April 10, 2015
Animal and Range Sciences
Andrés Cibils, Professor of Range Science, has been selected to participate in the Summer Institute in Israel Fellowship from May 24-June 4. The fellowship allows U.S. faculty members to have the opportunity to network with Israeli colleagues and explore joint collaboration opportunities.
The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has awarded a collaborative grant titled "Implementation of Genetic Selection for Grazing Distribution to Make Cattle Grazing in the Western U.S. More Sustainable" to researchers at NMSU, Colorado State University, University of California, Davis, and University of Arizona. Serving as PI for the 3 year project will be Derek Bailey, Professor of Range Science at NMSU.
Alejandra Lerma, animal science undergraduate, has been selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Exceptional Summer Research Opportunities Program. Alejandra will work with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship program in Boston. She will conduct research at the Brigham and Women's Hospital studying developmental biology of cancer and identification of the pathways leading to cell mutation.
Cooperative Extension Service
Socorro County Extension Agents, Large Animal Training with support from Socorro County Emergency Management, Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center, New Mexico Fire Fighting Training Academy, and the New Mexico Horse Council, hosted the Technical Large Animal Rescue (TLAER) training. The training was focused on providing our first responders with the knowledge to safely and efficiently handle an incident with large animals. This was an awareness level course that had attendees who were veterinarians, fire fighters, and animal control officers. The training was a huge success. Cooperative Extension Service plans to continue trainings in all counties of New Mexico.
We hosted the State FFA Career Development Event April 8-9. There were 400 teams (67 FFA Chapters) approximately 1282 high school and middle school students from all over New Mexico. Events consisted of competitions in Agriculture Mechanics, Agronomy, Dairy Cattle, Entomology, Farm Business Management, Floriculture, Food Science, Forestry, Homesite, Horse, Horticulture Produce, Land Evaluation, Landscape design, Livestock, Meats Evaluation, Milk Quality, Pasture & Range, Poultry, Veterinary Science, Wildlife, and Wool Evaluation. This yearly event is a great way to introduce the students to NMSU. Most of these students make NMSU their college of choice after high school.
Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management
- The students in HRTM's Event Planning class (443) put on a Luau April 9 Dr. Blanch - HRTM on the lawn in front of Gerald Thomas Hall. The event was to have faculty, staff and students in the college of ACES interact with each other on a more relaxed level. There were games, music and fun. Greg Blanch even agreed to be the target of a pie throwing contest. This was a working learning experience for the students to plan a large event from start to finish with a wide range of attendees.