November 17, 2017

Plant & Environmental Sciences (PES)

  • Gaurav Jha, Ph.D. candidate in the PES department, received first place in the 2017 Graduate Student Poster Competition organized by Soil and Environmental Quality Division at the Soil Science Society of America meeting held in Tampa, Florida. The presentation focus was on spatial distribution of metal concentration in agricultural fields irrigated by the Animas River after the Gold King Mine spill in 2015.

  • "Team Compost" comprised of Emily Creegan (Ph.D. candidate in Plant & Environmental Sciences), Hassan Alzaid (sophomore in Mechanical Engineering) and Eduardo Vazquez (senior in Mechanical Engineering) won first place in the NMSU Aggie Innovation Space and Office of Sustainability Design Challenge with their proposal to build an innovative composting unit that improves biomass process time and compost quality. Ten groups competed in the two-week challenge and had to present their plans and presentations to a seven-member panel that included representatives from the Facilities and Services, the Sustainability Office, the Provost office, Dean of Students, Campus Engineering, and University Architecture. The goal was to have the most viable design concept implemented at NMSU.

Media Productions

  • NMSU's 4-H Livestock Record, a mobile app for iPhone and iPad, used across the nation, has been updated and enhanced. Created by ACES' Media Productions and its Learning Games Lab in collaboration with National 4-H Council, the app helps 4-Hers and 4-H agents organize livestock projects. Users can export data on feeding, financial information, and animal health, to be included in project record books. The updated version is suitable for iOS11 and is available free from the Apple App Store.

Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (FWCE)

  • Dr. Martha Desmond attended the USDA Forest Service on-site PATHWAYS hiring event at the Society for American Foresters meeting in Albuquerque with seven students (present and recent past) from the FWCE department. This is one of many events sponsored by the Natural Resource Career Track program focused on obtaining quality internship and permanent employment opportunities for our students. Students competed for indefinite pathways positions that will provide them with a summer internship each year and the opportunity to convert non-competitively to a permanent position upon graduation and recent graduate positions that will allow them to convert to a permanent position after a one-year appointment.