Yesterday the New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS), in conjunction with NM EPSCoR, held their annual research symposium in Downtown Albuquerque, and I am glad to have been a part of it.
NMAS is a premier advocate and resource for science and science education in New Mexico., and is providing students with the resources we need to carry out research.
NM EPSCoR is an NSF funded experimental program to stimulate competitive research. The specific goals of the program are: (1) to develop the research infrastructure necessary for New Mexico to answer the fundamental and applied research questions to improve energy extraction efficiencies and sustainable energy development; and (2) to improve the state’s research competitiveness in sustainable energy development, STEM education, and workforce and economic development capacity.
The focus of this year’s meeting was renewable energy solutions, and the day started off with a keynote by Abe Ellis (Sandia National Labs) on the status of solar energy in an increasingly demanding energy market. The remainder of the symposium included presentations, both oral and poster form, from students and research scientists doing research aimed at tackling energy and environmental challenges.
Presentations were followed by a reception in which several awards were given out to students who have demonstrated excellence in their research, and to teachers who are promoting studies in STEM fields and enabling their students to achieve their goals.
Overall it was a successful day in which students, faculty, research scientists, and teachers got to meet, to share knowledge and ideas, and to build partnerships.