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New Mexico in Focus examines vaccine with potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease

New Mexico in Focus examines vaccine with potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease

NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and arts issues, and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment." This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with researchers at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine who have developed a vaccine that carries the tantalizing possibility of preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Research shows more bikes equal safer roads for all

Research shows more bikes equal safer roads for all

Ferenchak said this study builds on a previous one that found that bike-heavy cities were safer. The hypothesis at the beginning of this study was that bike-heavy cities were safer because there were more bike riders, so the assumption was that there is safety in numbers. But looking at the data, the researchers found that the key factor in safety is not the number of bikers, but the number of facilities provided to bikers, such as protected bike lanes.

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UNM paves the road into the future for Quantum Information Science

UNM paves the road into the future for Quantum Information Science

The University of New Mexico was one of 25 universities invited to the White House Academic Roundtable on Quantum Information Science on May 31, 2019 in Washington, D.C. to discuss the “significant role that academia plays in Quantum Information Science and its impact on America's prosperity and security." Gabriel López, Vice President for Research, was in attendance representing UNM and its interests as the participants discussed the implementation of the newly-signed National Quantum Initiative (NQI) to support multidisciplinary research and training in QIS.

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New UNM study aims to learn why particular treatments work for alcohol use disorders

New UNM study aims to learn why particular treatments work for alcohol use disorders

In 2015 approximately 16 million people in the United States had an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), including 15.1 million adults and about 625,000 adolescents ages 12–17. About twice as many men as women have an AUD. There are numerous approaches to treatment for AUD that are effective in reducing alcohol use during treatment, leaving clinicians, researchers and others in the field wondering why treatments are effective and which treatments may be most effective for specific individuals.

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Meltwater research vital to water sustainability

Meltwater research vital to water sustainability

Mountainous snowpack is particularly consequential because it accounts for a majority of water supply in many parts of the West, and in order to make informed water policies, we must first understand the science behind snowpack and how it interacts with the environment. While many research projects focus on interactions between snowpack and soil, there is a major knowledge gap regarding “meltwater,” which is liquid water trapped between the mountain soil and the frozen snow.

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UNM team to present design project in NYC

UNM team to present design project in NYC

A team of students, under the leadership of Andrea Polli, a professor at The University of New Mexico's College of Fine Arts and associate professor of Computer Science at the UNM School of Engineering, has been working on a project called BioShield, a product synthesized from a woman's own tears that masks the biochemical signals of her ovulatory cycle for the purposes of privacy, protection, and control.

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Students craft high-tech microscope 'from scratch'

Students craft high-tech microscope 'from scratch'

It took two years and a lot of trial and error but two researchers at The University of New Mexico Center for High Tech Materials (CHTM) have built "from scratch" a Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscope, capable of imaging objects less than 100 nanometers in size. Among the microscope’s applications is the ability to record high resolution images of nano-sized biological specimens such as flu or HIV viruses, which a conventional optical microscope can’t do.

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Sandia Labs and UNM sign collaborative national security agreement

Sandia Labs and UNM sign collaborative national security agreement

Sandia National Laboratories and The University of New Mexico are joining forces to bolster national security and advance science and engineering. The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, will immediately launch two projects focusing on radiation testing and developing particle detector designs for the European particle physics laboratory CERN.

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