About the Annual Research Lecture

The Annual Research Lecture has been presented at UNM since 1954 and is one of the highest honors the University bestows on its faculty member in recognition of research/creative activity. The nominate faculty member must be an active, full-time Professor or exceptional Associate Professor at the time the nomination is submitted with a record similar to that of applicants for Distinguished Professor (see the List of Honor below for past winners).  The research or creative works of the nominee must be of the highest quality with an outstanding cumulative record of achievement nationally and internationally (unless another domain is more relevant).  The nominee will also be evaluated on the body of work that has been completed while at UNM, including mentoring. This often requires ten or more years at UNM to be competitive. 

UNM's Annual Research Lecture Series

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UNM Past Annual Research Lectures

Lecture Year Research Lecturer Department Research Lecture Topic
1994 Albert E. Utton, Director U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Resource Center “Water in the Arid Southwest: An International Region Under Stress”
1993 Roger Y. Anderson Earth & Planetary Sciences “Climates of the Future: A Retrospective”
1992 William R. Miller Psychology & Psychiatry “The Value of Being Wrong: Two Decades of Unexpected Findings in Treating Alcohol Problems”
1991 Richard W. Etulain History “Reimagining the American West: Toward a Postregional Culture”
1990 Jonathan M. Samet, M.D Medicine “The Hazards of Breathing: Cigarette Smoking, Radon, and Public Policy”
1989 Rudolfo A. Anaya English “Aztlan: A Homeland Without Boundaries"
1988 Ellen H. Goldberg Microbiology “Genetic Basis of Sexual Expression”
1987 Marlan O. Scully Physics & the Center for Advanced Studies “From Laser Physics to the Life Sciences: The Ramblings of a Quantum Cowboy”
1986 Randy Thornhill Biology “Sexual Selection: The Nature of the Traits it Favors and What Controls its Operation”
1985 Howard C. Bryant Physics & Astronomy “A Physicist’s Journal: From the Glory to the Two-Electron Ion”