I received a couple of great updates from our Las Cruces hub leader:
I just submitted our starting program on our NPR station - KRWG FM to the Year of Science web pages under Programs..
In January we are lucky to have four 15-minute interviews focusing on the Interpretation of Science (Science Education). Next month we are hoping to have another four interviews on Evolution.
I am not sure of the schedule of exactly when the interviews are on, but I think they may be on in the morning. The first (and all following will be also archived) is available on the web at http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/krwg/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1453478§ionID=6467
Our four interviewees for January are:
Christin Slaughter (Biology) - Christin is Outreach Co-odinator for the Biology Department and is currently working with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant to NMSU.
Carol Sutherland (Extension Plant Sciences). Carol talks to thousands of students, Master Gardeners and others on entomology every year.
Susan W. Brown (Director, Stem Outreach, Institute for Excellence in Math and Science Education).
Diane Walker (Doctoral Student, Science Education, College of Education).
I am amazed that we have been able to get this much done! The major credit should go to Fred Martino, who is the Assistant Executive Director of University Broadcasting, and who was totally supportive of this effort.
And in another email, he shared info about how they collaborate with the State Fair:
The story on the Southern New Mexico State Fair (we in New Mexico have several regional State Fairs plus the main State Fair in Albuquerque) is that we have a new fair director, Wilma Arroyos, and she thought we at NMSU should have a display at the 2008 fair. Unfortunately she brought this up about a month before the fair so we had no luck getting other departments in, but good old EPPWS is always ready for outreach and along with a lot of work by Carol Sutherland of Cooperative Extension we filled one half of a Cold War Era Quonset hut (about 120’ long, so we got the first 60’). It was as usual (we have done fairs before, including the one in Albuquerque) a great hit and I mentioned to Wilma that the Year of science was coming up and would she be interested. She said that they were thinking of renovating two more Quonset Huts and what if she gave those to us and made The Year of Science a theme of the 2009 Fair? I of course jumped on that and then panicked - what if I don’t get enough participation! Well I’m still not sure about that, but we seem to have interested the Asombro Institute for Science Education and the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History, plus the Las Cruces Astronomical Society. So I guess it is a go. The Fair is September 30-October 4, 2009.
Thanks Dave! For further info about the Las Cruces Year of Science activities, contact:
David B. Richman