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Past UNM Accomplishments (July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001)


  • Three professors have been designated as "Distinguished Professors." Regents' professor of Anthropology Louise Lamphere and Regents' professors of Biology James Hemphill Brown and Randy Thornhill received the designations based on nominations from their respective departments. The designations are the highest faculty title the University bestows and are used only for a few of its most prominent faculty. (5/23/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May22distinguished.htm
  • UNM awarded honorary doctorates to author and artist N. Scott Momaday and architect Antoine Predock, both of whom have earned international distinction, at the 2001 Spring Commencement ceremony on May 12. A total of 2,491 degrees were projected to be conferred upon main campus graduates. (5/2/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May3commencement.htm
  • The UNM Alumni Association Board of Directors honored four distinguished alumni at its annual awards ceremony. They include: Dennis Jett, who will be presented with the James F. Zimmerman Award; Karen Glaser, who will receive the Bernard S. Rodey Award; Archie Westfall, who will receive the Erna S. Fergusson Award; and Mary Bess Whidden, who will receive the Faculty Teaching Award. (2/28/01)
  • UNM Regents' Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and the founding Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies Mohamed S. El-Genk has been selected as the University's 46th Annual Research Lecturer, the highest honor UNM bestows upon members of its faculty. (2/28/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Apr18elgenk.htm
  • UNM was one of 54 organizations that received a certificate of appreciation from the City of Albuquerque for its demonstration of positive corporate citizenship. The City recognized the companies and organizations that signed an ACT Now Agreement promoting alternative modes of transportation such as riding the bus, carpooling, bicycling and walking during the Big I construction project. (2/7/01)
  • Four UNM faculty members have been named to the Fulbright International Education Exchange Program for 2000-2001. They are Elen May Feinberg, Peter J. Smith, James L. Thorson and Samuel Jefferson Truett. (1/31/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Jan31fulbright.htm
  • Four Academic Advisors from UNM - Joanne Silva, Roxanne Littlefield, Mayna Benally and Anne Marie Ornelas - are the recipients of the first Outstanding Advisor Awards established by Peter White, dean of University College. (12/20/00)
  • Five UNM employees were honored during the 2000 Gerald W. May Staff Recognition Awards including Administrative Assistant Frances Duran, Senior Student Advisor Andrew Gonzalez, Program Assistant Lisa McHale, Food Service Site Operator Genevieve Padilla and Remodeling Supervisor Jerry Pilkinton. (12/13/00)
  • UNM awarded the UNM Regents' Meritorious Service Medals to Assistant to the President Marilyn A. Burrows and Associate Vice President Emeritus for Research/Business and Government Relations Lee B. Zink and the Regents' Recognition Medal to former Governor Bruce King at UNM's 2000 fall commencement ceremonies. (12/13/00) http://www.unm.edu/news/news/news_releases/Dec8medals.htm
  • New Mexicans voted their approval of State Bond Issue B, which will provide UNM with $8 million for a new Architecture and Planning building, $1 million for patient care equipment and will allow KNME-TV to convert to digital TV. (11/8/00)
  • "UNM Voices," a call-in talk show, debuted as part of the "City Talk" program of KBTK-AM radio station, 1310. The program is co-hosted by Art Schreiber of KBTK and Carolyn Gonzales of UNM's Public Affairs Department and features UNM faculty and staff speaking about topical subjects. (10/11/00)
  • Liza Kerr, manager of the Tax and Property Accounting Department at UNM, has been appointed to the National Committee on Education for the Institute of Management Accountants. The committee is the world's largest association for financial professionals. (10/3/00)

Anderson Schools of Management

  • UNM'S Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management Foundation Board has selected Suleiman Kassicieh, professor in the Management of Technology program and chair of the Department of Finance, International and Technology Management, for the Faculty Leadership Award. The award is based on service to the community and teaching and research excellence. (3/28/01)
  • The UNM Anderson Graduate School of Management was named one of the Top-10 business schools in the country for Hispanic students by the Hispanic Business magazine. Recognition was based on enrollment, faculty, student services, retention rate and reputation. The ranking is the first-ever for ASM that is truly representative of the strengths of the school. (9/13/00)
  • Four staff were the recipients of a new EMBA scholarship opportunity. Clara de la Cruz Watral, General Library; and Chris Vallejos, FRS Control, received full scholarships valued at $18,350. Stacy Heimer, Fine Arts; and Don Butterfield, HSC Public Affairs received $1,000 book scholarships. Funding is provided by collaboration between Business and Finance, ASM and Health Sciences. (8/16/00)

