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It's almost winter break! I hope everyone got through finals week relatively smoothly. A huge congratulations to our graduating students, especially our very own State Office student employee, Shelby Bazan. She's moving on to greener pastures, and we wish her the best! Our Program Manager Tracy Hart celebrated her retirement at the end of last month, and while we miss her, we know she's enjoying this next adventure, complete with extra time for her granddaughter. With all these new changes, a new grant, and a new year just around the corner, we're excited to see what 2019 will bring!


Eshani Hettiarachchi Published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Eshani Hettiarachchi, New Mexico Tech graduate student and Uranium component team member for the Energize New Mexico grant, recently published her research on uranium-contaminated dust and its health implications in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal, Environmental Science & Technology Letters. The study, "Mineralogy Controlled Dissolution of Uranium from Airborne Dust in Simulated Lung Fluids and Possible Health Implications", is of profound importance for understanding what effects legacy uranium mines have on surrounding Native American populations, aside from exposure to radioactivity.

Energize New Mexico Year 5 Annual Report Website

The final annual report website for Energize New Mexico was completed last month, and features accomplishments and impacts from Year 5 as well as throughout the life of the project. The site was developed by the NM EPSCOR State Office in order to help communicate the impact NM EPSCoR research and outreach activities have on the state. We are working on a space on the NM EPSCoR website to feature the history of NM EPSCoR, but in the meantime, you can find the Year 5 annual report website at the link below. You can also download a PDF here, or email Natalie to request a hard copy.  

Study: Grid security needs to be a team sport

Electrical grid providers and the federal government should develop collaborative response templates to handle cyber and physical attacks on power supply infrastructure, according to a new study by a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and grid expert.

NSF awards $6.4 million grant to Sevilleta LTER drylands site

To discover how environmental change is affecting dryland ecosystems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year, $6.4 million grant in new support of the Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in central New Mexico.


December 21–January 1
State Office Closed

The New Mexico EPSCoR State Office will be closed on Friday, December 21, 2018, and will reopen in the new year on January 2, 2019. 


Tuesday January 8, 10 AM MST
DataONE Webinar Series

A story of data won, data lost and data re-found: the realities of ecological data preservation 



2018—it's been weird!
From all of us at NM EPSCoR, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season, and a very happy New Year. Here's to 2019!

Have cool stories, experiences, videos, findings, or images as part of your NM EPSCoR work, or an event you'd like to advertise? Contact Natalie Rogers at, tweet us @NMEPSCoR, or DM us on Instagram!

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