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UNM Accomplishments Chronological (July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004)

  • UNM Libraries have received a two-year, $377,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to lead an effort to build a regional website titled the Rocky Mountain Online Archive. The goal is to scan and digitize thousands of historical documents that build the history of communities in the Rocky Mountains and arrange the documents into a system making it possible for scholars and researchers to look back in time. (6.23.04) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/000214.html#more

  • Juan Heinrich has been appointed chair and professor of the Mechanical Engineering department at the School of Engineering. Heinrich, who is currently professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona, will oversee a department that includes 300 students and 17 faculty members. (6.23.04)

  • KNME-TV General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Ted A. Garcia was elected to serve on two prestigious boards. Garcia was re-elected secretary of the executive council of the Pacific Mountain Network's board of directors. PMN invests in public television programs and services. He was also elected to the nominations committee of the American Red Cross. (6.23.04)

  • "CREATE" or Center for Rapid Environmental Analysis and Terrain Evaluation will soon come to life with the aid of a $3.5 million grant from a series of federal appropriations supported by New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman and administered by NASA. Spearheaded by Earth and Planetary Sciences Associate Professor Louis Scuderi, CREATE will provide useful data in real-time. (6.16.04) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/000212.html

  • The Family Development Program is one of three national pilot sites chosen by the Families and Work Institute in New York City to participate in "Mind in the Making," a comprehensive training for early childhood professionals. (6.16.04)

  • After assessments from two independent organizations, the UNM Hospital, a component of the Health Sciences Center, has received high scores for its healthcare from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO), and was re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center. (6.16.04)

  • Glenabah Martinez, assistant professor in the College of Education, was among 12 educators selected to attend the prestigious Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History 2004 Lannan Summer Institute. "Teaching American Indian Sovereignty" is the focus of the institute. Martinez, who teaches in the Division of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies and Native American Studies Department, will examine the treatment of sovereignty in curricular materials. (6.16.04)

  • Seven distinguished alumni and faculty from the College of Education were honored for their contributions to the field of education during the College's 75th Anniversary Gala recently. Honorees included: Leroy I. Ortiz, Veronica Garcia, Louise Adelstone, Kevin Cronk, Rep. Gail Beam, Catherine Cross Maple and Celia "Jo" Thomason. (6.16.04)

  • UNM was among five state institutions awarded scholarship funding from the 2004 Daniels Opportunity Awards, a $2.16 million partnership to get scholarship funding into the hands of non-traditional students at risk of being unable to afford a college education. (6.16.04) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/000208.html#more

  • The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced 31 awards to universities, including the University of New Mexico, that were awarded as part of the DoD's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. UNM's proposal, titled "Consortium for Laser Cooling in Solids," is spearheaded by Physics and Astronomy Professor Mansoor Sheik-Bahae and was selected to receive funding out of a total of 116 full proposals. (5.26.04) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/000196.html#more

  • The College of Education received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the New Mexico State Department of Education to increase the number of American Indian teachers and principals. Administered by UNM's Institute for American Indian Education, the grant from Indian Education Division will provide scholarships and support for American Indian students at UNM. (5.26.04)

  • Mark Childs, assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, received a Fulbright to Cyprus for spring semester 2005. Childs is the first faculty member from the school's architecture program to receive a Fulbright. (5.26.04)

  • Dean of Library Services, Camila A. Alire has been elected vice president/president elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The ACRL, which represents 12,000 librarians and interested people, is the largest division of the American Library Association and sets standards for college and university library facilities. (5.26.04)

  • The White House awarded eight institutions and nine individuals, including UNM Biology Professor Maggie Werner-Washburne, with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to mentoring students and increasing the participation of minorities, women and disabled students in science, mathematics and engineering. (5.12.04) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/000174.html#more

  • As part of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, UNM Research Assistant Professor Barbara Cohen in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences was one of 10 researchers selected to participate in the latest expedition this winter. (5.12.04) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/000178.html#more

  • UNM conferred a projected total of 2,797 degrees on main campus graduates at the spring commencement ceremony in University Arena. Denise Chavez, New Mexico author, actress, director and teacher, received an honorary doctor of letters degree and delivered the commencement address. Edward Lewis and Stewart Udall also received honorary degrees. (5.5.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-05-03commencement.htm

  • The Alumni Relations office honored four alumni for their contributions to UNM. Stanley E. Harrison received the Zimmerman Award for acts of fame and honor; F. Chris Garcia was awarded the Bernard S. Rodey Award for educational leadership; Robert Matteucci received the Erna S. Fergusson Award for exceptional accomplishments; and Shiame Okunor was honored with the Faculty Teaching Award for outstanding teaching and service to students. (5.5.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-29alumni.htm

