The University of New Mexico is bringing back a special edition of its Faculty Lighting Lounge titled “Quick Talks and Time for Conservation” on March 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. This special Lightning Lounge will feature UNM’s Grand Challenges research projects.

Research will be presented on each of the Grand Challenges topics including Sustainable Water Resources, Successful Aging and Substance Use Disorders.

Speakers include Dr. Brandi Fink, UNM’s Health Sciences’ Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department, Dr. Janice Knoefel, UNM's Health Sciences’ Internal Medicine: Neurology Department, Brady Horn, associate professor, Economics Department, and Kerry Howe, professor, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department.

All speakers had their research selected by President Garnett Stokes as the Grand Challenges Research Projects. UNM’s Grand Challenge Research projects intend to address problems of global, national and regional significance that require researchers to work together across disciplinary boundaries to develop and implement solutions. The Grand Challenge Initiative funds the efforts of these research projects.

Lightning Lounge will be hosted in the Draft and Table pub in the Student Union Building. Refreshments are included.

The Lightning Lounge events are open to all faculty and staff.

The Lightning Lounge is sponsored by Advance at UNM, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for Research.