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Immigrants Of The Day: Jose E. Martinez of Dominican Republic, Marion P. Primomo of Germany, and Renu Khator of India

by Kevin R. Johnson

Jose E. Martinez (Dominican Republic)

Jose_martinez The Honorable Jose E. Martinez, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, was confirmed as a federal judge by the U.S. Senate on September 13, 2002. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Martinez attended the University of Miami where he earned undergraduate and law degrees. Judge Martinez was a legal officer in the U.S. Navy and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida. In July 1991, he joined the law firm now known as Gutierrez & Associates and became a name partner in September 1992. During a two-year leave from his firm, Martinez became the regional director for the Office for Drug Abuse Law Enforcement in the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Martinez is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Cuban American Bar Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

October 25, 2007 | Permalink

Marion P. Primomo (Germany)

Marion_primomo Dr. Marion P. Primomo,  is a physician ath the Hospice and Palliative Medicine in San Antonio, Texas and a Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Born in Germany, Dr. Primomo obtained her medical degree at Loyola University in Chicago. In 1978, she became medical director of San Antonio's first hospice at St. Benedict's facility. Today over 1,000 patients a day are served by San Antonio's 28 hospices, 5 of which named Dr. Primomo as their medical director.

Dr. Primomo has been recognized for her work in hospice and palliative care. She is a founding member of the Academy of Hospice Physicians, now known as the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the International Hospice and Palliative Care Institute. In 1998, Dr. Primomo developed and coordinated the Palliative Medicine Fellowship at at UT-San Antonio Health Center, the fourth such Fellowship Program in the United States. Presently, Dr. Primomo serves as Hospice Consultant to several San Antonio Hospices in addition to teaching.

October 26, 2007 | Permalink

Renu Khator (India)

Khatorgreen175250 Our Immigrant of the Day is Dr. Renu Khator, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida. Born in India, Dr. Khator received her undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Kanpur University. Dr. Khator came to the United States at the age of eighteen. She earned her master's degree and doctorate from Purdue University in Political Science and Public Administration. Dr. Khator has published five books, numerous book chapters, and journal articles in leading national and international journals. Her areas of specialization include water policy and the impact of globalization on the environment.  Dr. Khator has participated in workshops and conferences around the globe and serves on a number of important boards.

Dr. Khator was appointed to her current position at the University of South Florida in 2003 after serving for three years as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and three years as Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program.

Dr. Khator is the first female Provost of University of South Florida and one of the first Indian Americans to become provost at a comprehensive research university in the country.  She is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Dr. Khator has received many honors and awards, among them are the 2006 Outstanding American by Choice Award (given by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for outstanding achievements by a naturalized citizen), the 2007 Hind Rattan Award (Jewel of India Award - given to a non-resident Indian for making outstanding contributions in her/his adoptive land), the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts, and the 2006 Outstanding Educator Award by the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture.

Dr. Khator has a long history of community engagement. She serves on several local community boards. She enjoys writing poetry and fiction, several of which have been published.

Dr. Khator has described her philosophy of life as follows: "When life gives you lemons and everyone else is busy making lemonade, think about making margaritas!"

Postscript:  After I posted this story, I learned that the University of Houston has made the following announcement:

"Dr. Renu Khator, provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida, a major research institution and the ninth largest university in the country, has been selected as the sole finalist for the position of University of Houston System chancellor and UH president. A devoted teacher, seasoned educational administrator and respected scholar, Khator has a doctorate and master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and earned her bachelor’s degree from Kanpur University in India. UH System Board of Regents Chairman Welcome Wilson made the announcement Monday following a vote by the board. Texas law requires that the board give public notice at least 21 days prior to a meeting in which final action is taken on the employment of a university chancellor or president. The board can meet anytime on or after November 5 and vote to confirm Khator. If approved, she will become the third person to hold the dual title of UH System chancellor and UH president. She follows Arthur Smith, who retired in 2003, and Jay Gogue, who became president of Auburn University, his alma mater, this summer. A 20-member search advisory committee, led by Regent Leroy Hermes, submitted to the board a list of candidates to consider as Gogue’s replacement."

October 29, 2007 | Permalink

These posts were orginally posted on the ImmigrationProf Blog here, here and here.

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog .

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