The Lobos are invited to the next one Lobo living room 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, 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 panel will discuss blockchain basics, the current state of crypto-mite, NFTs, and the future of decentralized finance. The UNM Alumni Association will also provide graphs and figures showing the distribution of energy use and pollution emissions from crypto mining.
About the Speakers:
Benjamin A. Jones | Assistant Professor of Economics
Benjamin Jones is an assistant professor of economics at UNM and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics & Management. Benjamin is also a student at UNM (Ph.D. in Economics, 2015).
His research focuses on the area of 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 following natural disasters, environmental shocks or other disruptions to ecosystem services. He has published more than 35 academic articles in the main research journals in environmental economics.
Jones is the co-author of the 2020 paper: “Cryptodamages: Monetary Value Estimates of the Air Pollution and Human Health Impacts of Cryptocurrency Mining” which is published in the journal Energy Research & Social Science. 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.
Reilly White | Associate Professor of Finance
Reilly White is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning and a tenured associate professor of finance at UNM. White also serves on the board of the CFA Society of New Mexico, is an advisor to the $4.7 million student-led UNM Regent’s Portfolio, and leads a number of financial literacy projects in the community.
Prior to his career in academia, White worked as an analyst for a large Boston-based bank, where he learned a great deal about business analysis, finance, 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 doctorate 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 financial technology in recent years, including articles in “Physica A, Journal of Corporate Finance”, “IEEE”, “Technological Forecasting and Social Change” and “Journal of Banking and Finance”. ” With his students, he co-authored “Financial Literacy for Immigrants and Refugees,” a free financial literacy handbook that has been translated into Spanish, Arabic, and Dari. As of 2020, White has been interviewed more than 150 times by local and national media on various economic and financial topics.
Kyle Guin | UNM Alum
Kyle Guin graduated from UNM in 2019 with a BA in Business and Early Stage Operations. At the graduation celebration, Guin was one of the speakers and was honored as the Outstanding Senior.
As an undergraduate, he participated in UNM’s innovation strategy where he learned entrepreneurial strategies and began developing his own innovations. They include Pencil-In, a mobile calendar app, which landed Guin and his team on a PBS NewsHour segment. Guin was also featured on the cover of the Spring 2019 issue of the UNM Mirage.
Guin continues to work at other startups and considers himself a technical business development specialist located in Albuquerque. Its scope of activity includes the use of non-fungible tokens (NFT) in the art world.
By attending, people understand and accept the risks associated with in-person events during a pandemic. Masks are optional according to UNM policy. Capacity is limited to 80 people.