Research Infrastructure

This page contains a listing of NMSU research facilities, including a basic description of the facility, specialized equipment used at the facility, and contact information.

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Reproductive PhysiologyThe Reproductive Physiology Laboratory has two focus areas: progesterone’s actions mediated by membrane receptors, and chemokines’ effects in early pregnancy and breast cancer. One goal of our laboratory is to elucidate the functions of membrane progesterone receptors (MPRs) in normal and compromised pregnancies, as well as their roles in reproductive cancers. These receptors are unique as they are structurally distinct from the classic nuclear progesterone receptors and have different physiological functions. As such, MPRs add to the intricate mechanisms by which progesterone elicits biological actions in normal and disease states. Elucidating the functions and downstream signaling of these receptors in reproduction will also greatly aid in clarifying their role in cancer biology.

The other focus area of our laboratory is the role that the chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) and its ligand, CXCL12, play during early pregnancy, particularly implantation of trophoblast cells into maternal endometrium and subsequent development of the placenta. CXCL12/CXCR4 activation is associated with immune functions, cell survival and proliferation and vascularization. Abnormal placental growth and vascular development early in pregnancy leads to poor fetal growth and survival and can result in compromised health in the offspring later in life. Additionally, CXCL12 and CXCR4 are implicated in a number of reproductive cancers, with established roles in breast cancer metastasis and are hormonally regulated.
(575) 646-4135
Agricultural Science Center at TucumcariIn operation since 1912, the Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari consists of 464 acres, with 170.9 acres having surface water rights and approximately 225 acres of native grassland. The center's mission includes developing forage and grazing systems for irrigated lands in the western USA; the evaluation of crops and cropping systems for local adaptation with or without irrigation in semi-arid regions; and bull performance testing (now individual animal feed efficiency testing that is now year-round and gender non-specific). Cultivar performance evaluations are conducted on alfalfa, corn, sorghum for grain and forage, cotton, pinto beans, and sunflowers. Previous crop research has included kenaf, pinkeyed/blackeyed peas, and peanuts.

In 2012, the center entered an agreement with the city to reuse treated municipal wastewater for irrigation. Three center pivot sprinklers are in place for a total of 85 acres irrigable with the treated wastewater. About half of that acreage is committed to irrigated pasture research with 3- to 6-acre paddocks; 20 acres are in alfalfa for commercial hay production and possible research. Plans are in place to expand irrigable acreage and add a portable traveling gun irrigation system. Currently one of the pivots can also be supplied by canal water and it is anticipated that the other two will also have dual capability in the near future. Canal water also is used for furrow irrigation of some small studies.

In 2016, 144 jujube trees, representing 36 varieties, were transplanted with drip irrigation supplied from the domestic well.
Farm equipment is available for most operations, including seedbed preparation for bedded or flat planting, no-till, strip-till, and conventional-till planting, applying liquid or dry fertilizer and pesticides (including injecting liquids through the pivots), hay and silage harvesting, and stripping cotton. We have an older combine. Production equipment is used for many small plot operations as well as field-scale operations. A telehandler forklift and a 50-ft reach manlift are on site. Significant research specific equipment includes a 2-, 4-, 6-, or 8-row small plot drill, row crop planter units, a small plot forage harvester, a Giddings soil coring machine, and a neutron probe moisture meter (Semi-arid cropping systems faculty and research assistant certified).

A large (9 x 12 ft) dryer and a small benchtop dryer are available for soil, grain, and forage samples and we have scales (0.01g) a Wiley mill for sample preparation. Otherwise, our field lab is not equipped for wet chemistry. 461-1620N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Tucumcari Bull Test Station at the Tucumcari Agricultural Science CenterThe Tucumcari Bull Test Station was established in 1962. Several purebred cattle producers from New Mexico developed a partnership with NMSU and the Tucumcari Ag Science Center, where they invested their own money to develop cattle facilities on the center.
Beef producers bring young bulls of varying breeds to the Ag Science Center every October, where they are fed and their performance monitored for 120 days. The data are then compiled and disseminated to the public; the bulls are sold at the annual Tucumcari Bull Sale.

The purpose of the Bull Test Station is to generate valuable information that allows beef cattle producers to make educated decisions to improve the genetics within their herds. The sale portion of the activity also provides participants of the test an outlet to promote and sell their cattle.

The Tucumcari Bull test is open to anyone interested in having data collected on their cattle. It is a service-based program. Currently, the cattle producers who own the equipment and facilities have the first right of refusal for facility use. If facility capacity is not fully met by these producers, testing is then open to the public until the facility is filled. The facility is operated to be not-for-profit. People who bring their cattle to the facility will only pay the actual costs incurred during testing (feed, labor, health care; etc.).
In 2015, participating producers invested their own money in a digital feed intake monitoring system to improve the quality and reputation of the test. The GrowSafe® System individually measures feed intake with the use of radio frequency identification. As a result, producers now know exactly what each of their animals consumed on a daily basis, which is used to determine an animal’s efficiency in utilizing feed. This trait is highly heritable. Therefore, commercial cattle producers who purchase bulls from the test that have been proven efficient can potentially improve their resource management through improved genetics.

The addition of this technology has also allowed the station to expand data collection to heifers and bulls born in the fall. Consequently, two additional testing periods have been established. 461-1620N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Environmental Soil Chemistry and Soil Fertility LabConducts standard soil, plant and water analyses for agricultural and environmental research projects.Mars microwave assisted digestion to dissolve soils, plants and turbid waters for total metal analysis; Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy for metal analysis; Technicon Autoanalyzer for Nitrate- and Ammonia-Nitrogen; high resistance (18 ohm) water filtration unit used by the whole department for both research and teaching. Electrical conductivity and pH meters for water and soil extract analyses; electronic balances; floor model centrifuge; fume hoods; ovens; water baths, heating blocks, vacuum filtration systems 646-2219N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Crop Genetics LabAlfalfa, Chile, Cotton and Pecan genotypingCapillary Gel Electrophoresis unit for DNA sequencing/genotyping, multiple thermal cyclers for PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis units, Speed Vac, Table top centrifuges 646-5171
Molecular Genetics and Plant Tissue Culture LaboratoryCapillary Gel Electrophoresis unit for DNA sequencing/genotyping, multiple thermal cyclers for PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis units, Speed Vac, Table top centrifuges.

