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Virologist Joins NMSU Faculty

LAS CRUCES--Rebecca Creamer has joined New Mexico State University's entomology, plant pathology and weed science department as an assistant professor.

Creamer, a virologist, comes to NMSU from the University of California-Riverside, where she had served as an assistant professor of plant pathology since 1990. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral researcher with the Ohio State University's agricultural research and development center.

Creamer has a master's degree and a doctorate in plant pathology, both from the University of California-Davis. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky.

During the fall 1999 semester, she is teaching an undergraduate plant pathology course.

Creamer is interested in studying the mechanisms that insects use to speed viruses. At NMSU, she also will focus on chile viruses and locoweed research.

Although Creamer has not worked with chile peppers before, she has experience in diagnosing diseases of bell peppers and other vegetables and fruit crop. "Peppers are peppers, and they all get the same diseases," she said.

Creamer is a member of the Entomological Society of America, the American Phytopathological Society and Gamma Sigma Delta. She has also been involved with Toastmasters since 1984.

Creamer's hobbies include running, hiking and gardening.