• Schools to launch tech program

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Students at one Santa Fe elementary school will soon share about 250 iPads as the school district takes a first step toward launching a $55 million plan to provide each of its 14,000 students with a digital device over the next five years.

    The district is contracting with Apple Inc. and Pearson PLC, an educational services company that provides a curriculum on the devices. It’s also working with IT Connect Inc., a local company that will provide the hardware, software and other support.

  • Natives start pharmacy program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas natives and cousins, Megan Martinez and Michael Padilla are part of the 69th pharmacy class at the University of New Mexico. They were formally welcomed into the program earlier this month at the 12th Annual White Coat ceremony held at Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus.

    They began their classes recently and are part of the 81 students selected for the program from more than 300 applicants.

  • $1.2M grant to boost math, science

    The Associated Press

    LAFAYETTE, La. — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been awarded a nearly $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to recruit and develop math and science majors into highly-qualified middle and high school teachers.

  • HU’s Garza studies volcano in France

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University graduate student Daniel Garza is the first researcher to produce a detailed geologic map of the Puy de Dome in central France, discovering that the iconic volcanic landmark likely developed in two phases rather than one, as scientists thought.

    At a height of 1,465 meters, Puy de Dome is the largest of 80 extinct volcanoes in the Chaine de Puys mountains range. Previous geologic research of the dome was limited to aerial surveys.

  • Back to the classroom
  • NMSU director to step down

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State announced Wednesday that Athletics Director McKinley Boston will step down at the end of the year.

    In a statement, the university said Boston’s contract would be extended until Dec. 31 and then a replacement will be named.

    The move came after New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers finished a performance review of Boston, but he declined to comment on the review.

    However, Carruthers said he expects more from the top athletic post when it comes to fundraising.

  • Agreement gives clearer pathway for degrees

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University and Luna Community College students have a clearer pathway to graduation in the sciences, thanks to a new agreement between the institutions.

    On Aug. 11, Highlands and Luna signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at increasing the number of students in Northern New Mexico who complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

  • Nine graduate from program

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Nine Luna Community College dental assistant students took the Dental Assistants Pledge at a recent pinning ceremony in their honor.

    Brianna Abeyta, Dominique Archuleta, Gilbert Garcia, Sonya Gonzales, Vanessa Lucero, Alicia Maldonado, April Noche, Evette Ulibarri and Chelsea Visarraga are the official dental assisting graduating class of 2014.

  • In Brief - Education - Aug. 15, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Prof to involve HU students in Palestinian research

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University students will have the opportunity to work on research about the feminization of higher education in Palestine, thanks to a partnership sociology professor Erika Derkas developed during a summer fellowship in the West Bank.