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NMSU Students Win Competition; Professor Recognized

LAS CRUCES - A New Mexico State University animal science professor and two of his graduate students won top honors at the Western section meeting of the American Society of Animal Science meeting in Bozeman, Mont.

Dean Hawkins, associate professor in NMSU's animal and range sciences department, was selected as the Outstanding Young Scientist.

Hawkins joined the NMSU faculty in 1992. Since then, he has established a functional molecular biology laboratory and received six grants to support projects ranging from molecular biology research and teaching to nutrition modulation of beef cow reproduction.

Hawkins advises preveterinary majors within the animal and range sciences department and recruits students. He has served as the faculty adviser for Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Block and Bridle Club and Mortar Board.

In 1997, Hawkins received the Distinguished Teaching Award from NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics. He has presented 26 papers nationally and internationally.

David Denniston, a doctoral student in animal science, won first place in the paper competition. He presented a paper on research about a compound that has been implicated in maintaining bovine pregnancies.

Denniston graduated from NMSU in May. He coached the collegiate and local 4-H horse judging teams while at NMSU. He has been hired as an assistant professor in equine sciences and animal sciences at Colorado State University.

Leo Canales, an animal science graduate student, placed third in the competition for his presentation of research on progesterone receptors on a structure on the ovaries that is essential in sustaining bovine pregnancies.

Canales coaches NMSU's collegiate livestock judging team. He will graduate in December.