smart” at TEDx UNLV and was the keynote speaker for UNLV Research Week 2015.
“With Rob Roy’s unwavering and continued commitment to education in the state of Nevada, The Innevation Center is always looking for new opportunities to form lasting relationships with local schools and universities,” said Phillips. “We’re so excited to announce that the UNLV Office of Research and Economic Development will now have a permanent presence on the Innevation campus, and what better way to celebrate this partnership than bringing together the Vegas Tech and UNLV communities?!”
A 5th generation Nevadan, Dr. Bo Bernhard calls Las Vegas home. Dr. Bernhard began his research career at Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he completed a double major (sociology and psychology) magna cum laudethesis on the community impacts of the gaming and industry in Nevada. The foundations of this analysis have since been extended worldwide, and by the age of 30, Dr. Bernhard had lectured on his research on six continents.
After earning his Ph.D. in 2002, Dr. Bernhard was named the inaugural Research Director at the UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI), and he was awarded a dual professorship in hotel management and sociology. In 2011, he was named Executive Director at the IGI, where he now oversees all research and academic functions.
Dr. Bernhard’s projects have been prominently featured in local and national media outlets, including CNN, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, The Australian Broadcasting Channel, and The History Channel. Overall, he has directed over $2 million in grant-funded research projects, on subjects ranging from problem gambling to the social impacts of casino industries to responsible gaming features to internet gambling.
Learn more about this event and register to attend here!