A list of major equipment in the laboratory includes ultracentrifuge, preparative centrifuge, several desktop centrifuge and microfuges, scintillation counter, laminar flow hoods, incubator shaker, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, thermocyclers, equipment and software for proteomics, -80C freezers, speed vac, a variety of electrophoresis equipment, control plant growth chambers and the Qubit system for measuring photosynthesis and N2-fixation.

The molecular Biology lab is attached to an excellent plant tissue-culture lab with several sterile hoods and controlled temperature incubators as well as 1000 sq. ft. shared green house space is available to the members of the Plant and Environmental Sciences department. 646-5784N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Plant Phytochemical AnalysisThe lab is equipped for analysis of regulation of plant secondary metabolites; isolation and characterization of the genes for the biosynthesis of these metabolites, as well as the detailed analysis of the accumulation patterns of these metabolites and precursors themselves. This facility is located in three contiguous lab spaces in Gerald Thomas Hall, GT 155, 159 and 160/161.In the analytical lab (GT 155), there are two gas chromatographs (GC) Varian GC 3800 with a Saturn 2200 iontrap MS-MS detector, Varian GC 3900 with FID, both GCs have auto-samplers, the GC-MS also has a SPME device; as well as an ISCO SFX supercritical fluid extractor with auto-sampler and a Dionex ASE 350 automated extractor. This lab is also equipped with ovens for tissue drying, blenders and grinders for processing, roto-vap, circulating chilled water baths, microfuges, multiple balances, distillation and reflux glassware with heating mantles, etc.

In the plant culture lab (GT 159) there are automated multichannel micropipettes, two 96 well plate readers, one with fluorescent capability; an autoclave; as well as one biosafety cabinet and several laminar flow cabinets. An incubation facility (600 sq. ft.) is adjacent, including a variety of growth chambers and cell shakers.

In the molecular biology lab (GT 160/161), there is a Kodak gel imaging system in the dark room and tanks for developing X-ray film, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, Qbit 3 Fluorimeter, two -80C freezers; 96 well thermal cyclers; Eppendorf Reaplex qRT-PCR thermal cycler, Genomic Solutions microarray scanner; many agarose gel electrophoresis systems, several SDS-PAGE systems, numerous microfuges, a high speed centrifuge, bacterial incubators, balances, ice machine, pH meter, and water purification system.’ 646-3396Laura 646-3172
JTH Forestry Research CenterThe JTH Forestry Research Center conducts solution-based research focused on nursery technologies, tree improvement, and eco-physiology of young forest trees to facilitate ecological restoration after fires, mining operations, and other forest disturbances.

Seedling characteristics, both in the nursery and field, are characterized by morphological and physiological measurements, which include: Morphological Height (base of needles/bud of terminal shoot), Root Collar Caliper, Survival/Days to Mortality, Biomass/Volume (Root/Shoot/Leaf Dry Weight; Root/Shoot Volume; R:S), Absolute Leaf Area/Specific Leaf Mass, Stomatal Density, Root Fibrosity, Root Architecture, Visual Health Assessment Physiological, Predawn Xylem Water Potential, Stomatal Conductance, Physiologically Active Xylem, Hydraulically Active/Viable Xylem Tissue Dimension and Density (Light Microscopy), 6200–CO2 Gas Exchange, Tissue NPK (Leaf, Stem, Root), Carbohydrate (Structural; Soluble; Proteins)
Greenhouses–8,000 sq. ft. of environmentally controlled temperature, light, and irrigation, Seed Storage Freezer – seed bank for native forest tree species, Field Equipment, DBH tape – measures diameter at breast height, Calipers – measures diameter at breast height, Rangefinder – tree heights, Prism – 90 degree plot layout, Haglof Plot Distance – plot center estimate, Increment Borer – determines age of tree, General Laboratory Preparation Equipment, Incubator, Block Heater, Micro-centrifuge, Vortex Mixer, Vortex Rotator, Wiley Mill–grinding samples for analytical preparation, Mixing Hot plates, Water Bath, Fume/Hazardous Chemical Hood, Soil Sieves, Micropipettes, Glassware (various), Weighing Scales – range from 0.1mg to 1kg, Spectrophotometer – color metric analysis, Microscope – computer interface, Allegro/Juniper System – field data logger, Drying Oven – to dry plant and soil samples for analysis, Water Filter (DI) – used in various lab methods, pH Meter – analyze water and soil, PAR Meter – photosynthetically active radiation used in plant growth, Electrical Conductivity (EC) Meter – measures salinity in soil and water, Leaf Porometer – measure stomatal conductance, TDR Soil Moisture Probe – measures soil moisture by percentage, Leaf Area Scanner – calculates leaf area of samples, Pressure Chamber – measure plant moisture stress 387-2319N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Biochemistry, Energy, Environment, and Hydrology Laboratory The lab’s vision is to advance understanding of biochemistry, energy production, environmental protection, and hydrology through a combination of fundamental research and application to real-world problems. We do have a diverse group of multidisciplinary scientists working a variety of specific research areas spanning emerging contaminant cleanup to proteomics and metabolomics. We employ a multidisciplinary approach to research to investigate processes at various scales from the molecular scale to the basin scale.The lab is well equipped with instruments to perform organic chemical analysis within a variety of environmental media and environmental engineering and science research including molecular characterization through high-resolution, quantitative mass spectrometry. Solute transport and contaminant research equipment includes seven stainless-steel soil columns with six HPLC (Shimadzu LC-20AD/AT/AB) pumps, hydraulic parameter testing equipment (permeameters), batch reaction vial systems, macro and micro syringe sampling equipment, Pacific Ozone G-Series Ozone Generator, and field testing and sampling equipment.

The major chemical analysis instruments include: Waters 600 Prep-System (LC or HPLC), Waters quaternary HPLC with UV and FLR detection, LC Packings Nano LC and Probot Fraction Collector, Waters Alliance with Quattro Ultima Triple Quad Micromass, Varian GC/FID/MS, Varian GC FID/ECD, Varian GC/MS, Leo Pegasus IV with Agilent 7890A GC and CombiPal Auto-Sampler, Isoprime Micromass Elemental Analyzer, FT-IR ATR Perkin Elmer, and Perkin Elmer CHNS/O Analyzer. Additional analysis instruments available for use in department facilities includes: Waters Acquity LC and Micromass Q-TOF micro MS Systems.

