1. The Bellingham Herald - "UNM fares well in graduate school rankings"
In the upcoming U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," UNM School of Medicine's rural medicine program ranks second in the nation. The College of Nursing's midwife program is fifth.

            Story featured in numerous publications

2. ABQ Business First - "Virgin Galactic’s terminal nabs architecture award"
The Space Terminal Hanger Facility at Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America receives the 2014 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture and opts to donate the $10,000 award to UNM School of Architecture and Planning’s endowment fund.

3. High Country News - "Water rights bill pits ski industry against conservationists"
Reed Benson, water law professor at UNM School of Law lends some historical background on the issue.

4. Noodls - "Governor Susana Martinez Signs $61.5 Billion State Budget"
UNM is allocated $726,000 to increase the number of health care professionals in health shortage areas, and $905,000 to expand primary care residency slots at UNM School of Medicine. There is also funding to expand the use of tele-medicine and establish the first-ever statewide training and certification program for community health workers.

5. LA Monitor - "Bradbury to celebrate Pi Day"
Reuben Hersh, professor emeritus at UNM gives a talk on “Mathematician’s Delight,” Friday, March 14 from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum as part of Pi Day celebration.

6. ABQ Journal (Opinion) - "Editorial: Downtown synergy accelerates with CNM"
CNM joins UNM in the Innovate ABQ initiative, a project that has garnered solid support from the city and private sector to unite academics with entrepreneurs in a downtown-area center.

7. Media monitoring from Tuesday, March 11

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

2 KASA                 9:00 PM             News     

STUDENTS KNOW THAT THEIR TUITION RATES WILL LIKELY GO UP DURING THEIR COLLEGE YEARS. BUT UNM IS CONSIDERING A NEW IDEA THAT COULD CHANGE THAT. NEWS 13'S KATHERINE MOZZONE REPORTS. THE IDEA IS STILL IN ITS EARLY STAGES. FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS PAYING THE TUITION BILL - IT WOULD BE A GAMBLE. FOR NOW - IT'S JUST AN IDEA. ACCORDING TO UNM TUITION HAS GONE UP AN AVERAGE OF SIX PERCENT EACH YEAR OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE CURRENT TUITION RATE BY TEN-PERCENT AND LOCK IT DOWN FOR FOUR YEARS IS NOW FLOATING AROUND CAMPUS. ACCORDING TO UNM ASSOCIATE VICE RESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT, IT WOULD OFFER STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES A SENSE OF SECURITY. "WITH THE CLIMATE OF TUITION INCREASES, THE BALANCE FOR SOME TIME, WE THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO CONSIDER DIFFERENT TUITION MODELS THAT GIVE FAMILIES A SENSE OF PLANNING AND CERTAINTY ABOUT TUITION RATES." BASED ON THE CURRENT TUITION RATE ... THE LOCKED-IN RATE - WITH THE 10-PERCENT INCREASE - WOULD BRING TUITION UP TO JUST OVER 7- THOUSAND-DOLLARS UNTIL 2017. IF PASSED - THE LOCKED-IN TUITION WOULD ONLY BE AN OPTION. SOME OF THE STUDENTS WE SPOKE WITH LIKE THE IDEA. "IF I HAVE A CHOICE, I WOULD CHOOSE THE 10 PERCENT ..." IT'S BETTER TO GO WITH THE 10 PERCENT NOW THAN TO LIVE WITH THE UPS AND DOWNS." "I THINK I WOULD PROBABLY GO WITH A 10 PERCENT INCREASE BECAUSE IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO INCREASE MORE THAN THAT IF YOU DIDN'T." BABBITT SAYS THIS IS A PRETTY COMMON MODEL. HE TELLS US SOME STATES HAVE EVEN REQUIRED THAT UNIVERSITIES OFFER THIS SORT OF OPTION. KATHERINE MOZZONE KRQE NEWS 13. THIS IDEA IS STILL IN ITS EARLY STAGES. THE PROPOSAL WAS PRESENTED AS AN INFORMATIONAL ITEM AT THE BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING YESTERDAY.

