(January 1 - May 11, 2007)
Indian Center Boss Named
Sam Deloria, who spent the past 35 years at the University
of New Mexico's Indian Law Center, is the new director of
the American Indian Graduate Center.
The graduate center, based in Albuquerque, helps American
Indian and Alaska Native students across the nation pursue
undergraduate and graduate degrees. It awards $8 million a
year in scholarships.
Deloria, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, ran
the Pre-Law Summer Institute while at the UNM law school
and helped the American Indian Law Center become
nationally known in Indian law and federal Indian policy.
Shenan Atcitty, the president of the American Indian
Graduate Center's board, said Deloria brings a wealth of
experience to the new job.
The center "has gained one of the premier analysts of
Indian policy in the nation," Atcitty said. (5.11.07)
First Native female university president joins Antioch
Seattle (formerly with UNM)
Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet, recently chosen to be
president of Antioch University Seattle, is believed to be
the first American Indian woman to ascend to the
presidency of an accredited university outside of the
tribal college system. (5.2.07)
The UNM Pediatric Hospital has hired nine pediatric doctors:
Anne Greene, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics in
the division of cardiology and director of pediatric
arrhythmia and electrophysiology services, was the
director of pediatric arrhythmia and electrophysiology at
the NYU Medical Center in New York.
Richard Krueger, M.D., Ph.D., neonatologist in the newborn
intensive care unit (NICU), worked at the Cedars-Sinai
Medical Center at the University of California at Los
Vlad Ianus, M.D., Ph.D., neonatologist in the newborn
intensive care unit, did a residency at Monmouth Medical
Center in New Jersey and a fellowship in neonatology at
Martha L. Miller, M.D., pediatric infectious disease
physician, has a medical degree from the University of
Michigan, did a residency at Le Bonheur Children's Medical
Center at the University of Tennessee and a fellowship in
infectious disease at St. Jude and Le Bonheur Children's
Penny Brandt, D.O., general pediatrician, was an attending
physician in urgent care at Schneider Children's Hospital
in New Hyde Park, N.Y. She also was an attending physician
in the pediatric emergency department at Winthrop
University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y.
Linnea Wittick, M.D., pediatric hospitalist physician, has
a medical degree from the University of Texas in San
Antonio and did a residency at the UNM School of Medicine.
Leslie Strickler, D.O., pediatric hospitalist physician,
has a medical degree from the Chicago College of
Osteopathic Medicine and did a residency at the UNM School
Jeri Singleton, M.D., pediatric hospitalist physician, was
a registered nurse in the medical-surgical intensive care
unit at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. She has a
bachelor's degree in nursing and a medical degree, both
from the University of Oklahoma, and did a residency at
the UNM School of Medicine.
Teresa Vigil, M.D., general pediatrician, did a residency
at the UNM School of Medicine and was the chief resident.
Research findings from University of New Mexico update
understanding of cancer
Data detailed in "Assessment of the frequency of allelic
imbalance in human tissue using a multiplex polymerase
chain reaction system" have been presented. "Genomic
instability can generate chromosome breakage and fusion
randomly throughout the genome, frequently resulting in
allelic imbalance, a deviation from the normal 1:1 ratio
of maternal and paternal alleles. Allelic imbalance
reflects the karyotypic complexity of the cancer genome,"
scientists writing in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
UNM nurse midwifery program ranks third
The University of New Mexico College of Nursing's nurse
midwifery program has been ranked third in the nation for
the fifth consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report.
UNM's nurse midwifery program ties for third place with
programs at Yale University and the University of
California on the magazine's "America's Best Graduate
Schools" list for 2007.The rankings are based on surveys conducted in the fall of
2006 of graduate nurse-midwifery programs accredited by
the American College of Nurse-Midwives Division of
Accreditation. The UNM nurse midwifery program has a 96
percent first-time pass rate for the American Midwifery
Certification Board's certification exam, better than the
national average of 86 percent.
Nearly one third of all births in New Mexico are attended
by nurse midwives, mostly in hospitals, according to UNM. (4.24.07)
Fashion Show To Benefit Charity
Twenty-two high school students will take the runway
Sunday in a charity fashion show hosted by Mothers Against
Drunk Driving and Kim Jew Photography Studios.
The show will took place at the University of
New Mexico's Student Union Grand Ballroom. (4.22.07)
Film fest continues to break down barriers
By J.A. Montalbano
"Sin fronteras" means "without borders," and, this year,
the film festival that goes by that name knocked down a
few barriers of its own.
