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NSF awards NMSU $5 million for Phase II of smart grid research

Date: 09/16/2019
Writer: Minerva Baumann, 575-646-7566, mbauma46@nmsu.edu

The National Science Foundation recently awarded New Mexico State University a second $5 million dollar grant to fund Phase II of collaborative smart grid research. The grant will help researchers build on success of the program over the past five years, which resulted in publication of 450 peer-reviewed papers.

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A team of researchers at New Mexico State University will continue another five years of collaborative smart grid research with a second $5 million award from the National Science Foundation. NMSU Arts and Sciences College Dean Enrico Pontelli (second from left in front row) is the principal investigator for the project. Co-principal investigators and staff include: (Back row from left) Mari Langford, program specialist; Jay Misra, computer science associate professor; Wenjie Che, electrical engineering assistant professor; Liang Sun, mechanical engineering assistant professor and Loui Reyes, social work interim academic head. (Front row from left) Roopa Vishwanathan, computer science assistant professor; Pontelli, Son Tran computer science professor and department head, Olga Lavrova, associate professor of electrical engineering and Tuan Le, computer science assistant professor. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)

The award through the NSF’s Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) seeks to strengthen and improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the electric energy grid by addressing infrastructure challenges, security issues and working to create a highly trained and flexible workforce to support the future of the industry.

“The first phase was really focused on smart grids,” said Enrico Pontelli, principal investigator of the project and NMSU’s dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “In the second phase we’ll see if we can take what we’re learning with smart grids and apply it to other problems. A lot of the problems we are addressing also can apply to other types of infrastructure.”

Pontelli’s vision for the center cuts across disciplines while offering students a course of study with a path to high-demand careers. NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu points to this second large NSF award for the center as recognition of NMSU’s leadership in this area.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to continue this groundbreaking work in smart grid research,” Arvizu said. “Elevating all of NMSU’s research and creativity efforts, particularly when it comes to modernizing critical infrastructure, is an important component to our new strategic plan. We’re fortunate to have someone like Enrico Pontelli to lead this project.”

NMSU established the NSF-funded Interdisciplinary Center of Research Excellence in Design of Intelligent Technologies for Smart Grids (iCREDITS) in 2014 as a collaborative effort bringing together researchers in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, management and education.

“The NSF grant for the CREST center (iCREDITS) has as its goal to pursue basic research to create the electric distribution grid of tomorrow,” said Satishkumar Ranade, co-principal investigator and electrical engineering professor. “At the same time we provide K-12 outreach, opportunities for advanced degrees and new tools and techniques for industry.”

“Phase one was so successful in that we converted the research that the wonderful NMSU professors were doing into age appropriate lessons that we used in our out-of-school time programs,” said Susan Brown, interim dean of the College of Education. “We look forward to our collaboration in Phase II.”

The next phase of the iCREDITS research over the coming five years will focus on three areas: modeling, operation and integration; security and resilience frameworks; and data-driven decision-making.

The Modeling, Operation and Integration group will address ways to allow the customers to more easily communicate with the their electrical systems to ensure their needs are met in a sustainable way.

“Given abundant solar energy, the ability to store it in batteries and other media, electrical appliances, industrial processes, electric cars that can ‘think,’ how do we best use this energy,” Ranade said. “Conventional wisdom that we should wash clothes at night when electricity might be cheaper changes to have your smart washer run when the ‘sun shines’ and store what you can’t use.

“Our research looks at how best we can manage our resources while ensuring safety, reliability and providing access to all. In addition to reliability, today, we also think of resilience in a weather event or cyber-attack, can we provide service to small pockets while working towards restoring power to everybody as quickly as possible?”

Computer science associate professor Jay Misra is the co-principal investigator leading the Security and Resilience Frameworks aspect of the project. His part of the team will direct three areas: designing an overarching cyber security framework; investigating mechanisms to safeguard the system against failure and studying hardware-based security, namely mutual device authentication based on strong physically unclonable functions.

“We will help create a team of three to four graduate students, two undergraduate students and a post doctoral fellow to work on various aspects of the research,” said Misra. “ In this thrust we are studying the security and privacy threats in customer-driven distribution feeder microgrids from the perspective of hardware, software and future advancements (e.g., quantum computers).”

Hulping Cao, computer science associate professor, and Son Tran, computer science department head are heading up the Data-Driven Decision-Making part of the project, to strengthen the interaction between the customer and their electricity supply operations to optimize efficiency and effectiveness.

“Our research thrust will implement the data-information-knowledge-decision flow to support coarse grained operation and control of the customer-centric distribution microgrids, optimizing for resilience and enabling user-centered (e.g., user preferences) and transactive (e.g., electricity as a commodity) behavior,” Cao said.

Pontelli and Renade both emphasize the collaborative nature of the center’s research, which exposes NMSU students to a broad range of ideas and unleash their potential.

“The field is changing very fast. The traditional career doesn’t exist anymore,” Pontelli said. “Problem solvers are what we need and diversity, having different kinds of thinkers. We must create learning environments where our students learn to leverage diversity, efficiency and flexibility. It’s not so much a specific knowledge component, but we need to train learners, people who know how to learn. What our students will need in the future are the skills to quickly adapt to change.

“This new NSF CREST award and Phase II of iCREDITS will take us to the next level. NMSU is striving to be a leader of this effort in the state.”

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NMSU’s Chicano Programs to sponsor immigration talk for Hispanic Serving Institutions Week

Date: 09/16/2019
Writer: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University’s Chicano Programs will sponsor a talk by Megan Finno-Velasquez, an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and director of the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare at NMSU in Albuquerque, during Hispanic Serving Institutions Week, which runs Sept. 17-23.

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Megan Finno-Velasquez, founding member of the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare will give a talk titled “Immigration Enforcement and Our Role in Protecting Children and Families” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in O’Donnell Hall, Room 111. She will discuss the recent federal immigration policies and trends in U.S. migration. (Courtesy photo)

The talk, “Immigration Enforcement and Our Role in Protecting Children and Families,” will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in O’Donnell Hall, room 111. The event will be open to the public.

Finno-Velasquez will discuss recent federal immigration policies and trends in U.S. migration and how they are impacting children and families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. She will also discuss how the community is responding and can continue to support families with immigration issues in New Mexico.

