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NMSU professor elected vice president of science academy

James L. Botsford, a professor of biology at New Mexico State University, has been elected vice president of the New Mexico Academy of Science.

Botsford is a microbiologist whose current research interests center on the use of bacteria to detect and measure toxic chemicals. He has taught biology at NMSU since 1970.

Another NMSU faculty member, Tim L. Jones of the department of agronomy and horticulture, was elected by the academy as a director-at-large. The elections took place at the academy's annual meeting in Albuquerque on Nov. 14.

The New Mexico Academy of Science works to further scientific research and science education in New Mexico. It sponsors science fairs and scientific paper competitions for middle school and high school students, and recognizes excellence in science teaching through its annual Outstanding Teacher Awards. The academy publishes a quarterly newsletter and the annual Journal of Science.

Botsford's term as NMAS vice president will run through 1999. Kurt S.J. Anderson, professor of astronomy at NMSU, is president.