  • CASTL, the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, presented awards for exceptional teaching at a ceremony recently. The 2004-2006 Presidential Teaching Fellow was awarded to Christopher C. Mead, professor, School of Architecture and Planning. Other awards included Outstanding Teaching of the Year, Outstanding Adjunct Teacher/Lecture of the Year and Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year. (5.5.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-30castl.htm

  • Byron Lindsey, associate professor of Russian, is a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad award announced recently by the U.S. Department of Education. Lindsey's project is to study and translate texts from the literature of Dagestan, a region from the former Soviet Union in the northern Caucasus. (5.5.04)

  • Frank E. Perez, an environmental health and safety tech III with the Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs, has been named the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) New Mexico Chapter Safety Professional of the Year for 2003. Perez' service to the local chapter through leadership and committee involvement and his expertise in the safety profession were but two factors in earning the award. (5.5.04)

  • Dr. Charles Crespy was appointed dean of the UNM's Anderson Schools of Management (ASM). Crespy, a four-time alumnus of UNM, currently serves as J.P. Morgan Chase Professor and dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at El Paso.
    He is slated to begin his duties at the Anderson Schools on August 1, 2004. (4.28.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-28crespy.htm

  • KUNM, 89.9 FM, took top honors, including "Station of the Year," from the New Mexico Associated Press Broadcasters for radio news based on New Mexico radio station entries. Stations are grouped into two divisions based on market size. KUNM has won the prestigious "Station of the Year" award for the past three years. (4.28.04)

  • School of Law Professor Christine Zuni Cruz has been selected as one of 20 recipients of the 2004 Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. Started in 1986 during Bruce King's second term in office, the prestigious governor's award honors selected women from statewide nominations for their exceptional contributions and achievements. (4.28.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-28zuni.htm

  • UNM'S Arts of the America's Institute (AAI), the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) and the City of Albuquerque's KiMo Theatre hosted an international conference, to explore "Religion as Art.” The conference featured 32 scholars on eight panels in an interdisciplinary framework incorporating experts from the arts as well as the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, medicine and law. (4.28.04)

  • Linguistics Professor Joan L. Bybee was named UNM's 49th Annual Research Lecturer. She presented the lecture, "Say it again: how usage shapes language.” The annual research lecturer title is the highest honor UNM awards faculty members. (4.21.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/04-04-19/bybee.htm

  • History Professor Virginia Scharff has been elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians (SAH) "in recognition of the literary and scholarly distinction of historical work." Scharff was one of 13 individuals elected this year. (4.21.04)

  • A new Nano Electron Scanning Microscope was dedicated at the School of Engineering. The instrument is the first of its kind to be installed at a U.S. university and will allow researchers to study nanomaterials at unprecedented resolution. Abhaya Datye, professor of chemical and nuclear engineering and director of the Center for Microengineered Materials is director of the SEN microscope laboratory. (4.21.04)

  • International Relations is the focus of a new task force (formerly known as the UNM Circle on Sovereignty and Sustainability) assigned to Paul Nathanson, associate provost for Academic Affairs.  The task force seeks to identify central themes within the university's teaching, service and research activities to broaden UNM's international profile. Faculty and staff involved with international projects or programs are asked to join. (4.21.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-21nathanson.htm

  • The Tribal Virtual Network (TVN) had a blue ribbon cutting ceremony event on the Access Grid (AG). The TVN/AG is a consortium of five New Mexico tribes and the UNM Arts of the Americas Institute - all working on a technology project that uses Access Grid or AG technology to enable real time audio/video communication between multiple sites using Internet connectivity. (4.21.04) http://finearts.unm.edu/tvn/

  • The 2004 Clauve Outstanding Senior Awards were awarded to six students including Fredrick James Efu-Awich, Jenny French, Jennifer Onuska, Kwame-Rugunda, Amanda Sims and James Smith. The Clauve Awards are given to UNM seniors who have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and is also based on leadership and involvement. (4.14.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-09Clauveawards.htm

  • Associate Dean of Research for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences and Physics Professor Robert Duncan has been named the Gordon and Betty Moore Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy. Each of the four operational divisions at Caltech name one Moore Distinguished Scholar every year. (4.14.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-13duncan.htm

  • Regents' Scholar and Anthropology student Stephanie Ford has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study Maori culture in New Zealand, following her graduation in May. Ford will attend classes at the University of Auckland, study the Maori language and participate in a study of how New Zealand protects, preserves and interprets Maori traditional culture and archaeological sites. (4.14.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-13fulbright.htm