Finno-Velasquez has spent the past 14 years working with child welfare and immigration issues, as a child welfare practitioner, administrator and researcher. She started working on immigration issues during her Master of Social Work program at Loyola Chicago, where she worked with the Illinois child welfare system on a federal immigration training project and also on a summer project with Jesuit Migrant Services in Veracruz, Mexico.

“I was a founding member of the Migration and Child Welfare National Network in 2006, which later became the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, which I now direct at NMSU. I moved to New Mexico to work on border issues and served as the Children, Youth and Families Department’s first immigration liaison,” Finno-Velasquez said. “My research focuses on the impact of immigration policy on child welfare system experiences, culturally competent maltreatment prevention strategies and improving child welfare service system response to the needs of immigrant families. I recently started a contract as CYFD’s new immigration affairs director, where I am working to improve policies and practices around serving immigrant children and families across the state.”

Finno-Velasquez says her talk is timely “with the increase in families seeking asylum at our border, and with the humanitarian crisis caused by the horrific border deterrence policies and interior enforcement operations we have seen implemented that are separating and traumatizing families seeking assistance, and really entire communities.”

She hopes that the people who attend her talk will better understand the policies and processes about what is happening at the U.S.-Mexico border and throughout the U.S., and that it will help to consider how people can respond as individuals and volunteers, as a community and through engagement in larger-scale advocacy.

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NMSU to host pollinator workshop at Alcalde Sept. 24

Date: 09/13/2019
Writer: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

ALCALDE – Native bees and other insect pollinators are vital to many aspects of agriculture as they transfer pollen from flower to flower of a crop. However, pollinators are under extreme pressure from various threats that will have long term effects on their livelihoods and our landscape.

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Native bees are vital to agriculture because of the work they do pollinating crops. New Mexico State University will host a workshop from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde on how to support pollinators in northern New Mexico. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

Humans can help by providing habitat and forage on farms, ranches, or gardens that can encourage native pollinators to thrive.

New Mexico State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, in cooperation with the Rio Arriba County Extension office and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, is hosting “How to Support Pollinators in Northern New Mexico” from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the science center, 371 County Road 40, Alcalde. The interactive workshop will guide participants through the world of pollinators.

“People are aware of the colony collapse disorder that threatens non-native honey bees,” said Adrienne Rosenberg, the Alcalde science center’s publication editor. “But they want to know more about our native pollinators, which are arguably much more important to our landscape and food system. This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about these important insects in general, and specifically how participants can support pollinators in northern New Mexico.”

Emily May, a national expert from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and Rosenberg will be discussing topics including pollinator habitat needs, environmental stressors, community science opportunities for pollinator monitoring and how to create more high value habitat for pollinators in northern New Mexico.

The workshop will include a field tour of wildflower mixes being tested at the science center for attracting and supporting pollinators.

Donald Martinez, NMSU agricultural agent at NMSU’s Rio Arriba County Extension office, will facilitate the workshop. Workshop fee is $10, which includes a light refreshment.

For more information and to register contact Jaime Taylor at the Rio Arriba County Extension office at 505-685-4523 or register online at https://alcaldesc.nmsu.edu.

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NMSU-based NM FAST program awarded fifth year of funding

Date: 09/13/2019
Writer: Dana Catron, 505-469-8411, dderego@ad.nmsu.edu

The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program, housed at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, was one of just 24 universities and organizations nationwide to receive a FAST grant this year from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

NM FAST, which will be entering its fifth year of programming, will use the $125,000 award to provide free Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer proposal development assistance to small businesses in New Mexico pursuing funding.

The SBIR/STTR programs, which are administered by the SBA, provide critical funding support during the fragile research and development and pre-commercialization phase, a time when many small businesses are forced to shelve innovations from lack of funding. Eleven federal agencies have SBIR/STTR programs, and collectively support more than $2.5 billion in federal research and development funding to small businesses every year.

“FAST partners support an important role in attempting to fill various gaps that R&D-focused small businesses may have to help them win SBIR/STTR awards,” said Acting Administrator Christopher Pilkerton. “They focus on the needs of next-generation high-tech firms and support them through the entire cycle from ideation to commercialization. SBIR funding is one way to do that. Additionally, a number of these awards are going to partners that are located in Opportunity Zones where job creation and investments are moving forward to revitalize communities.”

Proposals were jointly reviewed by the SBA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research, and the National Institutes of Health. Only one proposal could be submitted per state, and required the endorsement of the governor.

The NM FAST program has been fortunate to have the support of the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s Office of Science and Technology, which has several programs – such as the NM SBIR matching grant, the Innovation Voucher program, and NM Technology Transfer Grants – that SBIR applicants and awardees are able to take advantage of. Leveraging the resources of both NM FAST and NMEDD position SBIR companies to make a more profound economic impact on New Mexico.

“The fact that we have a business development program here in New Mexico that is recognized nationally speaks to the high-quality assistance that we can offer,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “I want to encourage those who need help in these areas of research and technology transfer to take advantage of the tools at Arrowhead Center so we can grow jobs and diversify our economy.”

Since Arrowhead received its first FAST award in October 2015, the NM FAST program has held 54 workshops and events throughout New Mexico, has assisted 129 clients with SBIR/STTR proposals, and is active in each of the state’s eight economic development districts. The program places particular emphasis on assisting minority-led small businesses and rural communities throughout the state, and continues to build a repository of resources for SBIR/STTR applicants.

“We are launching a revolutionary, science-based, very R&D-intensive startup. Our road to launch has been long and complex,” said Roy Montibon, CEO of Montibon Provenance International. “The NM FAST team has been instrumental in helping us move things forward and keep our progress on track. It would literally not be possible for us to be doing some of the things we are doing without the thoughtful assistance, expertise and enthusiasm we receive from the NM FAST program.”

NM FAST will continue to provide free proposal development assistance to small businesses via workshops, technical assistance, and access to resources, and is planning a third SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit to be held in Albuquerque this December. NM FAST will also add new programing this year in the form of Arrowhead Center SBIR Accelerators, designed to be an intense six- to 10-week course in SBIR proposal preparation.

“We are excited to have the SBA’s continued support via the FAST grant,” said Dana Catron, SBIR program director at Arrowhead Center. “As the only organization that offers free, comprehensive SBIR proposal development assistance in New Mexico, the NM FAST program fills a critical need for inexperienced SBIR applicants who are pursuing funding.”

