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Current Issue: May 12, 2003
Volume 38, Number 20


UNM Political Science Department doctoral candidates Nancy Carrillo and Douglas Hecock have been awarded National Science Foundation dissertation fellowships.

Fellowships are awarded based on the research proposal’s technical creativity and the project’s educational impact and potential benefits. 

“The awards provide $10,000 each to cover direct research costs related to dissertation projects. They are the most prestigious awards available to graduate students in the political science discipline,” said Ken Roberts, department chair.

Carrillo’s research, directed by UNM Political Science Professor Lonna Atkeson, is focused on community organization and political mobilization.

Roberts is directing Hecock’s research on sub-national education policy reform in Mexico. Hecock is also the recipient of an International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.


UNM Athletic Director Rudy Davalos is among the 101 most influential minorities in sports reported in the May 5 issue of Sports Illustrated (SI).

The article cites Davalos’ oversight of 21 sports programs, $20 million budget and fundraising capabilities that bring in more than $6 million annually.

Davalos, ranked 94, is a San Antonio native and son of Mexican-born parents and one of six athletic directors on the list.

Davalos said the recognition comes to UNM because of its diversity.
The Sports Illustrated story indicates that even a few years ago there would not have been 101 influential minorities in sports. The article states that the people on the list are “reshaping the sports industry and opening doors through which others will follow.”

Number one on the SI list is Robert Johnson, owner of the new Charlotte, N.C. professional expansion basketball team. Second is golfer Tiger Woods.

“I hope that the list will be an inspiration to young people of all backgrounds to pursue their goals,” said Davalos.


School of Architecture and Planning Professors Chris Wilson and Christopher Mead were lead off speakers for the three-day annual statewide conference of the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance, held recently in Albuquerque.

Respectively, their talks were “Reconceiving the Past in the Present” and “Preserving the Present,” within the broader topic theme “History in the Present Tense...Challenges for the 21st Century.”