Lagasse wins library’s Premio Atzlan award
Mary Helen Lagasse has won this year’s Premio Atzlán for her novel, “The Fifth Sun.” The literary prize is awarded by University Libraries in honor of Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya. Lagasse is bilingual and working toward a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at the University of New Orleans.
“The Fifth Sun” is the story of a young Mexican woman who leaves her village to work as a housemaid in New Orleans, and is published by Curbstone Press.
Pharmacy awards regents’ professorships to faculty
John A. Pieper, College of Pharmacy dean, has announced the appointment of two faculty to prestigious positions.
Laurie Hudson, Ph.D, professor of pharmacy, has been awarded a regents’ professorship. Hudson is director of the UNM Health Sciences Center Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. She leads an effort to increase the number of graduate students in all areas of health sciences study.
Hudson has taught at UNM for seven years and has current research grants totaling more than $2 million.
Renee Mercier, Pharm.D, associate professor of pharmacy, has been named a regents’ lecturer. Mercier has an outstanding teaching, research and service record with seven years at the college. Mercier mentors professional students and is the coordinator for the specialized pharmacy residency program in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy where she has trained six post-Pharm.D residents since July 1999.
The posts were created in the 1980s for colleges and schools as a means to honor and retain outstanding faculty.