In addition, the laboratory is equipped to support environmental research with laminar flow hoods, chemical safety hoods, illuminated incubators, water baths, bright field and phase contrast microscopes, orbital shakers, a centrifuge, ovens, balances, pH and TDS meters, reverse osmosis and deionized water purification system (>18 M ohms resistivity; Nanopure) (1), and refrigerators. Molecular biology equipment includes PCR hood, thermocyclers and qPCR thermocyclers, imaging equipment and software, standard and denaturing gel electrophoresis equipment. Other lab equipment includes UV-Visible spectrophotometers, walk-in cold room, autoclaves, incubators, and pipettes and separations glassware. (KC) 646-5929N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Plant Diagnostic ClinicThe Plant Diagnostic Clinic is designed to provide plant diagnostic services for the state of New Mexico. Services include analysis of plant material for plant pathogens and environmental stresses as well as suggesting appropriate control measures when available. The clinic also facilitates insect and weed identification through referrals to other specialists. Clients include Extension Personnel, Crop Consultants, Growers, Retailers, Landscape Professionals, Golf Courses, Researchers, Government Agencies, and Homeowners. We are a support lab for the National Plant Diagnostic Network and are in the process of accreditation under this entities STAR-D program. In this capacity, the Clinic can assist, as needed, with surge capacity in the event of a regional or national exotic pest outbreak. 646-1965N/AN/AN/AN/A
Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation LabThe NMSU Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation Laboratory (CAIL) is an integrated chemical instrumentation facility that specializes in the application of advanced mass spectrometry for complex mixture analysis in alternative fuels research, environmental applications, petroleum, and biological systems. The laboratory is equipped with a variety of mass spectrometers, chromatography systems and analytical equipment. Since its inception in 2008, the CAIL lab has delivered advanced mass spectrometry and chemical analyses for >60 on-campus interdisciplinary collaborations that span four colleges and eleven departments. CAIL supports student research and sustains active collaboration with three national Laboratories (PNNL, NREL, LANL) and multiple universities both nationally and internationally. The laboratory is supported by research grants and contracts and by the NMSU Agricultural Experiment Station.CAIL Major Equipment:
Thermo Orbitrap Fusion Mass Spectometer (pending), Thermo FT-ICR Mass Spectrometer, NanoMate Chip-based Electrospray Robot, Waters Ultra Perfromance Liquid Chromatograph, Thermo LTQ, liear ion trap/Agilent 1100 LC/MS system,
Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (2) Agilent 6890 with PTV inlet and 5890, both operate with H2 carrier gas for improved throughput. NIST and AMDIS searchable databases in use., Agilent 7500ce Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectometry

CAIL Minor Equipment:
Buck boost transformer for power conditioning, 5 sets of pipettes, Perkin Elmier TurboVap, Sorvall N-vap nitrogen evaporation system, Mettler analytical balances,
Nitrogen generator, 2 fume hoods, 3 flammables cabinets, Oxygen sensor, Labconco water purification system, 96-well plate sealer, 2 Hot/stir plates, Sample and standards storage space (freezer and fridge) 646-5156N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Veterinary Entomology Research Laboratory (VERL)The NMSU Veterinary Entomology Research Laboratory (VERL) is focused on the development and implementation of novel managerial methods for the control of parasitic arthropods that further facilitate profitable animal performance. Located east of the Las Cruces main campus, the VERL sits on ~45 acres developed specifically for the care and housing of research animals. Additionally, the VERL is host to multiple arthropod colonies known to effect animal production. The facility routinely conducts on-animal efficacy trails in individual temperature controlled rooms (24 rooms total) or in outdoor holding pens (64 total). The VERL is capable of housing more than 100 head of beef cattle at any given time.V.W.R. Digital Balance, MicroCentrifuge, Beckman Refrigerated Centrifuge, VWR Deep Freeze Chest, Microscope Stereo Binocular Dissecting (2), VWR Drying Oven, 12 Cubic Foot Chest Freezers (8), Biological Incubator, Thermocycler, Electrophoresis System 646-7038N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
NMSU Food Safety LaboratoryThe NMSU Food Safety Laboratory (NMSU FSL) is a Biosafety Level 2 Food Microbiology Laboratory, fully equipped with state of the art equipment for microbiological analyses of food samples. Our primary work involves the development and evaluation of rapid methods for the detection of pathogenic microorganisms in foods. Dr. Willis Fedio, Director of the FSL, has over 30 years of food pathogen detection experience using a wide range of techniques, including cultural procedures, PCR, real time PCR, and a variety of immunoassays.

The NMSU FSL has worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on method assessment, development and validation for detection and isolation of a wide range of pathogenic bacteria from commodities identified in national food safety and food defense programs.

