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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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