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Chemistry professor recipient of NMSU's prestigious Westhafer Award

An incredible record "no one in this university even begins to measure up to" is how Glenn Kuehn, department head of chemistry and biochemistry at New Mexico State University, begins to describe the more than 1,000 times professor James W. Herndon's work, research and publications have been cited in educational indexes.


Herndon will be duly recognized at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Conroy Honors Center, Commons Area as the recipient of the prestigious Westhafer Award for 2007-2008 for excellence in research and creative activity. A reception at 3:30 p.m. is scheduled before the ceremony.

The Westhafer Award is given in alternating years for excellence in teaching, research and creative activity. The award is presented in memory of Robert L. Westhafer, professor in the Department of Mathematics from 1946 to 1957. The annual award carries a $3,000 gift. It is NMSU's highest faculty honor.

Herndon received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He did post doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was a faculty member at the University of Maryland for eight years before coming to NMSU in 1997, where he has been a full professor of chemistry and biochemistry since then.