The NMSU FSL works with local food processors on the microbiological evaluation of a wide range of products. We have conducted numerous studies on the microflora of raw, fermented and dried chile peppers and examined the survival and growth of pathogenic bacteria in a wide range of food products in addition to chile. We use FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual and USDA FSIS Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook procedures for detection and isolation of foodborne microorganisms.
DNA Sequencing Equipment:
Illumina MiSeq desktop sequencer, Real Time PCR, ABI 7500 FAST,
Smart Cycler (2 blocks) Automated real-time PCR system 16 sites/block, BAX system - Automated amplification and detection system, Bio Rad Real Time PCR system, Conventional PCR, Thermocycler Veriti 96 Well, Thermocycler Eppendorf 96 Well Automated Immunoassay Equipment, VIDAS Automated Immunoassay System (5 sections of 6 test each), VIDAS Mini Automated Immunoassay System (2 sections of 6 each), Immunomagnetic Separation, Bead Retriever Automated Immunomagnetic Separation Equipment, Pathatrix Auto Immunomagnetic Separation Instrument, DynaBead Manual IMS equipment DNA/RNA purification Equipment, MagMAX Express 96 Magnetic Particle Separator, MagNAPure Compact - Automated Nucleic Acid Purification Instrument, Qiagen QIAcube - Automated Nucleic Acid Purification Instrument, Sample Preparation equipment, Stomacher (4) Seward 400 circulator (80-400ml capacity), Stomacher (1) Seward s model 3500 (1000-3500ml capacity) (FDA-MCAP), Blenders (4) Oster Laboratory Blenders, Blender jars and blade attachments (~100) Centrifuges, Ultracentrifuge -Thermofisher WX80—Fiberlite Rotor and tubes (FDA-MCAP), Refrigerated Centrifuge Sorvall RC5 –GSA, SS34 rotor, Microcentrifuges (3), Mini-centrifuges (2)
Spectrophotometers/Fluorometers, Spectrophotometer – Turner SP-830, Spectrophotometer – NanoVue Plus (FDA-MCAP), Microplate reader Versamax- wavelength range from 340 to 850 nm, Fluorometer - Qubit 3.0 (FDA-WGS program)
Bacterial Identification, Vitek2 Compact - Automated system for bacterial and fungal identification, Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer- microfluidic separation for PCR product size, Incubators/Refrigerated and Frozen Storage, Incubators (3) IS72GD 55 50 cu ft, 2x IS33SDF 25 cu ft., Shaking incubators(2) Gyromax 737, Waterbaths (6) – Precision, Lab line, Shel Lab, Techne, VWR, Shaking waterbath Gyromax 929, Drying oven- Blue M, Refrigerators (2) Isotemp Plus, Symphony, Refrigerators (Shelf life), Ultra cold freezer -86°C Ultra Low Freezer, Freezers (2) Laboratory Biomedical Solutions -20°C

General purpose equipment:
Steris Autoclave - Gravity and Vacamatic Sterilizer 24 x 36 x 48”, Steris Glassware Washer Reliance 300, milliQ water system - 160 liter storage tank support capacity, pH meters (2) Benchtop pH 420 Aplus, Water activity Meter (AquaLab), Clean Room for PCR (10’x14’), Clean room refrigerator – mini refrigerator, Clean room PCR Chamber 825-UVC Plas Labs, Walk-in Cold Room (10’x14’), Gel Electrophoresis equipment (3), Biosafety cabinets (4) Class II Type A/B3, Class II Type A2, Thermo Series A2, Labconco Purifier Class II, Chemical fume hoods (2), Laminar flow hoods (2) Horizontal Flow Clean Benches HEPEX, Absolute Air Filter System, Microscopes (2) Zeiss, Micromaster, Balances (6) 2x CP22025 max 2200g, Ohaus max 4100g, Mettler max 12200g, GF200 max 2100g, BL210s Analytical Balance max 210g, Micropipettors, multichannel, micropipettors 646-7582N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center (aka College Ranch)The Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center (CDRRC) is used for demonstrative, and experimental research focusing on livestock, grazing methods, and range forage, including investigation of the sustainability and management of natural resources and environmental ecosystems. The facility is also used for teaching and educational activities, including laboratories and outreach programs.

The CDRRC has extensive pastures with both rugged and gentle terrain that is located only 40 minutes (20 miles) from campus. The cattle and vegetation have been studied extensively and there are long-term records on the Brangus cattle and most pastures. The availability of Angus, Brangus, and Brahaman cattle allows interesting breed comparisons that can be combined with other treatments.

The CDRRC houses a large part of the Jornada Long Term Ecological Research (Jornada LTER) project. In 1982, the CDRRC and the Jornada Experimental Range were selected as the location for one of the first LTER sites. The Jornada LTER is part of the LTER network and is currently one of 26 LTER sites located in North America and Antarctica funded by the National Science Foundation. The Jornada LTER evolved from ecosystem research initiated in the 1970’s with the International Biological Program (IBP). The Jornada LTER conducts much of its research of desertification processes on CDRRC property. A total of 3,264 acres of the CDRRC have been dedicated exclusively to the LTER project, in addition to the LTER research conducted in other areas of the property. The Jornada LTER continues to investigate the processes associated with desertification with over 25 active projects occurring on the CDRRC.
The CDRRC comprises 60,800 acres. There are 18 different pastures ranging in size from 680 acres to 9,860 acres. On a good year, our carrying capacity would be about 150 cows plus a complement of 15 bulls, 20 replacement heifers and 8 horses.

We have 3 usable livestock handling facilities. Headquarters and Camp Well have scales, squeeze chutes and multiple pens for sorting. Seldon Well has multiple pens for sorting and a function alleyway for pregnancy testing, bleeding, etc.
The CDRRC has excellent precipitation data with rain gauges in 20 locations distributed across the facility. Monthly precipitation data are available from 1931 to present.

The CDRRC has an 80-foot metal tower with solar panels and a generator designed for testing electronic equipment. 646-2554N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Food Analysis LaboratoryChemical and physical analysis of food and food productsGas chromatographer, Texture analyzer,
Fiber analyzer, Spectrophotometers, Balances, Vacuum pumps, Macro Kjeldahl, Electrophoresis, Iso-electro focusing, Centrifuge, Water activity, Refrigerators, Climate chamber, Colorimeters, Calorimeter, Distillation unit, Shakers, Viscometers, Fume removal system 646-2565N/AN/AN/AN/A
Food Microbiology LaboratoryMicrobiological analysis of food and food productsFreeze dryer, Sensory analysis 646– 646-2565N/AN/AN/AN/A
ACES in the Hole Foods – Food Production Pilot PlantACES in the Hole Foods is a student-run food manufacturing company. It provides students with hands-on opportunities to apply the principles of food science and technology to the large-scale production of new food products.1. Conserver XL Dishwasher
2. Doyon Artisan Oven
3. Garland Range
4. Carpigiani Gelato Machine X3
5. Hobart Scale X2
6. Nutrifaster Juice Extractor
7. Zesto Conveyor Oven
8. Keith Machinery Coating Pan
9. Mimac Dosing – Dropping Machine
10. Fill Pro Machine
11. Hobart Mixer
12. HP Printer
13. Microwave
14. Heat Gun
15. True Freezer X2
16. True Refrigerator
17. Uline Impulse Sealer
18. KitchenAid Bowl Mixer
19. Immersion Blender
20. Food Processor
21. Palmer Electric Iron 646-1131N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Nutrition Assessment LaboratoryThe lab is used for research on body composition and for teaching students how to assess height, weight, and body fat.Bod Pod (Body composition tracking system) 646-3936N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Agricultural Science Center at FarmingtonThe mission of the ASC-Farmington is to serve the agricultural needs of the Four Corners Region, including the Navajo Nation. The NMSU-ASC Farmington is one of the only 1862 Land-grant Universities to have a research facility located directly on the sovereign land of a First Nations/Native American tribe in North America.
The Center has 250-acres total in rectangular and center pivot irrigated plots. In
2008, the Center established joint faculty status with San Juan College (Farmington, NM) for the instruction of horticulture classes.