For the fifth year of the socially conscious festival,
organizers decided to expand beyond Latin American topics
to include films by and about American Indians and others. (4.21.07)
UNM Nursing Program Honored
The University of New Mexico College of Nursing once again
received a top ranking in U.S. News and World Report's
list of America's Best Graduate Schools for its
This is the fifth consecutive year the national ranking
has been bestowed on the UNM program, the university
announced Thursday in a news release.
UNM tied for third place with the University of California
at San Francisco and Yale University.
The rankings were based on peer assessment surveys sent to
deans, other administrators and faculty at accredited
degree programs or schools. (4.16.07)
UNM Has New Dean of Libraries
A Texas A&M official has been tapped to be dean of
university libraries at the University of New Mexico.
Martha A. Bedard, associate dean for information and
collection services at the Texas school, will begin at UNM
on Aug. 1.
Bedard replaces Fran Wilkinson, who was appointed interim
dean after Camila Alire retired June 30. (4.16.07)
'Coping' class for patients, families
The University of New Mexico Cancer Center and the
American Cancer Society offered "I Can Cope," a free
class for cancer patients and their families.
Medical professionals offered information about cancer
diagnosis and treatment at the UNM Cancer Center. (4.16.07)
Festivals With a Mexican Flair (UNM prof quoted)
By S. KIRK WALSH
SAN ANTONIO’S Fiesta Days started in 1891, as the story is
told by Jorge Gonzalez, president of the city’s Festival
Commission, when San Antonians decided to greet President
Benjamin Harrison with a peaceful spin on military
history. “Some of the ladies in town had read that in
France, when someone important visited, they celebrated a
famous battle,” Mr. Gonzalez said. The women decided to
commemorate the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive 1836
engagement in Texas’s struggle for independence from
UNM Women's Basketball: Lobos win MWC tourney and bid
to NCAAs with 63-49 victory over BYU Marsh lead Lobos with 20 points, earns MVP honors
BYU made one big mistake.
The Cougars upset Lobos forward Dionne Marsh, unwittingly
inspiring one of her top performances of the season.
Marsh scored 20 points, leading the University of New
Mexico women's basketball team to a 63-49 win over BYU and
the Mountain West Conference tournament title.
With the championship, UNM also earns the conference's
automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It will be the
Lobos' sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAAs. (3.11.07)
University of New Mexico Doctor Honored for Work at
Young Children's Health Center in Albuquerque
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) honored
University of New Mexico pediatrician Lance Chilton, MD,
FAAP, for his work with the Young Children's Health Center
(YCHC) in Albuquerque, N.M. Dr. Chilton's work grew out of
an AAP CATCH Planning Fund grant. Awarded on a competitive
basis each year, CATCH (Community Access to Child Health)
is a national AAP program designed to increase access and
improve the quality of medical care for children across
the United States. (3.8.07)
State Archives develops online archive
Wyoming is participating in the creation of the Rocky
Mountain Online Archive.
The Rocky Mountain Online Archive is an extensive source
of information where more than two thousand archival and special collections from
cultural institutions in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming
are described. Joining in the project are the Wyoming
State Archives, the University of Wyoming, University of New
Mexico Libraries and the Colorado Collaborative
Digitization Project. The Rocky Mountain Online Archive is
available to the public at http://rmoa.unm.edu
Health care coordinator Betty Jo Ciesielski and author
Sharon Oard Warner took center court Feb. 10 at half time
at University Arena to receive the University of New
Mexico's Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award.
Former Regent Doug Brown established the award in 2006 in
honor of his wife, Sarah, a public servant for 30 years,
and to honor UNM staff and faculty who serve as examples
of social responsiveness, and who donate considerable time
and effort advancing UNM's public service mission.
The Browns joined acting president David Harris in
congratulating the second-annual recipients. Harris
presented Ciesielski and Warner each with a plaque
featuring artwork by local children and $2,500.
Ciesielski is a coordinator in the UNM Maternity and
Family Planning Department. She developed health policy at
the national level, secured funding and created education
and accreditation for lay health workers. She coordinated
training for New Mexico community health workers reaching
20,000 patients in 2006 to provide education on diabetes,
the flu epidemic, mental health, teen suicide prevention,
heart disease and more.
Warner, a book author, has been an English professor at
UNM for 12 years. In 1999, she established the Taos Summer
Writers Workshop, attracting writers from 34 states and
four foreign countries. She was chief organizer of the
Albuquerque Tricentennial Matanza in honor of Rudolfo
Anaya and is a volunteer teacher at New Futures High
School. In her nomination of Warner, author Joy Harjo
writes, "(Sharon) has opened many doors for New Mexicans,
particularly in the writing community." (3.4.07)
Service To Honor UNM's 1st Provost
Chester C. Travelstead, the University of New Mexico's
first provost, was remembered during a memorial
service on campus.