Arts and Sciences

  • The UNM Physics Department was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for $366,000 for three years to conduct theoretical research on quantum dynamics of electrons in organic materials. V. M. Kenkre, physics and astronomy professor, serves as principal investigator and David Dunlap, physics and astronomy associate professor, is co-investigator for the research. (6/20/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Jun15nsfgrant.htm
  • Dr. Reed Dasenbrock was appointed dean of the UNM College of Arts and Sciences, UNM's largest college, effective Aug. 15. Dasenbrock, who is currently the associate dean of Arts and Sciences and director of the Arts and Sciences Research Park at New Mexico State University, was selected through a national search process. He succeeds Dr. Fritz Allen, UNM chemistry professor, who has served as interim dean since June 2000. (6/8/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Jun8dasenbrock.htm
  • UNM biology professor James Brown received the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education. The award was given for a project titled "Scaling of Biodiversity: Physical and Biological Foundations of Ecological Principles," with UNM biology professor Bruce Milne and Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Geoffrey West as co-private investigators. (5/2/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May2odumaward.htm
  • John A. Connor, Ph.D., is the 2001 recipient of the A. Earl Walker Award at the UNM School of Medicine (SOE). Named after the late A. Earl Walker, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Neurosurgery and Neurology at the SOE, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in basic or clinical neuroscience research by a UNM faculty member. (4/25/01)
  • UNM assistant professor of Biology Richard Cripps was awarded a five-year, $1.05 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (National Institutes of Health) to study the development and diversity of muscles in Drosophila, which are small fruit flies used in studying basic mechanisms of inheritance. The goal of the research is to define mechanisms, which control skeletal muscle fiber diversity. (3/21/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Mar15muscle.htm
  • UNM'S Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions is one of 11 centers nationwide participating in a new study, Combining Medications and Behavioral Interventions (COMBINE), that targets individuals diagnosed with alcohol dependence. (3/14/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Mar9combine.htm
  • A memo of understanding has been signed between the New Mexico State Land Office and the UNM biology department. It concerns critical information about the health of the plants and animals on state trust land. (1/31/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Jan26memo.htm
  • UNM biochemistry student Jennifer Halbleib was one of 40 students selected from colleges and universities across the United States to receive a Marshall Scholarship, announced Sir Christopher Meyer, British Ambassador. The recipients will each receive a scholarship worth approximately $50,000 distributed over two years. (12/20/00) http://www.unm.edu/news/news/news_releases/Dec18halbleib.htm
  • Five UNM faculty members and teaching assistants in the College of Arts and Sciences have been named recipients of the Gunter Starkey Awards for Teaching Excellence for 2000-2001. They are Aparna Huzurbazar, Sharon Warner, Warren Smith, Mary Rooks and Elizabeth Malloy. (12/20/00) http://www.unm.edu/news/news/news_releases/Dec20gunterstarkey.htm
  • UNM's Institute of Meteoritics and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, in conjunction with the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, has received a three-year, $402,000 grant from NASA for a new program titled "Stars on Earth." The program provides underrepresented high school students with research experience in space science and technology-based academic preparation in math, science, engineering and technology. (12/20/00) http://www.unm.edu/news/news/news_releases/Dec14stars.htm
  • Anthropology professor Lawrence Straus, an expert on the Solutrean culture from Spain, was quoted in the December issue of National Geographic on the hypothesis for the settlement of North America by Solutrean people and the 5,000-year time difference between the Solutrean disappearance and the generally accepted dates for Clovis sites. (11/29/00)
  • The National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate, a five-year, $2.5 million grant to increase the number of graduate minority students pursuing advanced degrees in science, math and engineering, and entering the professoriate over the next five years. (11/22/00)
  • The Department of Physics and Astronomy has received a three-year, $605,000 grant for the project, "Neutron and High Energy Particle Detection with Cryogenic Calorimetry," from NASA's Cross-Enterprise Technology Development Program. The goal of the project is to develop a new kind of sensor for detecting subatomic particles. (11/15/00)
  • UNM graduate student Anastasia Steffen is among seven students nationwide to receive $75,000 each to conduct doctoral studies and research in America's National Parks. Steffen's research, "The Dome Fire Effects Study: An Archaeological Investigation of Fire and Obsidian," will focus on the way heat damage may alter current methods of dating obsidian artifacts. (11/1/00)
  • The Department of Linguistics' Signed Language Interpreting Program, one of only a handful of such programs in the United States, has a new and improved space in the UNM Humanities Building and a new state-of-the-art laboratory in the UNM Language Learning Center. (9/27/00)
  • Undergraduate minority students in the biological sciences at UNM are the beneficiaries of a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Institute of Health. The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program is designed to identify talented students interested in research and to provide them with the training and experience necessary to successfully enter graduate school. (9/27/00)
  • Anthropology professor Lawrence Straus completed the fifth, two-month campaign of National Science Foundation-sponsored excavations in El Miron Cave in northern Spain. Among his 20 student crew were seven UNM graduate and undergraduate students. The excavations concentrated on very rich layers dating back to the early-Magdalenian period, about 14-16,000 years ago. (8/23/00)
  • Dr. James Thorson, English, received a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2000/2001 academic year. This is Thorson's third Fulbright. He and Dr. Gisela Hermann-Brennecke will exchange positions. Thorson will teach at the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany. (8/2/00)

