Friday, September 14, 2012

UNLV & Wildfires

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.

Wildfires can be as destructive as they sound. They take light unexpectedly and fiercely. With stunning frequency they threaten communities, scar national forests, and wreak havoc across our Western landscape for decades. Environmental researcher Scott Abella has made it his life’s work to understand how fires occur in Western forests. He has devised ways to prevent them and championed programs to help forests recover. A research professor and director of the UNLV’s Desert and Dryland Forest Research Group, Abella travels throughout the West each summer to study firsthand the wildfire devastation.

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