The lobos are invited to the next Lounge Lobo where UNM faculty and alumni will discuss cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and their economic and environmental effects. The event will take place in person and via Zoom on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Featured panelists will include UNM Assistant Professor Benjamin Jones, UNM Associate Professor Reilly White and alumnus Kyle Guin. The group will discuss the basics of blockchain, the current state of crypto mites, NFTs, and the future of decentralized finance. The UNM Alumni Association will also provide graphs and figures showing the breakdown of energy consumption and pollution emissions from cryptocurrency mining.
About the speakers:
Benjamin A. Jones | Assistant Professor of Economics
Benjamin Jones is an assistant professor of economics at UNM and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics & Management. Benjamin is also a graduate of UNM (Ph.D. in Economics, 2015).
His research focuses on environmental economics with a particular focus on human health and the economic implications of exposure to pollution. This includes work estimating the economic damages of air and water pollution from particular sources or after natural disasters, environmental shocks or other disruptions of ecosystem services. He has published over 35 academic articles in leading environmental economics research journals.
Jones is the co-author of the 2020 article: “Cryptodamages: Monetary Value Estimates of the Air Pollution and Human Health Impacts of Cryptocurrency Mining” which is published in the journal Energy research and social sciences. His work on the environmental impacts of cryptocurrency mining has appeared in The New York Times, Popular Science Magazine, The Guardian, CBS News MoneyWatch, and BBC World News.
White Reilly | Associate Professor of Finance
Reilly White is assistant dean of teaching and learning and tenured associate professor of finance at UNM. White also serves on the board of the CFA Society of New Mexico, advises the $4.7 million student-run Regent’s portfolio at UNM, and leads a series of financial education projects in the city. community.
Prior to his career in academia, White worked as an analyst for a major Boston-based bank, where he learned extensively about business analysis, financing, and maintaining ethical corporate leadership. He has consulted with investment managers and municipalities on maintaining optimal portfolio strategies, particularly in response to economic challenges.
In addition to his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, White graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with a degree in finance. White has published 19 articles on finance and fintech over the past few years, including articles in “Physica A, Journal of Corporate Finance”, “IEEE”, “Technological Forecasting and Social Change” and the “Journal of Banking andFinance”. With his students, he co-authored “Financial Literacy for Immigrants and Refugees,” a free financial literacy manual that has been translated into Spanish, Arabic, and Dari. As of 2020, White has been interviewed over 150 times by media local and national on various economic and financial subjects.
Kyle Guin | UNM Alum
Kyle Guin graduated from UNM in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in start-up business and operations. At the graduation ceremony, Guin was one of the speakers and was honored as an outstanding senior.
As an undergraduate, he participated in UNM’s Innovation Strategy where he learned entrepreneurial strategies and began to develop his own innovations. They included Pencil-In, a mobile calendar app, which got Guin and his team featured in a PBS NewsHour segment. Guin also graced the cover of the Spring 2019 issue of UNM Mirage.
Guin continues to work on other start-ups and considers himself a technical business development specialist based in Albuquerque. Its scope includes the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the art world.
By participating, individuals understand and accept the risks associated with in-person events during a pandemic. Masks are optional in accordance with UNM Policy. Capacity is limited to 80 people.