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NMSU Communicators Medal in ACE Competition

LAS CRUCES--Agricultural communications faculty and staff from New Mexico State University will receive 12 contest awards today during the international meeting of the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE).

In critique and awards competition, the department won four gold, five silver and three bronze awards. In addition, assistant editor Kevin Robinson-Avila, based in Albuquerque, will be honored with the Western Region Pioneer Award for exemplary skills and high professional standards in agricultural communication.

The awards will be presented during an evening banquet in San Antonio, Texas.

Two of the golds involved the water issue of New Mexico Resources magazine. Illustrator Jerry Downs won for a cover photo illustration. Writer Norman Martin was first in magazine writing with his article, "Setting Water's Course," which explained the new state water plan.

Animator Matt Byrnes, faculty member Barbara Chamberlin and assistant director Pamela Martinez were first in Web graphics for a poetry engine. The best interactive media program went to Nutrition Decision, a multimedia project to help middle school students make healthy food and activity decisions. Team members were Barbara Chamberlin, Byrnes, C.C. Chamberlin, Martinez, Elizabeth Sohn and Adrian Aguirre.

Silver awards went to Byrnes for Web graphics on transpiration; Robinson-Avila for a newspaper article about salt cedar-eating goats and C.C. Chamberlin for a computer illustration of algae molecules. The Nutrition Decision team listed above placed second in the noncredit educational project category. C.C. Chamberlin was recognized for innovative use of communication technology for a blog-based Extension recordkeeping system.

Bronze awards went to Downs for the research cover of Resources magazine; C.C. Chamberlin for "Journey Visualization," a computer illustration; and Sam Steel Way alumni newsletter, edited by D'Lyn Ford. Newsletter contributors are graphic designer Joanna Stith; writers Martin, Robinson-Avila and Darrell Pehr; photographer J. Victor Espinoza and illustrator Downs.

ACE is an international organization of communicators and information technologists who work for universities, government agencies, and private and public research firms. The organization's critique and awards program recognizes excellence in communication about agriculture, natural resources, and life and human sciences.

Last year, NMSU earned nine medals and an outstanding professional skill award in ACE competition--the most overall awards won by a single organization.