“Twas a great day at UNM yesterday: These photos come from the “beam-signing ceremony” for the new PAÍS Building: Physics, Astronomy, and Interdisciplinary Science. This building opens a new era at UNM, as we push into a future in which both cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and learning and strong disciplines (such as Physics & Astronomy) will be crucial for emerging science & technology and for building an innovative economy. ASUNM, GPSA,UNM staff and faculty, leaders in multiple UNM departments, colleges and schools, university leaders, the Board of Regents, and NM politicians all came together to support this important initiative—which was funded by the people of New Mexico and UNM student fees. We are breaking into a new future in which students will learn in dynamic, creative intellectual environments like PAÍS. It shows what great things can happen when all these groups pull in the same direction—let’s build that future together!”

– Richard L. Wood UNM Interm Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Construction on the Physics & Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science (PAIS) Center at the University of New Mexico is officially underway. Albuquerque-based VHGArchitects (VHGA) and EYP Architecture & Engineering of Boston teamed up to design the $53 million PAIS Center.