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Four New Mexico State researchers to be honored with new award

Four New Mexico State University researchers will receive the first University Research Council Awards for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity at a special ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Dona Ana Room of the university's Corbett Center Student Union.


orees are Paul Bosland of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Anatoly Klypin of Astronomy, Jaime Ramirez-Angulo of the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Alberto Rodriguez of Curriculum and Instruction.

Interim Vice Provost for Research Miley Gonzalez will present a $2,000 award to each.

The URC Awards, to be presented annually to early career and senior faculty and staff, are designed to increase recognition for exceptional research and other creative scholarly efforts at New Mexico State University.

Bosland, an internationally known chile researcher, is director of the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State, leads the university's chile breeding program and serves as co-chairman of the annual New Mexico Chile Conference. Known popularly as the "Chileman," he has been responsible for several new chile varieties that have boosted yields and values for New Mexico chile growers.

Klypin is a renowned astrophysicist with a reputation as one of the world's leading theoretical cosmologists. His research entails creating computer simulations of the formation and evolution of the universe, in particular the formation of large-scale structures such as galaxy clusters. Tested against modern astronomical observations, his work has been recognized as among the best in the world.

Ramirez has an international reputation in analog Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuit design. His contributions to the field have been especially valuable in the area of miniature, low-power electronics for portable, hand-held devices. The importance of his work was recognized in December 1999 by his election as a Fellow of the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineering, a honor accorded to electrical and computer engineers who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the profession.

Rodriguez's research achievements have been in three major areas: science education reform, the use of video as a tool for research and teacher professional development, and learning to teach science in more culturally responsive ways. He is engaged in a three-year study, "Pathways for Teaching Science for Understanding in Diverse Classrooms," that is funded by the Eisenhower Commission on Higher Education and the National Science Foundation.

The March 19 awards ceremony is open to the public.

Karl Hill
March 7, 2002