January 13, 2017

Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • During a pre-holiday sale December 20-23, NMSU Media Productions' math game Pearl Diverwas downloaded more than 52,000 times. Designed for middle school and upper elementary, the game helps learners visualize quantities on the number line. It is part of the Math Snacks suite of games and animations, which together have received almost five million plays and downloads since their release in 2009. The games are developed and tested in ACES' Learning Games Lab with collaborators from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education and the Department of Mathematical Science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Chris Cramer and Manoj Shukla attended Western Region Multistate Research Project groups for onion research (Cramer) and soil physics (Shukla). These groups are funded in part by capacity funds provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture; they bring researchers from several universities together to collaborate on issues that will benefit the citizens of our various states.

Family and consumer Sciences

  • Student Club Community Service Project - The Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student club (Dr. Haron Bartley, advisor) collected money and gifts to provide 42 children at Jardin De Los Niños with winter jackets, gloves, and toys for the holidays. Tiffany Baugh, a senior majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, chaired the community service project and is pictured delivering the gifts on December 16.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • Ken Boykin from the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology and Bill Kepner from EPA presented papers at a National Biodiversity Metrics & Mapping Workshop at the 2016 conference of A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) in Jacksonville, Florida in December. A Community on Ecosystem Services represents a dynamic and growing assembly of professionals, researchers, and policy-makers involved with ecosystem services. The ACES 2016 Conference brought together this community in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership, providing an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions. The focus of the conference was to link science, practice, and sustainable decision making by bringing together the ecosystem services community from around the United States and the globe.

Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center

  • December 13-14, 2016, the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center hosted and participated in the Animal/Plant Health Joint Criminal-Epidemiological Investigations Training in Domenici Hall on the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Campus. This collaborative training included 90 participants from agencies nationwide consisting of 14 from Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), 17 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1 from United States Coast Guard, 3 from NM Game and Fish, 13 from NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, 16 from New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA), 1 out of the US Department of Justice Office, 6 from the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB), 7 from Arizona Department of Agriculture, 2 Emergency Managers, 3 New Mexico Department of Health Investigators (NMDOH), 2 from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 1 each from Virginia Tech, Navajo Department of Health and Dairy Producers of NM. This training allowed collaboration among law enforcement and animal/plant experts to investigate animal/plant health epidemiological, veterinary and plant scenarios.