November 26, 2016

Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES)

  • Fifth grade students from Chaparral elementary school visited NMSU on Nov 11 and learned about Soil and Environmental Sciences from PES faculty and grad students. Experiments were done to measure soil texture effects on infiltration, how salts in water conduct electricity, and what electrical charge is found on soils. The 60 students worked with three faculty and seven grad students.

Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • NMSU Media Productions has produced nearly one thousand videos viewable by the public at YouTube. Videos in the popular series Southwest Yard and Garden have had nearly eight million views over the last seven years. Videos in the Math Snacks series have been viewed nearly 750,000 times. Other popular topics on YouTube include agriculture, consumer and family sciences, environmental sciences, and math learning. Videos are hosted at YouTube channels NMSU ACES, Learning Games Lab and NMSU.

Animal and Range Sciences

  • Derek Bailey, Professor in the Animal and Range Sciences Department, was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship. Bailey will travel to Australia and conduct collaborative research at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton from early February 2017 to late June 2017. The research will focus on precision livestock management and investigate the potential for real time tracking to identify disease and other animal welfare concerns of cattle and sheep. On extensive rangeland pastures, it is difficult for ranchers and farmers to visually determine if livestock are injured or becoming sick on a 24-hour basis. The research will develop tracking technologies that can remotely monitor illness in livestock. The Fulbright program provides travel and living expenses and facilitates interactions with other Fulbright Scholars and scientists as well as government leaders, including a visit to the Australian Parliament in Canberra.

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM)

  • On Thursday, December 1, HRTM hosted the Visit Las Cruces Industry Partnership lunch which is held monthly to update local hotels and tourism related organizations on city-wide events, incoming tourist groups, and activities. This meeting showcases HRTM and our meals and events to these influential stakeholders who hire our students, support HRTM with sponsorship, and can promote HRTM programs to their guests. It provides an opportunity for our HRTM 363 and graduate students who prepared and served the meal to network with the groups.

  • For the last Gerald Thomas Chair Beverage Education program for the semester, Professor Mohsen Azizsoltani, a certified Bordeaux wine trainer from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Larry Rosenberg, Imported Cheese Specialist for Alouette Cheeses, gave fantastic wine and cheese pairing presentations for the HRTM 450 – Beverages, Culture and Cuisine class and a group of NMSU faculty, alumni, and supporters. We used the wine and cheese for our TAP (The Adjustment Project) event and it was our busiest ever, with more than 70 guests. The purpose of the Gerald Thomas Chair Endowment is to creatively address agricultural production and natural resource use. HRTM is using its year of receiving funds to address issues related to the beverages produced through agriculture, wine, beer, and spirits and related items, like cheeses. The presentations exposed our students and community guests to best practices and products of France that can be used as examples for New Mexico products. It is essential that students planning careers in food and beverage learn about global products. At this particular TAP, we raised $475 for HRTM student club activities and future travel to industry conferences and trade shows.

Sam Steel Society

  • ACES conducted its Fall 2016 Sam Steel Society Induction Ceremony on Friday afternoon, December 9. The Sam Steel Society commemorates Sam Steel, who would have been the first graduate of NMSU but was killed shortly before graduation. ACES inducts all its graduates in the Society as a way to honor our graduating students for their hard work and accomplishments in a more personal setting. Over 75 of our Fall 2016 graduates attended and were recognized. In addition, all alumni in the audience were inducted as well.