1. ABQ Business First - "UNM team achieves cancer breakthrough"
Researchers led by UNM Cancer Center scientists make a discovery that could conceivably shrink cancer tumors.

2. ABQ Journal - "University building economy"
UNM President Robert Frank, author of the article, affirms UNM’s commitment to align institutional strategies with the public sector’s economic needs and goals.

3. ABQ Journal - "UNM working to increase students' foreign exposure"
The UNM Global Initiatives effort, launched by UNM President Bob Frank last year, seeks to increase the numbers of international students.

4. ABQ Business First - "UNM’s Solar Decathlon home soaking up rays at Mesa del Sol"
The solar house built collaboratively by UNM and Arizona State University for the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition is on display at Mesa del Sol through March.

5. ABA Journal - "Does creativity wither with age? Not in the legal field, cognition prof says"
UNM Assistant Neurosurgery Professor Rex Jung shares his views.

6. The Taos News - "UNM-Taos Update: Setting the stage for the next 10 years with downtown campus"
UNM-Taos gets the green light to begin repurposing Río Grande and Bataan Halls in the downtown convention center facility for classrooms, laboratories and offices.  

7. ABQ Journal - "Does ‘Innovate ABQ’ need a home?"
The article addresses the pros and cons.

8. Media Monitoring from Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

4 KOB 6:00 PM

GOVERNOR SUSANA MARTINEZ WAS IN FARMINGTON TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A NEW PROGRAM THAT WILL BENEFIT NURSING STUDENTS. THE COMMON NURSING CURRICULUM WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO TRANSFER THEIR CREDITS TO DIFFERENT NEW MEXICO COLLEGES. IT ALSO ALLOWS MORE SCHOOLS TO OFFER BACHELOR'S DEGREES IN NURSING. THE GOAL IS TO HELP MORE STUDENTS GRADUATE AND ENTER NEW MEXICO'S HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE. THE GOVERNOR ALSO DISCUSSED BUDGET PROPOSALS TO ENTICE HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO COME TO NEW MEXICO.

4 KOB 10:00 PM

TONIGHT A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS ROBBED AT AN ALBUQUERQUE ATM IS ASKING US TO CHECK OUT A RUMOR. HE HEARD IF YOU'RE IN TROUBLE AT AN ATM---AND YOU PUNCH IN YOUR PIN NUMBER BACKWARDS---POLI CE WILL BE NOTIFIED. IT'S AN INTERESTING IDEA. CALEB JAMES IS LIVE AT LOMAS NEAR SAN MATEO. TELL US IF IT'S TRUE. A 20-YEAR-OLD UNM STUDENT WAS ROBBED AT THIS ATM ON LOMAS. THE QUESTION ABOUT PUNCHING IN YOUR PIN BACKWARDS TOOK US ALL THE WAY TO A MAN WHO SAYS HE KNOWS THE TECHNOLOGY EXISTS... HE KNOWS BECAUSE HE INVENTED IT. SAM GARCIA SAYS HE'LL NEVER LOOK AT THE ATM QUITE THE SAME AFTER WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM LAST WEEK. AS I WAS ENTERING MY PIN I NOTICED ON THE MIRRORS THAT HE WAS WALKING UP BEHIND ME, SO I KNEW HE WAS THERE. THE 20-YEAR-OLD UNM FRESHMAN WAS HELD UP AT THIS BANK OF AMERICA ATM ON WEDNESDAY... HE APPROACHED ME AND ASKED IF I WOULD HELP HIM OUT. THE MAN FORCED SAM TO DEPOSIT A FRAUDULENT CHECK, THEN WITHDRAW AGAINST IT. I WAS IN A BAD SITUATION. WHEN THE SHOCK WORE OFF, SAM LOOKED INTO IT AND FOUND OUT LOTS OF PEOPLE GET HELD UP AT ATMS. IN AUGUST, SEVERAL WOMEN WERE VIOLENTLY ROBBED AT ALBUQUERQUE ATMS. SO A QUESTION REMAINED... AND A RUMOR SEEMED TO ANSWER IT. WE HAD HEARD FROM A FAMILY FRIEND OF OURS THAT IF YOU ENTERED YOUR PIN BACKWARD THAT IT WOULD ALERT THE POLICE. SO WE WENT DIGGING ONLINE AND TRACKED THE RUMOR TO A REAL MAN -- ILLINOIS INVENTOR JOSEPH ZINGHER. HELLO? SO WE CALLED HIM... BACK IN 1998 IS WHEN I GOT THE PATENT FOR IT. ZINGHER INVENTED AN EMERGENCY PIN SYSTEM ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO... SOFTWARE THAT WOULD CALL COPS, BUT ALLOW THE TRANSACTION TO PROCEED. HE CONTACTED HUNDREDS OF BANKS WITH HIS POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING INVENTION. EVERY LAST ONE GOT THE DOOR SLAMMED IN THEIR FACE. NO ONE WANTED ZINGHER'S TECHNOLOGY. THE BANKING INDUSTRY JUST DOESN'T LIKE LETTING PEOPLE KNOW HOW OFTEN THIS HAPPENS, AND FOR VICTIMS LIKE SAM, THAT DOESN'T SIT WELL. I THINK IT WOULD HAVE HELPED. THINGS WOULD HAVE TURNED OUT DIFFERENTLY. IT SEEMS LIKE A NO BRAINER THAT THEY WOULD KEEP THEIR CUSTOMERS SAFE. SO THE ANSWER TO THIS GOOD QUESTION: THE TECHNOLOGY EXISITS, BUT IT'S NOT IN YOUR ATM. ZINGHER HOPES BANKS WILL ADMIT THEY NEED THE SYSTEM. WE CONTACTED SEVERAL BANKS TONIGHT AND HAVE NOT HEARD BACK.

