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SDSU is named top research university

More than three decades after San Diego State took the first steps toward discovering solutions to today’s problems, from cancer and global warming to bioterrorist hazards, it has been named the top small research university in the nation.
A new index released by Academic Analytics, a for-profit corporation in Stony Brook, N.Y., places SDSU above 60 institutions including the College of William and Mary, Indiana State University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The ranking system was based on faculty productivity, which includes publications, citations in scholarly journals, research grants and honorary awards.
SDSU, California State University’s flagship research campus, has about 800 ongoing studies at any given time focused on everything from analyzing local water quality to salvaging the heart muscle after a heart attack. Other university research includes the development of ultrasensitive laser detection methods for uncovering diseases earlier and finding ways to decrease smoking, drug use and obesity in the local Hispanic community.
The SDSU Research Foundation, an auxiliary that manages the finances supporting this research, generates more than $100 million annually in grants and contracts – equivalent to half the amount of funding SDSU receives from the state.
Tom Scott, vice president for research and interim chief executive officer of SDSU’s research foundation, said the ranking helps solidify the university’s reputation as a research hub.
“We’re not at the plane that Stanford and Berkeley are at. We’re not stealing their faculty. But we’re at the plane that would be equal to the flagship universities of most states, like the University of Missouri or the University of Kansas,” he said.
Eric Frost, co-director of the SDSU Visualization Center and the university’s homeland security master’s program, has done enormous amounts of research involving the use of technology for humanitarian purposes.
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