Campus News - December 10, 2001

In Brief

NASA grant supports research assistants

The Center for Intelligent Systems Engineering (ISE) at the UNM School of Engineering has received a $200,000 supplemental grant from NASA to fund four, minority research assistants and to purchase a master robot for cooperative robotics research.

NASA’s original 2001-02 grant award to the center for $1 million came in May.

Peter Dorato, director of the ISE center, said the supplemental grant will be used to strengthen the center, which encourages minority students to attend graduate school and design and develop NASA projects.

KNME flips digital switch

Public television station KNME-TV Channel 5 became the first television broadcaster in New Mexico to turn on a digital signal in mid-November.

The “flipping of the switch” on a digital signal, at KNME-DT (Ch. 35), places KNME ahead of the May 1, 2003 deadline mandated by the Federal Communications Commission. KNME-TV will continue to broadcast an analog signal until 85 percent of its viewers have digital capability, estimated to be between the years 2006 – 2010.

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UNM Foundation ranks along top nonprofits

The UNM Foundation/Development office is noted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual ranking of top 400 nonprofit organizations. UNM is listed No. 393, the first time it has earned such recognition.

“This is a strong benchmark in the history of gifts and giving to UNM and a great boost to the institution’s fund raising operation,” said Leslie Elgood, UNM Foundation president.

Non-traditional student information session set

An Evening and Weekend Degree Program information session for non-traditional students will take place Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Continuing Education.

Advisors from Arts and Sciences and other UNM colleges and schools will be available for consultations. Students can fill out and turn in registration materials. Refreshments provided.

Call the EWDP Office to reserve a space, 277-0896.

MLK holiday Jan. 21

The UNM Registrar's Office reminds faculty and staff that the Martin Luther King holiday is Monday, Jan. 21 a week after the first day of spring semester classes.

Several academic calendars were published listing the holiday Monday, Jan. 14.

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