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UNM Past Accomplishments by department (July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002)


  • Taos native Dr. Alicia Fedelina Chavez has been named executive director of the UNM Taos Branch Campus effective Oct. 1, 2002. (6/12/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/June12chavez.htm
  • Camila A. Alire was selected dean of Library Services. Alire's appointment is effective Sept. 16, 2002. For the past five years Alire has been a professor and dean of University Libraries at Colorado State University. (5/29/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May28alire.htm
  • Teresita E. Aguilar was appointed dean of Graduate Studies at UNM effective Sept. 1, 2002. Aguilar has been associate dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies and a professor in the Department of Ethnic and Women's Studies at California Polytechnic University for the past two years. (5/29/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May24Aguilar.htm
  • Communication expert Everett M. Rogers is UNM's 47th Annual Research Lecturer. The Annual Research Lecturer is the highest honor given to a faculty member. (4/17/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/February27rogers.htm
  • Two UNM faculty, Nancy Uscher, Ph.D., associate provost for Academic Affairs and music professor, Mary Lipscomb, M.D., chair of the Department of Pathology, are among 10 women who received Women on the Move Awards presented by The YWCA of Middle Rio Grande. (3/13/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March11ywcawomen.htm
  • Eliseo Torres, vice president for Student Affairs, was named chair of the Minority Undergraduate Fellows Program (MUFP) advisory board. MUFP is a program of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). (3/13/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March13torres.htm
  • A Human Resources report on administrative hiring shows that women and minority candidates are being hired at UNM in record numbers and that a majority of hires in this category were internal promotions. Overall, UNM hired 31 percent minority administrators in 1990-00 and 30 percent in 2000-01. Female administrators were hired at rates of 57 and 61 percent respectively during the same period. (1/30/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/CNewsJan28,2002/hr.htm
  • Dr. David Stuart, associate provost for Academic Affairs and professor of Anthropology and Architecture and Planning, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, from West Virginia Wesleyan College recently. The degree was awarded by unanimous vote of the faculty and Trustees of West Virginia Wesleyan College to explicitly recognize Stuart's role in promoting access to higher education through programs at UNM. (10/31/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct26stuart.htm

Anderson Schools of Management

  • The UNM School of Law and Robert O. Anderson Graduate Schools of Management at UNM have been named to the top 10 in the country in their respective categories for Hispanic students in the March issue of Hispanic Business magazine. The School of Law is ranked second, while the ASM Graduate Schools are sixth. (3/6/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March6rankings.htm
  • The Anderson Schools of Management was one of only 16 schools worldwide that were recognized as "showing significant activities in social impact management" in the 2001 Beyond Grey Pinstripes report released by the World Resources Institute and The Aspen Institute for Social Innovation through Business. The report, which made headlines in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, said UNM's greatest strength is in terms of student coursework. (12/5/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Dec4asm.htm
  • The UNM Anderson Schools of Management announced the recipients of the Second Annual 2001 Up-and-Comers Awards. The 2001 class of Up-and-Comers includes individuals from nine communities across the state in 16 industry sectors. More than 130 people were nominated for the awards, with 40 honorees selected for recognition. (10/17/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct11asm.htm
  • The Robert O. Anderson Graduate Schools of Management at UNM have been named to the top 10 in the country in their respective area for Hispanic students by the Hispanic Business magazine. The Schools were ranked eighth. (9/26/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep20rankings.htm
  • UNM and Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) officials announced the creation of the PNM Chair in Microsystems, Commercialization & Technology. The endowed Chair, originally funded by PNM in 1985, will be used to recruit and support a faculty member in The Anderson Schools of Management and the School of Engineering with a focus on microsystems and commercialization. (9/5/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep04PNM.htm
  • Professor Jeanne Logsdon of the Department of Organizational Studies at The Anderson Schools of Management, was named editor of the prestigious publication Business and Society. Logsdon, who previously served as associate editor from 1997-2000, was selected as editor for 2001-2004. (8/22/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Aug20asm.htm