  • Tobias Fischer, assistant professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences and graduate student Maarten de Moor, joined with representatives of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), Carnegie Institution of Washington and Boston University to take part in the National Science Foundation-funded 'MARGINS' initiative, an expedition to study volcanoes near the Mariana Islands. (4.14.04)

  • Political Science Professor Christine Sierra has launched a three-year study on the role of gender and race as it relates to elected officials in the United States. The first of its kind study is funded by a $680,000 Ford Foundation grant. The project is a comprehensive examination of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of America's increasingly diverse elected leadership at local, state and national levels. (4.7.04)

  • More than 100 UNM students are listed in the 2004 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." Campus nominating committees chose the students on the basis of leadership and community involvement. (4.7.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-05whoswho.htm

  • UNM graduate programs in engineering, fine arts, law and medicine are ranked among the best in the nation in the April 5 issue of U.S. News & World Report. The listing of America's best graduate schools for 2005 includes eight UNM programs. For the first time, a specialty program in the UNM School of Engineering is included in the top 50 rankings. (4.7.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-06rankings.htm

  • Seventeen individuals were honored at the 15th annual Provost's Outstanding Staff awards. Outstanding individual staff awardees were: Sarah Dilmore, Economics; B. Sue Garley, Speech and Hearing Sciences; and Jerry Pilkinton, Physical Plant. The outstanding workgroup honored was the UNM Art Museum team including: Tyler Anderson, Linda Bahm, Kelvin Beliele, Michael Certo, Kathleen Howe, Kathryn Guscott, Chris Jones, Ursula Mines, Sarah Otto-Diniz, Lee Savary, Shelley Simms,
    Laura Downey Staneff, Bonnie Verardo and Chip Ware. (4.7.04)

  • Melissa Bokovoy, Regents' lecturer and associate professor of history, was selected to present the annual Snead-Wertheim Endowed Lecture. Bokovoy's lecture, "The Politics of Commemoration: Memory and Mourning in Serbia and Croatia, 1918-1941," had cross-disciplinary appeal, a goal of the selection committee comprised of faculty from history and anthropology. (4.7.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-04-02bokovoy.htm

  • Sean Murray, a mechanical engineering student and member of the UNM baseball team, has been named a 2004 Truman Scholar. Murray is one of 80 students nationwide to be selected based on leadership potential, intellectual ability and the likelihood of "making a difference." The Truman Scholarship is a $26,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduates to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government or the non-profit sector. (3.31.04)

  • Mo Jamshidi, Regents' Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Founding Director of the ACE Center, has been selected as one of seven 2003 Fellows of the New York Academy of Sciences. (3.31.04) http://www.eece.unm.edu/

  • Wild Friends, a proponent of legislative measures to protect wildlife and make roads safer for motorists, was recently honored with the New Mexico Wildlife Society's 2003 Professional Award for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation. The Center for Wildlife Law and the UNM Institute for Public Law founded Wild Friends, a statewide network of 500 students, teachers and mentors. (3.24.04)

  • The School of Architecture and Planning had its graduate certificate program in historic preservation approved by the State Board of Finance recently. The certificate will be a tool for city planners, government cultural resource professionals and those in architecture, landscape architecture and planning to understand what is distinctive and vital to a community to revitalize and restore heritage. (3.24.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-03-24preservation.htm

  • School of Law Professor Leo Romero has been elected president of the National Order of the Coif. Coif promotes and honors academic and scholarly excellence and is the national honorary society for law, akin to Phi Beta Kappa for undergraduate colleges. Graduates from law schools with Coif chapters are elected to the Order of the Coif if they graduate in the top 10 percent of the their class. (3.24.04)

  • Hispanic Magazine ranks UNM 23rd on its list of top 25 Colleges and Universities for Latinos in its March 2004 issue. According to the magazine, academic excellence and Hispanic achievement lead the list of qualities for schools receiving the honor. UNM is the only school in New Mexico to make the list. (3.17.04)

  • Leaders from UNM and the U.S. Air Force signed an agreement establishing the Air Force Institute of Technology in Albuquerque. The educational initiative will allow Air Force officers and civilians to earn advanced degrees in science, technology and management by combining credits from each institution. (3.17.04)

  • A study, led by College of Education Assistant Professor Rick Kitchen, shows that students from low-income communities can excel in mathematics when schools make teaching and learning a top priority. The research examined the characteristics that distinguished nine high achieving schools serving low-income communities. (3.17.04)