4 KOB    5:00 PM      News

GOVERNOR SUSANA MARTINEZ SIGNED A 6 BILLION DOLLAR STATE BUDGET TODAY. BUT SHE DID MAKE SOME CUTS WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO RAISES. UNDER THE BUDGET TEACHERS, STATE WORKERS AND HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYEES WILL ALL GET A BUMP IN PAY. BUT THE GOVERNOR CUT OUT ABOUT 27 MILLION DOLLARS. THAT MONEY WOULD HAVE GONE TO RAISES FOR JUDGES, DISTRICT ATTORNEYS AND EXEMPT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. 2 POINT 7 BILLION DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT ON EDUCATION. THAT'S UP MORE THAN 5 AND A HALF PERCENT.

7 KOAT                5:00 PM             News     

WILL NEW MEXICO GET PASSED UP LIKE LAST TIME? IT'S A CONCERN FOR SOME, AS TESLA HAS YET TO DECIDE WHERE TO BUILD ITS CAR BATTERY FACTORY. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER MEGAN CRUZ JOINS US NOW WITH WHAT HAPPENED WITH TESLA BACK IN 2007. THESE TALKS TO GET TESLA TO BUILD A FACTORY HERE IN NEW MEXICO SEEM LIKE DEJA-VU FOR SOME PEOPLE. BUT A PERSON WHO WAS CENTRAL IN THE NEGOTIATIONS LAST TIME SAYS, WE'RE IN A BETTER BARGAINING POSITION NOW. WE EXPECT THOUSANDS OF JOBS TO BE HERE IN NM. FEBRUARY 2007... TESLA C-E-O ELON MUSK HAS ANNOUNCED THE COMPANY WILL BUILD ITS CAR MANUFACTURING PLANT IN ALBUQUERQUE. CONSTRUCTION WAS SUPPOSED TO START LATER THAT YEAR, UNTIL CALIFORNIA STEPPED IN WITH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF INCENTIVES. AND OBVIOUSLY IT ENTICED THEM TO BRING THEIR INITIAL MANUFACTURING THERE. WILL HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF? IT'S A CONCERN FOR SOME AS TESLA DECIDES WHERE TO BUILD ITS GIGAFACTORY, WHICH WILL BE THE WORLD'S LARGEST LITHIUM BATTERY FACTORY. THE COMPANY SAYS IT'S EYE-ING NEW MEXICO, NEVADA, ARIZONA, OR TEXAS. FRED MONDRAGON WAS THE STATE'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY BACK IN 2007. THE COMPANY WAS IN A DIFFERENT SITUATION. IT WAS PRETTY MUCH A STARTUP, SO THEY WERE GRABBING FOR ANY PENNY THEY COULD GET A HOLD OF. TESLA IS NOW WORTH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. MANDRAGON SAYS THIS TIME AROUND... HE'S NOT JUST GOING TO LOOK FOR THE IMMEDIATE CASH AVAILABLE BUT ALSO FOR EXCITING THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE STATE. HE SAYS NEW MEXICO HAS MORE TO OFFER NOW THAN IT DID BEFORE, LIKE THE WORK GOING ON AT THE LOS ALAMOS AND SANDIA LABS, AS WELL AS UNM . IN PARTICULAR BATTERY TECHNOLOGY, FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY, AND OTHER THINGS I'M SURE ELON IS ALREADY THINKING ABOUT. MONDRAGON SAYS MUSK IS ALSO THINKING ABOUT HIS OTHER COMPANY HERE IN THE STATE. SPACE X IS CURRENTLY TESTING TECHNOLOGY OVER AT SPACEPORT AMERICA. SO THE ADVICE MONDRAGON HAS FOR LEADERS NOW... EMPHASIZE THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY HERE IN NEW MEXICO. HE ALSO JOKED THAT MAYBE GUILT FROM THE LAST TIME AROUND WILL WORK TO OUR ADVANTAGE.