Main interests:
• Crop trials (grains, corn, alfalfa, wheat, barley, potatoes, oil seed)
• Specialty horticultural crops (wine grapes, hops, xeric adapted plants)
• Human dimensions of horticulture (e.g., diabetes risk reduction through gardening on the Navajo Nation; social media and its impacts on water savings in the urban landscape)
• Climate tracking (e.g. precipitation, solar irradiation, temperature, and wind speed).
• Poplar-based agroforestry
• Native plant-based conservation
Six 20-acre center pivots; several rectangular-based fields for small-plot work.
Portable field-based: pXRF (portable x-ray fluorescence) for the detection of soil metals; pH meter for soil and water chemistry, SPAD meter for plant leaf nutrient analysis.

Soil moisture probes (tdr-type), refractometers for sugar content, Grain moisture meter, Specialized farm machinery: Combine for small grain/corn harvesting.
Baler for baling forages, Alfalfa cutter and windrow implement, Other tractors and implements, Spray rigs, Giddings probe for deep soil core sampling, NOAH weather station and NM State Climate network weather station. 960-7757N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at AlcaldeThe mission of the NMSU Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center is to conduct agricultural and natural resource research to benefit small family farms and ranches of north-central New Mexico. The Center sits on 60 acres of property in the village of Alcalde. Research plots are irrigated by either flood, furrow, sprinkler, or drip irrigation. The majority of irrigation water used is diverted from a local acequia (Acequia de Alcalde) which diverts from the Rio Grande. Key research at the Science Center focuses on crops and cropping systems for north-central New Mexico. Crop research includes various horticultural and agronomic crops. The Center is also cooperating extensively on community irrigation system hydrology research.A wet-lab trailer is used for various basic assays and other bench-top plant sample analysis and processing. Equipment/instruments include: Centrifuge, Spectrophotometer, Scales, Ultra low temperature freezer, microscope, dissecting scope, Field equipment for preparing soil, planting, harvesting, etc., Motorized Giddings rig for soil extraction (I believe it belongs to the Watershed Science program in Animal and Range Sciences – Alexander Fernald research leader). Various balances/scales for weighing field and lab samples, Blue M drying oven and a smaller forced air drying oven, Wiley Mill for grinding medium sized plant samples, Welders. 852-4241N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Biomass Thermochemical Processing LaboratoryThe Biomass Thermochemical Processing Laboratory has the following available for potential external use:
• 5 L custom-built slow pyrolysis reactor with tube furnace, inert gas purge, temperature data logger, and bio-oil collection within walk-in fume hood
• Parr 4593 100 mL autoclave reactor with 4843 controller (0-200 bar, 0-350ºC)
• Parr 4572 1.8 L autoclave reactor on moveable cart with 4848B controller (0-345 bar, 0-350ºC)
• Hyprop soil moisture tensiometers and WP4C water potentiometer (Decagon)
• Lindberg/Blue M Mini Mite tube furnace
• Custom-built lab-scale (0.5 m3/day) multiple effect distillation unit for research on water chemistry effects on thermal desalination of brackish water
• pH and electrical conductivity meters
• Max Q reciprocating shaker for extractions and aqueous adsorption isotherm generation 646-8637N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Foreman Hall Materials Testing LaboratoryThe Materials Testing Laboratory in Foreman Hall is used for both teaching and research in tensile strength testing, compressive strength testing, torsional response testing, repeated load testing and fatigue. The laboratory is equipped with one Instron 5882 Universal Testing Machine with a 100-kN capacity. Three load cells are available for the machine with ranges of: 0-10 N, 0-500N and 0-100kN. Two extensometers with gage lengths of 25mm and 50mm are also available with the machine. All data generated by the Instron 5882 are stored in digital format.
The lab also contains a Tinius-Olsen torsional testing machine with analog readout. The torque capacity of the machine is 5000 in-lb. Angular displacement is measured to the nearest degree.
A hydraulic compressive strength machine is also housed in the lab. The compressive strength machine has a capacity of 60 kips and is intended primarily for concrete cylinder testing 646-7605N/AN/AN/AN/A
Institute for Energy and the EnvironmentThe Institute for Energy & the Environment (IEE) is a unit within the Chemical Engineering Department at New Mexico State University. IEE’s programmatic efforts focus on interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach to develop comprehensive solutions for environmental, energy, and water challenges in the southwestern United States and worldwide. IEE offers opportunity for conducting research to the graduate and undergraduate students at NMSU. IEE's major objectives include:
• developing, transferring and commercializing technologies in
• renewable energy
• biofuel
• advanced water treatment and desalination
• advancing education, training and outreach in areas of environment, energy and water by offering formal college level courses, short courses and training opportunities. 646-8153N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Advanced Speech and Audio Processing Laboratory The Advanced Speech and Audio Processing Laboratory is used for both teaching and research in digital signal processing (DSP). Current research areas include speaker recognition, signal enhancement, low-bit rate coding, embedded DSP, and GPU-based pattern recognition for speech processing. The laboratory is equipped with two state-of-the-art computer servers equipped with Intel Core i7-960 3.2 GHz and NVIDIA C2050 GPU processor. Research sponsors for the laboratory include Air Force Research Laboratories, Army Research Laboratory, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Motorola, National Science Foundation, and Texas Instruments. 646-2357N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Center for Telemetry and TelemeteringThe Center for Telemetry and Telemetering hosts the Manuel Lujan, Jr. Space Tele-Engineering Program and the Frank Carden Chair for Telemetry and Telemetering. Faculty and staff in the Center are involved in education and research programs focusing on telecommunications, communication theory, coding and information theory, wireless networks, digital signal processing, optical and radio frequency communications, and digital image processing. The Center has several major research sponsors including NASA, the Department of Defense, and the National Science 646-3919N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Computer Networking LaboratoryThe Computer Networking Lab (CNL) supports teaching and research in Internet and wireless sensor networks. The mission of CNL is to provide students with the opportunity to do cutting-edge research that has high practical relevance. Currently, research projects in CNL include secure data dissemination in wireless sensor networks, solar-powered sensor networks, and RFID sensor networks. The major research sponsors of CNL include US Army, DHS, Intel, Los Alamos National Lab, and Sandia National Lab. 646-3639N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Electric Utility Management Program (EUMP)New Mexico State University’s program in Electric Utility Management (EUMP) is sponsored by a group of public and private electric utility companies and industrial organizations and hosts the PNM Chair for Utility Management and The Kersting Professorship. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program includes course work in public utilities regulation and is designed to prepare the student for a future engineering management position in the electric utility industry. An industry advisory committee provides the vital connecting link between the electric utility industry and the university, so that a coordinated effort may be achieved in realizing the following program objectives: (1) to provide a program of study at the graduate level in the planning, operation, and management of electric power generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization; (2) to supply the electric utility industry with the highest caliber of new engineering and management talent; and (3) to provide the university with the required financial and technical support to ensure a quality program. In addition, faculty in EUMP work with M.S. and Ph.D. students to conduct funded research sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories, EPRI, NSF, DOE, CEC and the electrical utility industry. Much of the current research is focused on renewable energy integration, protection, advanced control and optimization, and customer driven microgrids. Laboratory facilities are available in the El Paso Electric Power Systems laboratory. The program works closely with the Institute for Energy and Environment (IEE) and with Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI) which host the solar energy experiment station. 646-3704N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
ElectroOptics Research Laboratory (EORL)The Electro-Optics program at NMSU offers unique opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in electrooptics, applied optics, photonics, or optical engineering by combining the optics resources of the Klipsch School and the Physics Department. Most of the optics classes are cross-listed in the two departments. The Klipsch School’s ElectroOptics Research Laboratory (EORL) provides a variety of research opportunities in areas such as multispectral and polarimetric imaging, free-space optical communications, adaptive optics, nanophotonics and integrated electro-optic sensors and systems. Sponsors include the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Sandia National Laboratories, Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Science Foundation. 646-3471N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Electromagnetics (EM) and Microwave LaboratoryThe Electromagnetics (EM) and Microwave Laboratory is used for both teaching and research in electromagnetic fields. Current research areas include propagation through dispersive media (soil, seawater, foliage, biological tissues), UWB radar and remote sensing system analysis and design, antenna analysis, synthesis, and design, bio-electromagnetics, brain mapping, computational physics, electromagnetic interference and compatibility, high performance computing, and nondestructive evaluation. Research sponsors for the laboratory include American Heart Association, Department of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA, NSF, National Institutes of Health, Sandia National Laboratories, and White Sands Missile 646-3431N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kazda Control Systems LaboratoryThe Kazda Control Systems Laboratory is dedicated to the support of education and research in Control Systems. Research involves collaborative efforts with the Mechatronics Lab in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, covering a wide area of robotics applications. The current thrust is a joint effort of ME, EE, and IE in the Reduced-Gravity/Biomechanics (RGB) Lab. This lab is sponsored by the National Science Foundation under the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant. The purpose of the lab is to develop a reduced gravity simulator that can be used for research in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Human Biodynamic modeling, Ergonomics, Medical Rehabilitation, Dance, and Space Applications. The director of Kazda Control Systems Laboratory is Dr. Robert Paz. The Kazda Control Systems Laboratory is used for both teaching and research. The teaching emphasis is to provide hands-on experience in the areas of communications, DSP, and Controls through laboratory experiments. The Kazda Control Systems Laboratory is also home to cutting edge research in reduced gravity simulation, robotics, and multivariable control 646-4933N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
R.L. Golden Particle Astrophysics LabThe New Mexico State University R.L. Golden Particle Astrophysics Lab (PAL) is dedicated to measuring and interpreting cosmic ray spectra in an effort to better understand the structure of our universe. Recent measurements of the galactic positron and electron spectra have connections to the dark matter mystery and to the identification of sources of cosmic rays. Additional studies of solar particles (measured along with cosmic rays) will help in the understanding of how solar eruptions affect the 646-2911N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Rio Grande Institute for Soft Computing (RioSoft) & RioRoboLabThe Rio Grande Institute for Soft Computing (RioSoft) is committed to serving U.S. government and private-sector needs in researching and developing novel machine intelligence-based decision-support systems and tools that augment human decision-making, in areas of National Security and Strategic Planning. Soft computing which includes fuzzy logic, neural networks, and evolutionary computation are used for modeling, analysis, and control of complex dynamical processes in various software-hardware integrated architectures. In a complementary role, RioRoboLab, a NASA Ames funded laboratory, provides facilities for research and development of intelligent autonomous and semi-autonomous systems focusing on advanced concepts of energy storage, energy harvesting and scavenging from ambient energy sources, and Space manufacturing. Research sponsors include the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and NASA. 646-3623N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Southwest Technology Development InstituteThe Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI) is a non-profit, university-based organization that provides applied research and development services to private and public sector clients. SWTDI was established in 1977 as the New Mexico Solar Energy Institute, and has active research programs in energy and related systems.
SWTDI’s goal is to promote technology-based development nationally and internationally.
SWTDI provides training and contract engineering services for systems analysis, hardware development and evaluation, feasibility studies, computer modeling, and informational kiosks. SWTDI performs contract engineering for a wide variety of private and public sector clients, including research organizations, utility companies, and local, state, and federal government agencies. 646-6105N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