  • Alf Simon, director of landscape architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning, has been elected vice president/president elect of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. His term of office as vice-president commences in June 2004, and his presidency in June 2005. (3.17.04)

  • For the fourth consecutive year, students from the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department zipped up their flight suits and flew experiments on board the "Weightless Wonder," a microgravity KC-135 airplane at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The experiments are part of NASA's Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. (3.3.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-02-27nasa.htm

  • Ken Frandsen, professor, Communications and Journalism, received "The Distinguished Service Award" given by the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) at its 75th annual convention held recently. The award is the association's highest honor recognizing individuals who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to WSCA and to the communication discipline. (3.3.04)

  • The School of Architecture and Planning's Joni Palmer, landscape architecture, and Jose Zelaya, architecture, presented the "Santa Rosa Community Visioning Workshop," at city hall in Santa Rosa, N.M. Along with their students, the two will presented preliminary ideas for a redesign of the community's downtown courthouse square and proposals for a trail system for pedestrians and bicyclists along the Pecos River and El Rito. (3.3.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-02-26HTdpac.htm

  • The School of Medicine honored endowed chairs and professors at its Endowments Recognition dinner. The doctors who received professorships will be granted $25,000, while the recipients of chairs and endowments will be granted $125,000. (2.25.04)

  • Monica Silveira Cyrino, associate professor of Classics, was a member of a distinguished panel of historians, film critics and popular culture experts to discuss Mel Gibson's new film, "The Passion of the Christ." The discussion was broadcast in a special episode of the series "History vs. Hollywood" on The History Channel. (2.25.04)

  • UNM is partnering with Escuela Agrcola Panamericana (known as “Zamorano”), a private college in Honduras, to design and implement a “Diplomado de Recursos Hdricos" (diploma of water resources) program to educate Central American water managers and administrators, many of whom have little formal training in the study of water resources. (2.25.04)

  • Schools of Law students Anna Martinez and April Winecke earned top honors at the National Native American Law Students Association moot court competition held last week in Denver, Colo. Martinez won the prize for "best oralist" and Winecke for "best brief." (2.18.04)

  • EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) has funded the purchase of key nanotechnology microscopes for nanoscience research and education for universities in New Mexico. UNM will receive a one-of-a-kind microscope with extremely high resolution that is able to define or characterize the properties of the surfaces of nanoscale particles with X-ray analysis. The equipment was funded through an EPSCoR-National Science Foundation award of more than $1.5 million. (2.18.04)

  • Political Science Professor Deborah McFarlane will be a Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health during the 2004-05 academic year. She will be based in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences while completing a research project funded by the Hewlett Foundation on international reproductive policies. (2.18.04)

  • Douglas Geist and Eric Larson, adjunct faculty in the Department of Music, were honored for their work as sound engineers on the album "Black Eagle - Flying Free," which received the Best Album award in the Native American music category during the Grammy Awards last Sunday. (2.11.04)

  • The Hispanic Women's Council (HWC) has awarded the Estrella Brillante Award to Raquel Martinez.  Martinez is the director of Faculty Services in the Office of the Provost. The award was established to honor a woman who has given extraordinary service to HWC and has demonstrated excellence, integrity and professionalism. (2.11.04)

  • John Sugg has been awarded the Best Undergraduate Paper prize from the Southwest Political Science Association for his paper, "The Effectiveness of Gun Control Legislation:  A Cross-Sectional Analysis of State Homicide Rates."  Sugg, a junior in honors seminar working under the direction of Political Science Professor Lonna Atkeson, will be recognized during an upcoming meeting of the SWPSA. (2.11.04)

  • Exagen Diagnostics, Inc., an emerging leader in the discovery and development of practical prognostic genomic markers for serious diseases, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with the UNM's Science and Technology Corporation. The agreement gives Exagen exclusive rights to several patents for a novel FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) process developed at the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC). (2.4.04)

  • The UNM Health Sciences Center has become a partner in an effort that could allow people to learn if they have an infectious disease or have been exposed to a bioterrorist pathogen. The Biosignatures Consortium, started by the HSC and established under a memorandum of understanding, aims to provide the earliest possible diagnosis of infection, whether it is an emerging disease, known disease or a bioterrorism threat. (2.4.04)

  • The College of Pharmacy appointed Michel B. Disco as Assistant Dean for External Programs and Associate Professor of Pharmacy (Clinician Educator). Disco has practiced in the community pharmacy setting for the past 30 years. (2.4.04)

