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NMSU Research Clusters at a Glance: Spring 2006

Teacher and students conduct an experiment

Teacher and students conduct and experiment at NMSU lab

NMSU has identified five areas in which its faculty has noted expertise and through which it can best use the state’s resources to benefit the region, the state and the nation. This approach is still in the development stages, but the university has set aside $250,000 for “mini-grants” for creating cross-disciplinary research projects. The clusters are:

Biosciences: includes such topics as biodiversity, infectious diseases, bioinformatics, human populations and workforce preparation in research, instruction and training and recruitment of underrepresented minorities in science and technology.

Twenty-first Century Space Aerospace: includes suborbital flight, unmanned aerial vehicles, balloons, telemetry, astroparticle physics, remote sensing, astronomy, and planetary science.

Natural Resources Sustainability and Renewal: deals with sustainable water, energy and land resources.

Information Sciences and Security Systems: focuses on sensors, modeling and simulation, decision-making, integrated information systems, and open source intelligence collection and analysis for civilian and security as well as defense needs.

Southwest & Border Regions Health, Education, Culture & Development: includes projects and research that have impact on both sides of the border, particularly related to health disparities, education, border crossings and economic development.
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