Eight UNM faculty selected for the 2020 UNM Women in STEM awards
Winning projects will develop sustainable concrete for 3-D printing, analyze social media discourse about the novel coronavirus and study groundwater resources on the Navajo Nation
Eight UNM faculty members at the University of New Mexico have been selected for the 2020 Women in STEM awards. Their work includes research on the impact of global warming on alpine stream biology, the creation of a better way to identify missing and murdered Native Americans and analysis of high pressure-temperature studies on Martian rocks.
The recipients this year are Dr. Rebecca Bixby, a research assistant professor in biology; Dr. Tara Drake, an assistant professor in physics and astronomy; Dr. Heather Edgar, an associate professor in anthropology; Dr. Tamar Ginossar, an associate professor in communication and journalism; Dr. Maryam Hojati, an assistant professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering; Dr. Mousumi Roy, an associate professor in physics and astronomy, Dr. Lani Tsinnajinnie, an assistant professor in community and regional planning, and Dr. Jin Zhang, an assistant professor in earth and planetary sciences.
The Women in STEM awards are hosted by Advance at UNM in collaboration with the UNM Office of Academic Affairs. Advance is a five-year National Science Foundation program to recruit, retain and promote women and minority STEM faculty. The WIS awards, now in their fifth year, have totaled more than $266,000 to date.
Videos of past winners
In this video, hear from Dr. Mousumi Roy, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Her proposal is “Destroying Continental Plates: The Role of Thermal and Chemical Disequilibrium During Melt-Rock Interaction.” This research project will investigate the cause and effect hidden in weak zones within tectonic plates that are often associated with […] Read More
Bixby’s project, “Icy Seeps: A Potential Stronghold for Algal Stenotherm Biodiversity.” The research will focus on understanding the role of water sources in shaping algae assemblages in alpine streams. Bixby said she is interested in the role of insulated, buried ice as a potential water source in alpine streams that may provide longer term refuge for algae […] Read More
Dr. Jin Zhang, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Her winning proposal is “Plate Tectonics of the Past and Current Day Mars: Insights from the High Pressure-Temperature Studies of Martian Mantle Candidate Rocks” This research project will focus on studying the chemical, physical and geometrical factors that control the convection styles […] Read More
Dr. Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. Her proposal is “Experiences of Rental Housing and Property Management in Albuquerque.” This project includes working with local stakeholders in Albuquerque as well as with the U.S. Census to deepen the researchers’ understanding of experiences of renting and property management and how to best […] Read More
2016 - 2019 award winner announcements
Winning projects will examine artificial photosynthesis, the New Mexico pottery trade, physics retention rates and local rental market conditions Four scientists at the University of New Mexico have been selected for the 2019 Women in STEM awards. Their work includes research on an artificial leaf that can generate solar energy, efforts to improve the retention […] Read More
Ten women scientists at the University of New Mexico have been selected for the 2018 Women in STEM awards. Their work on eight separate projects includes research on smart grass that could generate energy, head injuries in professional fighters and better ways to take medicine. Other winners of the research awards will consider how to […] Read More
A group of UNM professors has received the 2017 Women in STEM awards to honor their research in diverse areas of inquiry, including bioengineering, exercise science, biology, linguistics, political science and astronomy and physics. Among other topics, the winners are studying minority language development, cell division, non-government agencies in Peru and Bolivia, insulin signaling, […] Read More
A group of UNM professors has received the 2016 Women in STEM awards honoring their research in diverse areas of inquiry including brain stimulation and substance abuse, sustainable food and energy, gender and kinship systems, engineering bones and ligaments, modeling planetary fault lines, and the media’s effects on public views. The winners are the first in […] Read More