May 30, 2014

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Esther Devall, department head for Family and Consumer Sciences, conducted civil rights reviews in Grant, Sandoval, Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Socorro counties to ensure county extension offices reached out to underserved audiences and were in compliance with all federal laws.

Media Productions/Ag Communications

  • Media Productions: This week, The Learning Games Team in Media Productions hosted experts from University of Idaho for a joint Design Summit to design new financial literacy games targeting youth and their parents. U of I's faculty Lyle Hansen and Luke Erickson have years of experience conducting face-to-face workshops on youth financial literacy, but now want to expand their outreach through online and mobile games. They have grant funding to support this collaborative work with NMSU's Media Productions.


  • Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean, was invited by McDonalds Corporation to participate in a "Think Tank" conversation in Chicago this week. Sixty high profile individuals (Veterinarians and Animal Science) from around the world attended to discuss and consider safeguarding animal welfare and integrating cultural values such as humane treatment of animals.

Agricultural Experiment Station

  • Dr. David Thompson, Associate Dean and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, traveled to China with Dr. Jinfa Zhang, Plant and Environmental Sciences cotton breeder, to visit five agricultural universities in an effort to encourage graduate and undergraduate student interest in attending NMSU and to explore shared research interests and the possibility of faculty exchange. The five universities included Hebei Agricultural University in Baoding, Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Xi'an, Southwest University in Chongqing, Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, and China Agricultural University in Beijing.
  • The Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) awarded $623,000 in research grants using funds that were secured in the state legislature with the help of the New Mexico Chile Association (NMCA). Competitive proposals were submitted to a review team composed of members of the AES and the NMCA. Awards ranging from $15,000 to $95,000 were given to 12 NMSU researchers and 1 non-NMSU researcher for FY15.

Ag Economics/Ag Business

  • Dr. Terry Crawford, Department Head for Ag Econ and Ag Business, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Mexican Agricultural Business Society May 25-28, in San Jose, BSC. Dr. Crawford spoke on "Does The Experience with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Indicate the Future for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) (US-European Union) Agreements?" Conclusion was that NAFTA has formed the basis for all of the United States Regional Trade agreements since NAFTA, and will also influence both the Pacific, and European Union Trade Agreements.