Campus News - June 4, 2001


Vito Capobianco, director of security at UNM Hospital, was recently appointed to the national advisory board for the Center for Healthcare Environmental Management. Capobianco has a master’s degree in organizational management and is a certified protection specialist.


The College of Nursing received the Regional Educational Technology Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing.

The college was selected for its outstanding instructional or informational use of a computer for student learning. The college has offered Internet courses since 1998. Plans are underway to expand web offerings. “The faculty deserve to be recognized for their early efforts at providing web-based education to nurses throughout New Mexico and for their on-going commitment to excellence in education,” said School of Medicine faculty Roberta Rehm, who accepted the award at a conference this spring.


Terry K. Crowe, director of the Occupational Therapy Program in the School of Medicine recently received two awards at the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, PA.

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation awarded her the Leadership Service Commendation in recognition and appreciation of her contributions to the profession. Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilation Sciences awarded her the 2001 Alumni Award for her ongoing efforts internationally addressing the needs of underserved populations in ways that respect and draw on the resources of various cultures.


Jonson Gallery was recently awarded a Conservation Assessment Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Two independent assessors will visit the gallery this summer to outline various conservation needs such as collection and storage facilities and architectural preservation.


Marc IngberMarc Ingber, professor and chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, has been elected as a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This is the highest honor given by the governing body of ASME, which consists of more than 130,000 members. Only two percent of its members are elected as fellows.

Criteria for this engineering achievement include: Industrial leadership, project management, engineering product application, design, research and development, educational leadership, teaching publications and consulting.

“Dr. Ingber exceeded all levels and has made major contributions at UNM in the areas of educational leadership, research and development, technical publications and providing consulting services to industrial firms and governmental agencies,” said Cecilia G. Aragon, department administrator for the Mechanical Engineering Department.


The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women recently announced that Marianna King of UNM-Taos is a recipient of a 16th Annual Governor’s Award to Outstanding Women. King was honored for her work creating programs to help prevent violence against women and children.


Ann Skinner-JonesAnn Skinner-Jones, adjunct professor in Women Studies and the Department of Communication and Journalism, is the recipient of the first annual UNM Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award for 2001.

Skinner-Jones has been a university and college teacher for 20 years. She lectures internationally on the creative process and the documentary form. She has a master’s degree in photography and visual communication from the San Francisco Institute and master’s in art education with an emphasis in art therapy from UNM.

“This award is the first of its kind in the United States,” says Bryan Konefsky, selection committee chair, noting that adjunct instructors are growing in numbers and represent about 50 percent of college/university faculty in the United States.

The award will be given annually.


Timothy J. Ross, civil engineering professor and regents’ lecturer has been named to the Fulbright International Education Exchange Program for 2001-2002.

Ross is one of only eight American senior scholars receiving Fulbright grants for study in Canada. He will engage in a collaborative effort with the University of Calgary in their work supporting the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR), the country’s official railroad.

“My work in the area of system safety and reliability will be extended to assist the Canadian Pacific Railroad in their total risk management program,” Ross said.

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