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Grant funds political activism study at UNM

Grant funds political activism study at UNM

A new, National Science Foundation (NSF) grant is allowing researchers at The University of New Mexico to study how people are responding to the current political environment in the United States.

Earlier this spring, the NSF awarded UNM Political Science Professor Lonna Rae Atkeson a one year, $30,000 grant to research, “RAPID: Emotion Regulation, Attitudes, and the Consequences for Political Behavior in a Polarized Political Environment.” (NSF Award 1743846).

“Rarely do higher education faculty get awarded a timely grant,” Atkeson said. “But this funding comes at a time when it is particularly interesting to see how emotions are contributing to the political conversation.”


Lee Receives ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Lee Receives ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Dr. Sang Lee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded one of Oak Ridge Associate Universities (ORAU) 2017 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards.
His selection is especially significant because there were 125 applicants from which 37 awardees were chosen. Recipients of this award are faculty who are within the first two years of their tenure-track position.

This is a national award that recognizes the quality and promise of young faculty researchers. The University of New Mexico’s Office of the Vice President for Research matched this award, making the total award amount worth $10,000 for one year (June 1 to May 31).
“This is a great achievement for Dr. Lee and UNM is proud of his commitment to research excellence,” said Vice President for Research López.


Warming news from Russia

Warming news from Russia

A new paper by UNLV Geoscience graduate student Jon Baker has hot implications for the climate future of Russia. Baker, working with UNLV Geoscience Professor Matthew Lachniet and colleagues Yemane Asmerom and Victor Polyak at The University of New Mexico, and Russian colleagues, have produced an 11,000 year-long climate record from the Ural Mountains of Russia that shows nearly continuous warming from the end of the last Ice Age to the present.


AFOSR Information Day News Content

AFOSR Information Day At UNM

The University of New Mexico recently welcomed Dr. Charles Matson, Chief Scientist, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, The Basic Research Directorate Of The Air Force Research Laboratory, to discuss an overview of AFOSR including funding opportunities for faculty and students.

The visit included meetings with University leadership and faculty about research related to the Air Force.

During the information session, Dr. Matson stressed the importance of basic research, and highlighted relevant funding opportunities and addressed questions and comments from the audience. Dr. Matson toured research laboratory facilities at the Physics and Astronomy Department and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. This visit was made possible by Dr. Sudhakar Prasad and the Office of the Vice President for Research ( For more information about AFOSR opportunities, visit: Check out the photos from Dr. Matson’s visit:


Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted

The University of New Mexico Is Among Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016

ALBUQURQUE, New Mexico. June 6, 2017—The University of New Mexico (UNM) is among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2016. The report is published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and uses data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation.

The report ranks the University of New Mexico 33rd among the top 100 for the number of issued U.S. utility patents received in 2016 for its inventions. The NAI and IPO have published the report annually since 2013. The rankings are compiled by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that list a university as the first assignee on the issued patent. “We made a significant leap this year to 33rd in the world from 2015’s ranking of 47th,” said Lisa Kuuttila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer of STC.UNM, the University’s technology-transfer and economic-development organization. “Since 2013 when we were 56 among the top 100, we’ve climbed at a steady pace. Universities and university inventors are innovators and drivers of economic growth.” “There is no question that the patents received each year by UNM inventors are a confirmation of the research quality and market potential of their new discoveries. However, the patents are equally important because they protect the inventors’ intellectual property rights. Our patented technologies are essential to the companies who want to license them and to our start-up companies who need investors to help them bring these new technologies to the marketplace. This relationship between patents and commercialization activity has an undeniable positive impact on local and global economies.” “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our UNM inventors. They are the reason we continue to do so well among institutions around the world. They are our unsung heroes!” The full report of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016 can be found at


2017 UNM Research Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 Annual Research Awards!

Dr. Vince Calhoun received UNM's 62nd Annual Research Lecture on April 19th, 2017. His lecture focused on “Discovering Patterns Of Promise For Unravelling The Mystery Of The Human Brain In Health And Disease” and can be viewed on the annual research lecture page:  Check out the photos from his lecture:

Dr. Claudia Isaac received UNM's 2nd Annual Community Engaged Research Lecture. Her lecture focused on “Community Based Planning: Co-creating Knowledge and Action” and can be viewed on the community engaged research lecture page: Check out the photos from her lecture:

The University of New Mexico annually recognizes faculty for their research/creative activity accomplishments, significant contributions and service to society. The UNM Faculty Senate Research Policy Committee accepts nominations and applications for two research lectureship awards, sponsored by the UNM Office of the Vice President for Research.

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 Annual Community-Engaged Scholarship Lecture Award recognizes exceptional scholarly work that embodies UNM's commitment to community engagement and profoundly and systematically affects the relationship between the university and the larger community in a positive and meaningful way. This is the highest award for community-engaged scholarship bestowed by the University of New Mexico.

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Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage

New research from a multi-university team of biologists shows what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events.The study, “Potential decline in carbon carrying capacity under projected climate-wildfire interactions in the Sierra Nevada”, published this week in Scientific Reports, shows another facet of the impact current man-made carbon emissions will have on our world if big changes aren’t made.


Understanding Concepts

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.”


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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