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Current Issue: June 2, 2003
Volume 38, Number 21

Notables

UNM School of Law Professor Tim Canova has been named a 2003-04 academic fellow by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-profit, non-partisan think-tank based in Washington, D.C. seeking to educate Americans about the terrorist threat to democracy.

Only 20 U.S. professors received the prestigious fellowship. They arrived in Israel in late May for an intensive 10-day course, “Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism,” taught in conjunction with the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.

The course of study features lectures by academics, diplomats, military and intelligence officials and politicians from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey and the United States. It also includes “hands on” experience through visits to military bases, police, customs and immigration facilities and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.

“I look forward to taking part in this unique program, and I appreciate the efforts of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to study the Israeli experience of dealing with terrorism,” said Canova, who served as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas and later practiced law in New York City prior to teaching.
Canova has also worked as a volunteer on a kibbutz — a collective farming and industrial community — in northern Israel.

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New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has appointed Marilyn O’Leary, director of the Utton Transboundary Resources Center in the UNM School of Law, to the New Mexico/Chihuahua Border Commission.

“As a commissioner, I will be looking for ways to support increased trade between the United States and Mexico, to support regional planning of border water issues and reduce tensions over transboundary waters,” O’Leary said.

A UNM research professor of law, she is also interested in fostering positive relations between the U.S. and Mexico in the border region.

“I hope to promote sustainable economic development in the region and to increase the quality of life of people on the border,” she said.

O’Leary, a UNM graduate, joined the Utton Center in 2001 with 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors in the area of water and public utility law.

The mission of the Utton Center is to promote equitable and sustainable management and utilization of transboundary resources through impartial expertise, multi-disciplinary scholarship, and preventive diplomacy.

O’Leary’s appointment was effective in late April.

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Anil K. Prinja, professor in the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department at UNM, has been elected Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

“Being elected to the Fellow grade of the American Nuclear Society is a huge personal honor,” Prinja said. “It is a mark of peer recognition at the highest level and provides a validation of one’s professional work, although it is also humbling when I look at some of the names that preceded me.”

Prinja said being elected as an ANS Fellow also honors UNM. “What is really satisfying about this award is that I am being honored for work done in large measure at UNM in conjunction with, and this is very significant, UNM students. In that sense, the award also honors UNM as an institution and directly speaks to the quality of scholarship at UNM. I take particular delight in this,” Prinja said.

Prinja also received the 2002-03 School of Engineering Senior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

Prinja joined chemical and nuclear engineering at UNM in 1987 as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering, becoming associate professor in 1989, full professor in 1995, and associate chair in 2002. He also holds extended visiting professorships at UCLA and Chalmers University, Sweden.

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SchamilogluEdl Schamiloglu, Pulsed Power, Beams and Microwaves Laboratory director and Gardner-Zemke Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), was selected by the City of Albuquerque as a recipient of a 2003 Good Will “Ambassador Award.”

Schamiloglu was honored at a luncheon in May organized by the City of Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Schamiloglu was recognized for being instrumental in bringing the 2007 combined IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference and the IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science to Albuquerque (he will be the General Chair of this conference).

He is also local coordinator for the 2003 American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting in Albuquerque in October.

Schamiloglu’s contributions were recognized as having a substantial economic impact for the City of Albuquerque.