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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
October 18, 2004
Volume 40, Number 3

In Brief

Funds awarded to look at Hispanic math education

The university is partnering with three state school districts to improve mathematics education for children of working class Hispanics.

Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo Public Schools and Socorro Consolidated Schools, along with the UNM Colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences, are collaborators in the National Science Foundation-funded Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos (CEMELA).

Approximately $1.36 million in funding for UNM will allow researchers to help develop a model that combines mathematics teaching and learning with the cultural, social and linguistic contexts of Hispanic students.

UNM professors Richard Kitchen and Sylvia Celedón Pattichis will serve as principal investigators.


'Political talk' topic for JAR lecture Oct. 21

“Political Talk” is the subject of the Journal of Anthropological Research distinguished lecture to be delivered by Michael Silverstein on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Anthropology Lecture Hall.

Silverstein is the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics and Psychology and director of the Center for the Study of Communication and Society at the University of Chicago. He will ask, “When politicians speak, who listens and more importantly, how do people listen and to what effect?”

Silverstein will lead a specialized seminar Friday, Oct. 22 at noon in the same location on the Eucharist cross-like figuration used to summon a public of individuals to join in a great, collective ‘we’ of the American civil religion.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.


UNM hosts Western mathematics meeting

UNM recently hosted the Fall Western Section Meeting of the American Mathematical Society. Attending the conference were mathematicians from 37 states and 13 countries making the event one of the largest section meetings ever. Mathematics and Statistics faculty from UNM who gave talks were Ralph DeMarr, Sam Efromovich, Monika Nitsche and Vakhtang Poutkaradze. Graduate students who presented were Manuela DeCastro, Timothy Middleton and Keith Mertens.


NSF awards nearly $400,000 to engineering

The UNM School of Engineering was awarded $394,000 by the Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship Program at the National Science Foundation.

The award will support financially needy students with academic merit as they work toward their bachelors degree.

The project is administered through the Multicultural Engineering Program.


Gerald May staff award nominations due Oct. 22

The deadline to nominate UNM staff for Gerald W. May Awards is Friday, Oct. 22.

The UNM Staff Council Rewards and Recognition Committee administers the awards, established by former President Gerald W. May specifically to recognize staff.

Up to three recipients will receive $500 and a plaque at an awards ceremony set for Wednesday, Dec. 8, from
3-4:30 p.m. at the Continuing Education building.

All UNM staff who are at least .50 FTE and have completed three years of service are eligible.

Nomination forms will be delivered through campus mail. For more information, call Theresa Everling at 272-4155


Mankiller to speak at NAS

Wilma Mankiller, noted author, Native American activist and former chief of the Cherokee Nation, is the second presenter in the Native American Studies 2004-05 Lecture Series.

She will give a free, public lecture “Controlling Our Own Image: Public Perception as a Sovereignty Protection Issue,” Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the UNM Kiva.


Secretary seeks Honorary Degree nominations

The Honorary Degree Committee, a subcommittee of the Faculty Senate Graduate Committee, solicits nominations for honorary degree recipients.  On behalf of the committee, the Office of the Secretary (OUS) requests nominations for honorary degrees to be presented at the May 2005 commencement ceremony.

Nominators are requested to submit a letter stating in sufficient detail their reasons for the nominations, along with  biographical material.

Nominations should be sent to the Office of the Secretary, Scholes Hall, rm. 101,  no later than Friday, Oct. 22, 2004.
The Honorary Degree policy is online at http://www.unm.edu/~brpm/r16.htm

Past recipients are listed at http://www.unm.edu/~facsen/HonorDegree.html.


UNM organizes annual Data Users Conference

The 6th annual New Mexico Data Users conference begins Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 a.m., at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center.

The annual conference has become a valued learning experience for businesses, government agencies, service organizations and students.

The New Mexico State Data Center/Business and Industry Data Center (SDC/BIDC) Program sponsors the annual event organized by UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), a coordinator in the SDC/BIDC network.

Included in this year’s conference are sessions related to the decennial census—2010 planning. Larry Waldman, BBER senior economist, will be the luncheon speaker, presenting a review of New Mexico’s recent economic performance and a short-term economic outlook.

For more information and a registration form go to BBER’s web site at www.unm.edu/~bber/conference.htm, or call 277-8300 or 277-3038.


Psychology of Dreams' talk for retirees set

Professor emeritus Sam Roll will shed insight into “The Psychology of Dreams,” at an event for UNM Retirees on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m in the SUB Acoma Room.
Roll is known as an knowledgeable, witty and entertaining speaker.

The event is free to Retiree Association members. Retirees may join or renew memberships at the door. Parking is available at the new parking structure at $1 per hour.

Call 277-1532 or email kreskin@unm.edu to RSVP.