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Current Issue: February 17, 2003
Volume 38, Number 14

Notables

Eleni BastéaEleni Bastéa, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, has been elected to serve on the executive board of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA).

“I am deeply honored to be elected to the board for a three-year term, 2003-2005. As an architectural historian, I have conducted most of my original research on the planning and architecture of 19th and 20th century Greece,” said Bastéa, author of, “The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning The Myth,” (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

The Modern Greek Studies Association, founded in 1968, is an American-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Modern Greek studies in the United States and Canada.

Bastéa said that most of the academic research in Modern Greek studies has focused on literature, history and anthropology.
Modern Greek studies needs to expand its visibility and counterbalance the occasional isolation of the field by encouraging the active collaboration of Modern Greek scholars with colleagues in other studies and disciplines, she said.

“I believe that this comparative and interdisciplinary approach to international studies reflects the aims of The University of New Mexico, as it establishes closer ties with other programs in foreign countries. I look forward to bringing my experience from the MGSA Board back to this campus,” Bastéa said.

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UNM Health Sciences Center Behavior Health Administrator Pamela Galbraith recently accepted a position with the American Hospital Association (AHA) Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. She will serve for three years as a member of the governing council.

Galbraith will advise the AHA on member service strategies, public policy issues, advocacy positions and emerging issues, as well as serve as a liaison between the AHA and medical field.

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Arthur H. Guenther Research Professor Arthur H. Guenther of the Center for High Technology Materials has been asked by the president of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) to focus his activities on growing an optics enterprise in Africa.

The request was made by ICO President Rene Dandliker of Neuschatal, Switzerland.

Guenther recently attended the 6th African Laser, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Network ( LAM) Symposium in Tunis, Tunisia. More than 30 nations were represented including 16 from Africa. Guenther spoke on a “Comprehensive Photonics Education Program, ‘The Albuquerque Model.’”

“Without question our extensive optics education program in Albuquerque from middle school to post graduate levels continues to garner both national and international recognition,” Guenther said.

Guenther recently completed a three-year term as the elected president of ICO, an organization of some 50 plus nations.

Additionally, he edited a text “International Trends in Applied Optics” with contributors from throughout the world, the royalties of which go towards the funding of optics educational activities in developing nations.

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The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has awarded a post-doctoral fellowship to Native American Programs staff Tiffany Lee.

Lee coordinates education programs at UNM sponsored by the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT), is also a research consultant for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and teaches part time for UNM’s Native American Studies.

Beginning this August, Lee, who is of Navajo/Lakota descent, will engage in two to three years of research on “Educational influences on the development of Native American identity and on service to Native American communities” in collaboration with mentor Greg Cajete, Ph.D., UNM associate professor of education and Native American Studies director.

“My goal with this fellowship is to conduct community-based research as a way to learn about identity issues among Native American young people, and in that effort, learn how educational programs can be successful in instilling our communities’ values among this population,” Lee said.

AERA awards up to 12 fellowships each year to researchers who obtained a higher degree (Ph.D., Ed.D, or equivalent) in the past 10 years and show potential or demonstrated capacity to perform educational research.

They must also have teamed with mentors who are established members of the education research community.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) selected Biology Professor Maggie Werner-Washburne as one of nine scientists to participate in a project showcasing the achievements of distinguished U.S. Hispanic women scientists to wide audiences of scientists, educators, students and policymakers in Latin America.

Werner-Washburne will be one of three scientists honored at the annual meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science, in Recife, Brazil, July 2003.

The six other scientists selected were honored at annual meetings held in Costa Rica and Panama last year.

The project, AAAS Lecture Series on Women in Science and Engineering, selected American Hispanic women scientists with compelling personnel stories about overcoming the challenges of pursuing scientific careers who are interested in sharing their experiences with Latin American colleagues.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their outstanding careers working in scientific fields traditionally dominated by male scientists. These fields include biological and physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.

The selected scientists and engineers will lecture about their fields of work, their personal experiences as women scientists, opportunities and obstacles in career advancement, strategies used to prevail over such challenges and the role of women in science and technology.

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).