State funding support for world-class public universities, like Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia has been reduced as low as zero to 20%. The top tier public universities learned many years ago it was necessary for them to become research universities, which are profit centers, to fund their operations. UNLV and UNR are far behind on the curve in becoming self-sustaining. Both must develop as world renowned research universities to earn income to survive and succeed.
Today Jim discusses the many attributes and plans of UNR and UNLV to make both universities competitive with the other world-class U.S. public universities.
UNLV has one of the leading programs in the world in Radiation Chemistry and Health Physics. UNLV’s researchers are working with the Department of Energy, The Nevada Test Site, and a variety of private companies to ensure better nuclear security and to develop an array of biomedical technologies with industry leading companies like Varian. One of our graduate students recently won a prestigious national award for developing new methods for reprocessing nuclear materials.