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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.

UNM researchers get award for unique project

Two researchers at The University of New Mexico recently received an award of more than $580,000 from the Army Research Office for a project named Supersymmetry in Optics: Beyond Traditional Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics, an eye-watering title to the non-science-minded among us. But physics professor Arash Mafi, director of the school’s Center for High Technology Materials, compared the collaboration between him and his research colleague, associate professor of physics Rouzbeh Allahverdi, to a familiar, humorous cultural icon: the popular show "The Big Bang Theory" (BBT).

NM Evaluation Lab Fellowship accepting applications

The Evaluation Lab serves the dual purpose of training students in applied research and building program evaluation capacity in community organizations that serve vulnerable families in New Mexico. The idea is to harness the rigorous analytical and quantitative skills of academia to serve the public good. Fellows receive a modest stipend of $500 per semester, for a total of $1,000. They take two 3-credit courses: Evaluation Lab I in the Fall and Evaluation Lab II in the Spring. Evaluation Lab I emphasizes collaborative and culturally competent problem-solving, robust data analysis and creative ways of communicating technical information.

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.

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