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Graduate Student Receives Student Poster Award
October 23, 2017

Cherie De Vore, a second year PhD student in Civil Engineering advised by Dr. José Cerrato, received the Second Place Student Poster Award at the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) Conference which took place at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, on October 17, 2017.  This poster competition included participants from Yale University, Brown University, Harvard University, Rutgers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other international universities.  The ISES promotes and advances exposure science (methods, measurements, models) as it relates to the complex inter-relationships between human populations, communities, ecosystems, wildlife, and chemical, biological, and physical agents, and non-chemical stressors. Members of ISES have diverse expertise and training in biological, physical, environmental, and social sciences, as well as various engineering disciplines. Cherie's research is supported by the UNM Center for Native Environmental Health Equity (Native EH Equity) which is sponsored by the National Institute of Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Dr. Gonzalez-Pinzon Successfully Led Two NSF Proposals, Totaling Close to $1.4 Million Dollars, Awarded by Two Different NSF Programs
August 10, 2017

In the first project funded by the NSF Hydrologic Sciences program, Dr. Gonzalez-Pinzon is the lead PI in a team of researchers from the University of New Mexico, University of Colorado (Dr. Michael Gooseff), Colorado School of Mines (Dr. Kamini Singha) and Colorado State University (Dr. Timothy Covino). This team is working on the project “Collaborative Research: How do interactions of transport and stoichiometry maximize stream nutrient retention?”. The team will conduct studies over the next three years in three contrasting Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) sites: 1) Boulder Creek, a rocky mountain setting in Colorado; 2) Catalina-Jemez, a low nutrient setting in New Mexico; and 3) an agricultural landscape in Iowa. They will deploy and use a suite of field and modeling methods to test their hypotheses on how the supply and demand of carbon, oxygen and nutrients vary in multiple stream compartments and contribute to control nutrient retention and export in streams. The project will engage multiple graduate students with an emphasis on diversity. The team will also organize a workshop to promote and stimulate interaction and exchange of ideas and knowledge among the principal players in the stream restoration field, particularly young scientists and practitioners, stream restoration companies and local environmental agencies.

CE Faculty Receive SOE Teaching Awards
April 17, 2017

Two civil engineering faculty members, Dr. Vanessa Valentin and Dr. Jose Cerrato, will receive awards from the School of Engineering for their superior accomplishments and service to the School of Engineering in 2016-17.  Dr. Valentin will receive the SOE Junior Faculty Teaching Award, and Dr. Cerrato will receive the SOE Junior Faculty Research Award.

Two Graduate Students Awarded Scholarship from AWWA
April 17, 2017

Kelsey Bicknell and James Fluke are water resources engineering graduate students working with Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez-Pinzon. Kelsey received the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Woodard & Curran Scholarship, and James received the AWWA Holly A. Cornell Scholarship. These scholarships will support Kelsey's research on the Food, Energy, Water nexus and James' research on the Dynamics of Bacterial Growth and Decay in Rivers.

Dr. Jose Cerrato to Receive Inaugural New Mexico EPSCoR Mentoring Award
April 10, 2017

The NM EPSCoR Mentoring Award is designed to recognize NM EPSCoR participants who not only build relationships with students and support their academic, research, and career endeavors, but also work to create inclusive environments for our diverse students.

UNM Survey Research Wins 1st Place in Social Science at National STEM Conference
April 3, 2017

Lauren Distler, a master’s student who is conducting research in the Center for Water and the Environment (CWE) and completing a dual degree in the Master of Water Resources and Master of Community and Regional Planning programs, won first place among graduate student oral presentations in Social Science at a national conference.

Master's Student James Fluke Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award
March 30, 2017

James graduated with an Outstanding Senior Student Award from the UNM Civil Engineering department undergraduate program in 2016 and continued into a master’s program in Civil Engineering working with Dr. Gonzalez-Pinzon, while holding an internship with the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority. His early research work, focused on understanding sources of fecal contamination indicators in the Rio Grande near Albuquerque, received a seed grant from the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NMWRRI) during 2016 and established the basis of the more holistic research proposal to the NSF GRFP.

UNM Survey Research Wins 1st Place in Social Science at National STEM Conference
March 9, 2017

Lauren Distler, a master’s student who is conducting research in the Center for Water and the Environment (CWE) and completing a dual degree in the Master of Water Resources and Master of Community and Regional Planning programs, won first place among graduate student oral presentations in Social Science at a national conference.

Dr. Cerrato Receives the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER AWARD
February 2, 2017

Dr. Cerrato received the NSF CAREER AWARD for his project, “Understanding Reactivity in American Native Impacted Uranium Mines (URANIUM): Research, Education and Outreach.” The CAREER is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.