  • Dan Barkley, coordinator of government information at Zimmerman Library, has co-authored a new publication that provides a road map for navigating government information sources at the state level. The book, "Tapping State Government Information Sources," contains a broad selection of information and resources from all 50 states including Web addresses. (1.28.04)

  • Tracy Skipp, who was named director of Academic Programs for University Studies in December, has been accepted to the Harvard Institute for Higher Education Management Development Program this summer. The institute serves high potential deans and directors in the early part of their careers. (1.28.04)

  • Founded in 1923, the Harwood Museum of Art has been a part of UNM since 1935. The museum is celebrating "Harwood @ 80 Taos Arts: Past Present Future" through lectures, films, concerts, exhibits, fundraising initiatives and more. (1.21.04) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-01-21harwood.htm

  • Economics Professors David Brookshire, Janie Chermak and Kate Krause are collaborating with professors from several institutions on SAHRA (Center for the Sustainability of semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas). SAHRA is a science and technology center addressing interdisciplinary water management issues in semi-arid environments. It was established in 2000 through a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. (1.21.04)

  • UNM President Louis Caldera was cited in Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2003 issue recently. President Caldera, former Secretary of the Army (1998-2001), is one of six individuals queried about whether or not the draft should be reinstated with U.S. forces stretched thin and many reservists on full-time duty. (1.7.04)

  • The New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Industrial Office Parks conferred an "Award of Merit" on the UNM School of Law's Frederick M. Hart Addition at its 2003 NAIOP Awards of Excellence program. (12.17.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-12-16lawmeritaward.htm

  • Civil Engineering Professor Timothy Ward recently received the Excellence in Construction Education 2003 Award from the New Mexico Building Branch of the Associated General Contractors. Ward has served as Civil Engineering chair in the School of Engineering since 1997. (12.17.2003)

  • Mark McDaniel, professor and chair in the Department of Psychology, has been elected by his peers as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) for 2004. APA Fellows are selected for their exceptional and outstanding contributions to the research, teaching or practice of psychology. (12.17.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-12-11mcdaniel.htm

  • Four UNM Health Sciences Center employees have been recognized for their contributions and efforts in the field of Occupational Therapy. Patricia Burtner, David Jackson Research Award; Betsy VanLeit, School of Medicine Outstanding Teacher Award; and Mary Thomas, School of Medicine Dean Staff Award. Terry K. Crowe was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professor in Provo, Utah. (12.10.2003)

  • More than received degrees at UNM's 2003 Fall Commencement Ceremony. Of the total degrees, the projected breakdown is as follows: 1,165 bachelor's degrees; 333 master's degrees; 96 doctorate degrees; five education specialist degrees; 11 juris doctorate degrees; 11 pharmacy doctorate degrees; and five medical doctorate degrees. (12.10.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-12-10commencement.htm

  • UNM is one of 12 distinguished institutions awarded the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). The NNIN, a five-year $70 million project funded by the National Science Foundation, will provide user facilities to support the nation's need for education and research in nanoscale science and engineering. (12.10.2003)

  • The School of Architecture and Planning ranks 28 among the top 40 "exceptional value picks" in architecture for 2004, as reported in DesignIntelligence's latest issue on "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools" for 2004. (12.10.2003)

  • School of Law Professor James Ellis was honored recently with awards from the New Mexico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) of New Mexico and his alma mater, Occidental College. An expert in constitutional law, Ellis, who was recently featured in Quantum magazine, was noted by all three organizations for his work to ban executions of the mentally retarded. (12.10.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-12-10ellis.htm

  • UNM's ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education) program has received a $75,000 grant for two years from the Lumina Foundation for Education. Its aim will be to lower the Hispanic dropout rate in grades K-20, at Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute and at UNM, and to create the systemic change necessary to graduate more Hispanics from institutions of higher learning. (12.3.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-12-02ENLACE.htm

  • The Carter Center and the Organization of American States (OAS) invited Kenneth Roberts, chair, Political Science Department, to serve as an election observer in Venezuela. The delegation of international experts was sent to Caracas and other cites in Venezuela to observe two scheduled collections of recall signatures. (12.3.2003)

  • Susan Deese-Roberts, director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and General Library faculty, was awarded the College Reading & Learning Association's Karen G. Smith Special Recognition Award at the association's annual conference. The association has approximately 1,200 members – learning assistance professionals in colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. (12.3.2003)

  • The Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has elected Amy Wohlert, chair, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, its president-elect. The ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 110,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists. (12.3.2003)

