January 13, 2010 by Justin Bannister NMSU NewsCenter
The book “Senator Pete Domenici’s Legacy,” edited by New Mexico State University Professor Jon Hunner, has won the award for best anthology of 2009 by the New Mexico Book Awards. The awards, presented by the New Mexico Book Co-op, recognize the best books by New Mexico authors and publishers. “Senator Pete Domenici’s Legacy” contains the proceedings from the 2008 Domenici Public Policy Conference, held at NMSU.
“There is still a wellspring of support for Senator Domenici, even though he is no longer in office,” Hunner said. “I think New Mexicans still want to know more about him.”
The book features presentations from each of the 2008 conference speakers, including remarks about Sen. Domenici’s career from Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Chris Dodd, former Secretary of State James Baker and Gov. Bill Richardson, among others. Conference sessions covered the federal budget process, parity in mental health coverage, reducing nuclear weapons and other topics important to the senator during his time in office.
The Domenici Public Policy Conference is an annual event that brings together some of the best minds from around the country to focus on significant national issues. The conference is presented by NMSU’s Domenici Institute and held at the university. The 2010 Domenici Public Policy Conference is set to take place Sept. 1-2.
Hunner is the head of NMSU’s history department and former director of NMSU’s public history program. He has written two books, “Inventing Los Alamos” and “J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic West.” He has edited four other books with the assistance of graduate students and has also written articles and chapters in numerous other books. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe.
“Senator Pete Domenici’s Legacy” is published by Rio Grande Books in collaboration with New Mexico State University and available at http://www.amazon.com. A second book, which will chronicle the 2009 Domenici Public Policy Conference, will be published later this year.