Charting UNR’s future: Pressure is on university to commercialize research

As University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson pondered the future of the state’s oldest campus, he recalled how his grandfather peeled apples.

“When I was a kid, my grandfather lived with us, and every once in a while he would make apple pies,” Johnson said. “He was very good at peeling the apple with just one single piece of peel hanging down. My brother and I got a real thrill in the way he would cut that peel away, but what he was really concentrating on was saving as much of the apple as he could to put in that pie.”

Since the national recession struck with a vengeance in 2008, UNR has lost hundreds of employees — including about 60 tenured professors. A number of departments have been decimated, and the agriculture college is a shadow of its former self. And, starting in 2009, the state reduced how much it allocates to UNR’s base funding by $75 million a year. more…

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