UNM Students get a sneak peak of Lobo Rainforest on April 26

According to a UNM Newsroom press release, a sneak peek for student housing at the Lobo Rainforest Building will be held Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Interested residents will have an opportunity to tour the model room of the new student housing facility called Lobo Rainforest, which is located at 101 Broadway Blvd. NE, according to the press release. Applications are currently being accepted for student housing and are open to Innovation Academy students, current UNM Residents and UNM upperclassmen.

According to the press release, the housing consists of two-bedroom, two-bath units, including a full kitchen, living space, washer and dryer. Additional amenities for residents include: a fitness center, café, Nusenda Credit Union and a designated parking area.

Albuquerque Rolling Video Games, a game truck trailer with four widescreen high-definition TVs that cover the walls in front of seats with surround sound speakers, will be at the event, according to the press release. Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and Playstation VR will be available and linked, allowing 16 players to play the same game, against each other or play different games on multiple consoles.

According to the press release, the Innovation Academy is a new University program and an innovation in learning theory itself. The Innovate ABQ concept is a movement to transform New Mexico’s economy and is the academic component to a movement to transform higher education.

Patent issued to UNM's Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Research Division for innovative mesh plate

According to a UNM press release, a surgical device invented several years ago by a team of researchers with UNM’s Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation for additional support and healing of knee, elbow and sternum fractures has been issued a United States patent.

The design team is seeking to license and manufacture the mesh plate as an alternative device for treating fractured bone that underlies a thin layer of soft tissue.

“Many existing surgical implants are rigid plates with few screw placement options which experience rejection rates more than 50 percent of the time,” Christina Salas, assistant professor and director of UNM's Orthopaedics Biomechanics & Biomaterials Laboratory, was quoted as saying in the press release. “But our high-tension mesh device precisely molds to bony contours for enhanced compression. It also features numerous crimped links which can accommodate multiple bone screws for improved stability. These benefits can prevent costly secondary surgeries and speed up rehabilitative healing.”

Co-inventors of the new mesh plate include: Mahmoud Reda Taha, professor and chair of UNM Civil Engineering; Dr. Leroy Rise, a former UNM Orthopaedics fellow and current orthopaedic surgeon with Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, NM; and Dr. Aaron Dickens, a former UNM Orthopaedics resident who currently performs orthopaedic trauma surgery with Great Basin Orthopaedics in Reno, Nev.

According to the press release, the device’s technology is designed to “outperform” larger compression plates and steel-wire fracture repair techniques.

The patented device is configured for resistance against high-tension stresses to knee, elbow and sternum fracture but can possibly be used to treat other types of fractures that require surgical implants below the skin.

Designs for a Zuni Main Street turns to UNM architecture studio

According to a UNM Newsroom press release, a local architect and descendent of the Cochiti Pueblo, is bringing her “unique perspective” to UNM by co-hosting an architecture studio that works with students to address some amenities for Zuni Pueblo.

Elizabeth Suina is the principal in her firm, Suina Design + Architecture LLC, which is a Native American woman-owned business, according to the press release. Zuni recently received ArtPlace funding to explore ways to help Zuni’s economy and promote its art and artists.

According to the press release, this led to a partnership with UNM School of Architecture & Planning’s Indigenous Design + Planning Institute, which brought Suina onboard for the studio.

Zuni, which sits on State Scenic Byway N.M. Highway 53, was the first Native American community to be designated a MainStreet Community in the United States in 2012 by New Mexico MainStreet.

NMMS is a program of the state Economic Development Department, dedicated to helping communities create economically viable business environments.

“We are looking at everything from landscaping and shade structures to landmarks, cultural points of interest and crosswalks — important, because they add a level of safety. We want to use color and native graphics because Zuni has a strong arts community,” Suina was quoted as saying in the press release.

Trees, LED lighting, Bike lanes and benches are some other possible ideas, according to the press release.

According to the press release, Francisco Uviña co-teaches the course and recognizes the strengths and challenges Zuni Pueblo faces.

“They produce amazing artwork, but the people driving through don’t slow down enough to even know that. It is difficult to know what the pueblo has without signage and without parking that encourages people to stop,” Uviña was quoted as saying in the press release.

Uviña is teaching a Summer Southwest Institute design/build course this year, according to the press release, and said what will be built in Zuni will be built mainly at UNM and transported there to set up along Main Street or the art walk.