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Breaking Math: inspiring a community to embrace STEM

Their website claims the “Breaking Math” podcast breaks down difficult mathematical concepts for all to understand. But spend just two minutes with hosts Jonathan Baca and Gabriel Hesch, and it’s clear their passion for teaching reaches far beyond the microphone. “I haven’t spoken to any adult who would deny that education is paramount,” Hesch said. “The human struggle is a struggle to understand your environment and once you understand it, that’s power.”


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Lobo Launch

UNM mechanical engineering students will launch the 47', student-built rocket on May 26.

A group of mechanical engineering students at the University of New Mexico are working to build and launch the world’s largest amateur rocket as part of a first-of-its-kind senior design project. The 400-level, two-semester course is called Rocket Engineering and is taught by Fernando (Doc) Aguilar, a part-time faculty member in UNM’s Mechanical Engineering department.


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Why an Amazonian tribe has the lowest rate of heart disease of any global population

Why an Amazonian tribe has the lowest rate of heart disease of any global population

Time, Newsweek, Health Magazine—and many other international media outlets from the United Kingdom to Australia—are all talking about the recent findings by a group of doctors and anthropologists who have found why a South American population has the lowest rate of heart disease—a disease that is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.


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UNM physicist discovers strange forces acting on nanoparticles

UNM physicist discovers strange forces acting on nanoparticles

The discovery, published in Physical Review Letters, was made by an international team of researchers led by UNM Assistant Professor Alejandro Manjavacas in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Collaborators on the project include Francisco Rodríguez-Fortuño (King’s College London, U.K.), F. Javier García de Abajo (The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain) and Anatoly Zayats (King’s College London, U.K.).


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UNM awarded NSF ADVANCE grant to create institutional transformation across STEM fields

UNM awarded NSF ADVANCE grant to create institutional transformation across STEM fields

For decades, women have been significantly underrepresented in the faculty ranks, especially in the higher levels of academia in nearly all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Some say not enough attention has been paid to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and minorities.


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UNM research reveals big benefits to housing homeless population

UNM research reveals big benefits to housing homeless population

A new report from The University of New Mexico Institute for Social Research (ISR) could help change the way cities, counties and states deal with homelessness. The study, which researchers say is one of the most comprehensive looks at the economic impact of homelessness to-date, shows it actually costs less to house chronically homeless people than to leave them on the streets.


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Heinrich announces funding for Innovative STEM Education Program at KAFB

Heinrich announces funding for Innovative STEM Education Program at KAFB

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently announced $25 million in authorized funding for the continuation of the nationwide STARBASE program, which motivates fifth grade students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through hands-on learning in collaboration with military installations.


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