April 23, 2016

Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences

  • Thinking outside the lab, Dr. Scott Bundy, Professor in EPPWS, took his Tropical Insect Ecology class (EPWS 451/551) to Belize. The purpose of the class was to study the biology and diversity of arthropods (insects, spiders, etc.) in various habitats in Belize. The students gained valuable experience on how to observe insect behavior how to effectively use a variety of collecting techniques to document diversity and evaluate insects in tropical environment. They explored tropical rainforests, caves, rivers, and many other habitats throughout Belize. The students also were able to gain an appreciation of the rich culture and history of the Maya and Belizeans. You will be able to view some of their learning adventures by going to the link YouTube - EPWS Students in Belize.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Food Science Field Trip - Dr. Efren Delgado and Dr. Ginger Scarbrough, Food Science and Technology faculty, arranged for their students enrolled in FSTE 263G: Food Science 1 to tour the Leyendecker Plant Science Center and the New Mexico Shrimp Company (see attached photo). Students learned about innovative new products using glandless cottonseed to increase the profitability of the cotton plant, including growing shrimp fed on cottonseed meal. In their next lab class, students made extruded puffed snacks using cottonseed meal.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Money Smart Week - Dr. Bryce Jorgensen, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, and Karim Martinez, Director of Dona Ana County Extension, organized several activities and presentations during Money Smart Week. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers at all income levels better manage their personal finances. They are featured accepting the proclamation for Money Smart Week with the City of Las Cruces.