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Features

Destination Space
NMSU is working with industry to make space travel a reality

Wool Programs Benefit Growers
NMSU helps producers find alternative, high-paying markets

Putting the ICE on IEDs
Scientists create a device that jams improvised explosives and protects U.S. soldiers

Branching Out
NMSU expertise helps thin forest and prevent fires

Blowin’ in the Wind
NMSU scientists track dust storms

Demand for Renewable Energy on the Rise
NMSU scientists research sun, wind and water to energize the universe

NMSU Goes Global
NMSU scientists teach irrigation techniques in Central Asia

Too Much Arsenic
WERC helps meet challenges of new EPA standards

Corn Offers Genetic Map
Preserving Native American corn helps understand the past

Stopping the Spread of Cancer
Husband and wife team up to battle disease


Highlights


Message from Vice President for Research

New Mexico State University brings to bear a long tradition of excellence in water research as it examines current concerns and challenges related to the availability, quality and quantity of our water. This is especially true in a semi-arid state, where every drop can make a difference to our woodlands, communities and agricultural lands.

This focus on water research has been a priority throughout our 125-year heritage as a land-grant institution, and is especially important given New Mexico’s dry climate.

Water research has a significant presence among our Core Research Strengths. Listed under the topic of “Sustainability,” our water research and outreach programs are conducted by researchers in four colleges based at our Las Cruces campus and the Agricultural Science Centers, located across New Mexico.

NMSU is headquarters for the statewide and federally supported (in part) New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, which studies aquifer salinity, water availability, quality, sustainability, and water-related border and international issues.

Other key research initiatives originating in the College of Engineering include the National Science Foundation funded Engineering Research Center, which is a multi-university effort to reinvent America’s aging and inadequate urban water infrastructure. NMSU joins Stanford University, the Colorado School of Mines and the University of California, Berkeley, in this effort.

Research efforts led by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences focus on water technology research in Afghanistan; monitoring and solving trans-boundary water issues on the U.S-Mexico border; the link between traditional irrigation systems and ecosystem and watershed health; and the effects of climate change on New Mexico’s mountain sources of water.

I invite you to learn more about our critical, community-oriented water research activities in the following pages of this magazine.

Excellence in water research at New Mexico State University is a longtime source of pride and an everyday responsibility as we explore the best opportunities and seek the best solutions to the challenges related to the availability, quality and quantity of this precious resource.

Vimal Chaitanya, Vice President for Research

Signature of Vimal Chaitanya Vice President for Research
Vimal Chaitanya
Vice President for Research