The changing role of the public research university

July 23, 2019 | By Joseph A. Heppert, vice president for Research & Innovation at Texas Tech University, via University Business

As vice president for Research & Innovation at Texas Tech University, I work with faculty, staff and students to advance the research mission of the university, including all areas of research, from the arts to engineering. We foster a rich and dynamic academic environment fully engaged in research, scholarly inquiry, and creative activity.

As Texas Tech draws ever closer to its centennial anniversary, it gives me pause to reflect on the success of public research institutions and the roles and benefits they bring to society as a whole. Texas Tech’s commitment to exploring solutions to societal issues is evident through the efforts of its researchers. As an example, research in Texas Tech laboratories— such as the collaboration between Harvinder Gill and Steven Presley to create a universal flu vaccine — are extending these discoveries to benefit human health.

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