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
Morrow was nominated based upon his extensive work including design and design
awards, publishing, successfully getting the UNM masters 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 governors
signature on it. My colleagues and I spent about 1,500 hours on it, he
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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