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Current Issue: December 8, 2003
Volume 39, Number 10


UNM Regent Sandra Begay Campbell was featured in the November issue of New Mexico Woman Magazine in the article “Influential Native American Women.”

A scientist at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Begay Campbell was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Gary Johnson in 2001.

As the leader of SNL’s Native American Renewable Energy Program, she pioneered efforts to harness solar energy for electricity and refrigeration.


School of Law Professor James Ellis has been honored with awards from the New Mexico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) of New Mexico and his alma mater, Occidental College.

An expert in constitutional law, Ellis was noted by all three organizations for his work to ban executions of the mentally retarded.

In February 2002, Ellis argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Atkins v. Virginia. The court agreed that capital punishment of those with mental retardation was cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment.

Last month, Ellis was honored with the ARC of New Mexico President’s Award.

The New Mexico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honored Ellis with its “Champion of Life” award this fall. “Professor Ellis won a seminal victory defying overwhelming odds and changing the face of death at a national level,” said member attorney Richard Winterbottom.

Occidental College honored Ellis, class of 1968, with the Alumni Seal Award, in June. The award pays tribute to alumni who, through concern for their profession, community and college, have distinguished themselves and brought honor to Occidental.

Ellis is profiled in the 2004 issue of Quantum Magazine, UNM’s publication of research, scholarship and creative works, published online Dec. 10 at http://www.unm.edu/~quantum.


Susan Deese-Roberts, director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and General Library faculty, was awarded the College Reading & Learning Association’s Karen G. Smith Special Recognition Award at the association’s annual conference held recently.

The association has approximately 1,200 members – learning assistance professionals in colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.

Named for an outstanding member of the association who mentored and worked tirelessly for the profession, the award is one of its highest honors. Deese-Roberts is the first recipient of this award.

Deese-Roberts has won several other high honors from the association, including the Robert Griffin Long and Outstanding Service Award.


Kenneth Roberts, chair of the Political Science Department and UNM associate professor, was invited by the Carter Center and the Organization of American States (OAS) to serve as an election observer in Venezuela.

The delegation of international experts was sent to Caracas and other Venezuelan cities to observe two scheduled collections of recall signatures – Nov. 21-24 and Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

Roberts has served as an international electoral observer twice before. He was invited by The Carter Center to be a member of election observation delegations to Venezuela in December 1998 and May 2000.

His research and writing focuses on political economy, party systems, labor and social movements in Latin America. He is the author of “Deepening Democracy? The Modern Left and Social Movements in Chile and Peru” (Stanford University Press 1998).

The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. The center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy and improve health.


Patricia Trainor, UNM School of Law registrar, has been elected executive director for the National Network of Law School Officers (NNLSO).

The NNLSO has a membership of more than 600 members at 133 participating American Bar Association accredited law schools, which represents 71 percent of all accredited law schools.

A member of the network for eight years, she has also served as chair of the by-laws committee and nominations and elections committee.

As executive director, Trainor will preside over all meetings and serve as chair of the NNLSO executive committee.

“My initial goal as executive director is to increase the amount of research that our organization endeavors in. Hopefully, this research will result in better delivery services in the student services area for law schools,” Trainor said.


Amy Wohlert, chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been elected president-elect of the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 110,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.

“I’m looking forward to gathering ideas from innovative programs nationwide and to gaining insight into accreditation processes in a wide variety of disciplines,” Wohlert said. “Of course that knowledge will be used to benefit the council’s functions, but I’ll be able to apply it directly here at UNM.”

Wohlert will serve a one-year term as president-elect followed by a two-year term as president.