University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico Chapter of Sigma Xi Science and Society Distinguished Public Lecture Series 


Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and its Life Members Affinity Group, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the Division of Continuing Education.

Free and open to the public

5:30 PM

UNM Conference Center 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM
Meet and greet with refreshments at 5 PM

28 October 2021:

Much ado about next to nothing:
Making the LIGO/VIRGO interferometric gravitational-wave detectors better using squeezed-vacuum light

       Carlton Caves, University of New Mexico

18 November 2021
SMART Cables: A seismologist’s perspective on Earth’s Final Frontier
Charlotte Rowe, Los Alamos National Laboratory

17 February 2022

Mapping, Modeling, Measuring and Monetizing Enhanced Groundwater Recharge with Stormwater
Andrew Fisher, University of California, Santa Cruz

24 March 2022: RESCHEDULED

Altering nature with gene drives: We can. But should we?

James Collins, Arizona State University

21 April 2022

Can batteries replace gas peakers? The complex problems of sizing and cost-benefit analysis when replacing a peaker plant with energy storage + PV.

David Rosewater, Sandia National Laboratories

16 May 2022
Awards Banquet

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  • 2022 Annual Awards Banquet




    Sigma Xi Excellence in Graduate Research Award:

    2021 Easwar Anand Narayanan, UNM Physics & Astronomy

    2022 Paul Onor, Sandia National Laboratories

    Sigma Xi Superior Undergraduate Award:

    2021 Luke Denoyer, UNM Chemical & Biological Engineering

    2022 Carl Esperanzate, UNM Chemical & Biological Engineering

    Ryla Josephine Cantergiani, UNM Health Sciences Center

    Sigma Xi Noteworthy Technical Support Person Award:

    2021 David Rademacher, Sandia National Laboratories

    2022 Gary Baker, Sandia National Laboratories

    Awards will be presented at the 2022 Annual Awards Banquet on May 16, 2022 at

    Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM.

    Banquet Speaker: David R. Scrase, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A.C.P., Professor, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Secretary, New Mexico Human Services Department