Arts and Sciences

  • UNM Statistics Professor Edward Bedrick will be one of 48 members to be named Fellow of the American Statistical Association at the annual awards ceremony at the Joint Statistical Meetings in New York City in August. (6/26/2002)
  • UNM Associate Professor of Sociology Jane Hood has been elected vice president of the Pacific Sociology Association (PSA) for 2004. Established in 1929, the PSA is the professional association of sociologists for the western region of the United States and Canada. (6/12/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/June12hood.htm
  • The UNM Water Resources Program and nine other universities across five continents team up in the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters initiative. The long term goal of the partnership is to bring the capabilities of some leading institutions of higher education to bear on water issues and conflicts throughout the world. (6/5/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May31consortium.htm
  • Thomas F. Turner, assistant professor of Biology, has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program. The award is designed to build an education and research program focusing on the collection of fishes in the Museum of Southwestern Biology using state-of-the-art techniques for students and those interested in water management practices. (5/8/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May6turner.htm
  • Assistant Professor of History Barbara O. Reyes was awarded a one-year Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship to conduct research on indigenous, Mestiza and Spanish women from 19th Century California. (5/8/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May6reyes.htm
  • Elizabeth Noll received the first Harvey Foundation Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award at UNM. Noll is an associate professor of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education. (5/8/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May3noll.htm
  • Renowned Ecologist James H. Brown, biology professor, has received the Robert H. MacArthur Award from the Ecological Society of America for his meritorious research contributions to ecology. (5/1/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May1brown.htm
  • Dr. Michael Campana, director of the Water Resources Program and professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has been selected as the 2002 Gallagher Visiting Scientist by the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Calgary in Canada. (4/10/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/April5gallagher.htm
  • Joan L. Bybee, Regents' Professor and chair of Linguistics, has been chosen the next vice president/president elect of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), the national professional linguistics organization. (4/10/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/April5bybee.htm
  • Two UNM faculty, Gary Scharnhorst, professor of English and Miguel Gandert, associate professor, Communication and Journalism, have received Fulbright scholarships. (2/27/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/February26fulbright.htm
  • UNM Psychology Professor Mark McDaniel and Washington University Professor Henry Roediger are collaborating on an $850,000 grant awarded from the National Institute on Aging to study aging and memory illusions. (2/27/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/February27psychology.htm
  • Researchers at UNM's Institute for Social Research are part of a new interagency workgroup in Bernalillo County. The team received a two-year, $229,000 grant from National Institute of Justice to conduct research the workgroup can use to develop strategic interventions in response to local gun violence. (2/6/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/February5isr.htm
  • Three UNM faculty and two teaching assistants are recipients of the 2002 Gunter Starkey Awards for Teaching Excellence awarded by the UNM College of Arts and Sciences. Honorees are: Associate Professor of Sociology Paul Steele, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Jane Selverstone, Assistant Professor of Economics Melissa Binder, as well as teaching assistants Shari Evans, Department of English; and Kathryn Hovey, Department of Sociology. (1/23/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/January23starkey.htm
  • UNM Department of Psychology Professor Jane Ellen Smith has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to help treat substance abusing homeless women. (1/9/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/January8niaaa.htm
  • John Probasco, biochemistry major and Alamogordo native, was one of 32 U.S. students who will receive the 2002 Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University in England. For the second time since 1999, a UNM student has been selected a Rhodes Scholar shortly after receiving the prestigious Truman Scholarship. (12/12/2001) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Dec10rhodes.htm
