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UNM among schools investigated by DOJ

UNM among schools investigated by DOJ

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it has started investigating UNM regarding the school’s handling of reported sexual assaults and harassment on campus.

According to a release issued by the DOJ, the department will look into UNM’s policies and practices on sexual assault prevention as well as complaints made by students, under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Both acts ban sexual discrimination, the release states.

“We have assured the DOJ of our deep concern about the issue of sexual assault and the seriousness of its nature,” said President Bob Frank in an official statement. “We look forward to sharing the many steps that UNM has already taken to address it, as well as detailing the programs we are continuing to implement for training and education aimed at prevention.”

Activist becomes Marshall Scholar

A Truman Scholar and human rights activist is the second consecutive UNM student to be awarded the Marshall Scholarship, allowing him free graduate-level study at any institution in the United Kingdom.

Ryan Roco said he will pursue an M.Sc. in Asian Politics and an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He will graduate from UNM in July 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Asian Studies and Philosophy.

“In the U.K., I’m most excited to study and to build my regional expertise in Southeast Asia, particularly Burma. Outside of school, I’m looking forward to connecting with human rights organization and policy think tanks,” he said.

UNM lab becomes world's coolest

As winter approaches and the semester winds down, students and faculty alike may be turning their attention to things such as hot chocolate and warm sweaters. But one lab on campus is trying to make things colder — much colder.

Using crystals and lasers, a team of scientists headed by Department of Physics and Astronomy professor Mansoor Sheik-Bahae has developed and is currently fine-tuning a novel method known as optical refrigeration for cooling solids to extremely low temperatures.

“It is fair to say that our team is the leader in terms of achieving the lowest temperature and advancing this science into a practical technology,” Sheik-Bahae said.

Five: A photo essay series

The Daily Lobo photo desk put together its end-of-semester issue called Five: A photo essay series. Take a look at the photography work done by Sergio Jiménez, William Aranda, Diana Cervantes, Di Linh Hoang and Kanan Mammadli.

Art Street paints a brighter future

Looking at Jimmy Lujan, it is hard to imagine the trials he has faced.

Lujan, a member on the board of directors for Health Care for The Homeless, sits smiling next to his wife Shawna and 5-month-old daughter Akiya.

Life for Lujan was not always so hopeful, he said. Until three years ago he was one of the many people experiencing homelessness on the streets of Albuquerque.

Lujan, 55, was raised in northern New Mexico and worked as a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 27 years, he said. That changed in 2006, he said, when his wife of 13 years was murdered.

Climate scientist: Reform is about framing the issue

When David Gutzler applied to the doctoral program in meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he did not know what to expect.

He said he had recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in engineering physics and had never taken a climate or meteorology class.

“I had no idea what I was getting into, but I figured that I would find something fun to do,” he said. “Looking back, I am astounded that any respectable meteorology department admitted me for graduate study.”

C&J prof. studies media techniques

There are many theories about which methods are most effective at delivering news information to the public, but one UNM professor is certain that he knows which technique is the best.

Journalism professor Richard Schaefer and senior journalism major Natalia Jacquez have finished collecting data for a study that will analyze which visualization techniques in news are most effective in conveying information to audiences.

Schaefer said the primary question driving the study was ‘which of three visualization techniques are most effective in helping audiences develop cognitive, or informational, understanding of the issue at hand?’

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