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Current Issue: March 31, 2003
Volume 38, Number 16

Alumni Association honors four

The UNM Alumni Association Board of Directors honored four individuals recently during an event at the Sheraton Old Town.
John Palms (’66 Ph.D.) was presented with the James F. Zimmerman Award. Jim Hulsman (’58 BS) received the Bernard S. Rodey Award. John Morrison (’55 BS) received the Erna S. Fergusson Award and Diane L. Marshall received the UNM Alumni Association Faculty Award.

Palms is president and professor of physics emeritus of the University of South Carolina. He was president and professor of physics at Georgia State University from 1989-91. His career in physics has spanned nearly four decades. He has been active in numerous professional organizations and written various books, book chapters and published more than 60 papers. The James F. Zimmerman Award is given to an alumnus of UNM who made a significant contribution which brought fame and honor to UNM or the state.

Hulsman was a longtime director of athletics at Albuquerque High. He coached track, baseball, football and basketball for 48 years. He has been active with the New Mexico Activities Association, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association and the New Mexico High School Athletic Directors Association. The Rodey Award is given to someone who has devoted an unusual amount of time in a leadership capacity and contributed significantly to the field of education.

Morrison, a Chicago attorney, is a Rhodes scholar and honorary officer in the Order of the British Empire. Morrison formerly served on the UNM Foundation Board and is a current member of the UNM Anderson Schools of Management National Advisory Board. His legal career spans more than 40 years. He has served on numerous professional associations including the Harvard Law Society, International Bar Association, London Court of International Arbitration and many others. The Erna S. Fergusson Award is given to someone for exceptional accomplishment or distinguished service to UNM.

Marshall has been a professor of biology at UNM since 1997. Her general field of research is plant population. Her specific interests include plant reproductive ecology, including the importance and mechanisms of sexual selection in plants and plant mating systems. She also studies plant plasticity, especially in reproductive characters. She has received numerous grants including several from the National Science Foundation to study pollen competition in wild radishes. The Faculty Award recognizes outstanding teaching and service to students.T