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Brain-scan data discovery could revolutionize treatment of bipolar disorder & depression

Brain-scan data discovery could revolutionize treatment of bipolar disorder & depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting millions of people. Although pharmaceutical and other treatments have become more advanced over the years, diagnosis is often an unprecise science. A patient visits a doctor, and the doctor observes a patient’s symptoms and general demeanor, then decides on a treatment plan according to the patient’s self-reporting of their condition and what is observed by the doctor.

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UNM, USF scientists find stable sea levels during last interglacial

UNM, USF scientists find stable sea levels during last interglacial

Visualize the following: The Earth’s climate swings between cold glacial and warm interglacial periods; the last glacial interval was about 20,000 years ago; sea level was about 126 meters (413 feet) below modern sea level at that time; and the Holocene, which represents the last 12,000 years of climatic change, is an interglacial period.

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Google funds UNM program to attract female robotics students

Google funds UNM program to attract female robotics students

Multinational tech company Google is funding a new program at the University of New Mexico that aims at attracting more female undergraduates to robotics. UNM was one of 15 institutions nationwide to receive explore CSR (computer science research) grants from Google.

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The quiet persistence of segregation: reconstructing the housing industry

The quiet persistence of segregation: reconstructing the housing industry

In theory, society has changed a great deal since the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Many laws have been passed penalizing discrimination based on race, sex, disability and sexuality, to name a few. Diversity in the U.S. is on the rise, and social media is peppered with substantive buzzwords like inclusion and internationality. However, after delving into her recently published study on housing and segregation, University of New Mexico (UNM) Sociology professor Elizabeth Korver-Glenn found a very different reality.

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Innovative study shows medical cannabis effective in treating a wide range of health conditions

Innovative study shows medical cannabis effective in treating a wide range of health conditions

Utilizing new mobile application technology, researchers at The University of New Mexico found that medical cannabis provides immediate symptom relief across dozens of health symptoms with relatively minimal negative side effects.

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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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