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Current Issue:  March 25, 2002
Volume 37, Number 17

Maxwell Museum events examine Islamic perspectives

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and the UNM Muslim Student Association cosponsor two talks in conjunction with Islamic Awareness Week April 1-5 at UNM. "Islam and Science" is explored Tuesday, April 2 and "Islam and Women," Friday, April 5 both from 6-8 p.m. in the Research Park North Rotunda.

The programs are free to the public and refreshments will be served.

The science talk will explore the historical aspects of Islamic scientific thought and achievement as well as Muslim perspectives on the “hot-button” scientific topics of our times, such as cloning, the theory of evolution and nuclear issues. The panelists include Abdul Rauf Campos-Marquetti, a geologist and Senior Scientist for EnerQuest Systems involved in Digital and Laser Topographical Mapping, who has also worked for NASA. Jamaal Martin is a doctoral candidate in the UNM College of Education, whose studies are in health education and psychology. Dr. Sami Shankir is a former UNM Physics Department faculty member and currently a Senior Scientist with Northrup Grumman as well as board member and former President of the Islamic Center of New Mexico. Also participating will be Sedigheh Boroujerdi, Ph.D.

The second talk will explore women’s roles in Islam and tackle common stereotypes. Panelists include Reema Zeineldin, a Palestinian mother of three who lived in Kuwait for 26 years, has a B.S. in Biochemistry, M.S. in Pathology and is working on her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at UNM. Rosalinda Rojas is an International Master Choreographer and Dance-Theater Specialist and faculty of the Albuquerque Academy. Joining her with the perspective of Muslim youth will be her daughter, Gabrielle Naomi Rojas, a junior at Albuquerque Academy, and accomplished singer, dancer, pianist and marine biology enthusiast, who also enjoys the flying trapeze. The last panelist, Sabiha, is another mother of three, who has a master's in biochemistry, a degree in computer science and is currently a vice president in jewelry manufacturing marketing and sales.

The Park North Rotunda is located at 801 University Blvd. SE south of Basehart Dr. and north of the UNM Pit. Parking is free. Call 277-5963.