September 23, 2016

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Eighty-five students from Sierra Middle School Science Magnet in Las Cruces participated in the NM Climate Center's Weatherfest held at Skeen Hall on September 9. This annual event was started in 2013 by State Climatologist Dave DuBois and involves students and staff working at the Climate Center and the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. During their visit the middle school students take part in experiments, demonstrations, and discussions about the weather. Outreach at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences included a table promoting research and degree opportunities at the Las Cruces Farmer's Market on September 3, participating in Aggie Fest on September 7, and the ACES Welcome Back Street Festival on September 8.

Media Productions Learning Games Lab

  • Understanding Western Soils is a new online resource for agricultural producers, Certified Crop Advisers, master gardeners, Extension agents, and other professionals who work in potentially saline, high-pH soils that require irrigation. Fifteen videos and animations demonstrate basic soil sampling strategies, appropriate laboratory tests for Western soils, and water movement into and through soil. The project was coordinated by Robert Flynn, extension agronomist in the Extension Plant Sciences Department and Professor April Ulery in Plant and Environmental Sciences, and was produced by NMSU Media Productions. Collaborators include the University of Arizona, Washington State University, and New Mexico NRCS. Funding was provided by a professional development grant from USDA Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Extension Program (WSARE).

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Middle School Recruitment Event - Food Science and Technology faculty and students in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences hosted 70 students from Sierra Middle School on September 21. The students tasted gelato and sorbet from Sam Steel Café, watched the extrusion of a new snack food made from cottonseed meal, talked with graduate students about their research projects, and learned about career possibilities in food science. Dr. Nancy Flores organized the event.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Karim Martinez, Family and Consumer Sciences agent and county director for Dona Ana County, received the Distinguished Service Award at the annual meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in Big Sky, Montana on September 15. This award is given to Extension faculty who have been members for at least 10 years for their leadership, outstanding programs, and personal and professional growth. Cydney Martin, Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Santa Fe County, received two regional awards - one for photography and one for radio podcasts.