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It is a pleasure for me to release this 1998 annual report, which summarizes the University of New Mexico's (UNM) sponsored activities for fiscal year 1998 (i.e., July 1, 1997 - June 30, 1998, FY98). The purpose of this report is to present statistics of FY98 sponsored research, public service and instruction efforts at the main campus and Health Sciences Center (HSC). UNM, a Research I Institution, is ranked in the top 50 of the nation's public universities and colleges, based on annual research and development (R&D) expenditures (see p. 11). UNM faculty have continued their commitment to excellence by seeking sponsored project support and producing scholarly and creative works. While the majority of research at UNM is faculty based, there is a noticeable level of activity which involve non-faculty initiatives. The scholarly and creative works are listed in Faculty Publications and Creative Works and the details of contract and grant activities are compiled in the Contract and Grant Awards Report, both of which are published annually by the Office of Research Services. The awards received for FY98 total $175.8M, of which $121.3M is attributed to the main campus. These awards assist in providing resources that are necessary to improve the quality of research and teaching at UNM. They also enhance the opportunities for students to be trained in state-of-the-art laboratories in a variety of disciplines. During FY98, $5.5M was paid to 540 graduate students for research assistantships. UNM centers continue to flourish and promote interdisciplinary research. They acquired $38M in awards and were responsible for supporting numerous faculty, staff and students from a broad spectrum of disciplines on campus. Terminology pertinent to this report include the following: contract and grant (C&G) awards - new funds that were acquired during FY98; expenditures - expenses incurred with respect to C&G awards in effect during FY98; facilities and administrative costs (F+A), formerly known as indirect costs (IDC) - overhead funds that were generated as a result of expenditures incurred during FY98. Please join me in thanking our dedicated faculty, staff and students involved in the research, public service and instruction efforts at UNM. It is their successful endeavors that enhance UNM's visibility at the national and international levels, as well as contribute to the economic growth of New Mexico and the region. Thanks are also due to a number of individuals who have helped in preparing this report. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Denise Wallen, Ann Powell and Valerie Roybal of the Office of Research Services, Marcia Sletten of the Health Sciences Center and Roland Wildman of the Center for High Technology Materials. As always, I welcome your comments and questions with respect to this annual report, and other issues related to research activities at UNM. Nasir Ahmed, Presidential Professor Interim Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies


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