The rise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) has prompted many questions about its application in an academic setting. How are students using it? How can it be used to support research? And ultimately, how should it be used? In response, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, and UNM Libraries will host a series of events over the coming year to help us all develop better answers to these questions, called “AI@UNM.” 

The College of Arts & Sciences will kick off AI@UNM this April with “AI-April.” Beginning April 10, AI-April will feature a series of events dedicated to exploring how artificial intelligence is changing our educational landscape and how universities should respond.  

With a broad range of topics on the agenda, all members of the UNM community are encouraged to attend. AI-April is free and completely open to the public.  

The series will open on April 10 with special guest speaker José Bowen. An educational innovator, Bowen will present Teaching and Working with AI, which will provide valuable tools for using AI in the classroom.  

Bowen is a leading expert in artificial intelligence. He spent “40 years teaching at Stanford, Georgetown, and the University of Southampton (UK). Bowen now leads Bowen Innovation Group LLC, a company offering consulting services specializing in innovation and inclusion for higher education institutions and Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Chevron, Pfizer, Toyota, and Walmart.”  

Following his keynote presentation, Bowen will host two workshops. The first will be AI Grading and Policies, and the second will be AI Assessment and Assignments. People across campus are encouraged to join as they are using AI to support their research.  

The final event on April 24 is “AI, Public Discourse, and Elections,” featuring a panel of five UNM faculty members exploring how AI may help influence public discourse around elections.  

“AI is changing education and research in as many ways as it is the broader economy and society. Bringing the breadth and depth of UNM’s expertise in the technological, social, and ethical aspects of AI is critical to equipping our students to contribute to New Mexico’s future economy and well-being,” said Chris Lippitt, associate dean for research at the College of Arts & Sciences.   

For more information, including registration links, visit  

AI-April_List of Presenters

Below is a full schedule of the events.

Wednesday, April 10 
UNM SUB Ballrooms B&C 
Register here for one or all of the following by April 10. 

  • 12 – 12:30 p.m. - Welcome 
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. - Introduction to Teaching and Working with AI 
  • 1:40 – 2:40 p.m. - Workshop #1: AI Grading & Policies 
  • 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Workshop #2: AI Assessment & Assignments  

AI & Research @ A&S 
Wednesday, April 17 
UNM SUB Ballroom C 
12 – 1 p.m. 

Register here by April 15. 
Kent Kiehl
Department of Psychology 
Presentation Title: “Machine learning of brain science in legal contexts” 

Sarah Dreier 
Assistant Professor  
Department of Political Science 
Presentation Title: “AI and text quality: Identifying sources of training biases and imperfect classification outcomes" 

Jessica Feezell 
Associate Professor  
Department of Political Science 
Presentation Title: “Algorithm-driven News and Political Polarization in the U.S.” 

Cristyn Elder
Associate Professor

Department of English Language & Literature

Chris Lippitt 
Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences 
Presentation Title: “AI and Wildlife Monitoring” 

Iain Thompson 
Department of Philosophy 
Presentation Title: “What Is Called Thinking in the Age of AI?”  

Brandon Schmandt 
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences 
Presentation Title: “Classification of seismic signals with machine learning: applications to environmental change, earthquakes in New Mexico, and national security”  

Joseph Galewsky 
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences 
Presentation Title: "Cloudy with a Chance of Bits: Using AI to improve our understanding of water vapor's role in the climate system" 

AI, Public Discourse, & Elections 
Wednesday, April 24 
PAÍS 1100 
3 – 4:30 p.m. 

Register here by April 22. 

Sonia Gipson-Rankin 
School of Law  

Melanie Moses 
Departments of Computer Science and Biology  

Gabriel Sanchez 
Center for Social Policy  

Sarah Dreier  
Assistant Professor 
Department of Political Science  

Kathy Powers 
Associate Chair  
Department of Africana Studies