School of Architecture

  • The Design and Planning Assistance Center (DPAC) of the School of Architecture and Planning, won the Award of Distinction for the Mountain West Region of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Dick Nordhaus, DPAC director, says the award recognizes the impact of architecture on communities, not something AIA usually acknowledges with awards. (10/25/00)
  • Teresa Cordova, associate professor in Community and Regional Planning, received a grant of nearly $400,000 from the Housing and Urban Development's Hispanic-serving Institutions Assisting Communities program. The grant allows Cordova and the Resource Center for Raza Planning within the UNM School of Architecture and Planning to assist with business and community planning. (10/11/00)
  • The New Mexico Board of Finance approved UNM's new Master's in Landscape Architecture (MLA). The MLA program is headed by internationally renowned landscape architect Alf Simon, associate professor, who comes to UNM from the University of Manitoba. Simon and Baker Morrow, an instructor in the program, are beginning the process to achieve formal accreditation (8/23/00)

College of Education

  • College of Education Dean Viola E. Florez has launched a campaign to create the first endowed professorship and chair for the college. The Chester C. Travelstead Professorship in Teacher Education honors the former dean (1956-1968) and VP/Provost (1968-1977) for his contributions to the College and UNM. (5/30/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May25ttravelstead.htm
  • UNM'S College of Education has received a $65,000 grant from the New Mexico State Department of Education to assist the state in widespread efforts to improve education and school participation for students with disabilities. The grant will help New Mexico comply with requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by helping teachers educate students in more inclusive environments. (1/24/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Jan24coe.htm
  • UNM's College of Education was awarded a $1.18 million federal grant for the "Math and Science Teacher Academy" within the college. The goal of the Academy is to increase the capability of New Mexico's public school teachers to deliver appropriate, high quality math and science education. (12/20/00) http://www.unm.edu/news/news/news_releases/Dec19coe.htm
  • UNM'S College of Education has received a $109,000 grant to launch the "Intel Teach to the Future" program, which is designed to help the state's teachers more effectively use technology in their classrooms. It makes New Mexico the sixth state to join the national rollout of this major effort to support the professional development of teachers. (12/13/00) http://www.unm.edu/news/news/news_releases/intel.htm
  • Academic Affairs was awarded a $31,000 Title V Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will be used to address the needs of Hispanic students at UNM, one of only two Carnegie I Research Institutions in the country also ranked as Hispanic-serving. (8/2/00)

