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Ancient Maya houses show wealth inequality tied to despotic governance

In a new study in PLOS ONE, University of New Mexico alumna Amy Thompson, who graduated with a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2019, and UNM Anthropology department professor Keith Prufer report on their findings after examining the remains of houses in ancient Maya cities and comparing them with other Mesoamerican societies.

Native communities hit hard by mining legacy; New report explores challenges and opportunities

Native American workers were disproportionately and negatively hit by the environmental and economic impacts of the mining industry.

UNM STEM-H Center hosts 61st Annual Central NM STEM Research Challenge

The 2021 Central NM STEM Research Challenge Virtual Lobby will be available from March 22 through April 30 and is open to the public. (

Mary Jo Daniel appointed Associate Vice President for Research

Dr. Mary Jo Daniel was officially appointed recently to the position of UNM Associate Vice President for Research (VPR) by Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs James Holloway.

Could plants control robots on Mars?; UNM submits proposal to NASA MINDS Challenge

A team of interdisciplinary researchers at UNM is teaching robots to take care of plants on Mars – a big step towards having viable food available for astronauts when they land on the Red Planet.

Why biodiversity changes from place to place

Why communities vary is one of biology’s ‘big questions’, and UNM researchers have proposed new answers in a groundbreaking study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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