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New Mexico State University professors publish new book

Ralph Wilkins, a New Mexico State University professor emeritus of chemistry, and Patricia Wilkins, an NMSU college associate professor, have published a new book called "The Role of Calcium and Comparable Cations in Animal Behaviour."

ed by the Royal Society of Chemistry, it is the second chemistry book the two have collaborated on.

The book brings together literature on calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium in biology to examine the important biological contributions of ions including enzyme activation, their effects in different types of muscle and biomineralization. The book focuses on channel construction, ion movement, calcium as a second messenger, calcium in the construction of solids and ion channelopathies.

Portions of "The Role of Calcium and Comparable Cations in Animal Behaviour" will be used in a medicinal chemistry course at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, this fall.

Ralph Wilkins has taught at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, the State University of New York in Buffalo and New Mexico State. During his career, he has published many research papers and articles on inorganic reaction mechanisms and bioinorganic chemistry and two books on kinetics and mechanisms in inorganic chemistry.

Patricia Wilkins previously taught at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and has more than 50 research publications to her name.