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Current Issue: July 29, 2002
Volume 38, Number 2


Gil BerryGil Berry, associate director of Facility Planning and campus landscape architect at UNM, has been named fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

“Designation as fellow by the ASLA is a distinction awarded to a very, select few in the United States. Not only is this an honor for Gil personally, but also an honor for the institution. His award as fellow recognizes his long and distinguished career in landscape architecture and his status in the profession,” says Roger Lujan, director of Facility Planning.

Berry has been a registered landscape architect since 1986 and has served ASLA in several capacities including state president.


Political Science Ph.D. candidates Jeff Drope and Christina Schatzman have recently been awarded highly-competitive dissertation fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Both students are advised by Professor Wendy Hansen. Eric Jepsen, also a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, has recently been awarded Fulbright and Social Science Research Council dissertation fellowships, in addition to an NSF fellowship awarded last year.


UNM Associate Professor Jill Morford, Department of Linguistics, has been awarded a grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She will be lecturing and carrying out cross-linguistic research on two signed languages, American Sign Language and German Sign Language.

Morford will be affiliated with the Center for Cultural Research “Media and Cultural Communication” at the University of Cologne in Germany from Jan. to Nov. 2003. The goal of the research is to investigate whether the perception of sign components, such as handshapes and body locations, is influenced by a signer’s knowledge of a specific signed language.


Ric Richardson, associate professor of Community and Regional Planning in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, recently returned from Hong Kong and China where he was working on the Changdi Urban and Environmental Design Charrette. A “charrette” is the intensive design process over a limited period of time.

Richardson was one of more than 90 participants from China, Europe and North America to work on the design and redevelopment of a commercial and residential area adjacent to the old city center of Guangzhou.

Preceding the charrette, Richardson moderated a symposium where they discussed community involvement and strategies for urban revitalization. He is presently working with colleagues at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on the final report to the Gunagzhou City Planning Bureau and Municipal Government.