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Department News


Doremus, Jacqueline, Sarah Stith, and Jacob Vigil. 2019. Using Recreational Cannabis to Treat Insomnia: Evidence from Over-The-Counter Sleep Aid Sales in Colorado. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, forthcoming.

Associate Professor Brady Horn and his co-authors have had the following paper accepted: Robinson-Papp J., Aberg J., Benn E., Bryan A., Cedillo G., Chikamoto Y., George M., Horn B. P., Kamler A. Navis A., Nmashie A., Scherer M., Starkweather A., Vickrey B., Weiss L., Yang Q., Fisher J., Decreasing risk among HIV patients on opioid therapy for chronic pain: Development of the TOWER Intervention for HIV Care Providers. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, (in press)


Ph.D. Candidate Soumyajit Chakraborty’s co-authored paper (with Dr. Carla S. Wilhite and Dr. Brandi L. Jones) “Comparing Critical Thinking Outcomes in Occupational Therapy using Six Hats: A Randomized Controlled Trial” will be presented at the UNM School of Medicine’s 2019 Education Day Conference on October 4, Friday.

Assistant Professor Andrew Goodkind, Assistant Professor Ben Jones and Professor Robert Berrens had their paper, "Cryptodamages: Monetary Value Estimates of the Air Pollution and Human Health Impacts of Cryptocurrency Mining," accepted for publication in the journal, Energy Research & Social Science.


PhD student Suzanne Stradling research was featured in UNM News: Balancing Point: Renewable Resources and Impacts on Ecological Sustainability

Assistant Professor Xiaoxue Li and Sarah Stith's research was featured in the UNM News: UNM study confirms cannabis flower is an effective mid-level analgesic medication for pain treatment

Associate Professor and MPP Director Melissa Binder's leadership of the UNM Evaluation Lab Summer Institute was featured in the UNM News: Giving non-profits the tools to succeed

Research Professor Rich Bernknopf's research was featured in the UNM News: Minimizing wildfire risk through economics

Senior Lecturer Dave Dixon is quoted extensively in a NM Political Report, re methane emissions:

Professor Robert Valdez has been invited to present his work on vaccinations and “herd immunity” at the upcoming NM Legislative Health and Human Services committee meeting in Taos this week. His presentation will be based on a 2019 published article in the journal Madridge Vaccines related to the national outbreaks of measles.

Assistant Professor Sarah Stith has been awarded research funding from the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)’s 2019 –2020 Extramural Small Grant on Poverty, Retirement, and Disability Research, in collaboration with the Center for Financial Security (CFS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and supported by the Social Security Administration. Her successful grant proposal was titled, "Effect of Work Requirements, on Employment, Educational Attainment & Disability Status," and includes support for a graduate research assistant during 2019-2020.

Under the leadership of Professor Richard Santos, and a group of supportive faculty and graduate students, the Department of Economics at UNM was proud to help host the recent "Freedom and Justice Conference"
by the National Economic Association (NEA) & the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE). Highlights included keynote address by NM Congresswoman Debra Haaland. Check out: #NEA_ASHE

Graduate Seminars: Economics building, Room 1002 from 2:00p - 3:30p ( times and location subject to change)