UNM professor selected as Interim Associate Vice President for Research

June 17, 2016 - Excerpted from "Inside UNM"

Interim Associate Vice President for Research

Patricia Henning

Vice President for Research Gabriel López announced that Patricia Henning will be the Interim Associate Vice President for Research. Henning is currently a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The appointment is effective immediately.  

“I am very pleased to have Professor Henning join the OVPR as Interim Associate Vice President for Research. She is an accomplished professional with a strong background in research and administration,” said López.

“The faculty are doing such amazing things in a wide variety of disciplines at UNM,” Henning said. “I’m looking forward to supporting them in their work in the advancement of the research mission.”

Henning is an extragalactic radio astronomer, specializing in the study of large scale structure of the Universe behind the Milky Way. Henning and her collaborators, including UNM graduate and undergraduate students, have discovered more than 1,000 galaxies using radio telescopes in Australia, Puerto Rico, and the Netherlands.  She also studies the evolution of galaxies using observations done with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico.

Henning has served in a number of capacities at UNM including associate chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the director of the Institute for Astrophysics, and the head of the users program for the Long Wavelength Array radio telescope. She has taught various courses in astronomy, as well as the Musical Acoustics physics class, winning the Excellence in Teaching award in Physics and Astronomy twice, and has given public lectures in the US, Australia and China.

Henning’s research has been reported in over 155 publications and professional presentations, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), including an NSF CAREER award, and grants from observatories, professional societies and universities.

This post is excerpted from an article published "Inside UNM", where you can learn about Henning's many accomplishments worldwide.