  • Political Science Department doctoral candidates Francois Gelineau and Eric Jepsen were awarded highly competitive dissertation fellowships from the National Science Foundation. The department has earned five of these awards during the past five years ranking it third nationally for political science departments receiving the award. In recent NSF rankings, the department ranked 37th nationally in total research and development expenditures. (12/12/2001)
  • English Professor Gary Scharnhorst was elected chair of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association (MLA) for 2002. The position is the highest elected office for an American literature professor. (12/12/2001) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Dec7scharnhorst.htm
  • Dr. Michael Campana, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and director of the Water Resources Program, will begin a two-year term as chair of the 12,000-member Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, the largest such organization in the world. (12/5/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Dec4campana.htm
  • Dr. Karl Johnson, a world famous virologist and adjunct professor with joint appointments in the Biology Department and the School of Medicine, was recently awarded "La Orden de Manuel Amador Guerrero Medal" from Panama. The medal, named after Guerrero, the first president of Panama in 1903, is the highest honor the country awards in the field of science. (11/7/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct25johnson.htm
  • UNM's Center for Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Addictions Assistant Research Professor, Dr. Natasha Slesnick, has been awarded two grants from the National Institutes of Health for $2.7 million for Project STAR (Serving and Treating Albuquerque's Runaways) and Project TEAM (Treatment Evaluation and Adult Mentoring) programs that will provide and test treatment for substance abuse among homeless street youth. (10/31/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct25casaa.htm
  • Research conducted by UNM biologists has been chosen by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as one of the 50 discoveries made with NSF funding that have had the most influence or biggest impact on the lives of Americans. Highlighted in an NSF publication titled, "Nifty 50," the discoveries were chosen from tens of thousands of NSF funded projects since its inception in 1950. (10/24/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/nifty50.htm
  • Two UNM Earth and Planetary scientists, Victor Polyak and Yemane Asmerom, have applied high precision uranium-thorium dating to columnar stalagmites from caves in the Guadalupe Mountains in southwestern New Mexico to document climate change over the last 4,000 years in this region of the United States. (10/10/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct5earthandplanetary.htm
  • UNM Associate Professor Natasha Kolchevska has been awarded a $122,772 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a national institute exploring the music and performance of Tchaikovsky's opera, "Eugene Onegin," and its relation to Russian culture. The grant will fund an interdisciplinary, four-week institute for 25 high school teachers at UNM in summer 2002. (10/3/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct1opera.htm
  • A UNM center is the recipient of one of only five grants of its type in the nation from the National Science Foundation, with participation of the Department of Energy. The $100,000 grant will be used to hold a two-week interdisciplinary institute in Argentina set for summer 2002. The grant was awarded to the Consortium of the Americas for Interdisciplinary Science, a center of the College of Arts and Sciences housed in the Physics Department. (9/26/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep26consortium.htm
  • The American Political Science Association honored UNM Professor of Political Science F. Chris Garcia with the Frank J. Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service. The award, named for the first president of the APSA is bestowed for outstanding contributions to the development of the political science profession and its national professional organization. (9/12/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep12garcia.htm
  • UNM is one of 10 institutions nationally to receive a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Pew Learning and Technology Program at the Center for Academic Transformation as part of the Pew Grant Program in Course Redesign. The grant will support the redesign of general psychology 105 at UNM using technology to enhance learning and reduce costs. The principal investigator for the grant is Gordon Hodge, associate professor in Psychology and UNM Presidential Teaching Fellow. (8/29/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Aug28pew.htm
  • UNM Physics professor Vasudev M. Kenkre has been awarded a one-year grant for $150,000 by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to encourage collaborations of UNM/LANL with Latin American scientists under the auspices of the Consortium of the Americas for Interdisciplinary Science. (7/3/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May30consortium.htm

