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Graduate Student James Fluke Won First Place in LoboBITES Competition
November 16, 2017

Graduate Student James Fluke, advised by Dr. Gonzalez-Pinzon, won first place in LoboBITES Competition.  LoboBITES are three minute presentations on a thesis, dissertation, or other substantial research project. Think of them as short TED talks. To be successful, students must present their research in a compelling and easily digestible way, using language and terms appropriate for a general, “non-academic audience”. Our graduate student James Fluke won this competition describing his research on the "Characterization of Bacterial Impairment along the Rio Grande near Albuquerque."

Big Brothers Big Sisters Discovery Festival Event
November 16, 2017

On November 3, 2017, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Discovery Festival Event was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Tybyr Casuse, a volunteer for the Center for Water and the Environment at UNM, described the water runoff in Albuquerque from the Sandia Mountains to the Rio Grande as a source of water. They also talked about an aquifer which is another source of water to the Albuquerque area. The middle and high school students were able to go to each booth as they pleased; however, the students had to obtain a stamp for each booth in a booklet that was provided to them by the BBBS organization.

Faculty Visit South Valley Academy Middle School
November 16, 2017

On November 10, 2017, Dr. Kerry Howe and Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez-Pinzon traveled to the South Valley Academy Middle School to present on coagulation, filtration, and aquifers to a class of twenty-five 6th grade students. They were able to present using PowerPoint and the hands-on aquifer. Each class had an estimated 25 students and they presented to two classes.

Dr. Cerrato Receives Excellence in Review Award from Journal of Environmental Science & Technology
November 9, 2017

Dr. Jose Cerrato, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, has been recognized as one of the 2017 Reviewer Awardees in the latest issue of the prestigious journal Environmental Science & Technology (of the American Chemical Society).

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.