Lawrence Straus to present 61st Annual Research Lecture at UNM

A lifetime of research on humans living in a time of intense climate stress

University of New Mexico Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Lawrence Guy Straus found his life’s work as a young boy allowed into the study of his long-deceased French grandfather where he alone could look in the cabinet drawers, at the stone tools collected by Guy Magnant, a professor of classics who was also an amateur prehistorian. Straus’ relentless curiosity about the world of Stone Age humans has lasted a lifetime.

Straus will deliver the 61st Annual Research Lecture at 7 p.m. on April 21 in the Anthropology Lecture Hall, Room 163. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. in the Maxwell Museum.

The Annual Research Lecture is the highest honor UNM bestows on active faculty members. The selection is made by the UNM Research Policy Committee from among nominations that are supported by external letters from peers across the United States and abroad.

Wallerstein inaugural recipient of Community Engaged Research Lectureship Award

Honor presented by Office of Vice President for Research

For more than 30 years, Dr. Nina Wallerstein has been involved with Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) including empowerment-based interventions in family, youth and women’s health issues. It’s a lifelong accomplishment she is proud to have pursued.

As an National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH researcher, Wallerstein, a professor in The University of New Mexico’s Public Health Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, is at the forefront of intervention translational research. She has used a CBPR approach with community partners to integrate evidence-based programs with culturally-centered knowledge to strengthen community ownership and sustainability; at the same time as promoting a science of CBPR, to identify partnering best practices associated with health outcomes.

LATEST RESEARCH UPDATE: New Mexico IDs and access to federal entities

OVPR Release Date: Monday, March 28, 2016

Several federal agencies have been rejecting identification documents (IDs) issued by the State of New Mexico as a result of implementation of the REAL ID Act, Pub.L. 109-13, 119 Stat. 302, enacted May 11, 2005. The REAL ID Act bans federal agencies from accepting IDs that do not measure up to the ID standards promulgated by the federal government.
The Federal government has delayed implementation of the REAL ID Act for years. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been pressuring several states, including New Mexico, into compliance. DHS has been enforcing the legislation for access to military bases, nuclear power plants and most federal facilities and it has plans to extend the ID requirements for air travel after January 22, 2018.

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Research Highlights

Scientists inch closer to predicting phreatic volcanic eruptions

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Poás volcano in Costa Rica one of most chemically extreme environments on Earth

Tobias Fischer at Poás Volcano

Throughout the centuries, volcanic eruptions have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives due in part to the lack of accurate signs indicating imminent eruptions. One type of a volcanic eruption, a phreatic eruption, which involves external water, is particularly energetic causing a disproportionate number of fatalities. Phreatic eruptions are extremely difficult to forecast, often occurring with little or no geophysical precursors.

Recently, researchers at the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), led by Maarten de Moor from the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica, (and postdoc at UNM) along with University of New Mexico Professor Tobias Fischer, Department of Planetary Sciences and chair of the Deep Earth Carbon Degassing initiative, measured gas emissions from crater lake at Poás volcano in Costa Rica, in an attempt to determine some of the precursors to major volcanic eruptions.

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