  • Patricia Trainor, School of Law registrar, has been elected executive director for the National Network of Law School Officers (NNLSO). The NNLSO has a membership of more than 600 members at 133 participating American Bar Association accredited law schools. (12.3. 2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-12-03trainer.htm

  • A partnership between the College Of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences and Albuquerque Public Schools, one of only 23 nationally, has been accepted for membership into the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). The goal of NNER is to form partnerships to simultaneously improve the quality of education for students and the quality of preparation for educators. Acceptance of the UNM/APS partnership means local educators will play a leading role in helping to shape national educational reform. (11.26.2003)

  • UNM Board of Regent Sandra Begay Campbell is featured in the November issue of New Mexico Woman Magazine in a story titled, "Influential Native American Women." The Gallup native and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) scientist is the leader of SNL's Native American Renewable Energy Program. (11.26.2003)

  • The 2003 Gerald W. May award winners include: Randy Irwin, Physical Plant Department (PPD) Area 2 locksmith; Karen Retskin, Staff Council office, administrative assistant III; and David Trujillo, PPD landscaping. (11.19.2003)

  • The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education ranks the UNM School of Law 23rd on a list of the top 50 colleges granting law degrees according to recent rankings compiled by the National Center for Education. (11.19.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-11-18Hispanislaw.htm

  • The History Department has received funds from the Frank D. and Marie K. Gorham Trust and Senate Bill 14 to support an endowed lectureship in ancient history, the only such endowment in the College of Arts and Sciences. The $100,000 grant will allow the department to attract a top-notch candidate to the vacancy by offering funds for travel and research. (11.19.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-11-19gorham.htm

  • U.S. Secretary of Health Tommy Thompson appointed Dr. Robert E. Sapien to a two-year term on the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Sapien, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the UNM Health Sciences Center, will advise Thompson on programs that are directed to reduce infant mortality and improve the health status of pregnant women and infants. (11.19.2003)

  • Professor of Law Suedeen Kelly has been confirmed as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the entity responsible for transmission of electricity and natural gas in interstate commerce, wholesale sale of electricity and natural gas and licensing of hydroelectric facilities. (11.12.2003)

  • Professor Margaret Montoya, School of Law, was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the first such award presented by the newly formed National Latina/o Law Student Association, at the 7th annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference held at the University of California at Los Angeles. (11.12.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-11-11montoya.htm

  • Judith M. Espinosa, director of the Alliance for Transportation Research Institute at UNM, was selected by the Hispanic Women's Council to receive a Las Primeras Award, given to women who are first in their field. An alumnus of the UNM Law School and the UNM School of Nursing, Espinosa was the first Hispanic woman to serve in a cabinet-level position as New Mexico Secretary of Transportation in 1983. (11.12.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-11-12EspinosaAward.htm

  • The History Department was selected to participate in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, a multi-year research and action project aimed at improving doctoral education in the United States. The initiative establishes partner departments in the areas of English, history, neuroscience, mathematics, chemistry and education. (11.5.2003)

  • The National Academic Advisement Association has recognized UNM's Engineering Student Programs Office in the School of Engineering as one of the nation's outstanding institutional advising programs. (11.5.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-11-03espo.htm

  • The UNM Foundation/Development office is ranked No. 350 (from 398) in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual ranking, The Philanthropy 400. The Philanthropy 400 ranks the nation's largest nonprofit groups by how much money they raise from private sources. (10.29.2003)

  • Political Science Professor F. Chris Garcia has been named a recipient of the 2003 New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award.  The award, which was presented by Gov. Bill Richardson, is among the most prestigious given in the state and recognizes civic leaders and private citizens for their contributions to the improvement of public service at the federal, state and local levels. (10.15.2003)

  • Adjunct Professor John Ackerman and Professor Jeanne Logsdon have been named as the recipients of the Jack and Donna Rust Endowed Professorships in Business Ethics at the Anderson Schools of Management. The Rust's initial contribution for the professorships will be matched by the State of New Mexico through Senate Bill 14, the Endowment for University Excellence. (10.15.2003)  http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-10-15asm.htm

  • The UNM Alumni Association honored the 2003 Zia Award recipients:  Gary Golden, Yolanda King, James B. Lewis, Petra Jimenez Maes, Mary T. Torres and Robert Wertheim. The Zia Awards are given to alumni living in New Mexico who have distinguished themselves in philanthropic endeavors, public office, service to the University, community and volunteer activities, business or professional fields, or
    who have made a contribution to education. (10.15.2003)