College of Fine Arts

  • The UNM Arts of the Americas Institute of the College of Fine Arts has received a two-year $150,000 grant from the Educational Foundation of America to develop a new Museum Studies Program with a strong Native American component. (3/28/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Mar28museum.htm
  • UNM music professor Bradley R. Ellingboe received an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The cash award is granted by an independent panel and based upon the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works. (9/13/00)
  • The Arts Technology Center of the UNM College of Fine Arts has teamed with UNM's Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center to design and build a new multi-disciplinary artists' studio. The Arts Technology Center, led by Interim Dir. Tom Dodson, CFA dean, and Assoc. Dir. Danae Falliers, encourages creative use of new and emerging computer technologies. (8/23/00)

Development/UNM Foundation

  • Leslie Elgood was appointed to the position of Director of Development and President of the UNM Foundation, Inc., effective immediately. The UNM Foundation, Inc. is an incorporated not-for-profit organization with the responsibility to receive, invest and distribute gifts of private support to UNM. (6/8/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Jun8elgood.htm
  • The Crown Prince of Spain, Felipe de Borbon y Grecia, Prince of Asturias, visited UNM on Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, to participate in a ceremony announcing the establishment of a new endowed chair in information science and technology bearing his name. The $1.5 million endowment is funded by Iberdrola, one of Spain's largest power companies. (10/18/00)
  • UNM President William Gordon says the University will identify a world class scholar to fill the chair. The chair is unique among American universities. Two other universities, Tufts University in Boston and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., have chairs in humanities that bear the name of the Prince of Asturias; Asturias is a region in Spain. UNM is the first endowed chair by a Spanish company in the area of information science and technology to honor the Crown Prince. (10/18/00)
  • UNM's Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, has received an anonymous cash gift of $1 million, the single largest cash gift ever made to the museum and the largest on the records of the UNM Foundation, Inc. (8/30/00)


  • Engineering Research Professor Arthur H. Guenther of UNM's Center for High Technology Materials has been awarded the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award by Governor Gary Johnson. Guenther has been influential in the promotion of optics/photonics, not only as an academic discipline, but also for its potential to impact economic development in New Mexico. (6/6/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May30guenther.htm
  • Joseph L. Cecchi has been appointed dean of the UNM School of Engineering (SOE). Cecchi has served as chair of the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department at UNM since 1994 and as interim dean of SOE since November 2000. (5/30/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May25cecchi.htm
  • UNM Civil Engineering Professor and Regents' Lecturer Timothy J. Ross has been named to the Fulbright International Education Exchange Program for 2001-02. Ross is one of only eight American senior scholars receiving Fulbright grants for study in Canada next year. His project, "Safety Assessments for the Canadian National Railroad System: A New Hybrid Approach," is a collaborative effort with the University of Calgary. (5/30/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May22fulbright.htm
  • Marc Ingber, Professor and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, has been elected as a Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This is the highest honor given by the governing body of ASME, which consists of more than 130,000 members. Only two percent of its members are elected as Fellows. (5/23/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May22Ingber.htm
  • Sang M. Han, assistant professor in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant for a research project titled, "In Situ, Real Time Monitoring of Interfacial Phenomena." Han's research will focus on growing light emitting semiconductors, developing faster microprocessors and prolonging the lifetime of microelectromechanical systems. (4/18/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Apr18nsfcareer.htm