7 KOAT 5:00 AM

KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER MIKE SPRINGER SPOKE TO SOME [STUDENTS] WHO ARE WORKING HARD TO SAVE THE SCHOLARSHIP. LIKE MANY STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO ELENA VIGIL DEPENDS ON THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP. IT'S PART OF THE REASON SHE CHOSE UNM. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP COVERS 100 PERCENT OF TUITION AT ANY STATE UNIVERSITY FOR STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY. BUT THE PROBLEM IS, MORE AND MORE STUDENTS ARE QUALIFYING...WHILE LESS MONEY IS GOING INTO THE POT. THE FUND IS SLOWLY BEING DRAINED, AND THAT HAS STUDENTS LIKE VIGIL VERY WORRIED. IT'S SCARY. IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. I'M ONLY A SOPHOMORE AND I'M TRYING TO GET INTO PHYSICAL THERAPY SCHOOL, WHICH MEANS I NEED ANOTHER AT LEAST FIVE YEARS INSTEAD OF WAITING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS, SOME STUDENTS ARE TAKING ACTION. RIGHT NOW, I DON'T BELIEVE THERE ARE ENOUGH FUNDS TO GET STUDENTS THROUGH THE SPRING SEMESTER. UNM STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT ISAAC ROMERO IS WORKING WITH HIS COUNTERPARTS AT OTHER SCHOOLS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAVE THE SCHOLARSHIP, AND SUBMIT LEGISLATION IN TIME FOR THE NEXT SESSION. ONE OF THE OPTIONS THEY'RE LOOKING AT IS CALLED DECOUPLING. IN THAT INSTANCE, THEY WOULD DIVVY UP THE LOTTERY FUNDS EQUALLY AMONG THE APPLICANTS EACH YEAR. SO ONE YEAR YOU MAY SEE THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDED AT 60% BUT THE NEXT YEAR IT MAY GO UP TO 70% ALL DEPENDING ON THE FUNDS AVAILABLE AND THE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS BUT VIGIL SAYS SHE'D RATHER SEE THE GPA REQUIREMENT RAISED. IT KIND OF WOULD MAKE STUDENTS UP THE ANTE A LITTLE BIT. THEY WANT TO DO BETTER IN SCHOOL AS LONG AS THE KEEP THE LOTTERY ROMERO SAYS THAT'S ON THE TABLE, ALONG WITH CHANGING "WHEN" STUDENTS RECEIVE THEIR SCHOLARSHIP MONEY. THE GROUP PLANS TO TURN IN ITS PROPOSAL LATER THIS WEEK. RECENTLY, THE GOVERNOR HAS PROPOSED USING THE GENERAL FUND TO SUPPORT THE SCHOLARSHIP. BUT ROMERO WORRIES, THAT MAY ONLY BE A SHORT TERM SOLUTION.

13 KRQE 5:00 AM, 6:32 AM

UNM IS LETTING 8-THOUSAND LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS KNOW THAT THE MONEY COULD RUN DRY NEXT SEMESTER. HOWEVER-- THERE'S NO NEED TO PANIC YET. UNM SAYS IT WILL COVER LOTTO SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS NEXT SEMESTER UNTIL THE STATE FIGURES OUT A PLAN. LEGISLATORS ARE HOPEFUL THEY'LL AT LEAST COME UP WITH A TEMPORARY FIX THAT'LL FUND THE AWARDS THROUGH THE NEXT SEMESTER WHEN THEY MEET IN JANUARY. WHATEVER HAPPENS -- UNM SAYS IT WILL COVER THE SHORTFALL FOR NOW. TERRY BABBITT SAYS:9:43 OUR STUDENTS PLAN THEIR ACADEMIC YEAR A YEAR AT ARE ENCOURAGING THEM TO PLAN :51 WE FEEL IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO SUPPORT THEM BY FULLY PAYING THE SPRING AMOUNT LAWMAKERS ARE ALSO LOOKING INTO LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS. THE GOVERNOR SAYS IF LAWMAKERS DON'T COME UP WITH A SOLUTION, GENERAL FUND MONEY WILL BE USED TO FILL THE GAP.