<P>WWW.TXSTATE.EDU17 EMERGING RESEARCH UNIVERSITY TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY OUR WORLD RESEARCH R esearch impacts so much of our daily lives that many of us dont fully appreciate the true breadth of its in?uence. It yields new knowledge and discoveries, which enable us to better fight disease, purify our water and air, and even expand the understanding of our heritage, among other things. At Texas State, our research spans a multitude of disciplines — from anthropology to wildlife management. We promote research with relevance, so we keenly are focused on preparing students for the future. One could say research activity at Texas State produced an energy of its own in 2012. In January, the state elevated our institution to Emerging Research Univer- sity status, which put it in the select company of seven other research-intensive public universities in Texas seeking Tier One status, a designation reserved for the countrys top- performing research institutions. Emerging Research Universities are eligible for matching state grants that help institutions grow their research capacity. Earlier this year, Texas State was awarded a major National Science Foundation grant in a collaborative effort with North Carolinas famed Research Triangle. The $3.1 million grant will fund research in materials science, and it partners Texas States Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with the triangles Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. But well before we achieved that status, Texas State was showing strong evidence that it was becoming a major research player in the state. Research expenditures at the university have grown to $33.4 million, more than triple what they were in 2005. Over that same period, the university doubled its number of doctoral programs (from six to 12) and the number of doctoral students (from 178 to more than 400). With that as a backdrop, this issue offers a wide lens on our research activities. Many other areas of research are worthy of mention, but far too numerous to review in a single issue. In future publications, well continue to showcase other areas of critical research that demonstrate why our university is The rising STAR of Texas. —Matt Flores Illustration by O laf H ajek</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a 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