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Mentor, advocate and UNM director honored at memorial

Adélamar (Dely) N. Alcántara, UNM director of Geospatial and Population Studies, passed away over the weekend while on her way back home to Albuquerque from the Philippines. Alcántara is survived by her husband Theodore (Ted) Jojola, a Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, UNM School of Architecture + Planning. She was preceded in death by her son, Manoa Alcántara Jojola. Albuquerque Academy has opened its campus to the community to grieve. Visitors are welcome to gather at a memorial marker for her son, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday, Nov. 4 through Thursday, Nov. 7. The memorial is directly behind the Academy Music building, near the Academy Blvd. and Moon St. entrance.

UNM study gauges effectiveness of light therapy to reshape circadian rhythms

University of New Mexico researchers and their colleagues from the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) Center based at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have demonstrated a new technology for gauging the effectiveness of light therapy to synchronize human circadian rhythms as a potential treatment for insomnia, mood disorders and other health problems. LESA researchers are exploring the use of wearable biometric devices to study relationships between lighting and patient circadian rhythms. Together with the other Testbed sensors, these tools could lead to personalized lighting treatment for various disorders without hospitalization.

Researchers examine causes, effects, treatments for alcohol use disorder

New research from Regents’ Professor Katie Witkiewitz at The University of New Mexico Department of Psychology and Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions examines alcohol use disorder, the physical and economic toll it takes, and effective treatments that are now available. Witkiewitz and her colleagues, Barbara McCrady (Distinguished Professor of Psychology) and Eric Claus from the Mind Research Network, are also looking for volunteers to participate in a new study. The UNM-Mind Research Network team is looking for volunteers between the ages of 22 and 55 who want to change their drinking with a non-medication-based treatment. This study is examining how the brain, behavior, and emotions change after alcohol treatment.

UNM's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology presents the 12th annual Riley O. Schaeffer Endowed Lectureship

The University of New Mexico's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology presents the 12th annual Riley O. Schaeffer Endowed Lectureship featuring Professor Brian M. Hoffman on Friday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in the Science and Math Learning Center, Room 102. Hoffman, who started his career at Northwestern University in 1967 where he remains today, is an American bioinorganic and physical chemist. His lecture titled, “How Nature Fertilizes the Earth: The Mechanism of Nitrogen Fixation by Nitrogenase,” will discuss the biological process, which involves one of the most challenging chemical transformations in biology, the cleavage of the N≡N triple bond, catalyzed by nitrogenases that are found only in certain classes of bacteria.

Online dating outstrips family, friends as way to meet a partner

Where did you meet your partner/spouse/significant other? Through family? School? A bar or party? Church? If you did, you’re becoming the minority as online dating gains popularity. Nowadays, a long-term relationship is likely to start with a simple swipe to the right. From the end of World War II to 2013, most couples met through friends. But that changed in the 1990s with the popularity of the Internet. According to recent research conducted by Professor Reuben “Jack” Thomas of the sociology department at The University of New Mexico, traditional methods of meeting partners have been replaced by online dating.

Nanoscale manipulation of light leads to exciting new advancement

Scientists in the Theoretical Nanophotonics Group at The University of New Mexico’s Department of Physics and Astronomy have made an exciting new advancement to this end, in a pioneering research effort titled “Analysis of the Limits of the Near-Field Produced by Nanoparticle Arrays,” published recently in the journal, ACS Nano, a top journal in the field of nanotechnology. The group, led by Assistant Professor Alejandro Manjavacas, studied how the optical response of periodic arrays of metallic nanostructures can be manipulated to produce strong electric fields in their vicinity.

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