September 12, 2014
Extension Plant Sciences
- This past weekend, Specialists' from the Extension Plant Sciences Department in cooperation with County Extension Agents and Master Gardeners, conducted two "Plant Clinics" at Albuquerque Area Grower's Markets. On Saturday, the clinic was held at the Los Ranchos Grower's Market, and on Sunday, the clinic was held at the Corrales Grower's Market. Plant Clinics help to educate the community about proper horticultural practices, pest identification, and pest management, through an informal question and answer session. Specialists, Agents, and Master Gardeners were on hand to help people with specific gardening questions and pest identification requests. Insect boxes containing the 110 most common insects in New Mexico, biting and stinging pests, and arthropods that eat weeds, were displayed in the booth. The clinics drew good crowds with over 375 people stopping by to get their questions answered or to learn about the insects on display.
Media Productions/Ag Communications
- Dr. Jeanne Gleason initiated work with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture to help modernize their educational outreach programs. In conjunction with Oregon State University, she co-led several USDA study tours and co-taught four workshops on how to integrate distance education technologies into their emerging Extension system, similar to America's Cooperative Extension Service. Last week Drs. Jeanne Gleason and Barbara Chamberlin added to this long-term work at the 2014 International Conference on China-US Open and Distance Education in Beijing, China, co-hosted by The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and The American Distance Education Consortium. Gleason's and Chamberlin's presentation, "The Power of Games to Enhance Learning in Distance Education," covered how to use three types of learning games effectively in distance education. They also shared design strategies for developing interactive modules and games that can facilitate learning, often more efficiently than traditional instructional methods.
Plant and Environmental Sciences
- Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. cotton producers and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, conducts worldwide research and promotion activities to increase the demand for and profitability of cotton. Cotton incorporated announced the formation of a Cotton Research and Promotion Program Hall of Fame, which will annually recognize U.S. cotton industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the program or to the cotton industry in general. Morgan Nelson, NMSU 1941 Alum, was one of five that will be recognized for his achievements at the combined Cotton Board/Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida. Morgan is known as "Mr. Cotton" in New Mexico, was among the first directors of the Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors. He is honored for his strong leadership and lengthy tenure in this role, in which he was instrumental in generating and maintaining grower support and helping to shape the direction of Cotton Incorporated.