UNLV Awarded Grant to Advance Personalized Medicine
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has been awarded an $11.4 million federal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The five-year grant will institute a program intended to grow human genetics research and related infrastructure as well as mentor early career professionals in the field. This is the first time UNLV will lead a project funded through the NIH’s Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program.
NV Energy Announces Clean Energy Investments
NV Energy has contracted for over 1,000 megawatts of new renewable energy resources to be built in Nevada. In addition, the company has requested approval to build 100 megawatts of battery energy capacity. The six projects proposed are expected to double renewable energy by 2023. The company estimates the direct investment from the projects will be over $2 billion and expects about 80 new, long-term, permanent jobs will be created. The projects are slated for completion by 2021.
Lumina Foundation Designates Las Vegas as a “Talent Hub”
The Lumina Foundation, a private foundation that works to improve access to learning opportunities beyond high school, has designated Las Vegas as one of seven “Talent Hub” communities. The cities earned this designated by meeting rigorous standards for creating environments that attract, retain and cultivate talents. Las Vegas has been granted $275,000 to support local efforts to increase education beyond high school with the goal of increasing the post-high school attainment level to 60 percent of working-age adults by 2025.
Greater Nevada Credit Union Awards Scholarships
The Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU) has awarded $56,000 in scholarships to 28 recipients, out of 108 scholarship applications. Each student pursuing post-secondary education in the 2018-2019 school year received $2,000. The funds can be used for tuition, registration, special classes, laboratory fees, room and board, textbooks or class materials. Since GNCU’s scholarship program was implemented in 1999, the credit union has awarded over $320,000. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic performance, community involvement and educational and career goals.