School of Architecture and Planning

  • Andy Pressman, director of the architecture program at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He is one of only 68 individuals to be honored this year. Advancing to fellowship within AIA is one of the highest honors the organization bestows upon a member. (3/6/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March1pressman.htm
  • Mark Childs was named director of the Design Planning Assistance Center at the UNM School of Architecture. Childs has been a part-time and adjunct professor during his seven years at UNM, and is currently finishing his second year on tenure track. (1/30/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Januarychilds.htm
  • Architecture professor Anne Taylor was the only individual in the western U.S. invited recently to present at a conference on school facility planning at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Attended by architects from all over the eastern U.S., Taylor presented her design academy educational concept. The Design Academy for Youth will be offered during winter break. (12/12/2001) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Nov30taylor.htm
  • Roger L. Schluntz, dean of the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Based in Washington, D.C., the NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional architecture degree programs in the United States. Schluntz was selected for the 13-member board by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, where he served as executive director from 1977 - 1980. (11/14/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Nov14schluntz.htm
  • Baker Morrow, adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). He is the first UNM graduate and first native New Mexican to receive the honor. The local ASLA chapter nominated Morrow for admission to the prestigious Council of Fellows. (8/29/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/August29UNMMorrow.htm

College of Education

  • The Hewlett-Packard Company named the College of Education its partner in a new $1.3 million nationwide grant program designed to reward and study secondary schools in low-income areas that excel in the teaching of mathematics. (4/3/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March29coe.htm
  • UNM, in conjunction with Albuquerque Public Schools, has been awarded a three-year grant of more than $3 million from the United States Department of Education to expand literacy-based after-school and summer programs in 10 of Albuquerque's historic neighborhoods. UNM's portion of the grant is $750,000. (10/24/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct24coe.htm
  • The UNM College of Education and the UNM-Gallup Branch have been awarded a $211,986 grant from the U.S. Department of Education Title VII/Office of Bilingual Education. The funds are the first installment from a grant expected to total more than $1 million over five years to improve bilingual education in northwestern New Mexico. (9/12/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep10be.htm.
  • The UNM College of Education and Bernalillo Public Schools announced their partnership to improve K-12 education using a two-year, $141,000 grant from Hewlett-Packard Company. (8/15/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Aug13coe.htm.

College of Fine Arts

  • UNM Music Professor Bradley Ellingboe received a third award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The award, ASCAP Plus, is given "to assist and encourage writers of serious music." (6/26/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/June21ellingboe.htm
  • UNM'S Jonson Gallery has become the ninth building on campus to be recognized and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gallery is also listed on the New Mexico Register of Significant Cultural Properties. (3/20/2002)
  • UNM received a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Grant to construct two rainwater harvesting demonstration projects. Funding for the project is underwritten by the Rockefeller Foundation and was one of only seven awarded nationally. (2/27/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/February27rainwater.htm
  • Fine Arts UNM professor of music Bradley R. Ellingboe was awarded his second consecutive award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The award, the ASCAP Plus, was founded by Irving Berlin and is given to assist and encourage writers of serious music. (7/3/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Jul2ellingboe.htm

Development/UNM Foundation

  • The UNM Foundation/Development office has been ranked in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual ranking of the top 400 nonprofit organizations. UNM entered the list at No. 393, the first time it has earned recognition in the publication. The Philanthropy 400 survey ranks 400 of the nation's largest nonprofit organizations by how much money they raise from private sources. (11/14/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Nov13philanthropy.htm
  • The UNM Foundation announced that UNM received $35.3 million in private funds during the 2000-01 fiscal year. The amount constitutes a 12.4 percent increase over fiscal year 1999-2000, and 6.9 percent more than its $33 million goal. (8/15/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Aug15foundation.htm

