1. LinkTown - "Heinz Foundation honors 5 with $250K awards"
Sanjeev Arora, professor of medicine at UNM, one of five Heinz Family Foundation honorees for work on a system that treats chronic diseases in rural communities, while striving for better quality of care and cost reductions.

            Story featured in numerous publications

2. ABQ Journal - "UNM names interim engineering dean"
Joseph Cecchi named interim dean of UNM School of Engineering.

3. ABQ Journal - "UNM gets supercomputer from NM Consortium"
UNM gifted a supercomputer from the New Mexico Consortium for use in genome and biomedical research.

            Story featured in numerous publications

4. Chemistry World - "Computational chemicals"
UNM computer scientist, Darko Stefanovic, part of a team working on simplifying a computational model to make possible the reality of implementing it into a real chemical system.

5. Media monitoring from Monday, Feb. 24

The following is provided by a media monitoring service, verbatim and unedited

Monday, Feb. 24

4 KOB 5:00 AM, 5:52 AM, 6:45 AM

"GET YOUR HANDS ON OUR BUNS." THAT'S THE NAME OF A FOOD COMPETITION ON UNM'S CAMPUS. IT'S ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THE STUDENT UNION BUILDING. B-2-B BISTRONOMY IN NOB HILL IS ASKING THE PUBLIC TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MEATLESS DISHES AND THOSE WITH MEAT. IT'S GOING ON BETWEEN NOON AND ONE-30.

7 KOAT 5:00 AM, 6:46 AM

TRYING A NEW TACTIC. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER LAURA THOREN TELLS US, IT MEANS FEWER CREDITS WILL BE NEEDED TO GET A DEGREE. COLLEGE, LIKE SO MUCH IN LIFE... IS ACCOMPLISHED STEP BY STEP, CREDIT BY CREDIT. BUT NOW - WE LOOKED AT OUR PEERS AND WE LOOKED AT OUR INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION. THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO IS GOING TO BE DROPPING THE NUMBER OF CREDITS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE: FROM 128... TO 120 IT'S PRIMARILY GOING TO AFFECT STUDENTS THAT ARE JUST STARTING OUT. YOU'D THINK STUDENTS WOULD REJOICE--BUT FRESHMAN CORRINE FOSKEY ISN'T TOTALLY HAPPY ABOUT IT. SOT NOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MORE CLASSES, SO YOU DON'T HAVE THIS EXTRA LEARNING EXPERIENCE. ASSOCIATE PROVOST GREG HEILEMAN SAYS IN THE END, THIS WILL BE A BIG HELP TO STUDENTS WHO ARE ARE BOTH TACKLING DEBT, AND THE CLOCK. HERE AT UNM ONLY ABOUT 12% OF STUDENTS GRADUATE WITHIN 4 YEARS AND THE HOPE IS IF THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF CREDITS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE IS LOWERED, THAT NUMBER WILL BE BOOSTED. IMPROVE GRADUATION RATE WITHOUT REDUCING THE QUALITY OF OUR PROGRAMS. A LIGHTER CREDIT LOAD IS A STRESS RELIEVER FOR VERONICA CHAVEZ. IT'LL BE LESS CLASSES I CAN TAKE AND THE QUICKER I CAN FINISH. 8 CREDIT HOURS MAY NOT SOUND LIKE MUCH - BUT CHAVEZ SAYS IT'S A REAL LOAD OFF HER BACK. HEILEMAN SAYS COMPARABLE INSTITUTIONS - LIKE THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA--HAVE A 120 CREDIT HOUR, MINIMUM TO GRADUATE. THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH REQUIRES 122. IT TOOK TEN YEARS ... BUT DALE EARNHARDT JUNIOR WON HIS SECOND DAYTONA 500.

05:46:45

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO IS TRYING A NEW TACTIC TO GET MORE STUDENTS TO GRADUATE. IT WILL NOW TAKE 120 CREDITS TO GRADUATE...THAT'S DOWN FROM 128. A SCHOOL OFFICIAL SAYS IT'S TO KEEP UP WITH CHANGING TRENDS AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES. UNM HOPES TO IMPROVE THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO GRADUATE IN 4 YEARS... A NUMBER THAT CURRENTLY HOVERS AROUND 12 PERCENT. "ALREADY OUR STUDENTS ARE ACCUMULATING WAY TOO MUCH DEBT BY THE TIME THEY GRADUATE. THIS GIVES THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GRADUATE WITH LESS DEBT AND GET IN THE WORKFORCE SOONER." WE TALKED TO UNM STUDENTS, WHO HAD MIXED REACTIONS. ONE FRESHMAN ISN'T HAPPY--SHE HOPES THE CHANGE DOESN'T CHANGE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION. BUT ANOTHER SAYS THE REDUCED WORKLOAD IS A STRESS RELIEVER.

06:04:30

MORE MONEY BEING SPENT ON STUDYING DRUG ADDICTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO. OUR PARTNERS AT THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL REPORT UNM'S HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER HAS RECEIVED 150-MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANTS. THAT'S A RECORD AMOUNT. THE MONEY IS BEING USED ON STUDIES OF TREATING DRUG ADDICTION.. AND UNDERSTANDING LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF ASTHMA ON CHILDREN.

7 KOAT 6:00 PM

UNM WILL SOON HAVE MUCH MORE COMPUTING POWER. THE UNIVERSITY RECEIVED A SUPERCOMPUTER FROM THE NEW MEXICO CONSORTIUM, WHICH WILL GO TO THE UNM CENTER FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH COMPUTING. IT WILL BE USED FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS, AND WILL BE USED BY FACULTY AND STUDENT RESEARCHERS AT UNM, NEW MEXICO TECH AND NEW MEXICO STATE. 43 WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO THE NEW MEXICO CONSORTIUM. 47 BUTT TO: 1:00 THIS IS AN ENORMOUS BOOM FOR US. IT WILL AGAIN BE USED FOR RESEARCH FOR ALSO FOR EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY. 1:08 STAFF MEMBERS ARE WORKING TO CONNECT ALL THE CABLES TO GET THE COMPUTER UP AND RUNNING. AN ADDITIONAL AIR CONDITIONING UNIT WILL ALSO NEED TO BE INSTALLED, TO POWER AND COOL THE SYSTEM. ONCE THAT'S FINISHED, THE SYSTEM WILL GO ONLINE.

13 KRQE 5:30 PM

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO IS NOW HOME TO ANOTHER SUPERCOMPUTER. IT'S CALLED "ULAM" ... AFTER A RENOWNED MATHEMATICIAN AN MANHATTAN PROJECT SCIENTIST STANISLAW ULAM. UNM ACQUIRED THE COMPUTER FROM LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB THROUGH THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. IT WAS DELIVERED IN PARTS AND IS NOW BEING PUT TOGETHER. "ULAM" WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE FOR A NUMBER OF PROJECTS ... INCLUDING ONE WITH THE UNM CANCER CENTER. IT WILL BE USED FOR GENOME SEQUENCING.. WHICH WILL HELP DETERMINE WHICH DEFECT IN A PERSON'S GENOME CAUSED A TUMOR TO GROW. "THEN YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROCESS THAT GENOME ON A SUPER COMPUTER LIKE THIS AND THE MORE CORES YOU HAVE THE FASTER YOU CAN GO THROUGH A LARGER NUMBER OF PATIENTS. IT'S REALLY AS SIMPLE AS THAT. THE SUPERCOMPUTER WILL ALSO BE USED BY OTHER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ACROSS NEW MEXICO. "ULAM" ISN'T THE ONLY SUPER COMPUTER AT UNM... THERE ARE FIVE OTHERS.