Campus News - October 29, 2001

In Brief

SHC to hold bone marrow registration drive

A bone marrow donor registration drive will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Health Center room 234.

The National Marrow Donor Program provides marrow and blood stem cell transplants for leukemia patients and others. There is a special need for African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics.

Prizes will go to the department with the most participants.

For more information, contact United Blood Services at 843-6227.

Lecture, debate on the origins of order set

William Dembski, associate research professor at Baylor University with Ph.Ds in both mathematics and philosophy, will deliver a lecture titled, “Darwin’s Unpaid Debt,” at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12 at the Continuing Education Auditorium.

Dembski will debate Stuart Kauffman, founding member of the Santa Fe Institute and former professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, on the "Origins of Order: Order for Free vs. No Free Lunch" from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Woodward Hall 101.

General Library honors COE's Gunawardena

The UNM General Library Faculty Acknowledgement Reception series recently honored College of Education Associate Professor Lani Gunawardena who presented "Learning in a Networked World: Multifaceted Research Perspectives."

The event, held monthly to honor outstanding faculty across campu, is free and open to the public. The next event is Nov. 15.

Pumpkin design contest features 'self-portraits'

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is sponsoring a pumpkin design competition on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at noon in the courtyard of the architecture building, located on Stanford and Central SE.

The design problem for the pumpkins is “self portraits.” Students will serve as judges and prizes will be awarded to the top three designs.

Gerald W. May award nominations due Nov. 2

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Gerald W. May Staff Recognition Award. Nominations are due Friday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.

President William C. Gordon will present those honored with a plaque and check at a reception at University House Wednesday Dec. 5, from 3-4:30 p.m. For more information and a nomination form, visit http://www.unm.edu/~stafcom/rewrdreccmte.htm

Miller to sign new book about quantum change

UNM Distinguished Professor of Psychology Dr. William Miller will sign his new book, “Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives,” at the Barnes and Noble Book Store at Coronado Center Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Psychologists rarely address spontaneous change -- sudden, large transformations, that happen outside the context of professional help. Miller, with co-author Janet C’de Baca, explores these Ebenezer Scrooge type transformations that happen to ordinary people in everyday life.

The book, from Guilford Press, 2001, through in-depth interviews and surveys, looks at how lives are affected through quantum change.

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