The 2015 Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest

Anne Hillerman

Author of Tony Hillerman’s Landscape,
Spider Woman’s Daughter, and
Rock With Wings
Thursday, October 22
7:00 p.m. – Reception to follow
George Pearl Hall Auditorium


This event is free and open to the public

UNM researcher awarded National Speleological Society Science Award

NSS awardwinner Victor Polyak

Victor Polyak, senior research scientist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UNM, was recently awarded the National Speleological Society (NSS) Science award for his dedication to the research of caves. Polyak manages the UNM Radiogenic Isotope Laboratory for Yemane Asmerom, professor of geochemistry.

The award recognizes an NSS member who has shown impressive commitment to the scientific study of caves. Polyak has been a member of the NSS since 1986.

“I’m honored to be awarded the NSS Science Award. It comes from my fellow cavers and scientists. It was a lot of fun receiving the award,” Polyak said.

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Dr. Schmandt recieves 2015 Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal) from the Geological Society of America

Brandon Schmandt, University of New Mexico, earned the Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal) and cash prize of US$10,000 for outstanding achievement. Schmandt integrates seismology and geology to understand mantle dynamics and continental evolution. Nominator Karl Karlstrom cites "demonstrated technical innovations, keen intellectual curiosity, drive and energy to produce at the highest levels, dedication to the new ethic of open access of data, and a gift for cross disciplinary collaboration and public outreach, all with a sense of humility," as the qualities that embody this outstanding young scientist.

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NM EPSCoR making progress on tough energy issues

Monday, 28 September 2015

Two year progress report available

Research scientists from universities across the state are making progress on some of the complex research needed to address obstacles related to energy independence.

Energize New Mexico was the largest National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in the state in 2014. Fifty institutions are involved in collaboration with the New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR).

Natalie Willoughby, NMEPSCoR staff member said, “NM EPSCoR is working hard for the state of New Mexico. Not only is the Energize New Mexico grant building a self-sufficient, sustainable energy future for the state through research and education, it is also providing a culture of entrepreneurship and establishing strong STEM collaborations between community colleges, tribal colleges, and the big 3: UNM, NM Tech, and NMSU.

Download the complete report at the NMEPSCoR website.

The five-year grant for “Energize New Mexico” was awarded in 2013. The grant focused on problems in specific areas of energy related research.

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