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UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page, right, greets Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) on front steps of the campus. Luján was there earlier this week to tout STEM programming and to tour the campus.
Luján checks out STEM at UNM-LA

Rep. Ben Ray Lujãn (D-N.M.) visited the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos recently, anxious to learn more about the programs there and how he can help further the university’s immersion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming.
Lujãn has publicly stated his support of STEM programming, not only as a means to stabilize New Mexico’s economy, but also as means of economic mobility for New Mexico’s high school and college-aged students.
Accompanying him on his tour of the campus were UNM-LA’s Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Cindy J. Rooney, Carole G. Rutten, the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Institutional Program Manager for Education in the Community Programs Office and others.
One goal Lujan hoped to achieve by his visit was to drive home the importance of STEM-based programming to his counterparts in Washington as well as the importance of branch campuses in general.