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Please read the following message from Vice President for Research Gabriel López regarding COVID-19.

Visiting scholar examines language changes in northern New Mexico February 04, 2020

Gorman is an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona and serves as director of the Spanish as a Heritage Language Program, the largest in the nation. Gorman’s research centers on what she describes as “ethno-linguistic contact zones.” Her work seeks to understand how present-day Mexican immigration is shaping language use and identity across the Southwest and in New Mexico in particular. While at UNM, she’ll work to complete her book manuscript, Ethnolinguistic Contact Zones: U.S. Latina/o Identities and Language among Mexican-Nuevomexicanos in northern New Mexico. By utilizing resources at UNM, Gorman plans to engage in additional ethnographic data collection.

Fostering research collaborations with the private sector

Boccanfuso met with members of the university’s research leadership on Main Campus and at the Health Sciences Center, STC.UNM’s President and CEO, and the Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Boccanfuso also presented at the Anderson School of Management where he shared his insights on university-industry partnerships and discussed modes for bolstering partnerships with the industry. The UIDP is a non-profit organization comprised of leading innovation companies and highly regarded research universities from around the world that work together to find better ways to partner and increase the benefits from collaborations between the sectors.

PTSD research to examine less-studied effects

Researchers Pilar Sanjuan, a research assistant professor at the UNM Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, & Addictions (CASAA), and Julia Stephen, a professor of Translational Neuroscience at the UNM Mind Research Network (MRN), along with their team, recently received an award for $475,751 from the National Institute of Mental Health to study people with PTSD in an effort to find solutions to the not-so-well studied issues associated with PTSD. Active duty and veteran service members deployed within the past 10 years interested in participating in the study should contact Gleichmann at 505-272-3304 or dgleichmann@mrn.org.

Early detection of brain degeneration on the horizon with innovative sensor

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be devastating to patients and their families. These diseases are difficult to diagnose before symptoms show, meaning it’s often already too late to reverse the damage to the central nervous system. Early detection is key for management of symptoms and attempts to stall progression of the disease, but current knowledge is limited when it comes to tools that aid in early detection. That knowledge gap is being addressed through cutting-edge research by a team at The University of New Mexico led by Professor Eva Chi of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Climate research paints bleak picture for large birds in Mojave Desert

New research conducted by scientists at The University of New Mexico and the University of California-Berkeley helps illustrate this point as deserts get drier and animals, in particular birds, try to adapt to the growing heat and diminishing resources. The conundrum in this case is the simple fact that desert birds need water to cool off, while deserts continue with accelerated warming and drying threatening any number of desert species including large birds. Wolf notes that this study shows how increased temperatures are becoming an increasingly potent driver of decline in bird populations in North America and shows how tightly linked animals are to their environments.

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