VLSI LaboratoryFaculty and students in the VLSI Laboratory are involved in the design and analysis of analog and mixed-signal microelectronic circuits and systems. Current research areas include high-frequency analog VLSI design; low-voltage, low-power circuits; high performance operational amplifiers and operational transconductance amplifiers; power management circuits; analog image processing; and CMOS image 646-4406N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wind Tunnel and Water ChannelThe Low-Speed Aerospace Wind Tunnel is a research-quality facility operated by the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. The Wind Tunnel is primarily used for experimental aerodynamic research as well as for laboratory instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses; it is also used to support the flow experimentation by the aerospace community in New Mexico. The Wind tunnel has a test section dimension of 1.2m(W)x1.2m(H)x14m(L) with maximum speed of 40 m/s. It is equipped with a programmable active grid system to generate controllable gust and turbulent flow. The NMSU open surface Water Channel Facility has a test section dimension of 0.5m(W)x0.8m(H)x6.6m(L), it can reach a maximum speed of 0.5 m/s with turbulence intensity less than 1%. Flow measurement systems include a time-resolved 3D particle image velocimetry (PIV) system and traditional 2D PIV system. The facility is suitable for investigating various aerodynamics problems such as wind turbines, fixed or flapping wing micro air vehicles (MAVs), aero-elasticity test of structures, 646-2118N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Fluid Technology LabThe Fluid Technology Laboratory in Room 131 of Foreman Hall is used for both teaching and research in practical applications of fluid mechanics fundamental principles. Students enrolled in the Fluid Technology Laboratory and Capstone Design courses (ET 308L and ET 435) constitute the primary beneficiaries of the lab space and its inventory of equipment. The laboratory is outfitted with three flow benches having a number of augmenting educational accessories to include a self-actuating hinged gate, venturi, manometers, impulse/momentum module, a floating body stability analysis vessel, and pipe and two set-ups for the analysis of pipe and minor friction losses in viscous flow. Several Brookfield viscometers and deadweight testers; as well as numerous pressure transducers and gages with measurement ranges between 0.0125 psig and 3500 psig are also features in the lab. A large-scale sinking sphere viscometer, a benchtop hot wire anemometer calibration rig, a small wind tunnel having a square cross section of 0.15-m x 0.15-m, one electronic analytical balance, and seven mechanical triple-beam balances complete the list of major equipment items. EngineeringCraig 646-3388N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
HVAC/Thermodynamics/Heat Transfer LabThe HVAC/Thermodynamics/Heat Transfer Lab Laboratory in Room 137 of Foreman Hall is used for both teaching and research in practical applications of the fundamental principles within the three areas indicated by its name. Students enrolled in the Thermodynamics Laboratory, Applied Heat Transfer Laboratory and Capstone Design courses (ET 306L, ET 396, and ET 435) constitute the primary beneficiaries of the lab space and its inventory of equipment. The laboratory is outfitted with a small IC-engine dynamometer, a bench with a variable speed blower and instrumented ductwork, a small-scale refrigeration unit, an instrumented duct-work assembly to include fan and water-to-air heat exchanger, a double-pipe heat exchanger, and a mercury barometer. Numerous hand-held temperature measuring devices (thermocouples, thermistors, and RTD’s) and some one-dozen multi-meters with typical accessories round out the list of major equipment items. EngineeringCraig 646-3388N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORIESThe NMSU astronomy department operates and manages the Apache Point Observatory (APO) for the Astrophysical Research Corporation (ARC), a collaborative partnership that includes NMSU, University of Washington, University of Virginia, the Institute of Advanced Study, Johns Hopkins University, and the University Of Colorado At Boulder. The observatory is a major astronomical research facility that is home to four telescopes. The largest is a fully equipped 3.5-meter telescope that can be used for optical and infrared imaging, photometry, and spectroscopy. Apache point observatory is also the site of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey 2.5-meter telescope, which is running several different wide-field surveys touching on many facets of astronomy. NMSU owns and operates a 1-meter telescope at APO for wide field imaging. There is also a 0.5-meter telescope at the site.
Members of the department also make use of other observational facilities, including national facilities and private facilities through collaborative research efforts. & 646-8181N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
BIOLOGY RESEARCH FACILITIESThe Department of Biology houses multiple core facilities and individually faculty-maintained research laboratories that have been successful in the acquisition of millions of dollars in research grants from the NIH and NSF, as well as other agencies. The facilities and equipment include a cell culture facility, insect and invertebrate rearing and microbiology culturing facilities, diverse microscopy laboratories, as well as a well-maintained herbarium and vertebrate museum holding more than 100,000 specimens from our region and beyond. Individual research laboratories are equipped to investigate organismal genomics, transcriptomics, and microbiome analysis; organismal and microbial evolutionary mechanisms and physiology; vaccine development; host-symbiont interactions; cell mitosis and cytokinesis; plant pathology; neuronal and muscular tissues; animal vocalization and behavior; computational modeling of biological phenomena; and molecular systematics. & SciencesSee Faculty ListN/AN/A(575) 646-3611N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Interdisciplinary Center of Research Excellence in Design of Intelligent Technologies for Smart Grids (iCREDITS)The CREST Interdisciplinary Center of Research Excellence in Design of Intelligent Technologies for Smart Grids (iCREDITS) was established at New Mexico State University in 2014, with a grant awarded from the National Science Foundation. It is a center that brings together experts in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, management, and education. Its goal is to serve as a new epicenter for research and training in smart grids. & SciencesEnricoPontelli 646-3704N/AN/AN/AN/A
Bioinformatics Research LabThe bioinformatics research lab develops efficient computational and statistical methods to model mechanisms of complex biological systems. They rigorously evaluate both theoretical and practical effectiveness of computational methods for characterizing molecular interactions from high-throughput measurements such as next generation sequencing data. The lab’s long term goal is to invent advanced computational technology to expedite quantitative understanding of the complexity of life processes. & 646-4299N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Database and Data Mining (DBDM) Research LabThe Database and Data Mining (DBDM) research lab aims at advancing techniques for the effective management and analysis of complex data (e.g., sequence data, graph data, semi-structured data). The laboratory conducts research in modeling, storing, querying, and mining large amount of complex data at both theory and application levels. The laboratory keeps active collaborations with scientists from other Computer Science areas and scientific disciplines to broaden the usage of data management and data mining techniques. The laboratory is located in Science Hall, Rm. 153. & SciencesHuiping 646-3723N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Play & Interactive Experiences for Learning (PIxL) LabThe PIxL Lab works at the intersection of games, human-computer interaction (HCI), and mixed reality, developing game experiences that educate and function as scientific experiments in HCI. Beyond development workstations, it includes a custom wearable computing platform that connects sensors, a head-mounted display, and a hand-held display to enable players to enjoy mixed reality experiences away from the desktop. & SciencesZachary 646-3723N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Knowledge Representation, Logic, and Advanced Programming (KLAP) LabThe Knowledge Representation, Logic, and Advanced Programming (KLAP) lab was created in 1994 to support research in the areas of logic and constraint programming, knowledge representation, and parallel processing. The mission of the KLAP lab is to conduct cutting edge research in the above areas, with emphasis on practical application of research outcomes in a local and inter-disciplinary context. The laboratory is also dedicated to the active involvement of undergraduate and graduate students in research activities, with particular attention to the training of students belonging to traditionally under-represented groups. & SciencesEnricoPontelli 646-3723N/AN/AN/AN/A
Networks and Systems Optimization Lab (NSOL)The Networks and Systems Optimization Lab (NSOL), a research lab in the Department of Computer Science at New Mexico State University, focuses on addressing both the theoretical and practical aspects of optimization of networks and systems. Our vision is to design comprehensive solutions that apply in real-world settings. & SciencesSatyajayant 646-6256N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Programming Languages, Environments, and Software Engineering (PLEASE) LabThe PLEASE lab is organized around research in software engineering, and programming languages and environments. & 646-3723N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
DISSECT LABORATORYDISSECT (Discovering Science through Computational Thinking) is a laboratory established by a joint team of researchers from the Department of Computer Science and the College of Education. The lab is housed in Computer Science on the second floor of the Science Hall. DISSECT provides physical space and facilities to nurture interactions between computational scientists and educational researchers in order to develop innovative technologies that will expose K-12 students to fundamental principles of computing. The laboratory provides workspaces and high performance workstations for graduate students as well as a dedicated network and offices for researchers and visitors. & SciencesEnricoPontelli 646-3500N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY RESEARCH FACILITIESThe Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a comprehensive equipment base that supports research in nearly all phases of chemistry. It also has instrumentation dedicated to the department's teaching mission.Major instruments supporting both missions include five nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers ranging from low field (200 MHz) to high field (500MHz), two atomic absorption spectrometers, several UV-Vis spectrometers, two mass spectrometers (LS/MS) and four gas chromatograph instruments. Research equipment and facilities tell even more of the story. & SciencesSee Faculty ListN/AN/A(575) 646-2505N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
GEOLOGIC SCIENCESThe Analytical Geochemistry Research Laboratory houses a number of analytical instruments, all of which are available for use by graduate students, undergraduate researchers, and faculty. The department houses a laser-ablation multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (la-mc-icpms) for analysis of istopic ratios of microsamples, an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer for geochemical analysis of rocks and other solid materials, a thermal ionization mass spectrometer for analysis of isotopic ratios of solids and liquids, and a laser-induced breakdown spectrometer for the analysis of solid materials. Sample preparation equipment is available to support research on these instruments. In addition, mineral separation equipment including a jaw crusher, gemini shaker table, franz magnetic separator, and heavy liquids, is available for geochronologic or other mineralogic research projects. & 646-5000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
PHYSICS RESEARCH FACILITIESThe Department of Physics operates a PANalytical Empyrean x-ray diffractometer for low-resolution powder diffraction, high-resolution diffraction, reciprocal space mapping with a triple-axis crystal, and x-ray reflectance.It also operates a J.A. Woollam variable angle of incidence ellipsometer (VASE) with a computer-controlled Berek waveplate compensator for measurements from 190 to 2500 nm, at room temperature and from 80 to 800 K. Both instruments are integrated into CURRL and available to the campus community and off-campus users for a fee. See and for more information and to book time on the instruments. & 646-7627N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
PSYCHOLOGYThe Department of Psychology emphasizes research in social psychology, engineering psychology, and cognitive psychology. Faculty investigate such issues as mother-infant interactions and the impact of cortisol responses to stress upon development; visual search; human factors research; auditory perception; prospective memory; emotion and social decision-making; evolutionary psychology; skill acquisition; social cognition; perception and action; embodied cognition; cognitive neuroscience (control of attention, neural dynamics; and brain-computer interfaces); and research and statistical analysis methods.All faculty have designated labs with a large central area and 3-4 smaller adjacent rooms. This facilitates data collection from small groups or individuals. Research using the department's subject pool is managed with an online system.
The department has specialist facilities that include an EyeLink 1000 eye tracking system with experiment builder software; two 128 channel Biosemi ActiView-2 EEG systems and two shielded rooms; eight analysis workstations; and a Neuroconn DC Stimulator Plus tDCS stimulator. The lab collaborates with the Mind Research Network that has access to a Siemens 3T Trio research MR scanner, a Magvis 132 channel MEG system, and Biosemi and Geodysics EEG systems. The Auditory Perception Lab has a remote-controlled robot with binocular vision and stereo audition that is used to assess auditory performances in applied settings; another remote controlled robot to test perceptual interfaces for remotely-operated vehicles; a 30-element speaker array to simulate real-world auditory environments; and two portable eye trackers housed in the PACMANE (Perception, Action and Cognition in Mediated, Artificial and Naturalistic Environments) lab. & 646-3533N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
SPATIAL APPLICATIONS AND RESEARCH CENTER (SPARC)The SpARC laboratory was established in 1982 as an applied contract research laboratory for the NMSU Geography Department. SpARC provides a variety of services including planning and research, GIS, image processing, modeling and training. The original purpose of the laboratory was to undertake externally funded projects under the direction of geography faculty and employ students within the department. Thirty-four years later, the laboratory continues to do project related work. It has employed more than 150 students, and provided assistance to more than 35 faculty members inside and outside Geography. The primary clients of the lab have been federal state and local government agencies, with an emphasis on applied transportation, water resource, and environmental research projects. The lab houses 11 high performance workstations, a range of mapping grade GPS units, and a large scanner/plotter. Software available for use includes database software, ENVI image processing software, TransCAD, and the entire suite of Esri GIS software.Arts & SciencesChristopherBrown 646-1892N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A