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Empowering Our STATE of Minds

When we work together to solve New Mexico's greatest challenges, we achieve the amazing.

President Garnett S. Stokes

“Research, innovation and collaboration are part of our institutional DNA. By addressing Grand Challenges, we will effect meaningful changes for our communities, our state and the world. Grand Challenges broaden our student and faculty perspectives to better serve New Mexico and provide opportunities to collaborate through interdisciplinary research and problem solving.”

— Garnett S. Stokes, President

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Grand Challenges Updates

Grand Challenges Coffee and Conversation
February 19, 2020

The mountain water tower: Improving how we measure snow volume and runoff processes. Wednesday, February 19, 2020. 2:00 – 2:30 pm, Cochiti Room, 3rd Floor Student Union Building. Join us for coffee and snacks with one of UNM’s Grand Challenge researchers. Among the questions we will explore: How do UNM researchers identify specific problems to tackle? How do they design their research, and frame questions? What have they discovered so far, and how do they know these discoveries are important? How do they communicate their discoveries? Over a billion people worldwide rely on snow as a water resource. Dr. Ryan Webb (Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering) will discuss recent advancements in techniques to quantify how much water is stored in a mountain snowpack and how it makes its way to our rivers and aquifers.

Tonigan and Pearson Awarded $2.3M Research Grant
January 16, 2020

Supported by the Grand Challenge initiative, Drs J. Scott Tonigan and Matthew R. Pearson were recently awarded $2.3M by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) to support their programmatic research in a grant titled, Development of a Comprehensive and Dynamic AA Process Model: One Day at a Time. This five-year study will be housed at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) and will support a cadre of UNM investigators and staff. Grant-related activities will include the recruitment of a cohort of 190 adults in the early stages of AA-related recovery in years 1-4. Participants will be randomized into one of two groups: (1) fixed interviews at baseline, 3, and 6-months, and (2) the same fixed interviews plus daily reports of AA prescribed activities via mobile device technology. This project follows a line of funded programmatic research by the Tonigan-Pearson investigative team and will be the first of its kind to implement mobile device technology in understanding how and why AA participation is beneficial for many, but not all, adults with alcohol use disorders.

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