School of Engineering

  • Research Professor Arthur H. Guenther, Center for High Technology Materials, was awarded life member status as an affiliate of the School of Optics/CREOL (Center for Research and Education in Optics/Lasers). (4/24/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/April22guenther.htm
  • Arsalan Razani, Halliburton Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UNM, was elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) International. Only two percent of ASME members are elected Fellows. (3/27/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March22Razani.htm
  • The ATR Institute, a transportation research organization at UNM, has been recognized for its best practices in communicating science and technology to the public by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (3/13/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March13atri.htm
  • The UNM School of Engineering, along with the Engineering Chapter of the UNM Alumni Association, has chosen six engineers to be honored at the 4th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. Alumni to be honored are Brian G. Burnett, Delores M. Etter, Richard D. Jimenez, Stephen A. Matthews, Andres C. Salazar and David J. Loaiza. Individuals were chosen based on their demonstrated professional eminence and community service. (3/6/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March5engineering.htm
  • The National Academy of Engineering has elected C. Jeffrey Brinker, professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and co-director of the Center of Micro-Engineering Materials, as a member. Election to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions that can be accorded to an engineer. (2/20/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/February20brinker.htm
  • David Ackley, UNM Computer Science associate professor, was mentioned in The Economist for his continuing research interests on artificial life models and real artificial life. (2/13/2002)
  • Bob Busch, UNM Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering professor, becomes the first faculty member from any institution to receive the national award for distinguished service from the American Nuclear Society's Nuclear Criticality Safety Division. The award was given for his dedicated service in many leadership roles, as well as his major contributions in the advancement of criticality safety training and nuclear engineering education. (1/9/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/January4busch.htm
  • After winning a national competition, students from UNM's Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering will fly an experiment as part of the NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program on board the microgravity KC-135 airplane at Johnson Space Center on March 7. (1/9/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/January%209nasa.htm
  • UNM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty members Christos Christodoulou, professor and department chair, and Edl Schamiloglu, professor, have been elected Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE is the preeminent professional society in electrical and computer engineering. (12/5/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Dec3engineering.htm
  • The UNM School of Engineering is ranked 16th out of the top 100 federally funded institutions regarding the impact of research papers over the years 1996-2000 by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). UNM had 858 citations from 323 papers. The list is published in ISI's Science Citation Index which measures the number of times a paper is cited by other researchers. (11/28/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Nov27engineering.htm
  • The PURSUE program at UNM continues to surpass its goals and reaches out to various departments campus-wide. Since its creation in August 1998, PURSUE (Preparation for University Research of Students in Undergraduate Education) has funded 128 research and education projects and has assisted more than 300 undergraduates, 60 graduate students, 50 faculty members and 30 visiting high school students. (11/14/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Nov9pursue.htm
  • The newly created Center for Intelligent Systems Engineering (ISE) at the UNM School of Engineering serves two primary functions, says Peter Dorato, center director. The ISE, which is funded by a $1 million grant from NASA renewable for five years, encourages minority students to go to graduate school and design and develop projects for NASA. The focus of the center is on the design of intelligent systems with a high degree of autonomy, which is the functioning of systems without human intervention. (10/17/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct15ise.htm
  • UNM School of Engineering Professors Bernard Moret, Computer Science, and David Bader, Electrical and Computer Engineering, have received more than $1.1 million in grants this fall from the National Science Foundation to pursue research in reconstructing evolutionary trees, known as "phylogenies." This research program is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin. (10/17/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct11nsf.htm
  • Professional engineer Dr. Jerald Rounds has been named to fill the Associated General Contractors Endowed Chair in Construction Management and Construction Engineering at UNM. Rounds, who has 30 years of combined experience in academia and the construction industry, will be responsible for both the undergraduate and graduate construction division programs, research and industry outreach. (9/26/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep26rounds.htm
  • Deepak Kapur, chair and professor in the Computer Science Department at UNM, was awarded a three-year, $401,523 grant from the Information Technology Research Program of the National Science Foundation. Kapur will develop automated tools to help with software glitches and computer chips. (9/26/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep20kapur.htm
  • UNM and Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) officials announced the creation of the PNM Chair in Microsystems, Commercialization & Technology. The endowed Chair, originally funded by PNM in 1985, will be used to recruit and support a faculty member in the School of Engineering and The Anderson Schools of Management with a focus on microsystems and commercialization. (9/5/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep04PNM.htm
  • UNM distinguished professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Jeff Brinker and graduate student Dhaval Doshi are among six winners named in the National Collegiate Inventors Competition. The winning entry, "Optically-Adjustable Nanostructures," is a self-assembly approach to prepare photosensitive porous thin-film nanostructures and developed lithographic procedures. (8/15/01)
  • Top executives at UNM, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories signed an agreement creating the New Mexico Nanoscience Alliance. The Alliance will be open to all state institutions with interests in nanoscience. It will provide a forum for establishing collaborations among all of the nanoscience research efforts in the state. (8/8/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Aug6nanoscience.htm.

School of Law

  • Jennifer Moore, associate professor of law, will travel to Tanzania, Africa in 2002-03 on a Fulbright scholarship. She will teach in the area of refugee law and comparative human rights at the University of Dar es Salaam Faculty of Law. (4/17/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/April15moore.htm
  • Suellyn Scarnecchia, associate dean for clinical affairs and clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, was named as the first woman dean at the UNM School of Law. (3/27/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March25law.htm
  • The UNM School of Law and Robert O. Anderson Graduate Schools of Management at UNM have been named to the top 10 in the country in their respective categories for Hispanic students in the March issue of Hispanic Business magazine. The School of Law is ranked second, while the ASM Graduate Schools are sixth. (3/6/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March6rankings.htm
  • The UNM School of Law has been named to the top 10 in the country in their
    respective area for Hispanic students by the Hispanic Business magazine.
    The School of Law was ranked fourth. (9/26/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep20rankings.htm
  • Paul Biderman, director of the Judicial Education Center at the Institute of Public Law at the UNM School of Law, was elected to a one-year term as President of the National Association of State Judicial Educators at its annual conference recently. The Association represents and offers educational and support services to state and local judicial educators. (9/26/01)
  • UNM Professor of Law Barbara Bergman was profiled in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers publication, The Champion. Bergman was honored as the 2000 recipient of the group's most prestigious honor - the Robert C. Heeney Award, which was announced in the July 2001 edition of the publication. (9/5/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Sep5bergman.htm

