The School of Medicine’s rural healthcare initiative, Project ECHO, received a $10 million dollar grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation as the program expands into the cancer field with the goal of bringing top-quality care to cancer patients living in rural and underserved areas within the U.S. and Africa.

“We are very excited and grateful to have received this $10 million dollar grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to expand current efforts in cancer and to leverage the ECHO model to train other providers in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliative care,” said Sarah Zalud-Cerrato, strategic support manager for ECHO.

Guidelines will no longer curb the amount of hours first-year resident doctors work in one shift, as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced earlier this month that the new limit will be set at 24 and, if necessary to manage efficient shift changes, 28 hours in one shift.

The changes were made following a comprehensive 18-month review of guidelines, by a task force comprised of graduate medical education leaders, residents and one public member, according to the ACGME.

The team conducted an all-inclusive review process of specialized information including public remarks, evidence, research and opinions from medical educators as well as residents.

In an effort to rein in federal spending, Donald Trump proposed an “America First” budget that slashes $54 billion from numerous federal departments and programs, including the elimination of funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

KUNM, a public radio station that originated on UNM’s campus, faces a $251,825 cut to its budget if Trump’s budget is passed.

The cut represents 12 percent of the station’s $2 million annual budget, which is primarily funded by donors.

After three years of being involved in the Associated Students of the UNM and interning for the U.S. Senate and Department of State, Gabe Gallegos is now running to be ASUNM president for the 2017-18 academic year.

Originally from Las Cruces, Gallegos decided to become a Lobo and major in both political science and strategic communications.

His experience with ASUNM began as a freshman, when he took part in the Emerging Lobo Leaders program — which grooms students for potential future involvement in the undergratuate student governing body. That spring he was elected to his first term in Senate, went on to chair the Outreach and Appointments Committee and this year serves as the the ASUNM director of communications.

ASUNM Election: Garcia hopes to bridge gap between students, ASUNM leaders

Born and raised in Albuquerque, sophomore business major Elena Garcia has always felt comfortable in New Mexico. But it wasn’t until she began serving on ASUNM Senate last fall that she found a home at UNM.

Garcia said she initially didn’t feel like there was much of a community on campus, but she found it through trying to make a difference for UNM’s undergraduate student population.

Now she wants to take on an even bigger role to help those students.

“Senate drove me to running for president. I see a lot of potential in ASUNM and I see a lot of potential in the agencies,” Garcia said.

Art show stretches what can be done with books

Zimmerman Library Frank Waters Room 105 will play host to the event “Crazy Paper: A Book Arts Open House Back to Events,” displaying the work of artists who take the traditional format of a book and try to do new things with its material, all while expanding ideas about how books communicate information and ideas.

The event is set for Friday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

Michael Taylor, a public services librarian, said the event showcases different ways artists expand on the potential of traditional formats, including the use of alternative materials, moving parts or arranging text in unusual ways.

NM employment rate sags to bottom

While the average national unemployment rate has reduced by a miniscule level percent since February of 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Mexico’s unemployment rate has remained stagnant, floating around seven percent throughout most of last year.

As of this February, New Mexico now has the highest unemployment rating (6.8 percent) out of all U.S. states. It’s a title that has been passed back and forth between New Mexico and Alaska since early 2016.

According to Jeff Mitchell, director of the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, as estimates are revised it has been revealed that New Mexico has in fact been in this position for longer than reports say.

Guest lecturer discusses civil rights loss in border region

On Wednesday dozens piled into the Waters Room at Zimmerman to hear Yale University professor Alicia Schmidt-Camacho speak about the effects of militaristic surveillance on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Her talk — “U.S. Border Surveillance, State Optics and the Production of Migrant Illegality” — was the last of the month-long Borderlands Event Series spearheaded by UNM English assistnt professor Bernadine Hernández.

The series was a nod to Women’s History Month and a branch off Hernández’ Borderlands Cultural class, which she described as “on the ground,” “grassroots” and “multidisciplinary.”

ASUNM Election: The presidential candidates at a glance

Election season for the Associated Students of UNM is in full swing, with early voting for the next ASUNM president and vice president taking place on Thursday. Election Day is March 29, while senatorial elections will be held in a few weeks.

The Daily Lobo reached out to the four presidential candidates on the ballot to find out what their priorities would be, if elected, as well as their previous ASUNM experience and their thoughts on UNM's current weaknesses and areas of improvement.

Crime Briefs for March 23

Domestic Violence Battery on a Household Member at UNMH

On March 5, two UNMPD officers were dispatched to the New Birth room at UNMH, in reference to a potential domestic violence battery, according to a report. During the call, UNMH security stated a male struck his wife, a female patient, in the face during a dispute.

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