May 23, 2014

ACES

  • College Report. The 2013 Annual Report of Accomplishments and Results and the 2015-2020 combined Plan of Work for Research and Extension have been approved and accepted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The Annual Report and Plan of Work are required by the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA).
  • The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium- Teaching kicked off the 8th Advanced Dairy Herd Management Course in Clovis, NM, May 19. The first class was in 2008 with only 18 students. This year's enrollment was about 50 students representing 16 universities and 4 countries. The students spend 6 weeks learning the science of dairy management. The course is supported by the dairy industry and grants.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Dr. K.C. Carroll, Plant and Environmental Sciences, attended a Brackish Water Work Group that was initiated by New Mexico Environment Secretary F. David Martin (New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ADMIN/secretary.html to examine the State's amount and availability of brackish water that could be used as an emergency or alternate water resource.
  • The Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences had Dr. Peter J. Wierenga, former NMSU professor (then Department of Agronomy and Horticulture) present a seminar on "Experiments and experiences at NMSU and the University of Arizona" as an Invited Lowenstein Lecture. NMSU's Lowenstein Lecture Series is made possible through a gift from the late Bonnie and Bernard Lowenstein of Albuquerque. The presentations promote interest and better understanding of floriculture and recreational horticulture.

Media Productions/Ag Communications

  • Media Productions: Last week Drs. Jeanne Gleason and Barbara Chamberlin delivered an "invited presentation" to the EdFuture 2014: Global Collaboration for Online Higher Education Conference, sponsored by the American Distance Education Consortium ADEC. NMSU's Media Production's presentation, The Power of Games to Enhance Learning and Transcend Barriers, was based on the professors' decades of experience creating learning tools in collaboration with more than 30 universities. After establishing that learning involves both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and that it is a process, not an end result, the presentation demonstrated Media Productions' latest games, interactive programs, and mobile apps. Drs. Gleason and Chamberlin shared design strategies for developing interactive learning modules and games that, when carefully crafted, can facilitate learning more efficiently than other types of instruction.