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NMSU geography professor elected to national social science association council

Chris Brown, assistant professor of geography at New Mexico State University, has been elected to the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) executive council.

The WSSA's mission is to foster professional study, advance research and promote the teaching of social science. It was founded in 1958 as the Rocky Mountain Social Science Association and hosts an annual conference, conducts research competitions for faculty and students and publishes the quarterly research journal, Social Science Journal.

Brown was elected by the membership of the association for a term of three years. As part of the executive council, he will help select the site for the association's annual meeting, assist on-site conference planning and provide guidance and vision for the association.

In addition, Brown has been made associate editor of the Social Science Journal and will work with the editorial board in its production.

"It's time for me to give back to a group that has been very supportive of me," Brown said.

Brown has been a member of the WSSA for about 10 years and is also a former president of the Association for Borderland Studies, an affiliate of the WSSA.

At NMSU, Brown's areas of research include water resource issues and environmental management along the U.S./Mexico border and geographic information systems. He has been the principle investigator for numerous funding grants and his work has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education and the New Mexico Journal of Science among others.