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NMSU researchers named technology all-stars

Two New Mexico State University researchers, at the forefront in the fields of nanotechnology and bioinformatics, have been named by the New Mexico Economic Development Department as "New Mexico Tech AllStars."

"Shay" Curran, who heads a nanotechnology research program in the NMSU Physics Department, and Chris Fields, director of the university's molecular biology program, were recognized as high-tech leaders who are helping to build the state's reputation as a technology center.

"We are looking for people who travel out of the state of New Mexico and promote their science in important ways," said Michael Orshan, director of science and technology for the Economic Development Department. "Shay Curran is one of the world leaders in nanomaterials and Chris Fields is a world expert in bioinformatics."

Orshan said 24 technology leaders were recognized at an event in Albuquerque April 13. They were given flash storage devices and CD-ROMs loaded with materials they can use to make presentations about New Mexico during their travels on business or to conferences.

Most of the AllStars are from industry, Curran noted, "but faculty members have to make themselves available to the state as well. Anything we do to help our university should also help the state, and vice versa."

Curran, who acts as a scientific adviser for the state on nanotechnology, accompanied Orshan and others on a mission to Japan last summer to promote technology partnerships. Fields, whose research in information systems has applications in biotechnology, is active in the state's new Technology Research Collaborative and the New Mexico Consortium for Bioresearch.