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UNM reorganizes research centers to allow better collaboration

  DelCampo, Sanchez, Romero will manage activities

Vice President for Research at UNM Mike Dougher has announced a major reorganization of the management of various centers and institutes at the university.  

The newly-formed  Institute for Policy, Evaluation and Applied Research (IPEAR) is consolidating the administration and facilitation of collaborative projects at UNM, allowing them to maneuver more easily through the UNM system. IPEAR replaces the former Institution for Applied Research Sciences.

A management team, appointed by Dougher, will work together to ease the collaborative process.

Robert G. DelCampo, professor in the Anderson School of Management and director of the Innovation Academy; Gabriel R. Sanchez, associate professor of Political Science and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy; and Carlos Rey Romero, associate vice president for Research and Compliance, are the new management team. The reformulated Institute received the approval of the Faculty Senate, Research Policy Committee, and was vetted and approved by the Office of the Provost.

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University of New Mexico inventors elected Fellows of National Academy of Inventors

             Brueck, Brinker among distinguished innovators

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) announced today that it has chosen a cohort of inventors from around the world for election as 2015 NAI Fellows. UNM Distinguished Professors Steven R. J. Brueck and C. Jeffrey Brinker were among 168 distinguished innovators elevated to NAI Fellow status. 

Election and induction into NAI Fellow Program is considered a high professional distinction among academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. 

Brueck is a Distinguished Professor & Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics & Astronomy and the former director of the UNM Center for High Technology Materials. Brinker is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, a member of the UNM Cancer Center, and a Sandia Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories.   

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Krishna elected 2016 the Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow

Sanjay Krishna, director of the University of New Mexico’s Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM), was one of 77 members of the Optical Society of America (OSA) elected to the latest class of OSA Fellows who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. Krishna’s citation is for contributions to the development of infrared detectors and focal plane arrays.

Fellows of The Optical Society are elected based on their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics and are selected based on several factors, including specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, a record of significant publications or patents related to optics, technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to OSA and the global optics community.
“The 2016 Fellows are excellent examples of leaders and innovators in the field of optics and photonics,” said Philip Russell, president, The Optical Society. “Being named a Fellow of the Optical Society was one of the most unforgettable moments of my career and The Optical Society is honored to recognize the outstanding service and contributions of the 2016 class of Fellows.”

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Sandia National Labs, UNM receives R&D 100 award: UNM's Jeff Brinker, Ying-Bing Jiang recognized

Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico received the 2015 Gold Award in Green Technology for the development of the CO2 memzyme.

It was selected as one of the 100 most technologically significant new projects of the year in the Mechanical/Materials category by R&D magazine. The CO2 memzyme is an extremely thin membrane to separate and capture carbon. This meets one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s targets to help reduce the threat of climate change.

The principal developers of the technology, include C. Jeffrey Brinker, UNM distinguished and regent’s professor in the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and in Chemistry, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. He is also co-director of the Center for Micro-Engineered Materials at UNM and a fellow at Sandia National Labs.

UNM's Forbes Isais named one of 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016

Geraldine Forbes Isais, dean of the University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning, was listed among DesignIntelligence’s 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016.

Annually, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields – architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture. Those selected for 2016 were chosen by the magazine’s staff with input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students. Educators and administrators from the above mentioned disciplines are considered for inclusion.

Of Forbes Isais, they wrote, “Regarded for her outstanding leadership at the university and setting a high bar for quality education and design, Geraldine Forbes Isais has also focused on expanding financial resources for student and faculty programs by engaging alumni and industry professionals in the school’s goals and activities.”

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Han receives NSF CAREER Award to study materials to improve energy efficiency

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Project involves materials that improve energy efficiency

Sang Eon Han, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

The $500,000 award begins June 1, 2016 and continues through May 31, 2021. Han's project is titled “Symmetry Control in Photonic Nanostructures for Enhanced Optical Properties.”

Han said the goal of the project is to research the effect of symmetry on the optical properties of photonic materials and explore the full implications of the symmetry effect on energy applications. Control of symmetry in metallic nanostructures can increase light absorption in optoelectronic devices, including thin-film solar cells. Symmetry control in biomimetic structures — structures that mimic a biological system — could enable the efficient blocking of sunlight during summer months with extremely thin coatings. As a result, the research could lead to advances in products designed to enhance energy efficiency in solar panels and heat-management materials, such as are used in the construction of buildings.

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