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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
April 18, 2005
Volume 40, Number 9

In Brief

UNM leads way to form new institute with LANL

A consortium of New Mexico universities, led by UNM, recently announced their intent to join the University of California in forming an Institute for Advanced Studies to be affiliated with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The institute would be established contingent on the UC regents deciding to compete and winning the contract for continued management of the laboratory.

The institute will provide the basis for cooperative research in the scientific, technological and educational aspects of the LANL operation.

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Listserv spreads word of UNM recycling effort

What materials are recycled on campus? Where do employees drop off old phone books? Find the answers and more by joining the recycling listserv, a new resource from the recycling department.

Resource Conservation Manager Linda McCormick started the listserv to circulate recycling information easily. “Using the listserv I’ve been able to find homes for usable or even new items like a fax machine, printer cartridges and fire wood (broken pallets) as well as pass on pure information,” McCormick said.

The listserv provides up to date information on recycling programs, such as UNM’s recent addition of plastic bottles to materials recycled on campus and phone book collection locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas and Belen.

To join the listserv, e-mail McCormick at lindamcc@unm.edu.

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Museum to host camp

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM offers a children’s program June 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Educational and craft activities, recreation, games and snacks will be included in the fun for those ages 8-12.

The cost is $30 day or $125 week prior to May 13. An additional $5 transportation fee will be charged for Archaeology Day and Spanish Colonial Day. A signed parental release is required.

Lunch is not included, but snacks are provided. Due to financial commitments to support services, there are no refunds for cancellations.

Advance registration is required. Call 277-5963 or 277-2924. Twenty children per day is maximum enrollment.

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Weissman rugs from Popejoy offered for sale

Three original carpets by Joan Weissman, commissioned by the New Mexico Art in Public Places program for Popejoy, Keller Hall and the UNM Art Museum, will be sold at a May fundraiser.

The carpets were recently replaced by a permanent installation of Terrazzo.
The carpets have been cut into several pieces, are in usable condition and will be professionally restored.

For more information, email weissmanj@att.net or call 265-0144.

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Retirees set up Web site

Learn all about the UNM Retiree Association at its new Web site http://retassoc.unm.edu.

Pertinent information about the association, events, board activities and links to sites such as AARP, Social Security, the Daily Lobo and Campus News are online.

Planning the site took a lot of time and effort. The group credits retiree Jean Civikly-Powell with most of it.

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Hispanic film, media discussed at conference

The UNM Arts of the Americas Institute and National Hispanic Cultural Center will host a one-day conference titled “Moving Pictures: Hollywood to New Mexico” that explores Hispanic film and media.

Set for Friday, May 13, the conference features nine scholars and filmmakers on three panels.

Professors Steve Loza and Dorothy Baca planned the conference, also sponsored by the UNM President’s Office, fine arts, and others. For information or to reserve a space, call AAI at 277-2286.

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Students receive nation’s most prestigious awards

Two UNM students are among a select group receiving the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, UNM President Louis Caldera announced.

Jesse E. French, a UNM undergraduate on National Student Exchange at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named a 2005 Truman Scholar.

French, a junior majoring in economics and political science, is among 75 recipients from 65 U.S. colleges.

A second UNM junior, Frank Hemingway, has been selected as a 2005 Goldwater Scholar. He is among 320 recipients in the U.S.

“These prestigious awards recognize the high caliber of students who attend UNM and the exceptional education they receive from our world-class faculty,” Caldera said.

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LAII awarded grant to address digital divide

The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute was awarded an $800,000 grant from the US Department of Education Technological Innovation for Foreign Information Access program (TICFIA).

The four-year grant, “University of New Mexico Harvester for Building Knowledge Streams in the Americas,” starts in October.

“The project builds a harvester for open archived information from Latin America and UNM collections to form interdisciplinary knowledge communities and address the digital divide between the US and Latin America,” said Cynthia Radding, director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute and co-principal investigator. The other co-PI is Johann van Reenen, assistant dean of University Libraries.