August 22, 2014 (2)

Media Productions/Ag Communications

  • Dr. April Ulery, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Laura White, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, and Drs. Barbara Chamberlin and Jeanne Gleason, Media Productions, were recently funded for their USDA Hispanic-Serving grant, "Raising the Gates: Addressing Gaps in Students' Understanding of Math and Chemistry in the Animal and Plant Sciences". The purpose of this project is to improve students' understanding of chemistry and math content in an agricultural context using interactive learning tools and animations. For their current project, "Retaining Students and Supporting Instruction in Science-Intensive Undergraduate Programs through Innovative Media," they created a variety of learning tools to help students understand prerequisite math and science concepts needed in soil, plant and environmental science classes, expose them to USDA careers, and build confidence in their abilities. Although both projects focus on supporting student mastery of math concepts underlying agricultural science, the new project focuses specifically on chemistry-related topics.

Los Lunas Agricultural Experiment Station

  • Chile pepper enthusiasts from throughout New Mexico attended Chile Field Day at the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center on Friday, August 22nd. Approximately 70 participants were on hand to listen to some of the latest research on chile production and cultivar selection. Information was also provided on the Chile Pepper Institute and the new NM Chile Certification program. The program concluded with a chile roasting demonstration and tasting; participants were given the opportunity to compare the heat and flavor of several popular chile cultivars, including 'Big Jim', 'Joe E. Parker', 'Sandia', 'Espanola Improved' and the New Mexico landrace 'Chimayo'.