GOVERNOR MARTINEZ SIGNED THE STATE'S 6 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR THE 2015 FISCAL YEAR. THE BUDGET INCREASES SPENDING BY 4-POINT-3 PERCENT OVERALL, WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 147-MILLION DOLLARS FOR EDUCATION, TOTALING 2-POINT-7 BILLION DOLLARS, THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION SPENDING IN STATE HISTORY. THE STARTING SALARY FOR NEW TEACHERS WILL ALSO RISE BY 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS. IT IS CRITICAL BECAUSE WITH THESE DOLLARS WE WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE EDUCATION OUTCOMES FOR OUR STUDENTS OTHER AREAS THAT WILL BENEFIT, INCLUDE 1- POINT-5 MILLION TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS AT UNM , AND 726-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN AREAS WITH A SHORTAGE.

7 KOAT                6:00 PM             News     

IT'S NOW EASIER TO GET A BACHELOR'S DEGREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO. ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT THE JOURNAL, THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS NEEDED TO OBTAIN A DEGREE HAS BEEN LOWED FROM 128 TO 120. THIS BRINGS THE STATE'S FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY IN LINE WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS NATIONWIDE' BUT NEW MEXICO'S OTHER PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES HAVEN'T FOLLOWED THE TREND YET. THEY STILL REQUIRE 128 CREDITS TO GRADUATE.

7 KOAT                10:00 PM           News     

WILL HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF? THE LAST TIME TESLA THOUGHT ABOUT BUILDING A FACTORY IN NEW MEXICO, IT CHOSE CALIFORNIA INSTEAD. NOW, THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT IS UP AGAINST THREE OTHERS, FOR THE ELECTRIC CAR MAKER'S BATTERY PLANT. WE SPOKE WITH FRED MONDRAGON, WHO WAS THE STATE'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY BACK IN 2007. HE SAYS, TESLA PICKED CALIFORNIA BECAUSE IT OFFERED THE COMPANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN INCENTIVES. THIS TIME, MONDRAGON SAYS, NEW MEXICO WON'T BE SO EASILY BOUGHT OUT. MONDRAGON SAYS, WE HAVE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY BE MORE APPEALING THAN MONEY. LOS ALAMOS, SANDIA, UNMARE DOING VERY ADVANCED WORK IN RENEWABLE ENERGY, BUT IN PARTICULAR BATTERY TECHNOLOGY, FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY, AND OTHER THINGS I'M SURE ELON IS ALREADY THINKING ABOUT. ANOTHER REASON WHY NEW MEXICO MAY STAND OUT - TESLA'S CEO ALREADY HAS A COMPANY HERE. SPACE-X IS ONE OF THE LEADING DEVELOPERS IN ROCKETS AND SPACECRAFT. IT'S CURRENTLY TESTING TECHNOLOGY AT SPACEPORT AMERICA. AS FAR AS WHAT THE OTHER THREE STATES HAVE TO OFFER, EXPERTS SAY ARIZONA HAS A STRONG PRIVATE SECTOR. TESLA WOULD SAVE ON TRANSPORTATION COSTS IF IT CHOOSES NEVADA, SINCE IT'S CLOSEST TO COMPANY HEADQUARTERS IN CALIFORNIA. AS FOR TEXAS, IT'LL LIKELY BE ABLE TO OFFER THE MOST MONEY.

NEW MEXICO WILL HAVE A BIGGER STATE BUDGET FOR 2015, INCLUDING MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION. GOVERNOR MARTINEZ SIGNED THE BUDGET TODAY AT PUESTA DEL SOL ELEMENTARY, IN RIO RANCHO. IT INCREASES SPENDING BY 4-POINT-3 PERCENT. EDUCATION SPENDING IS ALSO GOING UP, TO A RECORD HIGH, OF 2- POINT-7 BILLION DOLLARS. IT ALSO INCREASES STARTING PAY FOR NEW TEACHERS BY 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE GOVERNOR SAYS, THIS BUDGET FUNDS EVERY EDUCATION INITIATIVE SHE WANTED. IT IS CRITICAL BECAUSE WITH THESE DOLLARS WE WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE EDUCATION OUTCOMES FOR OUR STUDENTS ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IS ALSO A FOCUS IN THE NEW BUDGET. IT INCLUDES MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS TO ADD NURSE PRACTITIONERS AT UNM ; AND MONEY FOR OTHER AREAS OF NEW MEXICO THAT ARE SHORT ON HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.

