Campus News - October 15, 2001


Architecture and Planning Assistant Professor Eleni Bastéa is the co-winner of the John D. Criticos Prize, a European award for an original work on Hellenic culture. The award is administered by the London Hellenic Society. “The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth,” Cambridge University Press, 2000, examines the development of Athens in the 19th century, as it was experienced and evaluated both by foreign architects and the Greek public.

“I tried to show that for the Athenians themselves, the design of their city and capital was foremost in their minds, intertwined with the political and national questions that fueled conversations in the cafes and in the meetings of the parliament,” she says.


Professor of Law Jim Ellis will be awarded The ARC of the United States 2001 Call to Action Award Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) National Convention in New Orleans, La. Ellis receives the honor for his efforts on behalf of people with mental retardation.

ARC president Karen L. Staley presents the award to recognize “an individual with a strong commitment to the core values and mission of our association and whose work serves to inspire others in support of our movement.”


Lawrence Straus, professor of anthropology, recently completed the sixth two-month season of excavations in El Miron Cave in Cantabria, Spain, with a field crew that included a half-dozen UNM graduate and undergraduates.

Straus also recently organized and chaired a symposium on the role of Americans in the study of the European Upper Paleolithic at the Congress of the International Union for Pre- and Protohistoric Sciences in Liege, Belgium.

He is one of only three Americans on the UISPP Commission on the European Upper Paleolithic.

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