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In brief: UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research holds a WSOP colloquium

CONNECTING BETS The tie between sports media and cultural memory is so thick, mention an inning in a post-season baseball game from any decade and it sets a place and time. At UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research, Alex Kupfer is exploring the idea through materials related to televised World Series of Poker tournaments at the Horseshoe Casino. Kupfer is the first of five Eadington Fellows for the 2015-16 year. His colloquium talk, “The Biggest Game on TV: Benny Binion, the WSOP, and the Nostalgic Construction of Poker’s Past,” takes place November 16 at 3 p.m. in Lied Library’s Goldfield Room. –Kristen Peterson

BEATS ONSCREEN Former DJ Jimmie Gonzalez (aka DJ Speedy) is off to a great start as a feature-length filmmaker. His debut movie, The Red Man, recently premiered at Belfast, Ireland’s Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival, where it won Best Feature and Audience Choice. The thriller—mostly shot in Las Vegas—is also steeped in the dance-music world: It’s about a DJ who suspects foul play by his psychiatrist and neighbor, and among its cast, crew and producers are electronic-music icons John Acquaviva and Olivier Giacomotto. –Mike Prevatt

YOUNG TALENT The 2015 Alumna of the Year for UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs might have only graduated three years ago, but journalist Hannah Birch has some serious cred on her resume: a Pulitzer Prize. The 2012 graduate, who was part of The Seattle Times team that scored the prestigious honor for the paper’s breaking-news coverage of a deadly mudslide, is being honored at two receptions this week during UNLV’s annual Homecoming celebration. –Mark Adams

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