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Campus News
     
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
January 22, 2004
Volume 39, Number 11

In Brief

Hospital employees to get help with homeownership

A new UNM Hospitals Employer Assisted Homeownership initiative has been created as an employee benefit and community development tool for new graduate and experienced in-patient RNs and Radiology Technologists. UNM Hospitals will provide a $3,000 bonus for a recent graduate and a $5,000 bonus for an experienced professional to help with down payment and closing costs for the purchase of a home. Charter Mortgage will also waive $700 in closing costs.

In addition to the down payment and closing cost assistance, eligible UNM health care workers can obtain home mortgages with favorable terms through Fannie Mae’s Community Solutions.

The new benefits are the result of a recent collaboration between UNM Hospitals, Charter Mortgage, and Fannie Mae to create an Employer Assisted Housing (EAH) program – the first in Albuquerque.

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UNM joins Nano network

UNM is part of a team of institutions that has been awarded the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), a five year project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). UNM now becomes a major player, along with 12 other universities, to provide user facilities to support the nation’s need for education and research in nanoscale science and engineering.

“This will clearly establish UNM as a leader in nanotechnology research and will open additional opportunities in science, medicine and economic development as we go forward,” said Steve Brueck, Ph.D., director, Center for High Technology Materials.

Brueck led a team of UNM faculty from several departments in developing a proposal to NSF which was submitted in May. Four other multi-university programs submitted proposals in what Brueck described as a hotly-contested competition.

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ASUNM to lobby for student support centers

The Associated Students of the University of New Mexico (ASUNM) designated UNM’s El Centro de la Raza as a special funding priority for the 2004 session of the New Mexico Legislature, said Ed Mazel, ASUNM Lobby Committee executive director.

ASUNM’s interest is due to strong student support for El Centro, a support center aimed at Hispanics but serving all students on campus.

El Centro’s current funding supports four full-time employees – money that comes from the New Mexico State Legislative Special Project and awarded on a yearly basis.

Funding has decreased while needs increased. In anticipation of higher Hispanic enrollment on campus, it is critical to fund El Centro properly, Mazel said.

A recent 15 percent cut made it increasingly difficult for the center to meet its mission.

The requested funding increase would provide four additional full-time staff and several student employees.

Director Veronica Mendez-Cruz estimates that El Centro de la Raza serves more than 3,000 students annually.

ASUNM will also support UNM’s Accessibility Services, a program serving students with disabilities.

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Banking contract awarded

The University awarded its contract for banking services to Bank of America for four years beginning spring 2004. Under the terms of the contract, Bank of America will act as a fiscal agent for all UNM operations including branch campuses, but not including UNM Hospital.

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Radding to direct LAII

Cynthia Radding, Ph.D., has been named director of the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII), effective July 1, announced Richard Holder, UNM deputy provost.

Radding, who has extensive research experience in Mexico and recently led the University of Illinois’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, was selected following a national search. Four candidates were invited to campus. She is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).

“Dr. Radding is an excellent scholar with a proven ability to attract external funding,”said Holder, adding that Radding will hold a tenured faculty position in UNM’s history department and will teach courses for that academic unit as well as for the LAII.

Radding earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of California, San Diego, 1990; her master’s from the University of California, Berkeley, 1970; and her bachelor’s from Smith College, 1968. On faculty at UIUC since 1995, Radding was acting director of the institution’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies from 1999-2000.

The Latin American & Iberian Institute administers UNM’s interdisciplinary programs in Latin American Studies and provides university-wide support for Latin American and Iberian activities in all of UNM’s eleven schools and colleges.

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Utton Center publishes interstate water guide

“Interstate Waters: Crossing Boundaries for Sustainable Solutions,”a publication, is now available from the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at the School of Law.

The 50-page report is a synthesis of a multidisciplinary conference sponsored by the center in October 2002. More than 70 lawyers and scientists with extensive expertise in interstate water issues from across the United States attended the conference. The report summarizes ideas presented and discussed during the three-day event.

Experts explored approaches to complex water issues and discussed how they could work collaboratively to manage water resources. Essays on climatology, ecology, economics, environmental advocacy and science, geography, hydrology, law and more are featured in the report

The report was published with assistance from the McCune Foundation and Thaw Trust and is available from the Utton Center for $10. Call 505-277-7809 to order copies.