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Ackleson, Malamud receive globalization awards

Because of their work to enhance global understanding, exchange and diplomacy, New Mexico State University Professors Margaret Malamud and Jason Ackleson were recognized with the 2004-05 Globalization Awards.


rds, given annually to NMSU faculty, staff, students or community members who promote international cooperation, were presented Friday by Everett Egginton, vice provost for International and U.S.-Mexico Border Programs.

"Dr. Malamud has brought a new direction to the university by emphasizing the Middle East and advocating for increased understanding of Islamic culture and history," Egginton said.

Malamud, an associate professor of history, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Focus Grant for 2003. The grant "provided support for NMSU faculty to meet regularly with seven internationally renowned scholars in one-day workshops to increase their knowledge of Islam and Islamic societies, a topic and field underserved at NMSU," Egginton said.

Malamud's efforts also resulted in establishing a course in elementary Arabic at NMSU. Further, "due to her vision and effort, we have now added Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco to the Study Abroad program," Egginton said. "NMSU students can continue their study of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Morocco."

Ackleson, an assistant professor of government and associate director and national scholarships coordinator for the NMSU Honors College, has worked with and mentored high school and university students to help them grow in their knowledge of international relations and diplomacy.

In his work, he has examined the complex relationship between identity and territoriality along American borders. One of his recently published papers describes research on border security that raises questions about its adequacy. And most recently Ackleson coached a team that won third place at the National Model of the United Nations competition in New York City.

"This activity is a demanding extracurricular program that spans most of the academic year," Egginton noted. "As part of this effort, he has designed two new courses - Model United Nations and Advanced Model United Nations - to better prepare students. In just a few years, he has turned the NMSU organization into one of the leaders in the region."