  • The Applied Electromagnetics Group at UNM's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was awarded a five-year, $5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant from the Department of Defense. Edl Schamiloglu, Gardner-Zemke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the principal investigator for the grant, titled, "Basic Research Leading to Compact, Portable Pulsed Power." (3/21/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Mar15muri.htm
  • The UNM Engineering Alumni Association Board honored six alumni at the Third Annual Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony. This year's honorees are Nasir Ahmed, Kenneth Donald Hansen, Bijay Rajbajhbhandry, Randy Velarde, James Ernest Warne Jr. and K. Dane Wittrup. (3/7/01)
  • UNM School of Engineering professors David A. Bader and Hy D. Tran received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Bader, an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the grant in High-Performance Algorithms for Scientific Applications. Tran, an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering, received his in micro-electro-mechanical systems. (2/21/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Feb20nsf.htm
  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was accepted as a member of the "Global Wireless Education Consortium" designed to increase the quality and quantity of students in the wireless and information technology field. Members of the consortium include Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Vodafone, Verizon, AT&T Wireless, Nortel Networks, Telcordia Technologies, Raytheon and Agilent Technologies. (2/7/01)
  • The UNM Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies received a three-year, $1,006,673 grant from NASA's Cross-Enterprise Technology Development Program. The goal of the project, spearheaded by Regent's Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Mohamed Shafik El-Genk, is to develop and design a high efficiency radioisotope power system for future NASA planetary exploration missions. (11/29/00) http://www.unm.edu/news/news/news_releases/Nov27nasa.htm
  • UNM will be the state's lead institution in a new fellowship program called New Mexico One. The program links universities in an effort to increase diversity in the fields of nuclear engineering and nuclear science. The multi-year program, which will link UNM and New Mexico State, is one of three nationwide. (11/22/00)
  • The Autonomous Control Engineering Program at UNM was awarded a five-year, $5 million grant from NASA. The grant will be used to promote minority education and work on cutting-edge technology. (10/25/00)
  • Joseph Cecchi was appointed interim dean at the UNM School of Engineering. He will serve as interim dean while a national search is conducted to fill the position vacated by current dean, Paul Fleury, who leaves UNM in mid-November to assume a similar position at Yale University. Cecchi has served as chair of the UNM Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department since 1994. (10/3/00)
  • Engineering professors Bernard Moret and David Bader received an estimated $452,051, three-year award from the National Science Foundation's Information Technology Research (ITR) program. The continuing project, "Algorithms for Irregular Discrete Computations on Symmetric Multiprocessors" and other collateral activity with biology, are influential in leveraging all the facets of high performance computing at UNM. (9/27/00)
  • IBM announced the opening of the industry's first Linux supercluster briefing center for customers developing scalable applications on Linux systems. The briefing center will be based at UNM's Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center (AHPCC), and complements the existing briefing facility at the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC). The new briefing center will assist customers in planning their Linux and Linux clusters plans with IBM, and allow them to benchmark and "test-drive" key applications. (9/13/00)
  • Electrical engineering (EE) graduate student Balaji Srinivasan, Center for High Technology Materials, is one of five $20,000 winners in the Collegiate Inventors Competition, designed to encourage students in math, science, engineering, technology and creative invention while stimulating problem solving skills. Additionally, EE Professor Ravinder Jain, who works with Srinivasan, will receive a $10,000 award. (8/23/00)
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office has awarded $7.123 million to the Center for High Technology Materials. UNM serves as the lead institution for the four-year multi-university partnership project, "High-Capacity Optoelectronic Interconnects." (7/19/00)