Health Sciences Center

  • Dr. Carla Herman, associate professor and chief of the Gerontology Division at the UNM School of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine, was one of five national geriatric leaders to receive the 2002 Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs award. (6/26/2002)
  • Dr. Arup Das, associate professor of Ophthalmology at the UNM School of Medicine, recently received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to prevent blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Das, who will be collaborating with Paul McGuire, associate professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, is developing alternative pharmacological approaches to suppress neovascularization in
    the eye. (6/12/2002)
  • Dr. Howard Waitzkin, a professor in the UNM School of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine, received a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation award. Waitzkin, who was one of 184 artists, scholars and scientists selected nationally, received the fellowship for a study of Economic Globalization and Public Health. (5/15/2002)
  • Dr. Philip Eaton, who was named interim Vice President for the UNM Health Sciences Center in 1998, had the word "interim" removed from his title and was appointed to the position for four years. (5/15/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May10phileaton.htm
  • Dr. Cheryl Willman, chief executive officer and director of the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center, has been appointed by the National Institutes of Health to serve as the chairperson of the Hematology Study Section effective July 1, 2002. (4/10/2002)
  • Two UNM Health Sciences Center physicians were listed in the April 2002 issue of Ladies' Home Journal article, "The best doctors for women - coast to coast." Harriet Smith, M.D., a gynecological oncologist, and John Saiki, M.D., a medical oncologist, both work at the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center. (4/10/2002)
  • Larry E. Davis, M.D., chief, Neurology Service at the VAMC, recently received the prestigious 2002 A. Earl Walker Neuroscience Research Award. The award is presented annually to an outstanding UNM faculty, emeritus or adjunct member in basic or clinical neuroscience research. (4/3/2002)
  • Dr. Ken Miller, professor and associate dean at the UNM College of Nursing, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (AACN). Miller, a family nurse practitioner, will serve as board treasurer until 2004. Miller was one of 60 candidates nationwide selected to participate in the AACN's Leadership for Academic Nursing. (3/27/2002)
  • P.J. Woods, chief nursing officer for UNM Hospitals, was appointed to the President's National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. The committee defines policy, researches priorities with funding included and monitors all health care outcomes for quality purposes. (3/20/2002)
  • Five members of the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team will be in Salt Lake City to provide medical care for the 2002 Winter Olympics. At the request of the FBI and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, one physician, two paramedics, one nurse and one emergency medical technician will be deployed from the NMDMAT. They will join about 30 other teams at Olympic event sites. (2/13/2002)
  • The UNM Health Sciences Center, as a member of the New Mexico Tribal Healthcare Alliance, has been chosen as one of eight locations nationally for the establishment of American Indian Research Centers. The research centers are being created through $3 million in funding by the U.S. Indian Health Service to focus on medical research relevant to Native American communities. (2/6/2002)
  • Dr. Laura Roberts, associate professor and vice chair in the Department of Psychiatry at the UNM Health Sciences Center, has been selected as the Editor-in-Chief of Academic Psychiatry. Academic Psychiatry is the country's premier, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to psychiatric education and professional development in academic psychiatry. (1/23/2002)
  • Dr. Sam Keith, chair of the Department of Psychiatry, received the Arthur P. Noyes Award by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression for his lifelong achievements in advancing schizophrenia research. (12/19/2001)