  • Gov. Bill Richardson tapped UNM for four members of the task force developing a road map for change within the State Department of Education. Law professor Kip Bobroff and student Leah Sandoval will serve on the steering committee, while Ginger Blalock, College of Education, and Karen Griego, on loan from Albuquerque Public Schools to direct ENLACE for Special Programs, Student Affairs, will serve on the task force. (10.15.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-10-15bobroff.htm

  • President Louis Caldera was one of four New Mexicans named to the "Hispanic Business 100 Most Influential Hispanics" compiled by Hispanic Business magazine. The list recognizes individuals who have had recent national impact. President Caldera was noted for his service as Secretary of the Army from 1998-2001. Other New Mexicans recognized include Gov. Bill Richardson; Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron; and PNM Vice President Patrick T. Ortiz. (10.8.2003)

  • The Biology Department received a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Institute's of Health Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program in "Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology." The primary goal of the grant is to establish a research center at UNM with a thematic focus in the disciplines of theoretical and evolutionary immunobiology. (10.8.2003)

  • The Anderson Schools of Management were among 15 schools recognized worldwide as "showing significant activities in social impact management" in the 2003 Beyond Grey Pinstripes report. The biennial report, prepared by the World Resources Institute and The Aspen Institute Initiative for Social Innovation through Business, honors MBA programs that infuse environmental and social impact management into the classroom, activities and faculty research. (10.8.2003)

  • For the eighth consecutive year, UNM has been named in the annual report on America's 100 Best College Buys designating the institution as providing one of America's best college educations for the cost. Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. compiled the list from a survey of 1,461 accredited U.S. colleges and universities offering four-year undergraduate degree programs. (10.1.2003)

  • Donald C. Johanson, director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University and renowned scientist who discovered the ancient hominid skeleton "Lucy," was the guest speaker for the XVII Journal of Anthropological Research lecture benefiting the graduate student support fund, established this year in honor of the department's 75th anniversary. (10.1.2003)

  • Holly Shipp Buchanan, director of the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, has been appointed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to a four-year term as a member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. (10.1.2003)

  • The Center for Disaster Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Health Sciences Center received a $1.14 million continuing education grant to train New Mexico healthcare professionals to detect and medically respond to bio-terrorist attacks. (9.24.2003)

  • The Consortium of the America's for Interdisciplinary Science has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant by the National Science Foundation to bring forth collaboration between United States and Latin American scientists to perform high caliber research in interdisciplinary science with linkage to education. (9.24.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-09-19kenkre.htm

  • Roli Varma, an associate professor in the School of Public Administration within the Anderson Schools of Management, has received $345,000 from the National Science Foundation to extend her research to understand the reasons for under-representation of undergraduate women majoring in core information technology disciplines, including computer science and computer engineering, at institutions of higher learning. (9.24.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-09-19ASMvarma.htm

  • The School of Architecture and Planning named James M. Long, founder of American Property and 1982 graduate of the UNM architecture program, recipient of its 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented to a graduate of the School of Architecture and Planning distinguished for professional work, community and public service. (9.24.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-09-19long.htm

  • Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Jane E. Buikstra has been selected as the University's 48th Annual Research Lecturer, the highest honor UNM bestows upon members of its faculty. (9.17.2003)

  • The School of Engineering will collaborate on two Information Technology Research (ITR) awards announced today by the National Science Foundation. The grants, totaling more than $24 million, are two of only eight awarded from an initial field of 70. In the first award, Project Director Bernard Moret leads the effort to develop computational tools to explore evolutionary relationships among all species of living organisms forming the "Tree of Life." The second ITR award this year involves Professor Stephanie Forrest, who is the co-principal investigator on an award titled, "Sensitive Information in a Wired World." (9.17.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-09-17ITR.htm

  • The College of Nursing received a $650,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to recruit nurses from throughout New Mexico to advance their educations via the web. (9.17.2003) http://hscapp.unm.edu/calendar/output/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release&EntryID=2042

  • The School of Law and the Robert O. Anderson Graduate Schools of Management (ASM) have been named to the top five in the country in their respective categories for Hispanic students by Hispanic Business magazine. The School of Law is ranked third, while the Graduate Schools at ASM improved two spots from last year and ranked fourth in the nation. (9.10.2003)

  • Darko Stefanovic, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering, received a five-year, $450,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award. Stefanovic's research involves recently discovered deoxyribozyme logic gates as a new foundation of decision-making and computational logic networks. (9.10.2003)

  • School of Engineering computing faculty David A. Bader, Patrick Bridges, Arthur B. Maccabe and Bernard Moret are collaborating on a new initiative to design a supercomputer faster than today's high-end systems. IBM has received more than $53 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the second phase of DARPA's High Productivity Computing Systems initiative. (9.3.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-08-25percs.htm

