Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology, served on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program’s review panel for the Ecological, Environmental, & Evolutionary Sciences. The foundation’s mission is to increase diversity in the professoriate. The panel selects awardees at the predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral levels. This is a highly competitive fellowship, as only 3% of applicants are awarded fellowships.

Duran was awarded a grant of $52,120 toward a LI-COR Ecophysiology Package, presented by the LI-COR Environmental Education Fund (LEEF). The package includes an LI-6400XTR Portable Photosynthesis and Fluorescence that allows for cutting edge physiological research, two training vouchers, and funds for undergraduate students to attend conferences to present their independent research. More about LEEF.

In addition, Duran spoke at Northern New Mexico College April 1 about how her research influences her classes and vice versa. She explained how independent undergraduate research projects have developed from research done in courses.

The paper Duran published last year with alumni Vance Barksdale and Marcus Newell won the McClung Award for the best paper published in the journal BIOS for year 2015. The award included a $150 stipend and plaque for the article, “Nuclear intergenic DNA sequence divergence in a Texas dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium divaricatum) population.”

Jess Gagliardi, instructor of developmental education, presented a poster, “Equality for All? Miscegenation and Same-Sex Marriage Law Connections,” at the Western Political Science Association Conference in San Diego, March 23-27. His presentation analyzed the intersections of the 1967 Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case that ruled the ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional and the recent Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case that ruled same-sex marriages legal with laws that banned both practices.

He will present a poster, “The Dark Side of Decisions: Presidential Censorship,” at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago, April 7-10. His presentation discusses the decisions and implementation of laws enacted by Presidents John Adams (Sedition Act of 1798), Abraham Lincoln (suspension of habeas corpus), Woodrow Wilson (Sedition Act of 1918), and George W. Bush (Patriot Act). He will also serve as a discussant/chair for undergraduate poster presentations for this conference.

His April 20 faculty lecture on campus will be “Exceptional Presidential Companions: The First Ladies as an Essential Institution to the Presidency.”

Gaylene Horning, assistant director of Alumni Relations, and Linda Relyea, assistant director of communications, and recently attended the Editor’s Forum presented by the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE), held in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Adam Klienschmit, asst. professor of biology, has his original peer-reviewed teaching case study accepted for publication by the NSF-supported National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCST) at the University at Buffalo. Entitled “One Tablet a Day May Keep Cancer Away,” the case study with teaching notes and an answer key is available for use by other undergraduate educators. The mission of the NCCSTS is to promote the nationwide application of active learning techniques to the teaching of science, with a particular emphasis on case studies and problem-based learning. Read more.

Amy Kucera, graphic artist, and Julie Waechter, assistant to the president for communications, recently attended the Design Summit of the University & College Design Association (UCDA), held in Santa Fe.

Dr. Michael Mumper, professor of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science, Spanish, wrote the chapter,. “The Federal Government and Higher Education,” in American Higher Education in the 21st Century (4th edition) by Michael Bastedo, Philip Altbach, and Patricia Gumport. It was published in 2016 by Johns Hopkins University press. More information.

Erica Romero, Financial Aid scholarship coordinator; Jennifer Stoughton, enrollment and promotion specialist for Extended Studies; and Traci Bishop, assistant to the Assistant Vice President for Extended Studies, recently completed the 2015-16 Academic Management Institute for Women, a cohort-based institute held September-January in Colorado. The goal of the institute, established by the Colorado Network of Women Leaders (CNWL), an affiliate of the American Council on Education (ACE) Office of Women, is to assist and support the advancement of women in higher education, particularly from the talent available in Colorado and Wyoming, through a variety of networking and professional development activities. Sessions focused on the external political environment for higher education, the internal political environment of a given campus, self-assessment of personality and leadership characteristics, gender differences in thinking and leading, and decision-making strategies through a variety of methods, such as guest lectures, background readings, case studies, campus interviews, and personal projects.

Angelica Valdez, director of Upward Bound, was named a 2016 Aspire TRiO Achiever for the State of Colorado. She will receive the award at the ASPIRE Colorado State Conference TRiO Achievers Luncheon, April 14, in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Hotel Elegante. The award recognizes former TRiO participants who have completed their degrees and current TRiO participants who have a record of achievement and stature within their academic institution and/or profession.

Dr. Benjamin Waddell, assoc. professor of sociology, received the 2016 Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in the social sciences from the last three years, presented by the University of New Mexico’s Office of Graduate Studies. Waddell earned his Ph.D. from UNM, and his dissertation was titled “The Political Economy of Remittance-led Development in Guanajuato, Mexico.” Completed in 2013, it combines ethnographic and statistical analysis to examine the long-term effects of mass emigration on migrant sending communities in central Mexico.

The award includes a $2,500 honorarium and an all-expense paid trip to UNM’s spring convocation, where the Dean of Arts and Sciences will present the award. The prize was is a permanent memorial to the late Tom L. Popejoy, President of UNM from 1948 to 1968. It recognizes and encourages the highest level of academic excellence and is given on a rotating basis. Read more.

Also, Waddell recently presented at the 63rd Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, held in Santa Fe, NM. In June, he will present his work on emigration and crime in modern Mexico at the University of Guanajuato, which is paying his expenses.

New Employees

  • Katherine Black – Ext Stud Administrative Assistant II
  • Brett Bentley – Soccer Coach
  • Wendy Brumback – Custodian I
  • Roberto Falomir – Police Officer
  • Derek Faavi – Assistant FB Coach
  • Robert Glover – Computing Services
  • Jennifer Hutchens – Title V – Project Assistant
  • Julio Madrid – Custodian I
  • Daniel Martinez – General Labor I
  • Maria McMath – Caminos Grant Activity Director
  • Wilfred (Ronnie) Medina – Library Tech II
  • Nolan Miller – Pipe/Mechanical Trades I
  • Erik Pascoe – Custodian I
  • Elaine Taylor – Title V STEM Grant Project Specialist
  • Belinda Vargas – Ext Stud. Advisor/Recruiter
  • Carlos Wiggan – Conexiones Grant Career Services Coordinator

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