Library honors media arts professor
Ed Angel, professor of Media Arts and Electrical and Computer Engineering, was presented with the UNM General Library’s Faculty Acknowledgement Award. Angel’s work using computer animation technology for art is a component of both UNM’s School of Engineering and the College of Fine Arts.
School of Engineering Dean Joseph Cecchi said, “To say that Ed thinks out of the box isn’t enough. I don’t think that Ed ever sees there is a box.”
Following the award ceremony, Angel gave a presentation on the Digital Pueblo Project, a federally funded grant project to provide access to those not currently connected technically.
Angel’s Art and Technology students are currently working with Lodestar Astronomy Center at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on a series of groundbreaking dome animation projects. Their work is attracting international interest and they are currently putting together a project to be shown at the Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece in 2004.
Architecture ranks among exceptional top 40
The School of Architecture and Planning ranks 28 among the top 40 “exceptional value picks” in architecture for 2004, in DesignIntelligence’s latest issue on “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools” for 2004.
The magazine also ranked UNM’s architecture faculty 9th in the U.S. for national teaching awards. DI’s rankings are based on six measures: survey of practitioners, selectivity, culture/learning environment, resources, reputation of dean/faculty/students and tuition.
Since U.S. News and World Report does not rank architecture programs, this publication’s rankings are becoming increasingly noticed.
ATR director contributes to transportation book
Judith M. Espinosa, director of the ATR Institute, is one of the contributing authors of “The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development,” released in December by Island Press. The book is an edited volume that brings together experts in planning, transportation and sustainable design to examine the first generation of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) projects and derive lessons for the next generation. The book is available in hardcover and paperback versions.
CHTM professor named vice chair of physics panel
Arthur H. Guenther, research professor, Center for High Technology Materials, is the new vice chair of the Physics Panel for the Board of Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the National Academy. Next year, Guenther will assume the chairmanship for two years. Guenther is also a member of the Board of Assessment.
The Panel on Physics assesses the technical program of the Physics Laboratory at NIST. The laboratory pursues directed research in the physical sciences, develops new physical standards, measurement methods and data, and collaborates with industry to commercialize inventions and discoveries. The mission of the Physics Laboratory is to support U.S. industry by providing measurement services and research for electronic, optical and radiation technologies.
Hart addition earns merit award
The New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP) at its recent 2003 NAIOP Awards of Excellence program conferred an “Award of Merit” on the School of Law’s Fred Hart addition.
The award was made in the category “educational facilities.” Mazria Riskin Odems Architects, Santa Fe, NM, designed the Hart addition, completed in July 2002. The general contractor was Gerald Martin Ltd, Albuquerque.
The UNM School of Law received a $750,000 Kresge Foundation challenge grant to expand and renovate its facilities, which included construction of the 32,000 sq. ft. Hart addition. The facility has eight classrooms, including one that can be converted to a courtroom, a dedicated courtroom and four seminar rooms. Teaching spaces are wired for the most advanced multimedia technology, including computer, Internet and videoconferencing capabilities.
Contractors honor civil engineering professor
Timothy Ward, professor of civil engineering, recently received the Excellence in Construction Education 2003 Award from the New Mexico Building Branch of the Associated General Contractors.
Ward has served as Civil Engineering chair in the UNM School of Engineering since 1997. A letter to Ward from AGC president Matthew Martin stated “You have continually participated with the commercial construction industry in meeting and advancing our education goals.”
Honored during the same ceremony was Bob J. Stamm, chairman of Bradbury Stamm Construction, who received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from UNM in 1942.
Psychology chair elected fellow by peers
Mark A. McDaniel, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, has been elected by his peers as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) for 2004.
APA Fellows are selected for their exceptional and outstanding contributions to the research, teaching or practice of psychology. Additionally, Fellows must also demonstrate the national impact of their work, such as numerous research-based publications and leadership roles within psychology or community service in their clinical practice.
McDaniel received his degree from the University of Colorado in 1980, and since 1994 has worked at UNM. He is in his first year as chair of the psychology department.
APA’s membership includes more than 150,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students.APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare. Located in Washington, D.C., the American Psychological Association is the world’s largest association of psychologists.