Travelstead died of natural causes Dec. 27, 2006. He was 95.
The service and reception honoring Travelstead took
place in the UNM Student Union Building.
Travelstead began his 21-year career at UNM in 1956 as the
dean of the College of Education. He became the school's
vice president for academic affairs in 1968 and then was
named provost in 1976. He retired a year later. (3.2.07)
Sen. John Pinto, a member of the Navajo Nation, was
honored for his 30 years of service in the Legislature.
On Wednesday, Feb 28, senators applauded the Tohatchi Democrat for
his work on a range of issues, including obtaining
financing to improve the road system and other
infrastructure on tribal lands.
Pinto is second in seniority in the Senate. Each session
of the Legislature, he sings the "potato song" in Navajo
Pinto, 82, has a master's degree in education from the
University of New Mexico and worked more than 20 years in
the Gallup-McKinley school district. He served in the
Marines during World War II and was trained as a Navajo
Code Talker. The war ended before he was shipped overseas.
Pinto told senators that after being elected, he was
hitchhiking to Santa Fe and got a ride from a man who
turned out to be Sen. Manny Aragon, an Albuquerque
Running on a Résumé Both Local and National (NY Times)
(UNM professor quoted)
By RALPH BLUMENTHAL and DAN FROSCH
When a governor runs for president, local issues can
suddenly loom large. Take cockfighting. Gov. Bill
Richardson has come out against it after ignoring the
question for years.
Dr. Cate McClain from the UNM Center for Development and Disability
(CDD) appeared on "Eye on New Mexico," Sunday, February 18.
The show, on KOB TV Ch. 4, aired prior to "Meet The Press," and the
30-minute segment discussed CDD/Autism. (2.19.07)
The University of New Mexico Board of Regents named David J. Schmidly UNM President with a unanimous vote. Mr.Schmidly is the 20th president of the university. The announcement was made at a special meeting of the regents on the main UNM campus in Albuquerque. (2.17.07)
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Julie Coonrod, received a faculty acknowledgement award from University Libraries on Thursday, February 15 in the Willard Room of Zimmerman Library. As part of the
event Coonrod presented a short talk on "The Rio Grande, a River of
Contrasts." The Middle Rio Grande, a strip of oasis in the desert, is
the subject of ecosystem restoration, water supply and flood control. (2.16.07)
Muralist Joe Stephenson presented "Making Murals/Making Community" on
Tuesday, February 13 in the UNM Art Museum. Stephenson gave
a visual tour of community murals he has worked on that span a 25-year career starting in Berkeley, California in the early 1970s. (2.14.07)
Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" was presented in dramatic
fashion on February 12 by Bruce Noll, a faculty member in the Educational Leadership
Program, who also teaches in the Freshman Learning Communities. The event was a benefit for the Communication and Journalism
graduate student organization, "Commgrads." (2.13.07)
UNM became the latest member of the Imageworks Professional
Academic Excellence program, called IPAX. The announcement was made at the New Mexico MISP (Media Industries Strategy Project) Conference at UNM on
Friday, February 2nd. The IPAX membership will support the interdisciplinary Film and
Digital Media Program that is being developed at UNM. Other noted academic IPAX members include USC, Stanford, Carnegie-Mellon, and MIT. However, UNM has the only membership given to an entire
The UNM Alumni Association bestowed its four annual major awards
to outstanding alumni and faculty on Thursday, February 8, at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. This year's recipients included Judith Rogala,
James F. Zimmerman Award; Warren J. Baker, Rodey Award; Jim Hinton, Erna S. Fergusson Award; and Leslie Donovan, UNM Alumni Association Faculty Award. (2.8.07) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/001691.html#more
Michael Morris and Sally Seidel were 2006-07 Fulbright recipients.