Health Sciences Center

  • Children's Hospital of New Mexico, a component of the UNM Health Sciences Center, took part in the annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon last weekend. The telethon was a huge success and logged in more than $1.35 million in donations - all of which stays here to help the children and families of New Mexico. The single largest donation was $500,000 from the UNM Hospital Service League. (6/6/01)
  • Jesse Summers, professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the UNM School of Medicine, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Members are chosen in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors given to a scientist. (5/16/01)
  • The UNM Health Sciences Center honored several nurses during National Nurses' Week. Six nurses were presented with Outstanding Nurse Awards including Brenda Sanchez, Intermediate Care Nursery; Suzanne Sperry, Pediatric Subacute; Cynthia Martinez, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit; Carla Rodriguez, General Pediatric Unit; Lois Ames, RN Resident, and Julie Makatura, Women's Care Unit. (5/16/01)
  • The UNM Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention launched the first statewide tobacco project directory. Approximately 170 organizations conducting tobacco use prevention, cessation, advocacy and other tobacco-related projects are now available on-line. (4/18/01)
  • The National Institute of Nursing Research awarded a $150,000 grant to Dr. Roberta Rehm, assistant professor at the UNM College of Nursing, to fund a study about how families, schools and medical services coordinate efforts to make it possible for medically fragile children to attend school. (4/11/01)
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the UNM College of Nursing Graduate Program among the top 10 percent in the U.S. The ranking is part of the magazine's 2002 "Best Graduate Schools" issue. (4/11/01)
  • The American Cancer Society has awarded a three-year, $247,500 Institutional Research grant to support cancer research by young faculty in all UNM schools and colleges. The renewal of the grant will bring 10 years of continuous funding and more than $700,000 to UNM's cancer research programs. (4/4/01)
  • UNM's College of Nursing received the Regional Educational Technology Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. The college was selected for its outstanding use of a computer for student learning. The organization presented the award to Dr. Roberta Rehm at a recent conference in San Francisco. (3/28/01)
  • Carolyn Montoya, director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the UNM College of Nursing, was selected for a six-month Public Health Service Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (3/7/01)
  • The UNM School of Medicine, ranked among the nation's best medical schools and recognized for its progressive, high-quality education, clinical care, biomedical research programs and community outreach, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (2/21/01)
  • The UNM Health Sciences Center received an $825,000 award from the American Legacy Foundation to implement new and innovative tobacco cessation programs. This award is one of 13 conferred as part of the cooperative American Legacy Foundation's Tobacco Use Cessation and Prevention Initiative and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation's Community Voices Initiative. (2/7/01)
  • Five radiology residents in UNM's School of Medicine (SOM), including Kathryn Bossolt, Cecilia Coutsias, John DeLacey, Greg Kenyherz and Patrick O'Brien, passed the American Board of Radiology clinical written exams with the highest scores in the nation. It marked the third time in the past 12 years that SOM students have topped the ABR clinical exam. There are 212 radiology programs in the U.S. (1/24/01)
  • Robert Glew, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the UNM School of Medicine, was recently awarded the Paul Brindley Distinguished Professorship in Pathology by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The professorship recognizes academic excellence in the study of pathology. (1/24/01)
  • UNM'S School of Medicine (SOM) was awarded a $921,000 federal grant recently to rapidly identify possible victims of harmful new diseases. The grant will fund an Emerging Infectious Diseases Center at the SOM and will increase collaboration with Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories and the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in the field of emerging diseases. (1/3/01)
  • Melanie A. Dodd has been named the New Mexico Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pharmacist of the Year. Dodd is a research assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy and serves as the clinical pharmacist for the New Mexico Medicaid Retrospective Drug Utilization Review Program. (1/3/01)
  • Bernalillo county voters approved a new mil levy that provides money for the operation of UNM Hospital and the Mental Health Center in the November general election. The approval of the levy at 6.5 mils will help offset rising healthcare costs and increased cutbacks from Medicare, Medicaid and HMO's. (11/8/00)
  • Two UNM School of Medicine faculty members received prestigious honors. Dr. Victor Strasburger, professor of pediatrics and family medicine, will receive the Adele Delenbaugh Hofmann Award and the Holroyd-Sherry Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The New Mexico Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians named Dr. Arthur Kaufman, professor and chair of Family and Community Medicine, as the Family Physician of the Year at its annual seminar. (10/18/00)
  • The UNM Health Sciences Center received a one-year grant for $894,956 from the Office for Advancement of Telehealth, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Health Resources & Services Administration. The grant is for PROJECT TOUCH (Telehealth Outreach for Unified Community Health), a collaboration between UNM and the University of Hawaii. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of employing advanced computing methods to enhance education in a problem-based learning format currently used in a medical school curriculum, applying a specific clinical case (brain-injury) as a model, and deploying to remote sites / workstations. (9/20/00)
  • Scientists in the UNM School of Medicine's Infectious Diseases and Inflammation Program have developed the first test for the effects of the Sin Nombre hantavirus in living animals. The Sin Nombre virus is the agent responsible for hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome in humans, a disease that causes death in about 40 percent of its victims. (9/20/00)
  • The UNM College of Nursing received a $306,495 grant from the National Institute of Health and the National Institute for Nursing Research in a collaborative contract award with Boston College that will measure the effects of teasing in 11-14 year olds from multi-cultured backgrounds in Albuquerque and Baltimore, Md. Dr. Karen Carlson, professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs, is the principal investigator for UNM. Other UNM faculty involved include Joan Bradley, Carolyn Montoya, and Dr. Ken Miller, professor and associate dean for research and clinical scholarship. (9/13/00)


