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2007-2008 Globalization Awards presented

The Office of International & Border Programs at New Mexico State University has selected two recipients for the 2007-2008 Globalization Awards.

Robert Czerniak, associate vice provost of research and administration, and M. Lois Stanford, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, were selected by members of the International Advisory Committee as the recipients of this year's award.

"It's our way of acknowledging all of the things that they do to improve the internationalization of the university," said Ida Baca, associate dean for the Office of International and Border Programs.

Baca said recipients of the award that began in the mid 1990s have to have done a major outstanding international event such as advising students or completing international research. Recipients must be nominated by somebody in the university community in order to be considered for the award.

Czerniak has undertaken research in transportation and land use in Mexico and Malaysia and has worked on comparative border research with Otto Verkoren from the University of Utrecht in Netherlands. Czerniak has included his foreign experiences in his introductory courses, advanced undergraduate courses in urban and transportation geography and on the graduate level on topics such as transportation planning and comparisons of land use patterns and planning techniques in Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States.

Stanford's research focuses on the globalization and restructuring of local and export food systems and the subsequent impact on small growers in these systems in Mexico and in the southwest U.S. She also has conducted research on the history and social organizations of the avocado industry in Michoacan, Mexico.

Stanford is currently finishing a book-length manuscript, "The avocado's tale: Binational integration of the avocado industries of Michoacan and California," which will be published by the Cornell University Press. At NMSU, Stanford is the graduate advisor for the master's program in anthropology and oversees the new graduate minor in food studies.

A reception to honor this year's recipients will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Nason House (Center for Latin America & Border Studies) located at 1070 E. University Ave.

For more information contact Bertha Perez at (575) 646-4528.