February 15, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3651

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

John A. Pieper, Pharm.D, Dean of the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy announced the appointment of two faculty members to prestigious positions at the University of New Mexico. 

Laurie Hudson, PhD., professor of pharmacy, has been awarded a Regents' Professorship.  Hudson has been with the college for seven years. "She has an outstanding record of research, teaching, leadership and service to the college, the Health Sciences Center and the university," Pieper said. "She is an excellent role model for graduate and professional students and faculty throughout the university."

Hudson is presently serving as the director of the Health Sciences Center's Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and has led an effort to significantly increase the number of graduate students in all areas of health sciences study.  She has current research grants totaling over $2 million.

Renee Mercier, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy,  has been named a Regents' Lecturer.   Mercier has been with the college for seven years and has an outstanding teaching, research and service record.  In addition, she has made a significant contribution to patient care, according to Pieper. Mercier mentors professional students and is the coordinator for the specialized pharmacy residency program in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy, where she has trained six post-Pharm.D. residents since July 1999.

The Regent's posts were created in the 1980's for UNM colleges and schools as a means to honor and retain outstanding faculty.  The appointment is for three years, ending on June 30 of the third year and title "Regents' Professor" or "Regents' Lecturer" may be retained during the balance of the awardee's career at UNM.  The award funds ($8,300 Professorships; $2,900 Lectureships) are allocated each of the three years and may be taken as salary, used for professional development or for research expenses.

For more information about the UNM College of Pharmacy, please visit http://hsc.unm.edu/pharmacy/