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NMSU selects Kyle as Gardiner Professor in physics

Dr. Gary Kyle, New Mexico State University professor of physics at the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected as this year's Gardiner Professor in Physics.

Dr. Gary Kyle, professor of physics at New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences was selected as the 2008 Gardiner Professor of Physics. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

The George W. Gardiner Professorship is awarded every two years to a physics faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and training. This endowed professorship was made possible by the estate of Anna H. Gardiner, whose husband, George W. Gardiner, was the first head of the physics department and founder of NMSU's Physical Science Laboratory.

"I am excited about this award because some of the best faculty (at NMSU) has won it. This will provide me the funding I can use toward research projects," Kyle said. Past winners of this award have used the money for research support, sabbaticals and other university functions.

The Gardiner award, or what Kyle refers to as "a lifetime achievement award" is something he is very glad to have achieved during his 13-year research with a Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In a laboratory setting, Kyle and his colleagues use a RHIC to smash together nuclei of gold atoms to try to see what form of energy was created at the very start of the universe - a theory known as the Big Bang. His research overlaps the fields of particle and nuclear physics and astrophysics.

Kyle currently serves as the engineering physics advisor and was the former physics department head at the College of Arts and Sciences from 2000 to 2006. He joined the NMSU faculty in 1985.

Kyle has been active in numerous experiments and laboratory research that include work at institutes in Switzerland, Germany and New Mexico to name a few.

Recognition for this achievement will be determined at a later date. The last recipient of the Gardiner Professorship was awarded in 2006 to Stephen Pate, professor of physics at the college of arts and sciences.