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NMSU honors top, 'millionaire' researchers

Faculty and staff at NMSU whose research projects generated funding of $1 million or more during the 2007-2008 fiscal year were honored this month. Also honored were researchers who came close to logging $1 million during the fiscal year.


The plaques and certificates were awarded by NMSU Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Bob Moulton, on behalf of interim President Waded Cruzado, and Vimal Chaitanya, NMSU's vice president for Research, Graduate Studies and International Programs.

A special reception took place Feb. 13 at the Stan Fulton Athletic Center to recognize the efforts of 36 researchers in five academic colleges, the College of Extended Learning, Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and NMSU's Dona Ana and Carlsbad Community Colleges.

NMSU researchers brought in $166 million in contracts and grants, an all-time high, for the fiscal year 2007-2008, nearly 62 percent of which was brought in by the researchers who were recognized at the special reception.

"Research is the driver for economic development, quality of life, pride, recognition and national ranking," Chaitanya said. "Responsible research helps the local community, state, nation and indeed impacts the world. Research and scholarly activity can be measured in many ways. Today we are recognizing these outstanding researchers who brought in more than a million dollars during the fiscal year 2007-2008. We are grateful to them and other researchers who are promoting NMSU to a new level of leadership roles.

"Research is of paramount importance to the strength of our graduate programs, quality of faculty and students we attract to NMSU," Chaitanya said. "Another key element is providing research opportunities to our undergraduates, enhancing their NMSU experience and encouraging them to consider graduate studies."

For more information, and to view photos of the university's top researchers, visit http://research.nmsu.edu/mil09/

Recognized Feb. 13 were:
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
LeRoy A. Daugherty, Martha F. Archuleta, Barbara Chamberlin, Terry Crawford, Ester L. Devall, Robert Silver, Carolyn K. Vander Giesen, Mary O'Connell, Debra Peters
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Kurt S. Anderson, Jeffrey B. Arterburn, Elba Serrano, Desh Ranjan, Michael Johnson, Gary Eiceman
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Karin Wiburg, Nancy E. Baptise, Cathy J. Kinzer
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
James L. Conca, Abbas Ghassemi, Ricardo B. Jacquez, Andrew L. Rosenthal, Nirmala Khandan (for 2006-2007), Kenneth White (for 2006-2007)
COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Stephen C. Anderson
NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Bonnie M. Rabe
PHYSICAL SCIENCE LABORATORY
John A. Baker, Joanne M. Esparza, Stephen B. Hottman, Stephen R. Lowe, Marcos R. Quinones, Stuart Head
DONA ANA BRANCH
David R. Pearse, Sylvia Nickerson
CARLSBAD BRANCH
Daniel L. Contreras
COLLEGE OF EXTENDED LEARNING
Jon Thomas Benson