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ADVANCE program at New Mexico State University awards grants

New Mexico State University's ADVANCE Program awarded $81,575 in grants to 13 tenured and tenure-track female faculty members of the university who are in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


research and travel grants, given through the Committee of the Status of Women in STEM, were awarded to:

--Laurie Abbot, assistant professor of animal and range sciences - $6,895 for "Rangeland Restoration Using a Process-Oriented Approach."

--Paola Bandini, assistant professor of chemical and geological engineering - $1,787 for travel to geotechnical research facilities at Purdue University, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters.

--Jeanine Cook, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering - $15,000 for "Expansion of the Advanced Computer Architecture Performance and Stimulation Laboratory."

--Martha Desmond, assistant professor of fishery and wildlife sciences - $1,980 for the "Influence of Seed Production and Habitat Association on a Chihuahuan Desert Avifauna."

--Nancy Flores, assistant professor of food and consumer sciences - $1,725 for travel to attend an American Institute of Baking workshop on gourmet cookie production.

--Elizabeth Gasparim, assistant professor of mathematics - $15,000 for the "Topology of Moduli of Vector Bundles."

--Mai Gehrke, professor of mathematics - $897 for travel to participate in a panel at an Association for Women in Mathematics workshop.

--Jing He, assistant professor of computer science - $2,000 for the "Structural and Functional Mining of Hantavirus Protein RdRp Using Current Computational Tools."

--Michele Nishiguchi, assistant professor of biology - $2,500 for the "Evolutionary Dynamics of a Sepiloid Squid-Vibrio Mutualism."

--Jane Pierce, assistant professor of entomology, plant pathology and weed science - $1,213 for the "Biological Control in Pecan and Alfalfa Cropping Systems."

--Jill Schroeder, professor of entomology, plant pathology and weed science - $1,283 for the "Impact of Crop Pests and Their Management of Weeds."

--Graciela Unguez, assistant professor of biology - $15,000 for the "Investigation of the Molecular Mechanisms of Tissue Regeneration in Vertebrates."

--Nicole Vogt, assistant professor of astronomy - $14,564 for research and $1,731 for travel for the "Transformation of Spiral Galaxies."

The ADVANCE Program is aimed at increasing the number of women faculty in tenure-track positions in science, math and engineering through a five-year grant from NSF that began in January 2002. The program provides support for STEM female faculty to gain tenured and full professorships and to assume leadership roles at the university.

For more information about the ADVANCE Program, contact Pamela Hunt, program coordinator, at (505) 646-2583 or pamhunt@nmsu.edu