February 6, 2015

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Sustainable Agriculture Science Center: The Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde conducted a field day on winter greens production in High tunnels (commonly referred to as Hoop Houses). Del Jimenez, NMSU Extension agriculture specialist with the Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project, discussed construction and durability aspects of High Tunnels. Dr. Mark Uchanski, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, presented research results from a Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program grant. Presentations were followed by a tour of the High Tunnels where follow-up studies continue.

  • 2015 New Mexico Chile Conference: The 2015 New Mexico Chile Conference held at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces was a huge success. 2015 New Mexico Chile Conference attendees. The goal of the annual Conference is to help New Mexico growers and producers receive research-based innovations and information from NMSU to keep the New Mexico chile industry competitive in a global marketplace. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jeffery Mitchell from UC Davis speaking on "Conservation Tillage and Cropping Systems" that can be applied to chile pepper growing. There were more than 230 attendees, the largest conference in more than five years. Attendees traveled from as far away as Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Mexico. All the industry leaders were in attendance, including major food processors, growers, NMSU extension personnel, researchers, and students. The majority of the attendees were New Mexico growers. The NMSU Agricultural Experiment Station student research poster contest was won by Ms. Li Jiang, a Ph.D. student in PES. Her poster title was "Studies on Yellow Buds Mutant Ecotypical Cytoplasmic Male Sterility A-line, YBM12-EAB". Attendees were also able to receive three Continuing Education Units for pesticide application, and crop consultant licenses for attending.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Faculty Senate Chair: Stuart Munson-McGee, professor in Food Science and Technology, has been elected to another term as Chair of the Faculty Senate.

  • New Committee Members: Sonja Koukel, Extension Community and Environmental Health Specialist, has been named to the national Health Literacy Action Team for the Extension and Experiment Station Committees on Organization and Policy (ECOP and ESCOP). Dr. Carol Turner, Extension Foods and Nutrition Specialist, has been named to the national Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Review Team for the Extension and Experiment Station Committees on Organization and Policy (ECOP and ESCOP).

Cooperative Extension Service

  • 4-H Senior Leadership Retreat: 4-H Senior Leadership Retreat took place in Albuquerque January 24-25. The purpose of the retreat is to give high school student leadership training and to foster their interest in higher education, especially NMSU. Workshops included topics in engineering regarding the future with robotics, conquering boundaries and setting accomplishable goals, and developing personal and professional skills. Youth participated in a community service activity by creating thank you cards for veterans and active military personnel. A Kirkland Air Force Base officer spoke to the youth about the impact the cards have on the soldiers and how much they appreciate the cards. ACES Ambassadors discussed the opportunities available by attending NMSU and the degrees offered within ACES.

Media Productions

  • Aerostar BAerostar B: NMSU Media Productions has been working with the Physical Science Laboratory, UAS Flight Test Center, to document a launch of their largest unmanned aircraft - the Aerostar B. NASA officials from Edwards AFB observed the flight Thursday, January 29. The Aerostar B held a 65-lb. camera-gimbal unit with a wide range of maneuverability. Media Productions will be creating promotional video from this footage showcasing the capabilities of NMSU's UAS Flight Test Center.