Two professors named interim assistant VPs of Research: UNM Newsroom

Ellen Fisher, vp for Research and professor of Chemistry at The University of New Mexico, introduced that Professor David Hanson from Biology and Associate Professor Melissa Emery Thompson from Anthropology have been named interim Assistant Vice Presidents of Research via June 2022.

Hanson’s main focus shall be working with each inner and exterior companions on constructing business partnerships and financial improvement actions together with Rainforest Innovations. Emery Thompson’s will concentrate on helping with the implementation of Streamlyne, a brand new digital analysis administration system, in addition to methods to extend school analysis and scholarship recognition.

Hanson defined that many UNM school have developed business partnerships with companies starting from native start-ups to multinational conglomerates, in addition to beginning their very own corporations. However, it’s nonetheless difficult to navigate these interactions. Faculty wishing to work with business are typically on their very own to find the best way to make it work. Similarly, business companions seeking to collaborate with UNM school or use providers discover it difficult to search out UNM school and college students.

“My aim is to each develop a neighborhood that features UNM school who’ve present industrial partnerships and those that are interested by creating extra,” he mentioned. “This neighborhood would then be a useful resource for finest practices and recommendation for working with business and a contact level for business to search out companions inside our establishment. UNM Rainforest Innovations, Anderson School of Management, and Boomerang New Mexico have been constructing these relationships and my hope is to have the ability to increase their networks and lift consciousness of what UNM is at present doing. In addition, I hope to establish and cut back obstacles to having business fund analysis that may profit UNM’s mission and develop our financial system.”

Hanson has labored with native, nationwide, worldwide, and multinational industrial companions for many of his 19 years at UNM.

“I’ve used these relationships to increase analysis alternatives for college students, construct analysis capability, and pursue neighborhood engagement. I’ve additionally labored with UNM Rainforest Innovations to patent discoveries and to create a start-up firm. Importantly, via my decade of service for the UNM Faculty Senate Research Policy Committee and the Research and Creative Works Council, I’ve developed understanding of the prevailing insurance policies and the method wanted to make enhancements to them,” he added.

“I wish to carry UNM administration, Faculty Governance, and our school collectively to enhance and improve our interactions with business in help of our analysis and artistic works, and in addition to help with financial improvement. I’m optimistic that such efforts will assist reveal the worth of UNM to our native and State authorities in addition to to the folks of New Mexico,” Hanson remarked.

Emery Thompson famous that in late 2022, UNM will change Cayuse, the system used for proposal submission and grants and contract administration, with a brand new system known as Streamlyne.

“I’m working with a various workforce of UNM directors and IT professionals all through the method of configuring and implementing this technique,” she defined. “My main position is to symbolize the wants and considerations of researchers who might want to use the brand new system. I’m additionally taking the lead on speaking with school because the launch date approaches and ensuring they’ve entry to the coaching and help that they require. We are additionally new and artistic methods to advertise and acknowledge school success as a method to construct a powerful and supportive analysis neighborhood.”

Emery Thompson beforehand served because the Associate Chair of the Anthropology Department and the Chair of the Faculty Senate Research Policy Committee. 

“As a researcher, I direct the Comparative Human & Primate Physiology Center and co-direct the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, a long-term worldwide analysis venture. I come to this place primarily as an skilled researcher, quite than as an administrator, as a result of the OVPR is invested in higher understanding and addressing the challenges confronted by school and scholar researchers,” she noticed.

“I’ve been at UNM since 2008, and in that point, I’ve seen dramatic enhancements within the analysis setting which have made it extra rewarding for me to work at UNM. However, it’s nonetheless an awesome problem for school to barter all of the totally different steps to get their analysis packages going and to establish the best way to get the assistance they want. My broad objectives for this position are to assist foster the sort of analysis setting that may entice and retain high-quality researchers, the place school and college students really feel supported and rewarded, Emery Thompson mentioned. 

“I’m excited to tackle this position at the moment as a result of our higher administration is properly aligned to acknowledge and help the core position of analysis in UNM’s mission. We have had quite a bit of turnover, however now it seems like now we have stabilized and might work on the unified imaginative and prescient that President Stokes has established,” Hanson mentioned.

“I’m assured the insights and contemporary views these new workforce members carry to OVPR will generate artistic approaches to rising and celebrating scholarship throughout campus. Additional employees and scholar positions within the OVPR shall be crammed within the coming weeks. We’re excited to get our new workforce onboarded and able to serve the UNM analysis neighborhood,” Fisher concluded.

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