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Current Issue: December 9, 2002
Volume 38, Number 11


The University of New Mexico was honored in an acknowledgement ceremony recently by former Okinawan student, Yutaka Miyagi, who studied at the school in 1950-51.

As part of the ceremony, which is deeply rooted in Okinawan custom, two Shi Shi dogs (mythical statues) were presented as a token appreciation, to express his thankfulness, and in acknowledgement of his association with the University. Vice President for Advancement Judy Jones accepted the gift on behalf of UNM.


Bruce Perlman, associate professor of Public Administration, recently addressed the Second National Congress of Political Science and Public Administration (Segundo Congreso Internacional en Ciencias Politicas y Administración Pública) at the National Museum in Mexico City.

His address “Public Management and Institutional Redesign in Public Administration” (Gerencia Pública y Rediseno Institucional en las Administraciones Públicas), was initiated by Juan de Dios Piñeda, president of the National College of Political Science and Public Administration (Colegio Nacional de Ciencias Politicas y Administración Pública) of Mexico, who invited him to speak.

“Mexico is going through a time of deep government transition and things are more developed and change oriented than they have been in the last 10 years,” Perlman said.

Perlman’s travel was sponsored by the Speakers Office of the United States Embassy to Mexico. While in Mexico City, Perlman was invited to the Mexican “White House” (Los Pinos) to consult with members of President Vicente Fox’s team on government reform and to work with a task force of the Mexican Senate. In addition, he gave several other public talks to universities and government entities in Mexico City and Monterrey.


English Professor Helen Damico was recently notified that she is this year’s recipient of the Medieval Academy of America’s annual award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies.

The Medieval Academy is the premier professional organization for medievalists in the United States and Canada; its Outstanding Service award is the most prestigious that it gives.

“The award befits Helen’s many achievements during the years in which she was director of UNM’s Institute for Medieval Studies. Through the award, UNM and its medieval program will attain a heightened profile at the national level,” said Timothy Graham, director of UNM’s Institute for Medieval Studies.

Damico will receive the award at the Medieval Academy’s annual meeting March 10-12, 2003, in Minneapolis, Minn.


Dante Di Gregorio, assistant professor in the Finance, International and Technology Department at the Anderson Schools of Management, recently had an article accepted for publication by Management Science, a leading journal in the field of management-related topics including operations research, industrial engineering, strategy and organization theory.

The article is titled “The Halo Effect and Technology Licensing: The Influence of Institutional Prestige on the Licensing of University Inventions.”

Specifically, the author found that even after accounting for differences in the quality of past licenses and technologies originating in universities, companies still preferred to license technologies from more prestigious universities.

The finding implies that companies are motivated to commercialize technologies from prestigious universities not only because they are likely to generate superior technology, but also as a result of the ‘halo effect’ and other benefits accrued by association with these prominent institutions, Di Gregorio says.

The paper was co-authored by Wesley Sine and Scott Shane, University of Maryland professors.