The NM FAST Partnership Program provides small businesses with:

– Assistance in identifying appropriate agencies, solicitations and topic areas;
– Resources, including videos, compliance matrices and proposal templates;
– How-to information on agency registrations and electronic proposal submission;
– Guidance on proposal preparation, including assessments of technical objectives and hypotheses and drafting supporting documents such as biographical sketches, resources and budgets;
– Specifics on the target agency’s requirements for commercialization content in Phase I/Phase II proposals; and
– Technical reviews and edits of proposals with feedback.

In addition, NM FAST provides eligible small businesses micro-grants to cover the expenses of professional services such as commercialization plan assistance, development and research partner identification assistance, counsel on patents and technology licensing, and indirect cost rate advisement for proposal development.

For more information, contact Dana Catron, NM FAST program director, at 505-469-8411 or dderego@ad.nmsu.edu.

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AmeriZao jujube fruit tasting workshop slated for Oct.1 at Alcalde

Date: 09/13/2019
Writer: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

ALCALDE – Have you ever tasted a AmeriZao? It has the texture of an apple, but not the tartness. It can also taste like a date. This fruit of many flavors is the American jujube, also known as Chinese dates, that have been propagated and tested by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

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Participants of a tasting workshop enjoy the unique taste and texture of the Chinese date fruit of the jujube tree. There will be a jujube tasting from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at NMSU's Sustainable Agriculture Center at Alcalde. (Photo by Jane Moorman)

The public is invited to a tasting workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at NMSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde. NMSU Extension fruit specialist Shengrui Yao will lead the workshop where participants may sample 40-plus varieties.

“Since jujube cultivars are originally from China, where Zao is the word for this fruit, I wanted to keep the traditional name in the trademark,” Yao said.

Thirty-four varieties receiving a new trademark are propagated from cultivars Yao received from China in 2011. She has studied each cultivar for traits that will thrive in New Mexico’s various climate zones. Gradually, she will publish the top performers in each region and for different purposes.

“Jujube fruit trees are an excellent alternative fruit for growers in northern New Mexico,” Yao said. “The trees bloom from late May to early August, so late frosts will not prevent fruit from setting. They also do well in semi-arid conditions. Jujubes are low maintenance plants and produce a reliable crop annually.”

Yao has discovered that jujube trees already exist around the state, but owners are often not aware what type of tree it is, or how to use the fruit. She has collected fruit from various locations in addition to those raised in her study, for the annual fruit-tasting event.

“People really like the different flavors that each cultivar offers,” she said. “They are excited about having the fruit in their diet.”

The workshop will include a presentation about jujube flowering and fruiting habits, followed by a fresh fruit tasting which will include dried fruit samples and several kinds of snacks made from jujubes.

The free workshop is limited to 40 participants. To register, call Anna at 505-852-4241.

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Potential quorum notice of NMSU regents for Sept. 18-21

Date: 09/13/2019
Writer: Carlos Andres Lopez, 575-646-1955, carlopez@nmsu.edu

A potential quorum of the New Mexico State University Board of Regents may occur as regents may attend the following events between Sept. 18-21, 2019:

• New Mexico Higher Education Summit, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Smith Brasher Hall on the campus of Central New Mexico College, 717 University Blvd. SE, Albuquerque.

• Higher Education Regents Collation Training, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Smith Brasher Hall on the campus of Central New Mexico College, 717 University Blvd. SE, Albuquerque.

• Aggie Finish Line Scholarship Fundraiser, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at a private residence in Albuquerque.

• UNM vs. NMSU Aggies Football Tailgate, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 21, at the University of New Mexico Baseball/Softball Complex (southwest of the Dreamstyle Arena), 1414 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.

• UNM vs. NMSU Aggies Football Game 2:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Dreamstyle Stadium, 1414 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.

No votes or other official actions will be taken by the NMSU Board of Regents.

Please contact the Office of the Board of Regents at 575-646-5997 for additional information.

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NMSU ACES representatives participate in 2019 Chihuahua Agro Expo

Date: 09/12/2019
Writer: Victoria Balderrama, 575-646-1614, vbalde@nmsu.edu

The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences participated in the 2019 Chihuahua Agro Expo in August in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico, to meet with interested prospective students.

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The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences representatives worked a booth at the Chihuahua Agro Expo in Chihuahua City, Mexico, and met with prospective students. From left; Soum Sanogo, College of ACES professor; Alonso Garcia and Jorge Fernandez, ACES alumni; Mark Sheely (back row), program coordinator of the Water Resource Research Institute; Jorge Preciado and Joaquin Figueroa, ACES graduate students; a prospective student; Sam Fernald, professor of Watershed Management and director of Water Resources Research Institute; and a second prospective student. (Courtesy photo)

“Attending the event was enriching for all ACES participants in terms of interactions with visitors interested in various academic programs existing within ACES. This was a great opportunity to showcase these programs and increase the visibility of ACES, and, ultimately increase ACES recruiting of new students,” said Soum Sanogo, professor of Fungal Plant Pathology in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences.

The NMSU ACES team that participated in this event included Sanogo, Sam Fernald, professor of Watershed Management and director of Water Resources Research Institute, two graduate students Joaquin Figueroa and Jorge Preciado, Mark Sheely, program coordinator of the Water Resource Research Institute, along with two ACES alumni Alonso Garcia and Jorge Fernandez from the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

More than 80 people visited the NMSU ACES booth and inquired on various academic and research programs within the college. Sanogo said he believes NMSU had the only educational booth at the Agro Expo, which was an advantage that led to the large volume of visitors

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NMSU researchers determining amount of water needed to raise wine grapes

Date: 09/12/2019
Writer: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

BERNALILLO – How much water does it take to grow wine grapes?

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Gill Giese, New Mexico State University's viticulture specialist, and Jim Peterson, vineyard manager, inspect the grapes at the Pueblo of Santa Ana's Tamaya Vineyard north of Bernalillo. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman) Man working on machine
Gill Giese, New Mexico State University viticulture specialists prepares the Scholander pressure chamber to measure a grapevine stem water potential. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman) Close up of man looking at machine
Gill Giese, New Mexico State University viticulture specialist, watches a leaf stem through a magnifying glass to see when the pressure test produces sap from the steam. The test determines an amount of moisture in a plant. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

A study coordinated by New Mexico State University at Santa Ana’s Tamaya Vineyard north of Bernalillo has learned how much water is used by three varieties of wine grapes.

“We are finding out how much water is used by the plant compared to how much was applied,” said Gill Giese, NMSU viticulture specialist. “This year we gathered data regarding how much water three different varieties used. The next step is to monitor how much water is applied to produce the quantity and quality for the desired production goal, as well as the specific type and style of wine.”

As the multi-year study progresses, the researchers will gather data to provide growers and water regulating government agencies with practical quantities of water needed to grow grapes in the Middle Rio Grande region of New Mexico.

The Santa Ana Agricultural Enterprise is gathering data for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service regarding the amount of water used for growing grapes, alfalfa and corn.

“We received a grant from NRCS to gather data regarding the amount of water we use as well as how much fertilizer and compost is applied,” said Jim Peterson, manager of the Santa Ana vineyard. “We want to learn the optimal amount of times to water with our drip irrigation system.”

NMSU joined in the study to gather additional data.

“This type of study has not been done in this region,” Giese said. “With the wine industry growing in New Mexico, and water availability decreasing, this information will be vital.”

The water requirements of Vitis vinifera wine grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, were calculated.

“We want to know how much water the plant is actually using versus how much it really needs at each of the growth stages during a given season,” Giese said.

Grapevine stem water potential and volumetric soil water were measured from bud break through harvest to determine vine water stress.

The data was collected by Elda Quintana, a graduate student intern from the Universidad Technologica de Paquime in Casa Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.

The stem water potential was determined with a Scholander pressure chamber, also known as a “pressure bomb,” where an increasing level of pressure was placed around a leaf stem until sap bubbled from the stem cut. The higher the pressure applied, the less moisture in the plant, which correlates to degree of plant water stress.

The volumetric soil water was determined with a frequency reflectometry probe measuring percentage of moisture at six depths.

“We compared these measurements with estimated vine water requirements by using growing season reference evapotranspiration adjusted to the grape crop’s evapotranspiration that was influenced by the actual vine canopy size,” Giese said. “This is referred to as the crop coefficient.”

This year’s study was limited to two vines for each variety. Next growing season, Giese plans to replicate the study to gather a wider base of data for statistical analysis.

“We learned that, under this year’s weather conditions, Pinot Noir required less water per vine than the other two varieties,” Giese said. “This result was impacted by the variable soil conditions within the planting and impacted the water required within each variety.”

“This research can serve as a reference for wine growers looking for efficient water management, as well as people who intend to establish a vineyard in a region that has similar characteristics as New Mexico,” Giese said.

“It was nice having Elda working on this study this summer, because the data can eventually be used by grape growers in Chihuahua, Mexico, to make better use of water through the proper management of their irrigation systems in a semi-arid region.”

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Late NMSU historian’s archive donated to museum

Date: 09/11/2019
Writer: Minerva Baumann, 575-646-7566, mbauma46@nmsu.edu

Clarence Fielder, history professor emeritus at New Mexico State University and teacher in Las Cruces Public Schools for more than 50 years who died in 2015 was a much-loved educator. He was also a passionate preservation advocate who led restoration efforts for Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.), the first African American Church in Las Cruces.

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Late NMSU professor emeritus Clarence Fielder’s archive will be donated to the Las Cruces Museum System. Talk about his life, Phillips Chapel restoration will be presented at 3:30–4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Branigan Cultural Center.
NMSU professors, students and community volunteers gather outside Phillips Chapel in May 2011 to help with restoration work on the historic Las Cruces African American Church.

Now Fielder’s own history will be preserved for future generations when his archive of papers, photographs and videos of his life and the restoration of Philips Chapel are donated to the City of Las Cruces Museum System. Phillips Chapel Restoration Group will give a public presentation about his life at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main Street.

“Beyond his distinguished career as an educator and his role as a community leader, Clarence was the soul and guiding spirit of the project to restore the oldest extant African American church building in New Mexico,” said Beth O’Leary, NMSU anthropology professor emerita who worked closely with Fielder on the restoration, which was completed in 2014. “Built in 1911, it also served as a school for Black children during the period of segregation in the Las Cruces Public Schools (1925 -1954).”

Fielder led NMSU faculty, students and community volunteers in restoration efforts Philips Chapel was founded by Fielder’s grandfather and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its significance to the African American Community. The church is located at 638 N. Tornillo Street.

“The Clarence H. Fielder Archive will preserve for posterity the record of Clarence’s life, the restoration of Phillips Chapel and the history of the African American Community of Las Cruces,” O’Leary said.

Broadcast Advisory This video is of Clarence Fielder in 2013 giving a presentation about the Phillips Chapel Restoration. Watch this video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS70_ZZNhaQ

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Potential quorum notice of NMSU regents Sept. 14

Date: 09/11/2019
Writer: Carlos Andres Lopez, 575-646-1955, carlopez@nmsu.edu

A potential quorum of the New Mexico State University Board of Regents may occur as regents may attend the NMSU vs. San Diego State University football game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces Campus, 1815 Wells St., Las Cruces.

No votes or other official actions will be taken by the NMSU Board of Regents.

Please contact the Office of the Board of Regents at 575-646-5997 for additional information.

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NMSU rodeo season opener scheduled for Saturday in Arizona

Date: 09/11/2019
Writer: Faith Schifani, 575-646-6233, schifani@nmsu.edu

The New Mexico State University rodeo team is back in action for fall 2019. The season opener will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at Dine College in Tsaile, Arizona.

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NMSU junior Kelton Little ropes at team practice. The Aggies are scheduled to compete at their first rodeo of the season in Tsaile, Arizona Sept. 14. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)

Both the men and women’s teams competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in June. This season, 10 of the 12 individuals who competed in Casper, Wyoming, will return to the team. Graduate student Dylan Riggins completed his final season with the team this summer, and junior Trevor Scott is injured.

Head coach Logan Corbett is confident in his students’ abilities, especially with the women having placed seventh in the nation at the CNFR. Going into this year, there are 53 students on the roster including several freshmen.

“We’ve got some of the most talented kids, college students, student athletes in the nation,” Corbett said. “Not just in the region, in the nation. Where we have struggled in the past is consistency.”

For the women, graduate student LeighAnn Scribner is one to watch. Freshman Tierney Washburn competed in the National High School Rodeo and also has been showing great promise at pre-season practices.

For the men, freshmen walk-ons Steven Sanchez, Alan Melendez and Jonathan Carrizal will be ones to keep an eye on in roping. From Canada, freshmen Zane Tully and Colt Kornfeld are predicted to have great runs as well.

After the fall opener the team is scheduled to compete Sept. 26 at the Southern New Mexico State Fair in Las Cruces, Sept. 27-28 at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, and Oct. 11-12 at Mesa Lands Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

For more information on the NMSU rodeo team, contact Corbett at 575-646-3659 or lcorbett@nmsu.edu.

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Aggie Shark Tank Gearing Up to Showcase and Launch New Businesses

Date: 09/11/2019
Writer: Cassie McClure, 575-312-3242, cassie@mcclurepublications.com

The fifth annual Aggie Shark Tank, sponsored by the Hunt Center for Entrepreneurship and hosted by Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Avenue in Las Cruces. The event allows NMSU student and alumni entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to local and national “sharks” for the chance to gain investment or other types of assistance to help their business grow.

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Sisbarro Dealerships owner Lou Sisbarro, Mesilla Valley Transportation owner Royal Jones, Todd Bisio, co-founder, president and CEO of Albuquerque-based software development company Catapult, Inc., and Beto Pallares, fund manager of Arrowhead Innovation Fund, participated in the 2018 Shark Tank event hosted by Arrowhead Center at NMSU. This year's event will take place Oct. 3 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Avenue. (NMSU courtesy photo)

Aggie Shark Tank is open to the public from 4-6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. Sharks are local investors and nationwide venture capitalists eager to see new businesses, and include Beto Pallares, fund manager of Arrowhead Innovation Fund; Samara Mejia Hernandez, founding partner of Chingona Ventures; Lou Sisbarro, cofounder of Sisbarro Dealerships; and Jason Torres, a healthcare angel investor.

“We’re grateful that there are leaders in business who are willing to share not only their financial investment in our students and alumni, but also crucial advice and connections from their years of experience,” said Carlos Murguia, Arrowhead Center’s Shark Tank manager.

Sisbarro appreciates seeing the new ideas that come out of students and alumni.

“Aggie Shark Tank is one of my favorite things to be involved with,” said Sisbarro. “Since its creation we’ve seen the program grow and the students’ new business ideas really grow and expand. It’s exciting to be a part of it and I look forward to this year’s Shark Tank experience.”

While the audience is not solicited for investment of any kind, it’s a great way to watch and learn about new developments coming from student and alumni startup businesses, and join participants at the reception. Get your free tickets today by registering at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aggie-shark-tank-sponsored-by-the-hunt-center-for-entrepreneurship-tickets-64553573476?aff=efbeventtix.

Learn more about the program at http://sharktank.nmsu.edu. For more information, contact Carlos Murguia at cmurguia@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2025.

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NMSU stabilizes enrollment, posts increase in system headcount

Date: 09/10/2019
Writer: Justin Bannister, jbannist@nmsu.edu

The New Mexico State University system has posted an increase in overall student enrollment numbers – the first such increase since 2010. The NMSU system includes its campuses in Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants and around Doña Ana County.

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NMSU leaders welcome the 2019 freshman class during the first week of school. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)

“We are very pleased with these topline results, and it clearly shows NMSU has stabilized enrollment and is poised for sustained growth,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “It’s exciting to see so many students and their parents responding to NMSU’s strong appeal. In conversations with new students we consistently hear that they come here because they want a top-tier education with a highly diverse student body at one of the lowest costs in the nation. It’s a great time to be an NMSU Aggie.”

For fall 2019, the NMSU system’s unduplicated headcount was 24,041. NMSU’s Las Cruces campus had a total student headcount of 14,298 up from 2018. In addition, enrollment for NMSU’s Graduate School was also up, reversing a multiple year decline. Notably, NMSU’s community college enrollment also saw year-over-year increases particularly on the Doña Ana and Carlsbad campuses.

In the coming weeks, the university plans to continue analyzing enrollment data, particularly as it relates to student retention, diversity and social mobility.

“No single action made the difference. Instead, many small actions taken by so many people across our campuses to advance our student success goal is the story here,” said NMSU President John Floros. “That’s why it’s important for us to continue to monitor key metrics that drive performance in student success as part of our NMSU LEADS 2025 strategic plan.”

NMSU LEADS 2025 outlines student success and social mobility as its first goal. Objectives for this goal include diversifying, optimizing and increasing system-wide enrollment. Increasing student learning, retention and degree attainment are also priorities. Another key goal is ensuring that the university is fiscally responsible while keeping costs affordable for students.

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NMSU anthropology students explore, excavate, share findings at conference

Date: 09/09/2019
Writer: Amanda Adame, 575-646-7953, aadame4@nmsu.edu

It’s nothing like a day in the life of Indiana Jones, but New Mexico State University students can experience a day in the life of a real archaeologist at NMSU’s annual Archaeological Field School. This year’s six-week summer dig revealed more secrets about a curious structure at the South Diamond Creek Pueblo in the Gila National Forest –– a large ceremonial gathering place called a “Great Kiva.”

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Thirteen New Mexico State University anthropology students attended the 2019 NMSU Archaeological Field School in the Gila National Forest. (NMSU Photo by Tom Conelly) Girl working outside
Desiree Apodaca, a New Mexico State University Anthropology student, works diligently during one of the many days of the NMSU Archaeology Field School. (NMSU Photo by Tom Conelly) Group of men and women watching presenters under tent
Ashley Stabenow, a New Mexico State University graduate student in Anthropology, presents her paper at the 2019 Pecos Conference in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. The conference had over 300 attendees. (NMSU Photo by Kelly Jenks.)

Lindsey Cron was among 13 NMSU anthropology students at this year’s Department of Anthropology field school at South Diamond Creek Pueblo. A graduate student, Cron served as a one of the crew chiefs at the excavation supervised by Fumi Arakawa, director of the University Museum at NMSU and an associate professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

NMSU has been excavating at this site in the Gila Wilderness since 2016. The project is an ongoing partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

Cron described the experience of being up at 6 a.m. and spending all day focused on the work of unveiling the past as inspiring, learning how to excavate pottery sherds, lithic tools and making discoveries. “One of the biggest discoveries from the field school was the fact we proved that the structure they started to excavate in 2017 was in fact a Kiva.”

One of her team’s most important finds was the connection between the Mimbres Valley and the kiva. “Even though it (the Kiva) was 40 miles away, it was constructed with the same layout and construction method and features. So, the people who built the kiva probably had strong ties to the Mimbres Valley.”

Graduate assistant Jorden Scott described a typical day as involving anything from digging, mapping and photographing to soil sampling and sifting dirt for artifacts.

“We had lots of neat discoveries ranging from specific artifacts to interesting architecture,” said Scott who was also a crew chief and helped Arakawa run the field school. “I mean many of the students were really excited when we found artifacts on the floor, because these items have basically been there for about 1,400 years, but what I found the most incredible was the architecture. The kiva was 10 meters north to south and 9.26 meters from east to west, so we are looking at a huge structure that at the time of its construction would have been hand-dug with absolutely no metal tools.

“It’s amazing looking at the symmetry of this kiva and how much detail was put into the walls and the floors. It's hard to paint a picture with words, but when you look at what we exposed, you can’t help but see how incredibly intelligent and talented these people were. They knew how to build incredible structures with the materials they had around them and you can see this when you dig down through the layers of dirt that have been deposited over the past 1,000 years. I think being able to see this and understand what was going on such a long time ago is an incredible discovery on its own and everything else is just a bonus.”

While the field school participants are trained to find and preserve cultural artifacts, there are also practical reasons for archaeologists to take steps to save certain structures from natural destruction.

“The goal of the field school was to excavate some portions of what we call ‘Great Kiva,’ – a large, subterranean structure that ancient people built,” Arakawa said. We pretty much focused just on the ‘Great Kiva.’ We started the excavation on the site for mitigation purposes. Some of that pueblo structure has been eroded by water, so the Gila National Forest archaeologists asked us to do a salvage recovery, because if we left it like that, looters and pot hunters would go in there. We tried to excavate that structure to find out how those people lived, and why they had such a large communal structure and what kind of ceremonies and activities they performed there.”

NMSU anthropology students spent five nights a week camping at the Beaverhead Center near the Diamond Creek Pueblo and each day participated in all phases of archaeological fieldwork, including site survey, excavation mapping, and in-field analysis.

The dig offered students an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get a first-hand look at what it takes to be an archaeologist/anthropologist. They learned time and monetary budgeting concepts while also conducting research. But attending the Pecos Conference offered them the chance to meet and exchange ideas with other anthropologists.

NMSU anthropology students were invited to present their findings at the Pecos Conference in Cloudcroft, N.M., which Arakawa and Scott coordinated. Each August, the conference is held in a different area, drawing archaeologists from the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico to spend a few days sharing insights and research. Many of the archaeologists camped out in tents over Aug. 8-11 spending each day under one large tent listening to different speakers.

Field school students were asked to share their insights about what they discovered and in particular, their findings about the “Great Kiva.”

Scott along with Dustin Wagner, also a graduate student and crew chief on the field school, presented the team’s findings at the Pecos Conference. That too was a learning experience.

“There are a lot of well-known archaeologists who come to this conference and it can be scary to face people who wrote the books you study in school,” said Scott. However, it is also pretty cool to meet people and be seen as an equal or fellow scholar among so many great archaeologists.”

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NMSU to host Rio Grande Heritage Festival at Los Lunas science center

Date: 09/09/2019
Writer: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

LOS LUNAS – Agriculture has been the backbone of the Middle Rio Grande Valley for as long as humans have lived in the area. Cultural traditions are centered around the raising and use of the harvested crop.

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Chuck Havlik, right, and Dennis Price man the chile roaster. Chile roasting will be among the demonstrations at the Rio Grande Heritage Festival, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas. The heritage of farming in the Middle Rio Grande Valley will be shared through demonstrations in traditional art, food and farming. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

The Rio Grande Heritage Festival will celebrate many of these traditions for people to experience the history of farming in the valley.

New Mexico State University’s Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas are hosting the free event from 9 a.m. –1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the agricultural science center, 1036 Miller Road, Los Lunas.

Concurrently, a Forage Field Day will provide the latest research information and production considerations important for hay and pasture producers.

“This is the first year for the Rio Grande Heritage Festival,” said Laura Bittner, NMSU Valencia County Extension program director. “The self-guided event will include educational demonstrations for people to view traditional practices using agricultural products. People may spend as much time as they wish learning about the various activities.”

A vast array of traditions will be demonstrated by area artisans and farmers.

People will learn about weaving, quilting and basket weaving, as well as edible native plants, wine making, food preservation and Dutch oven cooking.

Visitors may stroll through the demonstration garden and learn about seed saving and the history of watering plants with ollas, an ancient clay pot irrigation technique.

Sheep have been a major part of the state’s agricultural history. New Mexico Dahl sheep will be on display as well as a demonstration of sheep shearing.

Artisans will be on hand to share their skills at creating corn husk dolls, tying ristras and carving gourd art and pumpkin centerpieces.

The late Santero artist Carlos Otero’s carving of Saint Isidro, the patron saint of farming, will be honored with a special display.

Visitors can walk down memory lane while viewing a collection of vintage tractors.

Local musicians will be performing and a $5 lunch of green chile hamburger, corn on the cob, beans and a drink will be available.

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NMSU ranks as national top tier university

Date: 09/09/2019
Writer: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929, tfrank@nmsu.edu

According to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2020 National Universities rankings, New Mexico State University has been recognized as a top tier university for the seventh time in the last eight years.

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U.S. News & World Report has ranked New Mexico State University as one of the top tier universities for 2020. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)

“Although it’s great to be recognized as a top tier institution, our goal is to become one of the best in the country when it comes to student success and social mobility, research and creativity, and community engagement,” said NMSU President John Floros. “The implementation of our new strategic plan, NMSU LEADS 2025, will assure that we improve in all these categories in the years ahead.”

This year, NMSU is tied for 263 with Old Dominion University, University of Alabama-Huntsville and others. NMSU ranks 134 in top public schools, tied for 134 in undergraduate engineering programs and tied for 195 in undergraduate business programs. Additionally, NMSU ranks tied for 119 for top performers on social mobility, a new category, and 189 in ethnic diversity.

The methodology for the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings is based on outcomes (35 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), expert opinion (20 percent), financial resources (10 percent), student excellence (10 percent) and alumni giving (five percent).

In the August issue of The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine, NMSU was recognized on the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list. NMSU ranked 48th in both total enrollment for four-year schools and total graduate degrees granted, master’s and doctoral degrees, using data from the Department of Education (2017).

Additionally, the 2019-2020 Center for World University Rankings rated NMSU in the top four percent of institutions of higher education worldwide. With 20,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide evaluated, this year NMSU ranked 783rd overall and earned a national rank of 187th.

For a complete list of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, along with the methodology, please visit www.usnews.com/colleges.

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NMSU professor inducted into ASHS’s 2019 class of fellows

Date: 09/06/2019
Writer: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu

Rolston St. Hilaire, head of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Interim Head of Extension and Plant Sciences and a professor within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University has been inducted into the American Society for Horticulture Science’s 2019 class of Fellows.

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NMSU professor Rolston St. Hilaire, head of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences and Interim Head of Extension and Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences was inducted into the American Society for Horticulture Science’s 2019 class of fellows and serves as the ASHS International Division Vice President. (NMSU photo by Carlos Trujillo)

The ASHS was established in 1903 and is recognized around the world as one of the most respected and influential professional societies for horticultural scientists. To be considered for a nomination, nominees must be active with at least 10 years of membership. The number of living and active fellows cannot exceed 10 percent of the eligible membership.

St. Hilaire joined the ASHS more than 20 years ago and has published 134 publications, including 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and one book. He has served as major advisor to 13 graduate students and currently holds a plant patent for “JFS-NuMex 3” bigtooth maple, which can be found in nurseries as Mesa Glow. He earned he Distinguished Research Award from the NMSU College of ACES and the Research Discovery Award from NMSU in recognition for outstanding achievement in research and discovery.

“It’s an honor to be a fellow, I first joined the society as a graduate student back in 1996 and all of these great scientists were the ones that were fellows and you’d look up to them. They were the ones that reached the pinnacle of their profession and had made major contributions to science and the field of horticulture. You read their scientific papers as a graduate student and now to be inducted into that class, I feel so humbled,” St. Hilaire said.

He found about a year ago that a fellow peer had nominated him and the long process would start. Everything submitted for him would have to be looked at by the fellows screening committee team who would vote on whether he should be admitted or not. St. Hilaire found out a month before the conference that he had been chosen.

“To be considered a fellow, your peers have to nominate you. The whole process is very rigorous, after being nominated several of your peers have to write letters in support of you and they have to speak to different aspects of your work over the years. So, not only was my teaching looked at, my research, contribution to the international field of horticulture, my training of grad students both domestically and internationally and my contributions to ASHS were looked at,” St. Hilaire said.

While a new assistant professor at NMSU in 1998, St. Hilaire developed six new courses related to landscape and ornamental horticulture and environmental stress physiology. St. Hilaire has contributed extensively to international horticulture. He has presented research findings at scientific conferences in Canada, Italy, and Mexico, and mentored and/or recruited graduate students from India, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and Trinidad.

“I’ve had success with recruiting students from abroad. I’ve also traveled and have worked as a consultant in Uzbekistan where I spent a little over three weeks traveling through this central Asian country and consulting with farmers in rural areas to help them find ways to maximize irrigation in small farms. I’ve given talks in Canada and have been to Mexico a few times and plan to go back a few more times,” St. Hilaire said.

Currently, he serves as the ASHS International Division vice president where he oversees professional interest groups that deal with horticulture topics internationally and ensures that there are scientific talks, workshops and oral sessions to provide more information to scientists wishing to learn more about international horticulture.

St. Hilaire is a strong believer in giving back to the community, not just doing the science.

“As scientists we can contribute our time to those societies as an officer or a journal editor or as a moderator of an oral session. It’s always good to give back to the scientific community,” St. Hilaire said. “We have to make sure science stays strong and train our replacements, we need to be there and hold their hands along the way. When I started with ASHS, I was encouraged by peer scientists to join small professional interest groups and if you do a good job you get more responsibilities in a larger setting and eventually you get to be elected as a VP, recognized or elected fellow.”

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NMSU Arrowhead Center’s AgAssembly unites AgSprint teams in front of industry leaders

Date: 09/06/2019
Writer: Cassie McClure, 575-312-3242, cassie@mcclurepublications.com

Early in August, a cohort of teams in the New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center AgSprint program, a five-month venture builder for innovators in agriculture, food, energy and the environment, gathered to discuss their progress and to ready themselves for this month’s AgAssembly event.

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Sue McCloskey, founder of Fair Oaks Farms and Fairlife, speaks at the 2018 AgAssembly event hosted by Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University. This year’s AgAssembly will take place Sept. 26 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. (Courtesy photo)

AgAssembly will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. It is open to the public. At the event, teams will showcase their business idea in front of agricultural industry leaders.

Jonas Moya, whose AgSprint team is looking to add transparency within the beef industry by verifying the history and wellness of individual cattle, has been working on incorporating new technology for optimal traceability.

“We’re looking for new avenues that monetize but that do not increase farmer cost, so we’ve changed our business model by using working groups,” Moya said.

These are some of the updates shared in the group of peers, all looking to revolutionize and innovate agricultural- and food-related industries. There is one team creating an unmanned autonomous system that can apply chemicals more precisely on fields, while another team is working on a new polymer from yeast that can stem corrosion of hydrogen in steel pipes.

Two other teams’ products may show up in a kitchen in the future, with one investigating probiotic eggs that could improve gut health and immune systems and another crafting protein bars using teff, a lesser-known grain, for a gluten-free snack.

At AgAssembly these teams will get a chance to pitch their ideas to industry leaders and secure a $20,000 award sponsored by Arrowhead Center partner New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera company.

The morning portion of AgAssembly will feature workshops for the teams, while the free event for the public will take place from 2-5 p.m. with a reception to follow. Guest speakers will take the stage to talk about building the real food economy of the future, the current and future landscape of funding agricultural food and New Mexico’s budding industry in hemp.

To register to attend AgAssembly, visit https://agassembly2019.eventbrite.com.

Any established and emerging Food Tech and Ag Tech entrepreneurs are encouraged to showcase their startup through an Open Mic forum.

“This is a chance for those who may not have had a chance to enter the AgSprint program to have one-minute shot to describe their venture and what additional skills and help they are looking for from the broader entrepreneurial community,” said Zetdi Runyan Sloan, director of Arrowhead Accelerator Programs.

To apply to pitch during our open mic forum: http://bit.ly/OpenMicAgAssembly. To learn more about AgAssembly, visit https://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/agassembly.

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NMSU Honors College welcomes two new faculty affiliates

Date: 09/05/2019
Writer: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

The William Conroy Honors College at New Mexico State University is welcoming two new affiliated faculty members who will work with honors students and help with community outreach.

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New Mexico State University associate professor Andrea Orzoff recently joined the William Conroy Honors College as affiliated faculty, and will help coordinate the college’s Big Read Project as well as teach honors history courses. (NMSU courtesy photo) Woman standing in front of a building.
New Mexico State University associate professor Judith Flores Carmona is a faculty fellow for the William Conroy Honors College, and will coordinate the college’s Living Learning Community on campus as well as the college’s Masters Accelerated Program. (NMSU courtesy photo)

NMSU associate professor Judith Flores Carmona is the college’s newest faculty fellow, and will help coordinate the college’s Living Learning Community, coordinate student programming in the college, and facilitate the implementation of the Masters Accelerated Program. Before joining NMSU, Flores Carmona was an Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow in Critical Literacies and Pedagogies at Hampshire College from 2010 to 2012. She earned her doctorate at the University of Utah in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society in 2010. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, Chicana/Latina feminist theory, critical race feminism, critical multicultural education, social justice education, and testimonio methodology and pedagogy.

Flores Carmona’s work has appeared in Equity and Excellence in Education, Race Ethnicity and Education, the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies, the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development, the Journal of Latinos and Education, and in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

She has two co-edited books, “Chicana/Latina Testimonios as Pedagogical, Methodological, and Activist Approaches to Social Justice,” with Dolores Delgado Bernal and Rebeca Burciaga, and “Crafting Critical Stories: Toward Pedagogies and Methodologies of Collaboration, Inclusion & Voice,” with Kristen Luschen. She also co-authored the second edition of “Un-Standardizing Curriculum: Multicultural Teaching in the Standards-Based Classroom,” with Christine Sleeter.

Andrea Orzoff is an associate professor of history and is an Honors faculty member. Orzoff will help coordinate the college’s community reading project, support students seeking external scholarships, and will also continue teaching courses for both the History Department and the Honors College.

Orzoff completed her doctorate from Stanford University in 2000. Her research and teaching interests involve the intersection of politics and ideas, whether via propaganda and the mass media, high culture and migration, or the creation and development of international institutions and movements. She is the author of “Battle for the Castle: The Myth of Czechoslovakia in Europe, 1914-1948,” and is currently working on the book, “Music in Flight: Refugees, Exiles, Fugitives, and the Politics of Music in Latin America.”

She has also written various articles on German history, New German Critique, the Austrian History Yearbook, Nationalities Papers and Slavic Review. Her most recent articles address the German-speaking chapters of the International PEN Club during the Cold War; she also contributed an overview of democracy and democratic internationalism in interwar Europe to the Oxford Handbook on Europe 1900-1945.

Orzoff has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Commission), the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the International Research and Exchanges Board, or IREX. She has been an invited or keynote speaker at Tel Aviv University, Vanderbilt University, Cornell University, the University of Oxford, Trinity College in Dublin, and Berlin’s Freie Universität.

Her current book project tells the stories of German and Austrian classical musicians who fled Nazism for Latin America. She also plans to explore the topics of Anglo-American defectors to East Germany and East German ties to Latin America.

Orzoff teaches lower-division courses on European history and the history of ideas, and upper-division courses on European history, global history, and thematic courses, for both the History Department and NMSU’s Honors Program.

Conroy Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken said she is thrilled to have these two talented professors as part of the college’s team.

“This additional infusion of talent, energy and ideas will ensure that we maximize opportunities for our students, and will make them more competitive and successful,” Chaiken said.

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NMSU to host FSPCA certification courses for food manufacturing industry professionals

Date: 09/05/2019
Writer: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University will host two hybrid training and certification courses designed for food and beverage manufacturing industry professionals.

The course, “Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance – Preventive Controls for Human Food Hybrid Course for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual,” will be offered in two parts. The first part will be offered online by the International Food Protection Training Institute for $198. The second part of the course will be offered in person at NMSU for $300.

The in-person portion of the course will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and Dec. 12 in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 360. Cost includes instruction, a manual with materials and an Association of Food and Drug Officials certificate. Payment for the October course must be made by Sept. 27, and payment for the December course must be made by Dec. 6.

The current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk‐based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation, referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation, is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a preventive controls qualified individual. This course, developed by FSPCA, is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a preventive controls qualified individual.

Training objectives are for the food safety professional who must have skills in efficient management of an FSMA Food Safety Plan and Good Manufacturing practices; conducting a risk assessment to determine controls for process, food allergen, sanitation and supply chain procedures in the food process environment; and implementing the requirements for verification, validation and record keeping.

To register or for more information, contact Nancy Flores at naflores@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1179. Information and registration is also available at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/fspca-preventive-control.html.

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NMSU College of Engineering programs receive renewed accreditation

Date: 09/05/2019
Writer: Linda Fresques, 575-646-7416, lfresque@nmsu.edu

The College of Engineering at New Mexico State University has just received reaccreditation for bachelor’s degree programs in civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering physics, chemical and materials engineering, industrial engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

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Goddard Hall houses administrative offices for the New Mexico State University College of Engineering. (NMSU photo by Vladimir Avina)

The civil, electronics and computer, and mechanical engineering technology programs in the college were reaccredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET this past fall.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

“Student success is the No. 1 goal for NMSU. All of our efforts in the College of Engineering are geared toward making students ready for the engineering workforce,” said Lakshmi N. Reddi, dean of the College of Engineering. “We provide broad-based development of our students. Beyond making good academic progress we prepare them to be successful engineers.”

“The process is very good,” said Sonya Cooper, former College of Engineering associate dean of academics who led the reaccreditation process. “It holds us accountable for our programs. We must illustrate that we are continuously improving our programs based on assessing and evaluating our learning objectives and outcomes.”

Cooper is now interim dean of the NMSU College of Health and Social Services. “It tells everyone-parents, students, employees, peer institutions, etc. that we are serious about education,” she said.

“We believe in continual improvement of our programs with the help of our industry partners and our alumni,” said Reddi. “So it’s not surprising to me that we received this unconditional reaccreditation.”

Accreditation is a voluntary process that takes approximately one year to complete. Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focuses on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly-skilled professionals from industry, academia and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,005 programs at more than 793 colleges and universities in 32 countries. More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org.

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