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Congratulations to Luke Sanchez, student Regent

Luke Sanchez is our new student regent for NMSU and will serve a two-year term. He is a student researcher at the NMSU Howard Hughes Medical Institute, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology and will bring an important student perspective to the Board of Regents.

NSF awards 5-year grant to fund first-of-its-kind HSI STEM Resource Hub at NMSU

The National Science Foundation recently announced its first research awards under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. In addition to 31 projects awarded to community colleges and universities across the country, a $2.6 million, five-year grant will fund a first-if-its-kind HSI Resource Hub at New Mexico State University, in collaboration with Dona Ana Community College and California State University-Northridge.  

“This is outstanding news,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “This builds upon the leadership NMSU has established in this field and is consistent with the strategic direction we have established for the university.”

Elba Serrano, NMSU regents professor, is the principal investigator for the NMSU arm of the project, which will create a network to share best practices among the 450 Hispanic-serving institutions to build capacity for STEM education.

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NMSU biology professors research squid, bacteria for NASA grant

NMSU Regents Professor Michele Nishiguchi

Assistant professor Maria Castillo

LAS CRUCES – Two biology professors at New Mexico State University were awarded a nearly $800,000 three-year NASA grant to study how biological changes in bacteria affect complex organisms.

NMSU Regents Professor Michele Nishiguchi and assistant professor Maria Castillo are both in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Nishiguchi specializes in microbial ecology research while Castillo’s research has focused primarily on comparative invertebrate immunology in squids.  Read More…

Seven NMSU faculty and staff honored during fall convocation

New Mexico State University honored its faculty and staff at the 2018 fall convocation ceremony Aug. 14 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to celebrate the start of a new semester. Seven were honored during the ceremony featuring remarks by Board of Regents Secretary/Treasurer Jerean Hutchinson, President John Floros and Chancellor Dan Arvizu. 
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$1.46 million grant to help NMSU professor study mosquito reproduction

A professor in New Mexico State University’s Department of Biology received a $1.46 million grant to study amino acid transport in mosquitoes in the hopes of finding new ways for controlling their population.

Immo Hansen, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the grant from the National Institutes of Health at the beginning of July.  Read More…



NMSU professor receives Presidential Award for mentoring

LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State University Regents Professor Elba Serrano is among 27 individuals across the country named this week to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The PAESMEM award recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce. The National Science Foundation administers the program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.Serrano’s colleagues, students and Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard nominated Serrano for the honor in 2014. Awardees are selected for exemplary mentoring sustained over a minimum of five years.   Read More…




NMSU faculty collaborate on grant to study OMDP National Monument

LAS CRUCES – An interdisciplinary team of anthropologists, geologists, biologists and geographers from New Mexico State University is helping the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management by locating and recording natural and cultural resources on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.  Read More…

Grad Excellence Award winners for 2017-18

From Left, Andy Lawrence, Matt Gould, Cody Champion, and Surya Banerjee.
Matt Gould is also the winner of the 2018 Wendy and Travis Traylor Memorial Award. Surya Banerjee is also the recipient of the NMSU Graduate School’s Merit-Based Enhancement Award for academic year 2018-2019.

 Immo Hansen’s research in the news

Mosquitoes are attracted to me and it’s likely due to my genes.

Some things we know make mosquitoes more attracted to you: Exercising, higher metabolism, higher body temperature, more body odor, being pregnant, type O blood, infrequent bathing, lactic acid, ammonia, acetone. There are a number of folk remedies people believe protect them from mosquito bites like drinking alcohol, eating garlic, or taking vitamin B. These do not appear to provide any benefit in lab studies and in fact drinking alcohol is associated with increased mosquito activity because it causes blood vessels near the surface of the skin to dilate. And apparently some of your attractiveness to mosquitos is simply genetic. This may be mediated through your immune system, which is what a lot of the genes identified were associated with.



Congratulations to Kathryn Hanley for receiving the Regents Professorship. 


Chancellor Carruthers and Kathy accepting the award.

(L-R) Chancellor Gary Carruthers, Kathryn Hanley, Tim Wright, and Nick Wright

The Regents Professorship was established in 2001 by the New Mexico State University Board of Regents to recognize faculty who have made outstanding contributions to New Mexico State’s mission as a land-grant, Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University, and to honor contributions in areas of education, research, extension education and public service. Regents Professors hold the title for as long as they continue to teach at New Mexico State University.  This is the highest honor given to any faculty person at NMSU.

NMSU biology professor leads research into bark beetle defense


LAS CRUCES – An assistant professor in New Mexico State University’s Department of Biology recently published an article detailing the effects bark beetles have on trees, the economy and what characteristics are important in preventing bark beetle damage. Scott Ferrenberg is a new faculty member at NMSU. After receiving his master’s in entomology from the University of Maryland in 2002, he went to work for Sequoia National Park in California.

