October 10, 2014

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Sandoval County Agent Steve Lucero partnered with Hidalgo County Extension and offered a beef cattle pregnancy check school in Lordsburg. There were 15 area producers that learned about beef fertility and how to preform palpations on beef cattle to determine pregnancy. Three university personnel participated in the training: two Animal Science professors, Adam, Summers and Scholjerdes presented along with Extension Veterinarian, Dr. John Wenzel.

Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • More than 2,000 new users have downloaded Media Production's 4-H Livestock Record app in the past week, thanks to a Facebook post by National 4-H. The 4-H Livestock Record reached an impressive rank of 65th among Productivity apps in the Apple Store Oct. 1. A total of 3,624 users have downloaded the app since its release in late July, an average of around 50 users per day. The app helps users monitor animal weight, feed, health, income, expenses and assets on their iPhones or iPads.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • The Natural Resource Career Track (NRCT) program through FWCE (developed by Dr. Martha Desmond) is hosting a 90-minute panel presentation next week at the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in Los Angeles, CA. This panel is entitled "The mentor/mentee experience: making connections from school to career" and will be run by four faculty from New Mexico and Puerto Rico institutions, one Forest Service employee in the Civil Rights Office, and students from NMSU and exchange students from Puerto Rico.

Animal and Range Science

  • About 1750 prospective students and their parents attended the AGGIE EXPERIENCE Program in Pan Am Center on Saturday, October 4. The Animal and Range Sciences table was one of 64 booths at the event and was visited by many individuals. Thanks to Megan Coleson and Kris Robles for designing the display and also to Megan and Dr. Dennis Hallford for the exceptional job of describing the program to visitors.
  • The Smokin' Animal and Range Science team comprised of Nick Petersen, Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes, Dr. Tim Ross, Brian Samson, and Dr. Clint Loest, took first place honors at the Rootin' Tootin' Rib Cook-Off at the Mesilla Valley Maze on October 5.
  • Animal and Range Sciences faculty and students participated in the University Research Fair. Presenting were Dr. Amanda Ashley ("Therapeutic targets for doxorubicin resistant breast cancer"); Colleen Buck ("Effects of ad libitum supplement containing increasing levels of microalgae, Scenedesmus sp.,on site and extent of digestion in beef heifers consuming a forage-based diet," M.S. student working with Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes); and Brandon Smythe ("Behavioral responses of cattle under naturally-occurring population of horn flies (Diptera:Muscidae)" and "Query-driven database of registered pesticides for management of animal ectoparasites in New Mexico", Ph.D. student working with Dr. Mark Wise).
  • Dr. Ryan Ashley, assistant professor of animal science, was recently awarded a $48,000 grant from the Cowboys for Cancer Research Foundation, for his proposal titled "Understanding the role of membrane progesterone receptor alpha signaling in breast cancer."