  • Faculty at the Health Sciences Center received two of only six major Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants awarded nationally to study innovative methods of combating depression at the community level. (9.3.2003) http://hscapp.unm.edu/calendar/output/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release&EntryID=1995

  • Clinical Pharmacy Assistant Professor James Nawarskas, Pharm.D., has been named outstanding teacher by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Nawarskas was honored with 123 others from 71 U.S. colleges and schools at the AACP annual meeting. (8.27.2003)

  • Richard L. Wood, associate professor of sociology, received the 2003 Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association Sociology of Religion section. His book, "Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and Democratic Organizing in America," published by University of Chicago Press, was one of four finalists for the same award given by the association's Social Movements/Collective Behavior section. (8.27.2003)

  • UNM offers best value for your tuition dollar, according to Kaplan Publishing's 2004 edition "The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges." (8.27.2003)

  • Researchers in the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering have developed a small, portable electrochemical immunosensor that can aid in the early detection of viruses including hantavirus. (8.20.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-08-19wilkins.htm

  • The Campus Office of Substance Abuse and Prevention (COSAP) was one of 15 schools nationwide to receive a grant from the United States Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. The grant will help fund COSAP's effort to increase awareness on the dangers of alcohol and underage drinking on the UNM campus and the surrounding community. (8.20.2003)

  • Peter A. Winograd, associate dean and professor at the School of Law, has been re-elected to a three-year term as member of the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The council is the accrediting law school body recognized by the United States Department of Education. (8.20.2003)

  • The UNM Foundation received more than $42 million during the 2002-03 fiscal year to establish a new record in private donations. The record-setting figure constitutes a 4.5 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, which brought in a then-record $40 million. UNM has seen an increase in private donations five consecutive years. (8.13.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-08-07foundation.htm

  • The School of Medicine was awarded a four-year, $2 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to strengthen geriatric medical training throughout the state. UNM is among 10 schools in the nation to receive a share of the $20 million funding initiative. (8.13.2003)

  • UNM is one of 15 universities selected by the Marion Ewing Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Mo., to participate in the Foundation's Kauffman Campuses Initiative, a new program aimed at making entrepreneurship education common and accessible campus-wide. (7.23.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-07-22kauffman.htm

  • Senior Associate University Counsel Robert Bienstock has been named to the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). NACUA is comprised of more than 3,000 attorneys, both in general counsel offices and in private practice, representing nearly 1,400 campuses (660 institutions). (7.23.2003)

  • Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry William R. Miller was selected to receive one of five 2003 Innovators Combating Substance Abuse awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (7.23.2003)

  • The National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates program is sponsoring research conducted by the Civil Engineering Department along the Rio Grande bosque. The studies are centered on the historical and cultural value of water, the shifting paradigm of water in the west, river and riparian restoration strategies, sustainability of water resources and the interdisciplinary nature of water resources engineering. (7.16.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-07-14nsf.htm

  • An affordable housing design by UNM graduate architecture students Jim Fox, Leslie Ford and Marcus Bushong won top honors from the HOME House Project Competition sponsored by the Southeast Center for Contemporary Arts (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, N.C. The design was one of 25 proposals of merit selected from a field of more than 440 entries from seven countries. Introductory Architecture Design Studio faculty Geoffrey Adams and Karen J. King directed their work. (7.16.2003)

  • The Automotive and Fleet Services Department received an award from the City of Albuquerque for pollution prevention efforts. The Pollution Prevention program award recognizes the department for effort toward environmental friendliness in disposal of hazardous solid and liquid waste and for efforts to purchase environmentally friendly products. (7.16.2003)

  • Bert Useem, sociology professor and director of the UNM Institute for Social Research, authored the best-published essay in 2002 by the American Sociological Association. The essay, "Forging Social Order and Its Breakdown: Riot and Reform in U.S. Prisons," appeared in the American Sociological Review, 2002. (7.2.2003) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/03-07-02useem.htm

  • Chemistry Professor Debra Dunaway-Mariano and graduate student Guofeng Zhang teamed up with researchers at Boston University to get the first ever glimpse of a chemical reaction in the process of transforming to the chemical product. The research was recently featured in Science magazine. (7.2.2003)

  • The Health Sciences Center is one of 18 centers across the country participating in a landmark clinical research study. The Early Randomized Surgical Epilepsy Trial is designed to evaluate two standard therapies, medications and treatment with surgery. (7.2.2003)

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