  • Clinicians and scientists at the UNM Health Sciences Center have discovered a rare hereditary muscle disease in a population of Hispanic New Mexicans. The study, published in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, identifies 216 affected individuals through four generations who have the disease Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy. (12/19/2001)
  • Eight people and organizations received recognition during the Health Sciences Center's (HSC) fifth annual Community Partnerships awards ceremony. The awards were presented to people and organizations that have partnered with clinical, educational and research components across the HSC's campus. The HSC's first vice president, Dr. Jane Henney, was the guest of honor and recipient of the HSC Cornerstone Award. (11/7/01)
  • The New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team, which includes Health Sciences Center staff, returned to New Mexico Oct. 18 after spending 10 days at the site of the World Trade Center towers in New York City. The team treated injuries sustained by the recovery teams that worked to remove debris and recover remains. Dr. Paul Roth, dean of the UNM School of Medicine and team leader, filed daily reports from New York. (10/24/01)
  • The UNM School of Medicine has named Dr. Pope Moseley as the new chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. Moseley came to UNM in 1995 as a professor of Internal Medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care. Since 2000 he has served as the School of Medicine associate dean of Research and Graduate Studies. (10/3/01)
  • The UNM School of Medicine Office of Cultural and Ethnic Programs received a $1.2 million grant to fund the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health of Professions, Division of Health Professions Diversity. The principal investigator is Roberto Gomez, M.D., Associate Dean of Cultural and Ethnic Programs. Carol Miller will serve as director and Terri Nicholson as program coordinator. (9/26/01)
  • The UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) was awarded a $750,000 grant to Support the UNM Telehealth Outreach for Unified Community Health. Funding for the program, a joint effort by the UNM HSC and the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii, was appropriated by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services. (9/12/01)
  • The National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes Research/National Institutes of Health awarded a $336,408 grant to the UNM College of Nursing and Professor Leah Albers to study lowering the rate of genital trauma to the new mother at birth. (9/5/01)
  • The UNM School of Medicine received a $5,000 gift from CIGNA HealthCare, parent company of Lovelace Health Systems recently. The donation will be used to help fund the Randolph V. Seligman, M.D., Endowment in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UNM School of Medicine. Seligman is a professor emeritus at the UNM School of Medicine. (9/5/01)
  • New Mexico Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubs have helped raise more than $131,000 benefiting Children's Hospital of New Mexico in the past year. Donated money helps pay for the life-saving medical equipment needed to provide the most advanced and comprehensive pediatric and neonatal care in the state. (8/22/01)
  • Sam Giammo, director of public affairs for the UNM Health Sciences Center, was among 21 senior practitioners selected for membership in the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows. The prestigious honor, based on lifetime achievement, has been bestowed upon 314 members out of nearly 20,000 PRSA members since the establishment of the College in 1989. (8/8/01)
  • The UNM School of Medicine received a grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to study the complications of diabetes. David VanderJagt, professor in the UNM Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received a two-year, $200,000 grant to research the causes of diabetes complications. (7/18/01)
  • The UNM School of Medicine is one of 27 medical schools honored by the American Academy of Family Medicine for its success in promoting the specialty of family practice to medical students. More than 23 percent of UNM graduates choose family practice for their residency and 35 percent practice in rural or underserved areas of the state. (7/3/01)


