UNM Honors College student selected as Truman Scholarship finalist
The University of New Mexico is becoming a hub of Truman Scholar recognition. UNM senior Jesus Sanchez, is one of 191 Truman Scholar finalists selected from this year’s pool of 709 nominations across over 285 institutions. Sanchez is scheduled to interview in March.  

UNM-Los Alamos student Nathaniel Sandoval named to PTK New Mexico All-State Academic Team
Nathaniel Sandoval, a student at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), was recently honored during Higher Education Day at the State Legislative Session held at the Roundhouse. As a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Sandoval was awarded the New Mexico All-State Academic Team Scholarship, an accolade bestowed upon up to two outstanding students from each community college in the state in acknowledgment of their academic excellence, leadership, and service.

Brian Levant, creator of UNM Sitcom Boot Camp, receives alumni Lobo Award
Brian Levant admits he didn’t choose to enter The University of New Mexico to engage entirely in rigorous academics. However, during his time at UNM, he found his passion, graduated, and has gone on to have a highly successful career in the TV and film industry. This week Levant, a director, writer, producer, and author, was presented with the UNM Alumni Association Lobo Award given to a UNM alumnus/a who has given outstanding personal service to the University or whose career achievement reflects on the University.

New Mexico science educators invited to participate in hands-on summer research program at UNM
The New Mexico Public Education Department announces open applications are for the Research Opportunities for Science Educators (ROSE) Program Summer 2024, a collaborative initiative with The University of New Mexico. The ROSE program, established in 2021, is designed to invigorate and enrich the teaching of high school science in New Mexico by providing science educators with a unique opportunity to engage in hands-on, cutting-edge research at UNM. 

UNM Department of History celebrates Women’s History Month
The Department of History, with sponsorships and support from the Center for the Southwest, the Feminist Research Institute, the Institute of American Indian Research, the Institute of Medieval Studies, the Latin American and Iberian Institute, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Frank D. and Marie K. Gorham Endowment in Ancient History, presents three lectures for Women’s History Month.

Sustainable Solutions: Anderson Professor navigates overconsumption challenges in modern marketing
Professor of Marketing at the Anderson School of Management, Catherine Roster, provides insight into the marketing world of overconsumption and a shift in mindset to sustainability long-term. Roster along with her colleague Joseph Ferrari, a psychologist at DePaul University, co-authored a research article published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology where they discovered that clutter has a strong negative relationship with people’s feelings of well-being well-being and their psychological sense of home, which reflects a person’s feelings about home being a safe refuge.

UNM general counsel accepts position at Loyola Marymount University
University of New Mexico General Counsel Loretta Martinez has accepted a position at Loyola Marymount University in California as the institution’s first Senior Vice President & General Counsel. Martinez has served as general counsel for UNM since October 2018, and will be ending her tenure on March 29.

UNM seeks faculty and staff input on workplace engagement
The University of New Mexico encourages faculty and staff to participate in the 2024 UNM Employee Engagement Survey, offered Feb. 26 through March 8. The short survey will provide employees with confidential feedback to University leadership on their workplace experience. In the second year of data collection, the goal of the survey is to listen and take the pulse of UNM employees and to help focus efforts toward achieving UNM 2040 goals, specifically the objective of sustaining a high-quality workforce. For more information about the 2023 survey and results visit the UNM Engagement website

UNM scientists on interdisciplinary team receiving the 2024 Newcomb Cleveland Prize
An interdisciplinary team of Indigenous and Western scientists from around the globe recently received the 2024 Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their research on the evolution of domestic horses and their dispersal in North America and eventually to Eurasia. The award is given annually by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to an outstanding publication in Science.

Applications open for QU-REACH '24, quantum undergraduate research experience
Applications are open for the fourth-annual QU-REACH program, a 10-week summer undergraduate research program run by the Center for High Tech Materials (CHTM), academic departments at UNM, the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC) and Quantum New Mexico (QNM). The program focuses on three research areas: quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing. The program will take place from May 28 to Aug. 2, and participants will receive a $7,000 stipend. Applications are due Friday, March 1.

Open education week at UNM
Join University Libraries for an engaging week of events celebrating Open Education Week at The University of New Mexico March 4-8. Organized by the UNM Open Educational Resources (OER) Group, these events are designed to raise awareness of current initiatives and honor the contributions of open educators across our campus. Open Education Week is an annual celebration dedicated to sharing and advancing Open Educational Resources (OER). 

Successful Aging Grand Challenges Team works to bring international conference to Albuquerque
The University of New Mexico’s Successful Aging Grand Challenges Team is involved with the design and delivery of the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) next month in Albuquerque. The conference will be held March 20-22 at Hotel Albuquerque Old Town. To view the full agenda and to register, visit ICFSR Conference.

First-ever Anderson Hall of Fame golf tournament set to tee off
Tee off for a purpose at the Anderson Hall of Fame Golf Tournament. The first-ever tournament is set for Friday, April 26, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the UNM Championship Golf Course. Join the Anderson community for an exciting day of golf and a chance to contribute to something meaningful. Individual players can register for $175 each or $700 per foursome. To register, visit Anderson Hall of Fame Golf Tournament.

Additional world talent expands 37th Festival Flamenco ABQ
Presented by the National Institute of Flamenco, the University of New Mexico, PNC Bank and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Festival Flamenco Alburquerque, the oldest and largest flamenco festival outside of Spain, will take place from June 21-29. The Festival will include 20 performances, over 60 free and paid workshops, 13 internationally based performance companies, one New Mexican company, two world premiere shows and over 90 performers.

NMiF talks with attorney who tipped FBI on APD DWI corruption case
This week, New Mexico in Focus speaks with a tipster who may have helped launch the FBI investigation into alleged corruption at the Albuquerque Police Department's DWI unit. Journalist Elise Kaplan of City Desk Albuquerque asks legal malpractice attorney and former State Rep. Daymon Ely about the information he passed along to federal agents from potential victims of an alleged scheme to get drunk driving cases tossed out of court. Also, Ely comments on how the case has harmed public trust in the legal system. NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.