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Current Issue: April 14, 2003
Volume 38, Number 18


The New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education has honored Rebecca Blum Martinez, associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, with the Matias L. Chacon Hall of Fame Award, given annually since 1982 to recognize a New Mexican who made significant contributions to bilingual education at the state level.

Blum Martinez’s work is concerned with how languages are learned, used and retained in bilingual communities and families – principally Spanish/English and southwestern indigenous communities.

She has been a member of the Bilingual Advisory Committee to the New Mexico State Department of Education for many years. As chair of the task force on the Four Skills Test, she worked closely with legislators and other task force members in developing a proposal, which eventually funded the new Prueba, and the Spanish summer immersion institutes for Spanish/English bilingual teachers.


Gary Scharnhorst, professor of English, was recently notified that he is the recipient of his fifth Fulbright to study and teach in Germany next spring.

Scharnhorst will teach at the University of Heidelberg in an exchange with Dieter Schulz who will come to UNM to teach. Both are professors of American literature. This is Scharnhorst’s third time at the German institution and Schulz, who taught at Yale University, has come to New Mexico many times over the last 30 years, Scharnhorst said.

“I would certainly be amazed if anyone has received more prestigious Fulbright awards than Professor Scharnhorst,” said Ken Carpenter, study abroad advisor in UNM’s International Programs and Studies.


Deborah Ulinski Potter, research assistant professor in both the Biology and Earth and Planetary Sciences departments, is one of 20 women selected to receive the 2003 Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, announced by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women.

The recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony Saturday, May 3, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque.
As a result of the award, Potter will also be nominated for induction into the New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame.
Appointed by the governor, judges awarded women for their extra efforts to improve the status of women in our state. The nominations are rated on community leadership, effectiveness of advocacy for positive change for women and families and leadership in their careers.

“My nomination for this award was made by New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering (NMNWSE),” Ulinski Potter said. “I am proud to be a member of this organization, and of their work to encourage young women to be academically prepared for careers in math, science and engineering. Network members serve as mentors to encourage females to pursue professional careers in these fields, and celebrate the success of students and one another.”

Ulinski Potter works full time for the federal government in addition to her faculty appointments at UNM. She is one of few women certified as senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America.

“My parents had a limited grade school education,” said Potter. “When I was in grade school, teachers assigned mentors to help me with science fair projects. I had some great experiences with both science teachers and mentors, and as a result I want to help encourage other young women to be successful.”

Through her work on the Expanding Your Horizons conferences, Potter has impacted nearly 1,200 girls and 300 adults and increased the number of women currently working in math, science and engineering. Potter was nominated by Adelaide Collins, president of NMNWSE.