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NMSU honors top, 'millionaire' researchers

Faculty and staff at New Mexico State University whose research projects generated funding of $1 million or more during the 2008-2009 fiscal year were honored this month.



At a reception March 9, Barbara Couture, president of New Mexico State University, congratulates the 46 NMSU researchers whose research projects generated funding of $1 million or more during the 2008-2009 fiscal year (NMSU photo by Harrison Brooks)

The plaques were awarded by NMSU President Barbara Couture and Vimal Chaitanya, NMSU's vice president for Research, Graduate Studies and International Programs.

A special reception took place March 9 at NMSU's Stan Fulton Athletic Center to recognize the efforts of 46 researchers in six academic colleges, the College of Extended Learning and Student Success, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, Physical Science Laboratory and NMSU's Dona Ana Community College.

NMSU researchers brought in $154 million in contracts and grants for the fiscal year 2008-2009, some 76 percent of which was brought in by the researchers who were recognized at the special reception.

"Research and scholarly activity can be measured in many ways," Chaitanya said. "Today we are recognizing these outstanding researchers who brought in more than a million dollars during the fiscal year 2008-2009."

"We are grateful to them and other researchers who are serving the needs of the local community, state, nation and indeed the world while training our students in conducting responsible research," Chaitanya said. "For a land-grant institution like NMSU, classified as a high research doctoral university by the Carnegie Foundation, research is a very important component. It helps in economic development of the state, strengthens graduate degree programs and attracts outstanding talent to be part of our community."

Recognized March 9 were:

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER,
AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Katherine Bachman
Jon Boren
Ronnie Byford
Barbara Chamberlin
Christopher Cramer
LeRoy Daugherty
Jeanne Gleason
Debra Peters
Robert Silver
Carolyn VanderGiesen
Linda Wells

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Kurt Anderson
Jeffrey Arterburn
Shuguang Deng
Katherine Giles
Peter Houde
Patrick Morandi
Elba Serrano

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
James Peach

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Nancy Baptiste
Wanda Maria BulgerÔÇÉTamez
Elizabeth Cahill
Karin Wiburg

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
James Conca
Abbas Ghassemi
Ricardo Jacquez
Eric Johnson
Andrew Rosenthal

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Shelly Bucher

COLLEGE OF EXTENDED LEARNING, AND STUDENT SUCCESS
Carmen Gonzales

NEW MEXICO SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM
Patricia Hynes

PHYSICAL SCIENCE LABORATORY
Jerry Anderson
J. Allen Baker
Danny Ball
Ray Bernstein
Philip Copeland
Bob Dickenshied
Joanne Esparza
Michael Garcia
Stuart Head
Stephen Hottman
Barry Hudy
Stephen Lowe
Marcos Quinones

DONA ANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Sylvia Duran Nickerson
Maria Valencia Glenn
John Walker