Ted Hartwell is a cellist and he has been a part of the music ensemble at Guardian Angel Cathedral for Sunday masses since 1999, occasionally stepping into a vocal role as well. He has been a Las Vegas resident since 1991, and is a tenured musician of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, having performed with them since their first full season in 1999. In addition, he played for many years as a regular member of the Henderson Civic Symphony, and has also performed with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Midland- Odessa Symphony, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and the Boise Philharmonic. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to accompany many outstanding musicians, including Vanessa Williams, Doc Severinsen, George Benson, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Luciano Pavarotti, and Placido Domingo, and many others.
During the week, Mr. Hartwell is a research scientist on the faculty of the Desert Research Institute of the Nevada System of Higher Education in Las Vegas, where he has worked since 1991 ( https://www.dri.edu/directory/ted-hartwell/ ). He has a Masters Degree in Anthropology from Texas Tech University, and his various research activities have included archaeological investigations in the southern Great Plains, the southern Great Basin, and the Pampas grasslands of Argentina; management of a citizen-science program ( https://cemp.dri.edu ) involving local citizens in monitoring the environment for radioactivity associated with past nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada National Security Site; asteroid and comet impacts and human society; and the impact of problem gambling on Native American tribal communities in Nevada.
He has served for many years as a consultant to the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling as well as to the gaming industry in the areas of problem gambling and responsible gaming. He is a regular guest lecturer on these subjects for UNLV’s Boyd School of Law and the UNLV Department of Hospitality and Department of Social Work, as well as the University of Utah’s Gaming Regulation class. He is also the Principal Investigator of a research study in Nevada examining the impact of problem gambling in Indian Country, while providing community outreach to tribal members, training for clinical staff, and connectivity to resources for these communities. A problem gambler in long-term recovery himself, Mr. Hartwell promotes awareness, prevention, and treatment of problem gambling in southern Nevada and internationally, and he has recently developed a gambling awareness module for the Nevada Council designed for high school student-athletes who hope to play at the collegiate level, and another for student- gamers and their parents discussing video game disorder, both of which have been administered in the Clark County School District. He has served on the state Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling at the pleasure of multiple Nevada Governors since 2012, and he was the 2014 Shannon L. Bybee Award recipient for his continuing work on advocacy, outreach, and research on the issue of problem gambling.