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National Science Foundation (NSF) award made to University of New Mexico

Thursday, 11 June 2015

National Science Foundation (NSF) award made to University of New Mexico

National Science Foundation (NSF) award made to University of New Mexico with an intended total amount of $31,770.00.

This project, entitled "Insight Into Clovis Faunal Utilization," is under the direction of Bruce Huckell. The award starts Jun. 15, 2015.

The abstract and other information regarding this award will soon be publicly available via the NSF Award Abstracts database at .

Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at 703-292-8070.

Lopez Appointed VP for research

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Press release

López appointed vice president for Research

University of New Mexico Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Chaouki Abdallah has appointed Gabriel P. López as vice president for Research. López is currently a professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Duke University.

"I am very pleased to welcome Dr. López back to UNM," Abdallah said. "He is a talented researcher and dedicated faculty member with a strong record of leadership, mentorship, and service. He will be a great addition to our senior leadership team and I look forward to working with him to advance the research mission at UNM."

López is the founding director of the NSF’s Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (RT-MRSEC), a post he has held at Duke University since 2011. In this role, he successfully led a team of researchers drawn from Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. 

Reyes Re Appointment

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Dr. Barbara Reyes reappointed as Director of SHRI.

Vice President for Research, Michael Dougher, announced today the reappointment of history professor Dr. Barbara Reyes as Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI). “

"Dr. Reyes has done an excellent job this past year as SHRI Director.  Based on her skilled and effective leadership and the unanimous support of the SHRI Advisory Committee and affiliated faculty, I am very pleased to reappointment her for the coming academic year," said Dougher.

Dr. Reyes, who has been with SHRI since 2014 and will continue to manage the Institute’s day-to-day operations, and long-range strategic plans and represents the organization in the media and the public sphere.

Dr. Reyes is currently the Director of the Women Studies Program, an active member of the U.S. West, and Gender and Women’s Comparative Histories, sections in the History department, is an affiliate in the Latin American Studies Program and the American Studies department at UNM, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Program, and the Executive Board of the Feminist Research Institute at UNM.  

Computer Science Faculty: Melanie Moses receives $1.8 Million NASA Grant to Manage “Swarmathon” Challenge

Friday, 15 May 2015

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected the University of New Mexico (UNM) for a cooperative agreement to manage the agency’s Swarmathon challenge, an innovative swarm robotics competition.

The university was selected from among a nationwide pool of 14 proposals after a rigorous peer review by education and technical experts. The university will receive an award totaling almost $1.8 million, paid in annual increments of $600,000 for a maximum of three years, based on the availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

The goal of the Swarmathon is to foster the development of integrated hardware and software to support the work done by NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate in Washington. The challenge will be held annually between 2016 and 2018.

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Finding ways to use excess carbon dioxide

Friday, 8 May 2015

When Chemical and Biomedical Engineering student Monica Padilla graduates this week with her Master’s degree, she will have the satisfaction of knowing her research helped develop the science to answer the question - can a problem gas become an industrial solution?

Padilla has been working with Research Professor Alexey Serov on ways to chemically convert carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, into products that can be used in industrial processes. The idea is to capture carbon dioxide coming from electrical plants that burn coal or other fossil fuels and store it or use it immediately, thus reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.

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Qin receives NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award for photovoltaic research

Thursday, 30 April 2015
Research could transform solar cells

Yang Qin, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of New Mexico, has received a five-year, $525,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for research involving organic photovoltaics. Qin’s futuristic research, titled “Bottom-Up Approaches for Precisely Nanostructuring Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Multi-Component Composites,” could lead to products that generate electricity directly from sunlight. If the research is successful, humans could one day wear clothes that generate electricity from the sunlight.

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UNM's Mala Htun receives Andrew Carnegie Fellowship

Thursday, 23 April 2015

New program supports social sciences and humanities


Carnegie Corporation of New York announced the names of 32 Andrew Carnegie Fellows, a major new annual fellowship program that will provide support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. University of New Mexico Associate Professor of Political Science Mala Htun is among the Andrew Carnegie Fellows.

Recipients receive up to $200,000 to allow them to devote between one and two years to research and writing. This great honor reflects the strength of our faculty in the social sciences and humanities."  

“I am thrilled to have been selected as a 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The opportunities provided by the fellowship will enable me to develop my research on the political economy of gender disadvantage, and further our understanding of how economic empowerment benefits women, their families and entire societies,” Htun said.

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Research Ethics Training

Friday, 17 April 2015

In conjunction with the Shared Knowledge Conference (, GRADUATE STUDIES is offering a 1-day certification in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR; Thursday 23 April) AND a workshop on ethics training for mentors Friday, 24 April, 8:30-11:30 .  This Friday event is a faculty-focused workshop that is intended to provide you with a toolbox of resources: