August 22, 2015

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology:

  • Oscura Mountain Chipmunk: More than just a cute and cuddly critter, the Oscura Mountain chipmunk is providing New Mexico State University Fish and Wildlife researchers with vital habitat information on an entirely unique kind of animal. Dr. Jennifer Frey, Curator of the NMSU Wildlife Museum, and her graduate student Ian Perkins-Taylor are using novel research techniques to document information regarding population ecology and habitat use that is important for the future conservation of this species.

Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Patricia Christmore Award: Merranda Marin received the Patricia Christmore Award at Fall Convocation. This award recognizes junior faculty for excellence in teaching. Dr. Marin joined the faculty in 2012, and teaches courses in human development, parenting, and family therapy. Dr. Kourtney Vaillancourt and Dr. Merranda Marin were recently selected as Minority Fellowship Mentors for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. This is an initiative to increase the number of culturally competent family therapists who provide mental health services to underserved populations. They will provide academic, professional, and career development advice to a group of fellows.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Martin Steinman Endowed Chair in Food Science Technology: Nancy Flores was selected for the Martin Steinman Endowed Chair in Food Science Technology. The chair was established in memory of the owner of Border Foods in Deming. Dr. Flores will use the funds for applied research to benefit New Mexico food processors.

Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences:

  • Gold King Mine Spill: NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty have worked closely with New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and New Mexico Environment Department officials to coordinate the response and provide science-based information regarding the Gold King Mine spill affecting the Animas River in San Juan County. In particular, Bonnie Hopkins, County Extension Agriculture Agent, played a key role coordinating county and state agency responses to the spill. Drs. Kevin Lombard and Mick O'Neill of NMSU's Farmington Agricultural Science Center, along with Dr. April Ulery of the Plant and Environmental Sciences department, provided advice and baseline sampling of the river and irrigation ditches. Dr. John Wenzel, Extension Veterinarian, provided information regarding livestock health when exposed to heavy metals. Along with many other College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences staff and faculty, these faculty demonstrated the quick, nimble response and close working relationship NMSU has with NMDA to provide usable information to help the citizens of New Mexico.

  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Panel of Experts: Steven Loring, Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, is a member of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Panel of Experts. The Panel met in June to review and recommend changes to the Plan of Work and other accountability systems used nationally. The recommended changes will have a significant impact in the way information is collected from NMSU and reported nationally, in conjunction with the National Impacts Database.