13 KRQE               5:00 AM   and   7:00 AM      News                           

IT JUST GOT A WEE BIT EASIER TO GET A BACHELORS DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO. ACCORDING TO TODAY'S ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL -- THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS NEEDED TO GET A BACHELOR'S DEGREE FROM THE STATE'S FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN LOWERED FROM 128 HOURS TO 120. THE MOVE BRINGS UNM IN LINE WITH OTHER INSTITUTTIONS NATIONWIDE. NEW MEXICO'S OTHER PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES HAVE YET TO JOIN THE NATIONAL TREND --- THEY STILL REQUIRE 128. IT'S A MONEY SAVER FOR STUDENT -- WHO CAN SAVE AS MUCH AS TWO-GRAND.

UNM IS CHANGING ITS REQUIREMENTS TO GET A BACHELORS DEGREE FROM 128 HOURS TO 120. THE MOVE BRINGS NEW MEXICO'S FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY IN LINE WITH OTHER COLLEGES AROUND THE COUNTRY -- THE REST OF THE STATE UNIVERSITIES STILL REQUIRE 128 HOURS TO GRADUATE. THE CHANGE COULD MEAN AS MUCH AS TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS IN TUITION

13 KRQE               5:30 PM             News     

UNM IS CONSIDERING A NEW WAY TO CHARGE STUDENT TUITION... BY LOCKING IN TUITION RATES AT A SLIGHTLY HIGHER RATE, AND LOCKING IT DOWN FOR FOUR YEARS. IT COULD SAVE STUDENTS MONEY IN THE LONG RUN. BUT THERE IS A CHANCE IT WON'T. NEWS 13'S KATHERINE MOZZONE IS LIVE AT UNM WITH MORE. THE IDEA IS T AN IDEA. ACCORDING TO UNM ... TUITION HAS GONE UP AN AVERAGE OF SIX PERCENT EACH YEAR OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE CURRENT TUITION RATE BY TEN- PERCENT AND LOCK IT DOWN FOR FOUR YEARS IS NOW FLOATING AROUND CAMPUS. ACCORDING TO UNM ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT ... IT WOULD OFFER STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES A SENSE OF SECURITY. "WITH THE CLIMATE OF TUITION INCREASES, THE WE THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO CONSIDER DIFFERENT TUITION MODELS THAT GIVE FAMILIES A SENSE OF PLANNING AND CERTAINTY ABOUT TUITION RATES." BASED ON THE CURRENT TUITION RATE ... THE LOCKED-IN RATE - WITH THE 10-PERCENT INCREASE - WOULD BRING TUITION UP TO JUST OVER 7- THOUSAND-DOLLARS UNTIL 2017. IF PASSED - THE LOCKED-IN TUITION WOULD ONLY BE AN OPTION. SOME OF THE STUDENTS WE SPOKE WITH ... LIKE THE IDEA. "IF I HAVE A CHOICE, I WOULD CHOOSE THE 10 PERCENT ..." "IT'S BETTER TO GO WITH THE 10 PERCENT NOW THAN PERCENT INCREASE BECAUSE IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO INCREASE MORE THAN THAT IF YOU DIDN'T." AGAIN - THIS IDEA IS IN ITS EARLY STAGES. THE PROPOSAL WAS PRESENTED AS AN INFORMATIONAL ITEM AT THE BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING YESTERDAY.

UNM "QUEER-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE" IS PUSHING FOR MORE GENDER-FREE RESTROOMS ON CAMPUS. THE GROUP IS WORKING WITH THE DEAN OF STUDENTS TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF SO- CALLED "UNIVERSAL RESTROOMS". IT'S AN EFFORT TO CATER TO GAY AND TRANSGENDER STUDENTS, AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO MIGHT REQUIRE MORE PRIVACY, LIKE NURSING MOTHERS. DEAN OF STUDENTS TOMAS AGUIRRE TELLS NEWS 13... IT MIGHT BE AS EASY AS RE-CLASSIFYING EXISTING SINGLE-STALL RESTROOMS AS "UNIVERSAL."