Faculty Successes

Regents Professor receives second national Fellow designation

NMSU Regents Professor Bernd Leinauer has been nominated and elected as a 2020 Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America. The award is presented for outstanding contributions to crop science through education, national and international service, and research. The fellow designation is the highest recognition bestowed by the Crop Science Society of America. Only 0.3 percent of members have an opportunity to be elected as a fellow.

Leinauer has been with NMSU since 2000 as the turfgrass specialist in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service.

The award is especially noteworthy because Leinauer was named American Society of Agronomy Fellow in 2017. Being recognized as a fellow by two separate societies is an accomplishment that very few scientists achieve.

In addition to his work for NMSU, he also holds the endowed turfgrass chair position at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Jane Moorman

NASA grant allows astronomers to analyze Jupiter’s atmosphere

A $283,800 grant from NASA’s New Frontiers Data Analysis Program will allow NMSU astronomers to investigate the Juno mission, which is currently in orbit around Jupiter.

“We proposed to analyze some infrared images and spectra of Jupiter’s atmosphere to try to understand the circulation patterns and the waves, and the transition between orderly and chaotic circulations in Jupiter’s atmosphere,” says Nancy Chanover, astronomy professor and principal investigator on the project.

The team of researchers working with Chanover (right) includes co-investigators Jason Jackiewicz, astronomy associate professor; Wladimir Lyra (left), astronomy assistant professor; and Ali Hyder (center), astronomy Ph.D. student.

Like the sun, the atmosphere of Jupiter is made up of mostly hydrogen and helium gas. Each professor will approach the data differently: Chanover from the upper cloud deck of Jupiter; Jackiewicz from the interior and vertical motions within the atmosphere; and Lyra from numerical simulations of fluids of all astrophysical kinds.

Minerva Baumann ’13

Air Force ROTC commander promoted

Wendy Woodard joined NMSU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 505 Pistoleros as a commander and community builder in 2018. Her duties include leading and overseeing all training activities and academic courses for all current cadets. Woodard is also the department head of aerospace studies.

Woodard came to NMSU from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, where she was a lieutenant colonel and an instructor pilot. After just two years at NMSU, she was promoted to colonel and will continue to mold the characters of AFROTC students.

“Having a third year with them means I get to see and hopefully impact their continued development as officer candidates, students and citizens,” Woodard says. “This is a true gift because I am able to continue building relationships with the community, university and especially the cadets in Detachment 505 at NMSU.”

Amanda Adame ’19