  • UNM is one of four state institutions ranked among the top 100 colleges for Hispanics according to rankings published in the May 6 issue of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. UNM, ranked 15th for conferring bachelor's degrees to Hispanics, also stands out as the top institution in New Mexico of the four that made the list including UNM, New Mexico State, New Mexico Highlands and the University of Phoenix, Albuquerque campus. (5/15/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May9Outlook.htm
  • Outstanding faculty and teaching assistants were honored at a recent ceremony at University House. They include: Steve Hersee, professor, electrical and computer engineering and Jennifer Predock-Linnell, professor, dance, were named 2001-2002 Outstanding Teachers of the Year. (5/1/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/May1outstandingfaculty.htm
  • Clinical nutritionist Shelley Rael, UNM Employee Health Promotion Program, was recently selected Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year for 2002 by the New Mexico Dietetic Association. http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/April26rael.htm
  • Professor emeritus Rudolfo Anaya received a National Medal of Arts from President George Bush recently. He was one of eight Americans receiving the award at Constitution Hall. (4/24/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/April23anaya.htm
  • Joe McKinney, university planner in the Department of Facility Planning, has been selected a recipient of the 2002 Heritage Preservation Award by the New Mexico State Office of Cultural Affairs Historic Preservation Division. (4/24/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/April24mckinney.htm
  • Ted A. Garcia, general manager and chief executive officer of public television station KNME-TV, Channel 5 (PBS), is one of only six business and media executives from across the nation named to a newly-created team of 19 advisors - the 2020 Vision Committee of the Southern Illinois University. (4/10/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/04-08-02/notables.htm
  • UNM was chosen as one of 10 chapters in the nation to be part of the Scholar Chapter network by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. (4/3/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/April3hispanic.htm
  • The student recipients of the 2002 Clauve Outstanding Senior awards at UNM are Andrea Cook, Josh Ewing, Louie Garcia, Nick Menicucci, Tina Pham Nguyen, Grant Nichols and John Probasco. (3/27/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March25clauve.htm
  • UNM is ranked 24th on Hispanic Magazine's top 25 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics in the March 2002 issue. UNM is the only school in the state to be ranked. Criteria included the number of Hispanic-related degree programs, Hispanic student organizations, recruiting, minority support programs and Hispanic faculty. (3/20/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/March20hisp.htm
  • The Harvey Foundation Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award at UNM is being established to recognize exceptional efforts of faculty mentoring graduate students. Ken Frandsen, interim dean of Graduate Studies, announced the new award at a recent meeting of the Graduate and Professional Student Association Council. (2/20/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/February14harvey.htm
  • The UNM Student Health Center's laboratory received a grade of 100 percent from the National Clinical Laboratory Accreditation Association and will be considered for an annual "Laboratory Excellence Award." Only six labs in the country have been recommended for the award this year by the inspector. (2/6/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/February5shc.htm
  • The UNM Alumni Association Board of Directors honored four individuals with a variety of awards, including Monica S. Cyrino, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Milton Ward, V.B. Price and Daniel H. Lopez. Cyrino received the Faculty Teaching Award; Ward received the James F. Zimmerman Award; Price received the Erna S. Fergusson Award; and Lopez was honored with the Bernard S. Rodey Award. (2/6/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/February6alumni.htm
  • Yvonne Pena, students affairs specialist in the Dean of Students office, received the Region IV-West Outstanding New Professional from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The award is presented to the individual who has been in the profession less than five years, is a NASPA member, and has made significant contributions to his or her campus, the regional organization and the profession. (1/23/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/January23pena.htm
  • The UNM Bookstore was the cover story in the September issue of College Store Executive, a national publication on news and merchandizing in the college store industry. The article, "Turning Complaints into Compliments," addresses how the staff listened to complaints from UNM faculty, staff and students about services and operation of the Bookstore and moved to remedy the problems. (1/16/2002) http://www.unm.edu/news/CNewsJan14,2002/bookstore.htm
  • UNM is ranked fifth out of the top 100 federally funded institutions regarding the impact of materials science papers over the years 1996-2000 by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). The list is published in ISI's Science Citation Index, which measures the number of times a paper is cited by other researchers. (10/31/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct30isi.htm
  • UNM has received a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program for a project titled, "Cross-disciplinary Optics Research and Education." The grant is one of only 22 of its type in the nation to be awarded this year out of more than 400 applications received by NSF. (10/24/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct24nsf.htm
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a grant of $835,534 to the UNM Arts of the Americas Institute and the UNM Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center to develop broadband Internet connections for New Mexico's tribal museums and cultural centers. The one-of-a-kind project titled, "Cyber Sovereignty: The Tribal Access Grid for Museums and Cultural Centers," paves the way for development and delivery of long distance education. (10/24/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct24cyber.htm
  • For the sixth consecutive year, UNM has been named in the annual report on America's 100 Best College Buys designating the University as one of America's best college educations for the cost. Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. compiled the list from a survey of 1,488 accredited U.S. colleges and universities offering four-year undergraduate degree programs. Of the institutions surveyed, 1,101 schools responded. (10/3/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Oct1bestbuy.htm
  • UNM is among colleges and universities nationwide that received cash awards from the American Automobile Association for campus programs that address impaired driving prevention. The "UNM Designated Drivers Do It for Friends" winning program is a partnership between UNM and local bars and restaurants providing free, non-alcoholic drinks and waived or reduced cover charges for UNM students who serve as designated drivers. (8/22/01) http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/Aug20aaa.htm

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