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Visiting biochemist to address diabetes issues

The Visiting Professors Program, a part of the ADVANCE Program at New Mexico State University, will have a three-day series of mini-workshops, a research seminar and a lecture on diabetes Dec. 4-6.

Crans, a biochemist and professor from Colorado State University-Fort Collins, will present a research seminar, "A Series of Transition Metal Dipicolinate Complexes and Their Effects on Diabetic Animals: Compound Profiles and DNA Microarray Analysis," at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Chemistry Building Room 153. During the seminar, she will describe her work to develop transition metal complexes for the treatment of diabetes.

Her general lecture, "Diabetes: Combating One of America's Heavyweights," will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Chemistry Building Room 153. Crans will discuss diabetes, diagnosis and treatment of the disease and the development of new treatments. She will address questions during a reception following the lecture.

Crans will conduct two mini-workshops. The first, "A Strategy to INTRODUCE Science at K-12," for area teachers will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Chemistry Building Room 153.

The second mini-workshop, which will include a luncheon, will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the Senate Chambers, Corbett Center. "Monitoring Women in Science" will address issues that female students encounter when entering scientific endeavors at New Mexico State.

The deadline for pre-registration for all events is Dec. 3.

Crans is a professor of organic and inorganic chemistry, biological chemistry and spectroscopy. Her research area is biological chemistry. She is currently working on developing and understanding compounds with antidiabetic properties.

The ADVANCE Program is aimed at increasing the number of women faculty in tenure-track positions in science, math and engineering through a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, which began in January.

The Visiting Professors Program seeks to bring about increased interaction between nationally recognized female scholars and students of all ages, publicize the work of women scholars at New Mexico State, provide networking opportunities for women, provide visibility for women scholars and give opportunities for women scholars to work with others to review programs, goals and possible collaborations.

For more information, call the ADVANCE Program at (505) 646-2583.

Rocio Rueda
Nov. 27, 2002