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NSF-ADVANCE at NMSU awards $119,757 to female faculty

The National Science Foundation ADVANCE program at New Mexico State University has awarded $119,757 in research and travel awards to tenured and tenured-track women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a group known as STEM.


The following ADVANCE grants were awarded through the Committee on the Status of Women in STEM:

-- Mary Ballyk, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, $7,030 research award, "Competition in an Unstirred Chemostat."

-- Martha Desmond, assistant professor of fishery and wildlife sciences, $7,000 research award, "Burrowing Owl Nest-Site Selection and Reproductive Success in an Urban-Agricultural Interface in Southern New Mexico and Grasslands in Janos, Chihuahua, Mexico."

-- Nancy Flores, assistant professor of food sciences, $14,000 research award, "Effects of Slats on Pectin Esterase Activity in Red Pepper Mash Fermentation."

-- Elizabeth Gasparim, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, $14,713 research award, "Collaborative Research in Algebraic Geometry and Topology."

-- Kathryn Hanley, assistant professor of biology, $8,485 research award, "Genetic Determinants of Transmission Mode in Flavaviruses."

-- M. Cristina Mariani, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, $2,500 travel award, "Numerical Solutions to Nonlinear Problems Arising in Finance and Physics."

-- Nancy McMillan, professor of geological sciences, $13,144 research award, "Trace Element Signatures of Gem Beryls: Tracing Geologic Processes and Terrorist Trading."

-- Inna Pivkina, assistant professor of computer science, $12,504 research award, "Revision Programming with Cardinality Atoms."

-- Erin Silva, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, $1,025 travel award, "Travel to Eco-Conference in Monterey, CA for Curriculum and Professional Development."

-- Irena Swanson, associate professor of mathematical sciences, $9,635 research award, "Integral Closure of Ideals."

-- Caroline Sweezy, associate professor of mathematical sciences, $14,721 research award, "Weights and Parabolic Gradients."

-- Julieta Valles-Rosales, assistant professor of industrial engineering, $15,000 research award, "Human Performance Modeling to Improve the Decision Making Process in Manufacturing Cells."

The ADVANCE Program provides supports for STEM women faculty to make progress towards tenured and full professorships and to assume leadership roles in the institution. The program also seeks to institutionalize family-friendly work policies to enable NMSU to utilize the diverse STEM labor force of the 21st century.