The University of New Mexico found itself in the news quite a bit during 2010. Below are 10 of the stories the UNM community may not have seen during the course of the year. They include notable accomplishments, unprecedented growth and students making the grade in the classroom as well as stepping up to make a difference. To read the entire story, click on the accompanying link.

Biology Professor Honored with Presidential Award for Excellence
Biology Professor Mary Anne Nelson was one of 22 individuals and organizations to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). President Barack Obama honored the recipients yesterday in a ceremony at the White House.

Students Flock to UNM in Cyberspace
UNM is experiencing a cyber explosion, with unprecedented growth in online enrollment through Extended University. As of Jan. 22, student enrollment in online courses shot up 47 percent, from 1,492 in spring 2009 to 2,199 in spring 2010. That's more than double national growth in online enrollment, recently reported at 17 percent. Student credit hours grew by 72 percent in that period, from 5,257 to 9,037.

Students Organize Fund Drive for Haitian Quake Victims
When a tragic earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti, many people reached out to lend a helping hand. Some are still doing so. UNM students organized a fundraising drive for the victims of the Haiti earthquake through ASUNM Community Experience shortly after news of the earthquake was first reported.

Four UNM Students Garner Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Four UNM students, including Brandi Cron, Monica Madrid, Angelica Sanchez and Alex Washburne, were recently awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The Fellowships include a $30,000 stipend and a $10,500 tuition allowance for up to three years. The Graduate Research Fellowships, awarded on a competitive basis by an extensive application process, provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees.

HSC Dedicates New Center to Leonard Napolitano
Leonard Napolitano, a founder and influential dean of UNM's School of Medicine for more than 20 of the school's formative years, was honored recently with a dedication on North Campus of the Leonard M. Napolitano, Ph.D., Anatomical Education Center. Napolitano, who was surrounded by family at the ceremony, including daughter and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, is largely credited with developing many of the school's unique medical educational programs, including its nationally renowned Primary Care Curriculum.

IT Partnership Makes ‘Shrek' Pop
Information Technologies at UNM is one of several partners in a new collaboration that brings Hollywood a bit closer to New Mexico. The agreement, through Cerelink Digital Media Group, the New Mexico Computing Applications Center, National LambdaRail and DreamWorks Animation, provides an ultra high speed link connecting New Mexico to Hollywood.

Forbes Isais Models Leadership
Geraldine Forbes Isais, dean, UNM School of Architecture and Planning, is the first woman to serve as dean of the school. She didn't have many leadership models to follow when she made her ascent in academia. She is making sure that the next generation of women and minorities has role models. Forbes Isais served as the first president of the Women's Leadership Council, a foundation dedicated to expand contributions of women in architecture.

The National Research Council Ranks UNM Doctoral Programs
UNM has 26 doctoral programs in a new report from the National Research Council, "A Data-based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States," released today. Baseline data for the report, which updates a similar study published in 1995, were collected in 2005-06. The report evaluates more than 5,000 programs in 62 fields at 212 universities nationwide.

Law Professor Valencia-Weber Appointed to Legal Services Board
Law Professor Gloria Valencia-Weber has been confirmed by the United States Senate to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. President Barack Obama nominated Valencia-Weber to the national policy-setting board, along with three others.

IFDM opens at Mesa del Sol
The Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Program at UNM recently opened its new facility at the Aperture Center in Mesa del Sol. The IFDM facility provides space to develop and showcase student and faculty work and to foster partnerships with industry leaders.