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New Mexico State University to host statewide science conference

Presentations on hydrology, nanotechnology and science education will be among the highlights of the 2nd Annual New Mexico EPSCoR Statewide Conference to be held Dec. 1 on the New Mexico State University campus in Las Cruces.

The daylong conference, which begins at 9 a.m. in Wooton Hall, Room 105, will feature two state-level speakers on hydrology and nanotechnology - Estevan Lopez, director of the Interstate Stream Commission, and Tom Bowles, science adviser to Gov. Bill Richardson and the NM EPSCoR State Committee - during the morning session. The afternoon session will include panel discussions on EPSCoR education programs and research in hydrology and nanotechnology.

EPSCoR, which stands for Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is a National Science Foundation program to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States. New Mexico's EPSCoR program is focusing on nanotechnology, water resources and education initiatives.

The conference will also provide an opportunity for students at all levels, teacher interns and secondary and middle school teachers from across the state to present posters on EPSCoR-supported research and educational outreach.

Garrey Carruthers, co-chair of the NM EPSCoR State Committee, NMSU vice president for economic development and dean of the College of Business, will moderate the morning session. Jack Jekowski, co-chair of the state committee and partner in Innovative Technology Partnerships, will moderate the afternoon session.

The sessions will be open to the public, but seating will be limited so registration is required. The registration deadline is Nov. 17. More information and a registration form can be found on the NM EPSCoR Web site, http://www.nmepscor.org/

Visitors may obtain parking permits by visiting the NMSU parking office online at http://www.campusvisitor.com/default1.htm.

Nov. 2, 2006
Karl Hill