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New director announced for Southwest Hispanic Research Institute

New director announced for Southwest Hispanic Research Institute

The Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) at The University of New Mexico will be under new leadership when students arrive back on campus for classes. Irene Vásquez, professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and American Studies, is the new director of SHRI and took up the position at the beginning of August.

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UNM to participate in $15 million NSF program to create first practical quantum computer

UNM to participate in $15 million NSF program to create first practical quantum computer

Researchers at The University of New Mexico will participate in a $15 million, multi-university collaboration as part of a National Science Foundation program designed with the audacious goal of building the world’s first practical quantum computer.

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Mysteries of the mind: unlocking clues of cognitive dysfunction risk & mental disorders

Mysteries of the mind: unlocking clues of cognitive dysfunction risk & mental disorders

For decades, research has produced vast amounts of data on how the brain works – how we think, how we learn, what happens when the brain is injured – and it is moving toward diagnosing mental illnesses that affect millions, like depression or schizophrenia. Advanced technologies that allow the study of brain activity in real time, like functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have certainly helped in this understanding.

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School of Engineering in pilot program to reward faculty research

School of Engineering in pilot program to reward faculty research

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is participating in a pilot program that provides faculty with a financial incentive for participating in research. The program, titled the “base plus” compensation model, is open to any faculty member in the School of Engineering who has sufficient external funds available for the salary increase. Beginning with the fiscal year that started July 1, faculty members participating in the program can receive as much as a 10 percent bump to their base salary.

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Researchers at The University of New Mexico uncover remnants of early solar system

Researchers at The University of New Mexico uncover remnants of early solar system

Scientists believe the solar system was formed some 4.6 billion years ago when a cloud of gas and dust collapsed under gravity possibly triggered by a cataclysmic explosion from a nearby massive star or supernova. As this cloud collapsed, it formed a spinning disk with the sun in the center. Since then scientists have been able to establish the formation of the solar system piece by piece. Now, new research has enabled scientists from The University of New Mexico, Arizona State University and NASA's Johnson Space Center to add another piece to that puzzle with the discovery of the oldest-ever dated igneous meteorite.

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NSF awards $6.4 million grant to Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research site

NSF awards $6.4 million grant to Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research site

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year, $6.4 million grant in new support of the Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in central New Mexico with a research focus on environmental changes in dryland ecotones.

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Cracking the case: The taste for turtle and the disappearing delicacy

Cracking the case: The taste for turtle and the disappearing delicacy

It was the 1850s and people were hungry. They were moving by the thousands to northern California to strike it rich during the Gold Rush, but their appetite wasn’t just for precious metal, it was for basic food—there wasn’t enough of it to satiate bellies in the booming cities and towns.

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UNM Physics and Astronomy Department hosts Research Experiences for Undergraduates

UNM Physics and Astronomy Department hosts Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Students from all over the country have come to The University of New Mexico as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the Physics and Astronomy Department.

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For the love of science

For the love of science

With rich and storied histories, it’s no wonder that organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), have been so successful in helping millions of people on the path to recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. For Katie Witkiewitz, professor of Psychology at The University of New Mexico and a scientist with UNM’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA), the nuances of addiction run deep.

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