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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
March 14, 2005
Volume 40, Number 8


Bybee receives honorary doctorate from Oslo U

Linguistics Professor Joan Bybee will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo. She will travel there in September to receive the award.

Bybee, UNM’s 49th annual research lecturer, has been awarded fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and the Guggenheim Foundation. She served as president of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), the national professional linguistics organization.

Bybee is credited by many of her peers with developing a new paradigm for linguistics.


Gibson appears as serial killer expert on national TV

GibsonAssociate Professor of Communication and Journalism Dirk C. Gibson is serving as an expert source for national print and broadcast media outlets regarding the BTK killer charged in Kansas with 10 counts of murder.

He has been interviewed frequently on Fox News, by the Associated Press and three Wichita television stations, among others.

Gibson’s theory is that serial murder is not accurately explained by conventional psychological or sociological paradigms.

Instead, Gibson’s study of 500 serial murderers spanning 600 years finds that they are rhetorically motivated ‘media events,’ which lead to the real motive, a desire to send and receive communication.

Gibson’s new book, “Clues from Killers: Serial Murder & Crime Scene Messages (Praeger, 2004),” describes ten such cases in detail, including the BTK killer. Related research has been published in Public Relations Quarterly and The Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing.


Mitchell invited to Rhodes

Political Science Professor Neil Mitchell spoke recently at Rhodes College about his new book, “Agents of Atrocity: Leaders, Followers, and the Violation of Human Rights in Civil War.”

The book, released in 2004, explores the responsibility of political leaders for human rights violations during civil wars, comparing the Arab-Israeli conflict and the English and Russian civil wars.


Buffalo Soldiers Society names Pope member

PopeHarold Pope, associate director of Recruitment Services, has been named a member of the Buffalo Soldiers Society of New Mexico.

Buffalo Soldiers were African American units in the U.S. military, particularly the Ninth and Tenth regiments of cavalry and 24th and 25th regiments of infantry, who fought in New Mexico and the Southwest during the late 19th century.

The New Mexico society was founded in 1992 to bring the history of African American soldiers to light and to foster pride in heritage through school presentations and performances at other public venues. Soldiers presentations are scheduled in June and Sept. at the Fort Selden State Monument.

Pope said he looks forward to becoming active in the organization.


American Physical Society honors UNM research team

Mathematics and Statistics Associate Professor Vakhtang Putkaradze and research assistant Keith Mertens, along with Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Peter Vorobieff, were recognized for their work by the American Physical Society (APS).

In a summary of notable physics accomplishments, the UNM team was cited for their investigation of the stream of water flowing down an inclined plane. A stream is likely to meander. However, quoting APS News, “the New Mexico team discovered that meandering can be eliminated if water flows down the plane at a constant rate.”


School of Engineering honors Stefanovic

Darko Stefanovic, assistant professor of Computer Science, was named the School of Engineering’s Regent’s Lecturer, based on his outstanding research, teaching and service accomplishments. Stefanovic has received several grants from the National Science Foundation.


Daughters of the American Revolution hail Williams

Cortez Williams, professor emeritus of African American studies, was recently honored “for his historic work and research on the history of blacks in the Western United States” by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Charles Dibrell Chapter of Albuquerque.
Williams, who is African American, regularly teaches the course “Blacks in the West” covering the period 1100 AD to 1899.

He is the author and curator of an exhibit on the topic, presented domestically and abroad.

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women’s service organization with chapters in all 50 states dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving history and securing America’s future through better education.
“After Mr. Williams came to speak to our group briefly about his work, I knew he was the right person to honor for Black History Month,” said Anita Palmer, regent for the 126-member strong Charles Dibrell Chapter.