A new podcast from the University of New Mexico will help make complex research topics easier to understand. “It’s (Probably) Not Rocket Science” (IPNRS), a UNM podcast production, will air biweekly on Tuesdays, starting Sept. 12. The podcast will unravel the complexities of hot topics and pertinent, impactful research through conversations with esteemed UNM faculty, creatives and researchers.

Each episode will explore new topics from artificial intelligence to water issues. The show will bring listeners casual conversations from an R1 University with very high levels of research activity.

Carly Bowling, a university communication representative will host and produce the show, which is a new medium for the UNM Communication and Marketing department.

“There is so much incredible research conducted at UNM and I’m excited to help share that work in a new way,” Bowling said. “I hope the show can serve as an extension of the learning opportunities offered at the University and that listeners will finish episodes feeling they’ve gotten to know our faculty a little bit and learned something new along the way.”

The first episode, "How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact Higher Education and Criminal Justice?" explores the fascinating world and life-changing aspects of artificial intelligence, including its impact on higher education, and how it’s already been used in government and law. The episode features discussions with Leo Lo, dean of the College of Learning and Library Sciences, and Sonia Gipson Rankin, a computer scientist and professor at the School of Law. Other episodes will examine topics and research on water issues, substance use, and more.

“As the state’s only Research I University, we take great pride in sharing the research knowledge discovered at The University of New Mexico with our various publics,” said UNM Director of Communication Steve Carr. “This podcast is simply another way to share that knowledge in an exciting format not only with the citizens of New Mexico but also with a global audience.”  

Listen to the trailer and subscribe to “It’s (Probably) Not Rocket Science” on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

For more information, visit podcast.unm.edu