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Straus recognized by former students for decades of anthropological discoveries

Distinguished Professor lives by the ‘Golden Rule’

It’s fair to say that Lawrence Straus has made his mark in the anthropological world with his share of incredible discoveries during an illustrious academic career spanning nearly five decades. [H]is research in the anthropological world has only been equaled by his work as an advisor, mentor and professor to thousands of students during the course of his incredible 44-year career at UNM including three years as a working retiree. Now, a group of former students and colleagues has honored Straus with a Festschrift, a collection of articles titled, Recent advances in quaternary prehistory: Papers in honor of Lawrence Guy Straus, published by Quaternary International.

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UNM alumna honored for research on vanishing languages

UNM alumna honored for research on vanishing languages

Shelece Easterday, who received her Ph.D. in linguistics from The University of New Mexico in 2017, has received this year’s Joseph Greenberg Award from the Association for Linguistic Typology for the best piece of typological research embodied in a doctoral dissertation. Her award-winning dissertation is entitled Highly Complex Syllable Structure: A Typological Study of its Phonological Characteristics and Diachronic Development.

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UNM researchers get award for unique project

UNM researchers get award for unique project

Two researchers at The University of New Mexico recently received an award of more than $580,000 from the Army Research Office for a project named Supersymmetry in Optics: Beyond Traditional Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics, an eye-watering title to the non-science-minded among us. But physics professor Arash Mafi, director of the school’s Center for High Technology Materials, compared the collaboration between him and his research colleague, associate professor of physics Rouzbeh Allahverdi, to a familiar, humorous cultural icon: the popular show "The Big Bang Theory" (BBT).

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Visiting scholars will use UNM resources to delve into region’s history

Visiting scholars will use UNM resources to delve into region’s history

Gabriel Meléndez, director of the Center for Regional Studies (CRS) at The University of New Mexico, has announced that visiting scholars Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez and Tracy Brown will carry out research projects this summer at UNM through the center’s Scholar-in-Residence initiative. Fonseca-Chávez is an assistant professor of English at Arizona State University who received her doctorate in Spanish Cultural Studies from ASU in 2013. While at UNM, she will conduct preliminary research on her second book project, which is a social history of the eastern Arizona/western New Mexico borderlands from the territorial period through the 1960s.

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NM Evaluation Lab Fellowship accepting applications

NM Evaluation Lab Fellowship accepting applications

The Evaluation Lab serves the dual purpose of training students in applied research and building program evaluation capacity in community organizations that serve vulnerable families in New Mexico. The idea is to harness the rigorous analytical and quantitative skills of academia to serve the public good. Fellows receive a modest stipend of $500 per semester, for a total of $1,000. They take two 3-credit courses: Evaluation Lab I in the Fall and Evaluation Lab II in the Spring. Evaluation Lab I emphasizes collaborative and culturally competent problem-solving, robust data analysis and creative ways of communicating technical information.

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UNM scientist makes case for stabilizing forest carbon to help mitigate climate change

UNM scientist makes case for stabilizing forest carbon to help mitigate climate change

Hurteau and several colleagues argue in an opinion piece, “Managing for disturbance stabilizes forest carbon,” released today (link to PNAS opinion piece once posted) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journal, that policymakers would do well to use disturbance ecology in an effort to stabilize forest carbon.

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UNM faculty inventor Angela Wandinger-Ness to receive the 2019 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award

UNM faculty inventor Angela Wandinger-Ness to receive the 2019 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award

Dr. Angela Wandinger-Ness has been chosen to receive the 2019 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award in recognition of her achievements as a leading innovator at The University of New Mexico. The STC.UNM (STC) Board of Directors presents this special award each year to a university faculty inventor(s) whose body of technologies have made a significant social and economic impact on society and the marketplace. The award will be presented to Wandinger-Ness at STC’s 2019 Innovation Awards Dinner on April 23, 2019.

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Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Award winners announced

Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Award winners announced

University Libraries recently announced the 2019 recipients of the Jim and Mary Lois Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Awards. The six students will receive cash prizes for their outstanding efforts and copies of their work will be featured in UNM’s Digital Repository. A reception to honor the recipients will be held on Tuesday, April 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Willard Room of Zimmerman Library.

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