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Campus News
     
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
February 16, 2004
Volume 39, Number 12

In Brief

New consortium works toward rapid diagnoses

The UNM Health Sciences Center is a major partner in an effort that could allow people to learn if they have an infectious disease or are exposed to a bioterrorist pathogen — even before they develop symptoms.

Rapid diagnoses one to two days after infection, rather than waiting one or even two weeks for symptoms to appear, are a goal of a new Biosignatures Consortium started by the UNM Health Sciences Center, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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CASTL call for nominations

Nominations are being accepted at the CASTL, (Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning), Website www.unm.edu/~castl for the following teaching awards: 2004 – 2006 Presidential Teaching Fellow; 2003 – 2004 Outstanding Teacher of the Year; 2003-2004 Outstanding Adjunct Teacher or Lecturer of the Year; and 2003-04 Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year.

Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 20. Eligibility statements are on the nominations page.

A ceremony celebrating the recipients of the awards will be held in May.

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Evans gives final New Mexico performance

The Bill Evans Dance Company will give its final New Mexico performance, titled “30,” in honor of their thirtieth anniversary, at the South Broadway Cultural Center, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, and at the Taos Community Auditorium Feb. 22. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

The concerts will feature world-class contemporary, rhythm tap and classic jazz dance. This show will also serve as a farewell. Evans, UNM professor of dance, will no longer self-produce performances in New Mexico. UNM’s Donna Jewell, new head of dance, will join Evans in these final performances.

Call 758-2052 for ticket information. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students and children.

For more information on the show contact Bill Evans at bevan@unm.edu; 286-0195.

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Education expert to speak

William G. Tierney, the Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California, will give two talks on Wednesday, Feb. 18, on current and future trends in American higher education.

The first presentation, “Diversity and Access to Higher Education,” will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the UNM College of Education Technology Center, Room 201.

The second, “Challenge and Promise in the 21st Century American University and the Changing Role of the Faculty,” will suggest ways universities can become more productive and responsive to community needs. The talk is from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Bldg., ballroom C, followed by a reception.

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Pharmacy phone-a-thon makes funds, friends

Last fall, the College of Pharmacy implemented a new strategy for seeking contributions from alumni. Current students, along with Dean John Pieper, participated in a four-day, phone-a-thon.

It was Pieper’s idea to have students solicit alumni. “They are both very knowledgeable about our curriculum and student activities as well as good communicators,” Pieper said.

Students were rewarded with donations to their class fund. Twenty students from the class of 2006 took a turn on the phones in one night, earning them $500. Dan Riding, who raised the most money during an evening of “friendly” individual competition, received a $100 dollar gift certificate.

Altogether, just under $5,000 was raised.

“Success isn’t measured only in terms of funds raised,” Pieper said. “It is also measured in the bonding that occurred among the students.”

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AIM history, campaigns focus of two library events

The history and campaigns of the American Indian Movement (AIM) will be the focus of two events Feb. 19 at Zimmerman Library.

A brown bag lunch will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in room 102. A formal panel discussion is set from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Willard Reading Room. The panelists took part in various AIM projects throughout the 1970’s and will discuss the history of the movement and their own current projects. Larry Foster, Lenny Foster, Susan Shown Harjo and Frances Wise will be the discussion leaders.

The program is funded by the Center for Regional Studies, Native American Studies, American Studies, the History Department and the Office of the Provost. It is sponsored by the UNM General Library, Center for Southwest Research/Special Collections.

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STC licenses emerging leader in genomic markers

Exagen Diagnostics, Inc., an emerging leader in the discovery and development of practical prognostic genomic markers for serious diseases, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with UNM’s Science and Technology Corporation (STC).

STC licenses innovative technology developed at UNM, including therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices and drug discovery tools. The agreement gives Exagen exclusive rights to several patents for a novel FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) process developed at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

Exagen is in the process of developing a breast cancer prognostic to help physicians determine proper treatments.