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University of New Mexico Inventors Elected Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Two Distinguished Professors from The University of New Mexico, Plamen Atanassov and Dr. Cheryl Willman, were among a cohort of 155 inventors from around the world elected as 2017 National Academy of Inventors Fellows.

Atanassov and Willman, who were nominated by the STC.UNM Board of Directors, now join a select group of more than 900 inventors representing over 250 countries worldwide who have been elected as NAI Fellows.

Role of carbon dioxide in climate evolution more significant than previously thought

New research has identified that the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the deep solid earth and its release into our atmosphere has a much greater role in shaping past climate variations than previously thought.

High-altitude observatory sheds light on origin of excess anti-matter

A mountaintop observatory in Mexico, built and operated by an international team of scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of gamma rays emanating from two rapidly spinning stars. The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Gamma-Ray Observatory, or HAWC, provided the fresh perspective on high-energy light streaming from these stellar neighbors, casting serious doubt on one possible explanation for a mysterious excess of anti-matter particles near Earth.

Guiding the random laser

At its most basic level, a random laser is precisely what its name implies; random. It’s random in the spectrum of light it produces and in the way that light is emitted, making what could be an extremely versatile laser source, nearly useless for most practical applications.
So, how do you control some of the randomness to make useful devices? It’s a question that’s led a team of researchers at The University of New Mexico to a discovery that’s taking laser technology to the next level.

D.I.Y. Private Investigation

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a private investigator, investigating everything from internet stalkers to missing persons? Meet “Jessamyn Jones” a.k.a. Jessamyn Lovell, senior lecturer and visual artist at The University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts. She is creating art and adventure in her current project, “D.I.Y. P.I. (Do It Yourself Private Investigation),” where she takes you into the world of private investigation.

Fighting fires before they spark

With warm, dry summers comes a deadly caveat for the western United States: wildfires. Scientists say the hot, dry climates found west of the Mississippi, along with decades of fire suppression efforts, are creating a devastating and destructive combination – leading to fires like the ones currently burning in California.

It’s a problem biologists at The University of New Mexico are looking to put a damper on. Now, new research from UNM is giving forest and fire management teams across the country the upper hand in reducing the severity of these events.

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