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NMSU alumna receives 2017 For Women in Science Fellowship


LAS CRUCES – A New Mexico State University alumna is one of only five recipients of the 2017 For Women in Science Fellowship awarded by L’Oréal USA. Kellie Ann Jurado, currently in a post doctoral program at Yale University, received the fellowship, which honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with a $60,000 grant to advance their postdoctoral research.

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NMSU students get creative to secure research funding


Brian Ramos

Grace Smith Vidaurre

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New Mexico State University students are ambitious. They’re also creative. And when they’re passionate about their research, they’ll take the path less traveled to secure funding. Many research projects are funded through organizations, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture and the Fulbright Scholar Program. But sometimes students need to leverage their research funding.

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Dr. Peter Houde receives Outstanding Achievement Award in Research


Dr. Peter Houde Professor NMSU Biology Department


Dr. Peter Houde received the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award in Research at an awards ceremony on April 14, 2016, held in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, for his pioneering contributions in the study of avian evolutionary biology, spanning paleontology, phylogenetics, and genomics. He is part of an international team of collaborators who are working to sequence the genomes of all species of birds, and learn everything possible from their analysis and integration with other forms of data. Recent progress was reported in three papers in the journal Science, among others.

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Congratulations to the 2016 winners of our Biology Graduate

Awards for Excellence!

For Teaching the winners are Phillip Yost and Grace Smith Vidaurre.  For Research the winners are Christine Woods and Dong Pei. Surya Bannerjee is the winner of the Travis and Wendy Traylor Memorial Fellowship in recognition for his meritorious teaching.  Pictured L-R: Christine Woods, Phillip Yost, Grace Smith Vidaurre, Dong Pei, and Surya Bannerjee



NMSU professor wins national award, inspires Hispanic, Native American students in science

New Mexico State University Regents Professor Elba Serrano will be honored this month for “showing unparalleled dedication to excellence in science, mentoring and teaching.” She is among four educators across the country selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

“This recognition is the most significant of my career,” said Serrano, “because it originates from my students and only they can say whether I was their mentor or not.”

Serrano, a biology professor, will receive her award at the upcoming 2015 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference Oct. 29-31 at the Gaylord national Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

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NMSU program has undergraduate research down to a scienceStudents presenting their research posters to visitors

The room whirred with energy and excitement for discovery as 16 New Mexico State University undergraduates eagerly gathered in O’Donnell Hall to present their summer research in a public poster session earlier this month.

The students are NMSU’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute research and summer research scholars who have worked full-time since May on a research project alongside faculty mentors from various NMSU labs in the departments of biology, plant and environmental sciences, and animal and range sciences.

“Rather than just hearing people talk about science in lectures, this gives students the opportunity to do science as young scientists,” said Ralph Preszler, program director for NMSU-HHMI and department head for biology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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NMSU honors faculty at 2015 spring convocation


New Mexico State University honored its faculty at the 2015 spring convocation ceremony Jan. 13 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to honor excellence on campus.

Congratulations to Michele K. Nishiguchi for being awarded a Regents Professorship and Timothy F. Wright for receiving the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award!

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NMSU researchers collaborate on massive bird genome study


Peter Houde, biology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and Nitish Narula, a NMSU master’s student are part of an international collaboration among more than 200 researchers in sequencing the DNA of all major groups of birds. It is the first study of its kind, resulting in the release of dozens of publications in special issues of several premier scientific journals.

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Dr. Immo Hansen member of international team that elucidated the genome of the Tsetse fly!

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Assistant professor Immo Hansen and the members of the International Glossina Genome Initiative, were published in the journal Science in late April!  Their paper “summarizes findings that may lead to improved techniques in protecting humans against African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, a widespread tropical disease that is always fatal if not treated. The disease is spread by the bite of an infected tsetse fly.  The paper, titled “Genome Sequence of the Tsetse Fly (Glossina morsitans): Vector of African Trypanosomiasis,” details the research conducted during a 10-year period through collaboration among more than 140 scientists from around the world.”

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Dr. Elba Serrano to serve on Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health!

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Regents Professor Elba Serrano has been selected as one of 20 individuals selected by the U.S. Secretary of Health to sit upon an Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH. “The committee, which provides advice to the NIH director, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Assistant Secretary for Health, consists of authorities who are knowledgeable in the fields of research pertinent to the NIH mission, as well as individuals who represent the academic and private sector research community” Read more here!


Dr. Donovan Bailey receives Mid-Career Award from the NSF!

baileyAssociate Professor C. Donovan Bailey recently received an $861,269 grant from the National Science Foundation to study tropical trees.    The project, entitled “Transcriptome Sequencing of the New World Miracle Trees (Leucaena, Leguminosae): Applications for Plant Breeding and Evolutionary Biology,” will focus on genomic characteristics of tropical, nitrogen fixing trees and shrubs. As part of this research program, Dr. Bailey and his fellow researchers will develop extensive DNA-based molecular markers that will guide future breeding programs to increase the utility of these important multipurpose crops as contributors to sustainable agriculture in economically disadvantaged regions of the tropics.