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Past Events

  • Sustainable Water Resources Fall 2019 Workshop

    Tuesday November 12, 2019 (9 am to 12 pm) in Rm 1000 in Farris Engineering Center
    Join us for a half-day workshop to organize teams to formulate research ideas for the following targeted funding opportunities.

    Help us think of innovative ways to train the next generation of scientists to tackle water related issues, using an interdisciplinary approach. NSF Research Traineeship (NRT)
    -Lead: Marcy Litvak and Jenn Rudgers; Facilitator: Jennifer Kavka; Letter of Intent due 12/6/2019, Full Proposal due 2/6/2020; $5M

    Help prepare for the next solicitation for NSF’s Sustainable Urban Systems Research Centers program. We will further develop the urban-rural connections theme discussed at an NSF-funded workshop hosted at UNM in August. NSF Sustainable Urban Systems/Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)
    -Lead: Mark Stone; Facilitator: Carman Melendrez

    Let’s strategize on how to address a NEW program from NSF that investigates questions that span multiple disciplines within and beyond biology. NSF Biology Integration Institutes (BII)
    -Lead: Tom Turner; Facilitator: Stephanie Tofighi; Letter of Intent due 12/20/2019, Full Proposal due 2/6/2020; $12.5M

    Help us explore ways to better integrate science into the socio-environmental system that is New Mexico water law and management. NSF CNH2: Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2)
    -Lead: Adrian Oglesby; Facilitator: Mary Jo Daniel; Letter of Intent due 9/17/2020, Full Proposal due 11/15/2020; $150k to $1.6M

    Our goal is to form collaborative teams for specifically targeted funding opportunities by the end of the workshop. We will focus on the four funding opportunities listed above. However, if you have another opportunity to bring to the group’s attention that will support the Grand Challenge, please bring it to the workshop. We are actively promoting new collaborative networks on UNM campus, so this is highly encouraged.

  • Successful Aging Synergy Meeting

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 1:00PM – 2:30 PM, CTSC Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor
    The CTSC-sponsored Synergy meetings are designed to enhance UNM's translational mission. The series will bring together basic, clinical and translational researchers, and shared resource directors to advance projects from bench to bedside and to promote the application of UNM technology to clinical and translational investigations. The next Synergy meeting will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM in the CTSC Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor featuring lead conveners of the UNM Grand Challenge-selected proposal: Successful Aging. Through this Grand Challenge, UNM will leverage research and resources to shift the threshold of functional status at which a person can remain independent, allowing individuals to have the resources to age in place. To reach this goal, UNM will: engage senior residents in community activities to expand programs & services for vulnerable populations; support independent living (age in place); create lifelong education opportunities; address quality of life disparities; innovate in basic science and technology to support senior safety and autonomy; and improve effectiveness to promote healthy aging in our state. Wednesday’s meeting will feature a presentation from Lead Convener: Janice Knoefel, MD. Professor, Internal Medicine, Neurology, School of Medicine.

  • Substance Use Disorders Seminar
    NIH Grant Writing 7-Week Seminar

    March 28 through May 6, 2019 at CASAA
    As a service to the UNM community, the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) is presenting a 7-week seminar offering a step-by-step approach to preparing a successful NIH research project grant (R01/R34/R21/R03) application. Special emphasis is placed on avoiding common pitfalls and capitalizing on newly-implemented NIH grant application guidelines. With over 30 years of experience obtaining NIH funding, co-instructors Drs. Tonigan and Houck will provide invaluable insight and tips on how to submit a winning grant application.

  • Substance Use Disorders Presentation
    Opioid Prescribing Trends, Patient Characteristics, & Associated Outcomes Among Youth in New Mexico

    May 9, 2019, 11:00am, Dominici Center North, Room 2740
    Melissa Pielech, UNM Department of Psychology, Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    To see a recording of this event, please click here.

  • Substance Use Disorder Guest Presentation
    Cost-effectiveness of extended-release naltrexone versus buprenorphine-naloxone to prevent opioid relapse

    Thursday, April 11, 11:00 am at CASAA
    Dr. Sean Murphy will present on Thursday April 11 at 11:00am, on “Cost-effectiveness of extended-release naltrexone versus buprenorphine-naloxone to prevent opioid relapse”. Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor of Research in the Division of Comparative Effectiveness & Outcomes Research Department of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and is widely recognized for his work documenting the relative costs and benefits of alternative opiate replacement strategies for individuals struggling with opiate addiction. Currently, Dr. Murphy is supported by 11 active awards from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • Substance Use Disorder Guest Presentation
    Identifying and intervening with self-control lapses: A focus on emotional intolerance and working memory capacity

    Friday, March 22, 11:00 am at CASAA
    Dr. Michael Otto will present on Friday, March 22 at 11:00am, on “Identifying and intervening with self-control lapses: A focus on emotional intolerance and working memory capacity”. Dr. Otto is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy at Boston University. He has been identified as a “top producer” in the clinical empirical literature, with particular attention to investigating the brain-behavior relationships to treat individuals suffering with addiction as well as for health behavior promotion. Currently, Dr. Otto is supported by 5 active awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

  • Grand Challenges: Out of the Box Event

    February 22, 2019. 9:00 am in SUB Ballroom C
    Join us as we refine our approaches for tackling these three great challenges. You are invited to help us discuss and hone our Grand Challenges research and education plans. During this 90 minute interactive event, team leaders for each of the Challenges will present their goals, teams and plans, and will respond to audience questions. We will also utilize small group discussions to provide additional insights to the teams and the University regarding research suggestions, new partnerships to foster, and methods for leveraging these Challenges to enrich undergraduate and graduate learning at UNM.

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  • Grand Challenges RFP Question & Answer Sessions
    If you are planning to submit a Grand Challenges proposal, the first two weeks of January are crunch time. If you have last minute questions as you wrap up your proposals, please feel free to email, and we’d be happy to chat one-on-one by email, by phone or in person.
    We will also be hosting two online Grand Challenges RFP Question & Answer sessions during the week of January 7, 2019:
    January 8, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm
    January 9, 2019, 10:30-11:30 am

  • Grand Challenge Convening: Challenging Structural Inequity in Education, Health and Wealth. Wednesday December 19th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Domenici North Wing 2720

  • Empowering Our STATE of Minds

    November 14, 2018 / 9:00am / SUB Ballroom C

    Research, innovation and collaboration are part of our institutional DNA. Increasingly, our peer-institutions are tapping into their research power to effect meaningful change for their communities - supporting policies and advocating investments that will revolutionize cities, states and the world. As our state's leading research institution, and the University for New Mexico, we will soon be contributing to these advancements through the pursuit of our own institutional Grand Challenges. The UNM Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) is an opportunity to broaden our student and faculty perspectives and better serve New Mexico by providing opportunities to collaborate through interdisciplinary research and problem solving. We will launch this effort on Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. in SUB Ballroom C, with an introduction to our Grand Challenges Initiative, including facilitated discussion to determine broad areas of inquiry.


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