September 15, 2017

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) & Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES)

  • FCS and PES together with the College of Chemistry at the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua (UACH), organized the 1st Symposium for Research and Outreach Partnership-Chihuahua-Desert Region. Eight participants from UACH and ten from NMSU, got together to explore opportunities for collaboration. Resulting efforts include: The development of a dual degree in Food Science and Technology at the undergrad and graduate level; Dr. Delgado and Dr. Munson-McGee will be responsible for coordinating this activity; A two-week intensive course on Chemistry of Natural Products for students and faculty from UACH, hosted by FCS and PES fall 2017 and spring 2018; The invitation of Dr. Flores, Dr. Delgado, and Dr. Raul Rivera to participate in a Research Symposium in October 2017 at UACH; and Faculty from both universities meeting weekly to work on the agreements from this 1st symposium.

Animal and Range Science

  • Dr. Hatim Geli, who joined NMSU in September 2016 as an assistant professor of Landscape Hydrology and faculty affiliate with the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI), has received a prestigious National Science Foundation award through the Innovations in the Food, Energy, and Water Systems program. The expected award is about $1.55 million for a three-year performance period. Dr. Geli as PI will lead a team of researchers and collaborators from NMSU including Drs. Cibils, Fernald, Peach, and Steele; National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; NASA Marshal Space Flight Center; and University of New Mexico. The proposed research will address New Mexico's critical need to resiliently manage its food, energy, and water resources while considering impacts from drought and socioeconomic shocks. Read the proposed Research Abstract.

Media Productions

  • The Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) conferred its 2017 Award of Excellence on ACES's Media Research and Extension Department (formerly Media Productions). The award recognizes a 20-person, interdisciplinary team including research faculty, programmers, artists and animators, video professionals, writers, and technical support staff. The team conducts research into the educational needs of target groups then develops educational games, mobile apps, animations, streaming videos, and online learning tools that reflect collaborations between research, teaching and Extension programs. WEDA's Awards of Excellence recognize Extension outreach education programming in the 13 Western states and the USA's Pacific Island Territories. Jeanne Gleason, professor and department head, presented a brief seminar after the award presentation at the WEDA meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Extension Plant Sciences

  • Dr. Bernd Leinauer, professor and Extension turfgrass specialist at New Mexico State University, was nominated and awarded by the American Society of Agronomy as a 2017 Fellow, the highest acknowledgement given in this field. Associates of the group search for and appoint collaborators who hold high standards of achievements and praiseworthy service that benefit the society as a whole. During his career, Leinauer has published 70 peer-reviewed publications, including a book chapter, and is co-editor of the book "Turfgrass Water Conservation." Documented as an expert in strategies dealing with water management and reducing potable water usage on turfgrass, he holds leadership positions at the state, national and international levels. Leinauer also conducts research projects on cold and salt tolerant turfgrasses, irrigation system efficiency, and the use of subsurface irrigation for both recreational and landscape turfgrass areas. Leinauer will be awarded as an ASA Fellow at a ceremony held in Tampa, Florida, October 25.