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NSF grant helps New Mexico State University women faculty in science, math and engineering

The ADVANCE Program at New Mexico State University is awarding a total of $182,982 in grants to faculty members this month.

The aim of the awards is to support, develop and retain tenure-track women faculty in science, math and engineering. This is the first year awards have been granted.

The ADVANCE program is a five-year program funded by a $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation. New Mexico State is one of nine universities awarded grants last fall. All of the universities selected for ADVANCE awards have examined their current policies and practices and developed plans to pursue new organizational strategies to make access by women to the senior leadership ranks of university faculties a priority.

The awards were granted in the areas of research, travel and visiting researchers. The following 13 recipients were granted a total of 21 awards:

--Laurie Abbott, animal and range sciences -- $7,070 for rangeland vegetation studies at remote locations in New Mexico; $576 for travel for research purposes.

--Patricia Baggett, mathematical sciences -- $19,642 for expanding a program of partnership mathematics courses through web development and grant preparation.

--Rebecca Creamer, entomology, plant pathology and weed science -- $17,000 for a study of the association of a fungal endophyte; $1,230 for travel for a conference presentation.

--Martha Desmond, fishery and wildlife sciences -- $14,292 for release time for manuscript preparation of an ecoregional study on wintering grassland birds in the chihuahuan desert; $1,951 for travel for a related conference presentation.

--Nancy Flores, extension home economics -- $2,141 for travel to a conference and continuing education program; $1,200 for bringing a visiting researcher to the university campus.

--Mai Gehrke, mathematical sciences -- $18,180 for work on a book on canonical extensions.

--Colleen Jonsson, chemistry and biochemistry -- $15,515 for studies of hantavirus N protein; $2,265 for travel to a flourescent spectroscopy workshop.

--Lisa McKee, family and consumer sciences -- $16,996 for a study of consumer rinsing methods for reducing microbial loads in pork chops; $2,141 for travel to a conference and continuing education program.

--Michele Nishiguchi, biology -- $10,904 for a study of the environment and ecological monitoring of symbiotic vibrio populations; $2,400 for related travel.

--Jane Pierce, New Mexico State University/Artesia Agricultural Science Center -- $11,000 for a study of biological control of pecan/alfalfa cropping systems.

--Linda Riley, industrial engineering -- $20,000 for the establishment of the Advanced Simulation and Modeling Laboratory.

--Susana Salamanca-Riba, mathematical sciences -- $12,296 for a study of automorphic forms and representation theory; $2,900 for related conference presentations.

--Tracy Sterling, entomology, plant pathology and weed science -- $3,283 for travel to receive instrument training and to collaborate on current and future distance education grants on improvements in the area of weed physiology.

For more information on the ADVANCE Program, contact Pamela Hunt, program coordinator, at (505) 646-2583.

Erin Waldron
May 7, 2002