  • A $676,100 grant from the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education will help UNM extend instructional programs beyond main campus to anywhere a student has Internet access with its new Internet Instructional Pilot Project, a Web-based education program. (5/9/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May8cirt.htm
  • UNM, Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute and Albuquerque Public Schools are joining together with students, parents and businesses to help increase the number of Hispanic students earning high school and college degrees through a four-year, $2.3 million initiative from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. (5/9/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May8enlace.htm
  • KUNM was recently named radio station of the year by The New Mexico Press Association. KUNM also received several other awards, including first for general news and documentary. KUNM is a National Public Radio (NPR) station. (5/2/01)
  • UNM honored three recipients with awards for outstanding contributions to international education and programs on the UNM campus. The recipients are professor Peter Pabisch, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; Lawrence Carreon, physician assistant at the Student Health Center; and Alyssa Cymene Mathilde Howe, doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. (4/25/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Apr20awards.htm
  • Three individuals with UNM ties received Bravos 2001 awards including faculty member Eva Encinias-Sandoval, who received an award for Excellence in Dance; Professor Emeritus Rudolfo Anaya was honored with the award for Excellence in Literary Arts; and Tom Dodson, College of Fine Arts dean, received the President's Award for Lifetime Excellence in the Arts. (4/25/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Apr24brazos.htm
  • UNM'S Tamarind Institute received a $50,000 grant from the Trust of Mutual Understanding in New York to conduct lectures and workshops in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia. Artists from each of the regions will also participate in a month-long residency at Tamarind next summer. (4/18/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Apr12tam.htm
  • UNM student John Probasco, a junior majoring in biochemistry, was one of 80 students nationwide named as a 2001 Truman Scholar. The prestigious scholarship carries a $30,000 award. (4/11/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Apr11truman.htm
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked several UNM programs among the best in the nation its annual rankings of the Best Graduate Schools. UNM's rural medicine program is ranked second, the primary care curriculum is third and the family medicine program is sixth. The clinical law training program is ranked seventh, the School of Engineering tied for 48th and the School of Law was ranked among the top-100. (3/30/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Mar30usnews.htm
  • A new UNM Women's Resource Center scholarship campaign will help single mothers who attend UNM complete or begin a degree. The center is seeking funds to provide two $500 scholarships per semester beginning this fall. (3/28/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Mar28singlemom.htm
  • The recipients of the 2001 Clauve Outstanding Senior Award at UNM are Kanika Chawla, Shanti Frausto, Irvin Harrison, Jennifer Ca-fen Liu and Barbara Tapp. The students will be honored at a recognition reception. (3/28/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Mar27clauve.htm
  • UNM is ranked eighth in Hispanic Magazine's top 25 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics March, 2001 issue. The issue lists institutions that are succeeding in recruiting and retaining Hispanic students. (3/21/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Mar16ranking.htm
  • The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) honored KNME-TV producer Cindy Gaillard for her documentary "Gustave Baumann: Hands of a Craftsman, Heart of an Artist." The program, originally broadcast last winter, won second place in the documentary/biography category at NETA's annual program competition held in Savannah, Ga. (1/24/01)
  • For the fifth consecutive year, UNM was recognized in the annual report for America's 100 Best College Buys designating the school as one of America's best colleges based on tuition cost. (11/22/00)
  • The "Con Sentimiento Desde Nuevo Mexico" exhibit opened at the Museo de America in Madrid, Spain and was on display through mid-November, 2000. The exhibit was originally conceived in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. It featured three exhibits created by UNM faculty and staff including MariLyn Salvador, "Cuando Hablan Los Santos"; Miguel Gandert and Enrique Lamadrid, "Pilgrimage to Chimayo"; and Jim Jacob, Caminos y Corazones." (10/3/00)
  • Three UNM Press books took first place at the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Second Annual Book Awards in Chicago, IL. "CrashBoomLove: A Novel in Verse" by Juan Felipe Herrera was number one in the Best Poetry category. "Capirotada: A Nogales Memoir," by Alberto Alvaro Rios took Best Biography and "Sor Juana's Second Dream: A Novel" by Alicia Gaspar de Alba, was named Best Historical Fiction Novel. (7/5/00)
  • The UNM General Library has received a $400,000 commitment from the Ford Motor Co. to help fund the Information Commons in Zimmerman Library. (5/9/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May7ford.htm
  • Money for journals became available through the Regents Challenge Grant, a three-year commitment to raise money specifically for journal purchases for the library. The library raised the necessary $200,000 by June 30 to qualify to receive $100,000 in matching funds from the Regents. Intel, Ford, Pepsi, alumni and others helped raise the $200,000. (8/16/00)

From July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001

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