Current research being done at the University of New Mexico has the potential to revolutionize the firefighting industry within the next few years. Manish Bhattarai, a graduate student and researcher in the electrical and computer engineering department at UNM, has been developing new technology to better help firefighters in dangerous situations. “I’m really passionate about using technology to address real-world problems,” Bhattarai said.
Earlier this month, the University of New Mexico instated Shawn Berman, Ph.D, as interim-dean of the Anderson School of Management (ASM). Berman is no stranger to ASM or its administration. He has been at UNM since 2007, holding many positions throughout his tenure. He is a professor of business and society, and said he enjoys teaching and connecting with students. He also conducts research in topics such as stakeholder theory, employee-employer relationships and issues of corporate governance. Berman was ASM’s acting dean for the entire year of 2017, until Craig White, Ph.D, took over. He then served as the ASM associate dean for accreditation and research during 2018.
The University of New Mexico Board of Regents met on Tuesday morning to discuss veterans programs, global and national security degrees, medicare and more. President Garnett Stokes spoke about her statewide “listening and learning tour,” which wraps up this week. She said she has traveled over 4,287 miles and met over 1,100 people across the state of New Mexico. Stokes is now working to create initiatives based on the information gathered and issues discovered on her tour. Some of these initiatives include growing the teaching and healthcare workforces, coordinating with businesses to create more internship opportunities for students, and increasing alumni engagement and community outreach.
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has decided to change things up and run for governor of the state of New Mexico. “Serving in Congress has immersed me in the challenges New Mexicans are facing — and I want to do more,” Grisham said in an interview with the Daily Lobo.
The office of New Mexico governor is up for grabs in 2018. Jeff Apodaca is one of three Democrats running in the race. He will go up against Michelle Lujan Grisham and Joseph Cervantes in the primary elections this June to secure the Democratic spot on the ballot. Apodaca said he joined the race for governor not because he wanted a career in politics or because it was “his turn,” but because he was tired of New Mexico being ranked last in everything.
When political campaigns end, often so do the candidate’s social media pages. Gus Pedrotty, a University of New Mexico alumnus and former Albuquerque mayoral candidate, did not want this to be the case. He decided to take the following of young people his campaign developed and do something good to give back.
The University of New Mexico class of 1968 reunited this weekend to celebrate 50 years since their graduation. Alumni came from all over to take part in the “golden graduation.” On Friday, the golden graduates had the chance to have refreshments and get fitted for their gold cap and gowns. They also received several gifts and memorabilia. The golden graduates also went on a campus tour to see all of the changes and additions to UNM. Many departments, such as the College of Education and the College of Engineering, had their own receptions or luncheons to honor their golden graduates on Friday.
The University of New Mexico Hospital has reached the final stages of selecting a new CEO. Three finalists were named in the search for CEO — Kate Becker, Deborah McGrew and Herbert Buchanan. Each candidate held a town hall on UNM North Campus during the month of April, during which they described their plans for UNM Hospital and answered questions from hospital employees.
The 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards were presented to faculty on May 3, in the Student Union Building Ballroom to recognize those who went above and beyond in educating students at the University of New Mexico. The awards were put on by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Faculty Senate for Teaching Enhancement Committee, UNM Graduate Studies and the New Mexico Graduates of Color.