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Jan. 17, 2001

Yates appointed UNM vice provost for Research

Terry Yates has been appointed University of New Mexico vice provost for Research effective July 1, 2001, said Brian L. Foster, UNM provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. John K. McIver, Physics and Astronomy chair, will serve in that capacity through June 30, 2001.

Yates, currently a tenured full professor in the Department of Biology at UNM, holds a joint appointment of full professorship in the Department of Pathology at the UNM Medical School. He is also the director of the Division of Environmental Biology for the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.

“Terry is an incredibly energetic person,” Foster said. “He’s good at bringing diverse people together on multidisciplinary projects. He is a visionary and will bring a very dynamic leadership to our research office.”

Yates said his past experience in research, teaching and administration together —as well as his knowledge of UNM, local, state and national agencies— makes him well qualified for this position.

“All the positions that I have held during my tenure have involved analyzing and solving problems,” Yates said. “My research program has been supported by agencies in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and by private nonprofit agencies such as the National Geographic Society, NIH, NSF, CDC and IHS.”

Yates research interests include a variety of topics in Environmental Biology such as the evolution and ecology of infectious diseases, biodiversity, and ecological and evolutionary forecasting. He has been the primary investigator or co-investigator on more than $20 million of externally supported research. Much of his current research involves a long-term effort aimed at understanding the evolution and ecology of hantavirus. This work is centered in New Mexico and in Panama, Chile and Bolivia, but, also has worldwide implications. NSF and NIH have consistently funded his research and both agencies have supported research for student programs such as training grants for graduate students and for programs for undergraduate and high school students. Most of the awards included specific support for underrepresented minorities. Yates has obtained outside support for infrastructure and his research has been funded in the biological sciences, engineering and medicine. Many of the research grants over the past decade have involved large multidisciplinary teams of scientists.

His field experience spans across most of the United States. He has also worked in Mexico, Central America, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Japan, Finland, England, Spain, Hungary and Mongolia.

Yates served as chairman of biology from 1995-1999. He also served as director of the UNM Museum of Southwestern Biology form 1993-1995. He has held several positions for the National Science Foundation including: director of the Systematic Biology Program; coordinator of the Systematic and Population Biology Cluster; and acting director for Biological Research Resources Program.

Yates serves several professional organizations including Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American Society of Mammalogists and the Society of Systematic Biology. His University involvement includes participating in the Latin American Institute Liaison Committee for the Department of Biology, co-chairing the EMIS steering committee and serving on the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. He has directed fifteen doctoral dissertations and has produced more than 85 publications.

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