Morris, a research professor and director of the College of Education
Office for Community Learning and Public Service, received a New
Century Scholars award, the Fulbright's global program where scholars look at large issues impacting education and/or health for a year in a cohort
group. Seidel, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, lectured and conducted research on "Mapping and Research: Mapping the Strong Potential, The Subatomic Frontier," at Lund University, Lund,
Sweden. (2.8.07) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/001693.html#more
The UNM Teachers' Institute offered a multi-disciplinary series
of workshops on climate change. The institute drew upon expertise
across the academic spectrum to educate and inform teachers about a topic of broad community and global interest, said Wanda Martin, associate
professor of English and a founding director of the institute. (2.8.07)
The Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award was presented at a
reception Saturday, February 10 in the Tow Diehm President's
Pavilion. The award recognized UNM faculty and staff who dedicated substantial time to volunteer activities and demonstrated a high level of commitment to public service. (2.8.07)
Albuquerque high school students literally learned
something about broken hearts when UNM students and professors met with them on Wednesday, February 14 to talk about tissue engineering. About 100 AHS
students attended this special UNM Bioengineering Outreach
program to interest minority students in engineering. (2.8.07)
Various aspects of Albuquerque’s history, from the development of its metropolitan area
to community activism in Martineztown, were articles in the New Mexico Historical Review's Winter 2007 issue, a must-read for Albuquerqueans.
Stephen Wheeler, formerly of the School of Architecture and Planning,
teamed up with Wade Patterson on the lead article, "The Rise of the
Regional City: Spatial Development of the Albuquerque Metropolitan
Sixteen student teams from New Mexico and Colorado showed
their proposals for a Mars mobile laboratory in the 19th Annual Space
Design Competition at the Hotel Albuquerque on Monday, February 12. The competition was just one element of the 2007 Space Technology and Applications International Forum, organized by UNM's
Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies. The 2007 theme was
"Space Renaissance: Inspiring the Next Generation." (2.8.07)
UNM Career Services hosted the largest career fair in state
history, "Career Expo 2007," on Tuesday, February 6 in the
Student Union Building ballroom. More than 110 local and national
employers had exhibits. Representatives from state and federal
agencies, television media, homebuilders, bankers and business organizations were there to share information about employment opportunities. (2.5.07)
In 2007, The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology celebrates 75 years of operation. The Directors Lecture kicked off the yearlong celebration on Thursday, February 8, with "The Search for Sir John Franklin," presented by John Martin "Jack" Campbell, Maxwell director from 1969-1972. (2.5.07)
Todd Larson presented "An Introduction to the World Intellectual
Property Organization (WIPO) - its History, Mandate, Status as a United Nations Entity and Current Areas of Focus" at the UNM School of Law
on Monday, February 12. Larson is the senior counselor at the New York Coordination Office of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Based at United Nations headquarters, Larson undertakes extensive outreach throughout North America on behalf of WIPO. (2.5.07)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Vice President John Lumpkin joined with Acting UNM President David Harris and other university leaders today to announce the establishment of a national center for health policy at the University of New Mexico. Started with an initial commitment of $18.5 million, the interdisciplinary center will have dedicated leadership and staffing as well as its own physical location on UNM's main campus. (1.11.07) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/001638.html#more
Duane Arrutihas been named associate vice president for Human Resources at the University of New Mexico. He will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, integration and coordination of the Human Resources information technology and finance functions. He will begin his new duties Feb. 1. (1.11.07) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/001636.html#more
School of Medicine faculty member Brian Gregory Solan was selected as a finalist for the 2006 Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the AAMC through the support of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative. Solan is currently an assistant professor in the department of Family & Community Medicine. He is one of 52 honorees from across the nation nominated by the Organization of Student Representatives chapter of each U.S. medical school. (1.11.07) http://hscapp.unm.edu/calendar/output/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release&EntryID=5584
Graduate student Lisa Gill recently received one of the nation's top awards for poets - the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry. She was one of 50 selected from a pool of 1,056 applications to receive this two-year, $20,000 fellowship. She was chosen based on poems from her first book, "Red as a Lotus." (1.11.07) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgibin/archives/001630.html#more
The winners of the L.F. "Tow" Diehm Inspirational Award for 2005-06 were Chris Carlson and Lars Loeseth, while Maja Kovacek was the recipient of the Leslie Self Inspirational Award. Started in 1997-98, the awards are presented annually to University of New Mexico male and female student-athletes based on leadership, character, determination and commitment to team. (1.11.07) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/001643.html#more
Kirsten Pai Buick received the University Libraries Faculty Acknowledgement Award. Buick is an assistant professor of Art History and the associate director of African American Studies at UNM. As part of the event, Buick will deliver a talk titled "Writing the Woman Artist: Mary Edmonia Lewis." (1.11.07) http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/001639.html#more
UNM Research Associate Professor of Psychology Robert J. Meyers was
featured prominently in the January issue of O: The Oprah Magazine in
an article titled "Hi, my name is Amanda and I might be an alcoholic."
Meyers is cited in the publication for his work on the community reinforcement
approach (CRA) to treating alcohol and substance abuse. (1.4.07)
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