October 3, 2014

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences was awarded a grant with Michigan State University, USDA, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to assess the top behavioral health issues in Dona Ana County. They were one of 10 sites selected around the U.S. to participate. Dr. Esther Devall is the PI and Dr. Elsa Arroyos from the College of Education is the Co-PI.
  • At the recent meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences held in Lexington, Kentucky, two county home economists received awards. Kelly Knight from Otero County received the Continued Excellence Award and Shannon Wooton from Chavez County received the Distinguished Service Award. Cindy Davies, home economist and county director from Bernalillo County, and Sonja Koukel, Health Specialist from Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, were recognized for their service on the national board of directors.
  • Shelly Bucher and Susie Samuel from the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences department recently hosted a 3-day training entitled From Crime Scene to Trial for 30 law enforcement officers, forensic investigators, prosecutors, and other child protection professionals. A crime scene depicting infant abuse was staged at a mock house located in Cervantes Village. The participants investigated the crime scene, met with actors who portrayed family members and witnesses, and prepared their opening statements for a mock trial. They commented that "...this training hit it out of the ballpark" and they were "impressed with the accuracy and reality of the exercises as well as the input from the various units represented at the training."

Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • ACES faculty spoke with key leaders from universities in the Western U.S. about ways to increase technology use in the Extension Service. Because of their multi-state work on developing apps, videos, games and websites, Drs. Jeanne Gleason and Barbara Chamberlin proposed regional collaboration as they drew on lessons learned. The topic of the summit was to celebrate the Smith-Lever Act 100th anniversary and to focus on learning innovations to help create a 21st Century Extension System. Dr. Jon Boren (Director of NMSU Extension), Bruce Hinrichs (Eastern District Director), Dr. Esther Devall (Department Head of Family and Consumer Sciences) and Rick Richardson (Interim Department Head of 4-H Youth Development) represented NMSU at the Summit, which was streamed live via the Web so other Extension employees could participate.

Animal and Range Sciences

  • Dr. John Campbell, Dr. Laura White (Horse Show) and Dr. Adam Summers were involved in animal judging contests at the Southern New Mexico State Fair this week. Our students, Clayton, Gardner, Joslyn Beard and Lyndi Ownsby helped with the showing of animals.

Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science

  • Melise Taylor, NMSU-ACES graduate student pursuing a master's degree in Ag Biology and Integrated Pest Management, competed in the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America and received first place. She won for her research that deals with how a type of stink bug lay eggs. Her work has important implications, both economically, since it impacts effective management techniques of this pest species and on a basic biological level because the observed behavior of the bugs is unusual for these insects. Melise will graduate in December 2014 and is hoping to obtain her Doctorate from NMSU in the future.