Campus News - September 4, 2001


Kathy Dieruf, assistant professor in Physical Therapy, has been awarded the Labe Scheinberg award for best platform presentation at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers annual meeting in Fort Worth, TX, in June.

The award provides Dieruf with free registration, airfare and hotel stay at the next annual meeting, which will be held in Baltimore, MD, in June 2002.


Baker Morrow, adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, has recently been named a Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). He is both the first UNM graduate and first native New Mexican to receive this honor.

The local ASLA chapter nominated Morrow for admission to the prestigious Council of Fellows. ASLA has been naming Fellows since 1899 and has only elected 800 nationally the last century. Morrow was selected the first time his name was submitted.

Morrow was nominated based upon his extensive work including design and design awards, publishing, successfully getting the UNM master’s in landscape architecture (MLA) program established after a 23-year quest, and creating the state registration for landscape architects based upon the national standard. That, too, was a long process that took a dozen years to bring to fruition.

“It took three separate tries in Santa Fe, going to the legislature time and again, pushing it through the house and senate and finally getting the governor’s signature on it. My colleagues and I spent about 1,500 hours on it,” he says.

Morrow acknowledges the significance of the honor. When the ASLA president called to give him the news, he was told that he was one of only 16 people elected as Fellows this year.

“Truly, I am honored,” he says.


The UNM School of Medicine was recently honored for boosting the number of family practice residents. UNM was one of only 27 medical schools honored by the American Academy of Family Medicine (AAFM).

AAFM recognized schools that have a high, three-year average of graduates entering family practice residency training programs. More than 23 percent of UNM graduates choose family practice for their residency and 35 percent practice in rural or underserved areas of the state.

“UNM is committed to educating and motivating students to choose careers as family physicians,” said Paul Roth, M.D., School of Medicine dean.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the UNM Family Medicine Program sixth among medical schools for training family practice physicians.


A research team at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), including Professor Arup Maji of the UNM Civil Engineering department, has developed at 10-meter inflatable reflector that resembles a giant jellyfish, designed to recruit youth to the Air Force.

Maji has been the point of contact for inflatables related basic research at AFRL. He is also the AFRL in-charge of the Advanced Mirror System Demonstrator (AMSD) program that is developing large light-weight mirrors with NASA for a new Hubble Space Telescope in 2009.

UNM graduates Monica Starnes, Refugio Rochin, and Patrick Montemerlo conducted thesis work at AFRL on various aspects of measuring and correcting the shape of large inflatable structures, using lasers and smart materials that deform under heat and electrical impulse.

Maji will be honored by the UNM General Library at the reinstated Faculty Acknowledgment Reception series Thursday, Sept. 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Willard Reading Room in the west wing of Zimmerman Library.

He will give a presentation on his research at the reception, which is free and open to the public.

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