Las Ve­gas can be proud of UNLV

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - | OPINION -

Thank you to Brian Green­spun for a won­der­ful col­umn about UNLV (“UNLV now sits on a very short list,” Feb. 3).

When I joined UNLV as an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of physics in 2003, I never imag­ined the univer­sity would grow as much as it has. As a pro­fes­sor, I am thrilled that we have achieved high re­search ac­tiv­ity sta­tus and proud that I con­trib­uted in a small way by teach­ing my stu­dents how to think out­side of the box and per­form re­search that is es­sen­tial to the eco­nomic growth and well-be­ing of our na­tion.

When I started at UNLV and would travel for my re­search, peo­ple on planes would of­ten ask me if I taught “gam­bling sci­ence.” Now, they don’t. Las Ve­gas has di­ver­si­fied in so many ways as a first-class city that we’re not just known for gam­bling.

With con­tin­ued sup­port from the pub­lic and our lead­ers, UNLV will con­tinue to ex­cel and grow as an in­tel­lec­tual pow­er­house and gem of our great city.

Michael Prav­ica, Hen­der­son

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