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June 2010

Dr. Vaughn Nelson, director of the Alternative Energy Institute, was recognized by the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association as a Texas Wind Legend at an event hosted May 24 by Cielo Wind Power during the American Wind Energy Association’s annual conference in Dallas. The honor recognizes Nelson’s achievement and contributions to the wind energy industry.

Nelson also was a presenter at the annual conference. He and Nolan Clark of the Conservation and Production Research Laboratory in Bushland presented a poster titled “Thirty Years Testing of Small Wind Turbines, AEI-ARS Cooperative Program Results.” It focused on the test of small wind turbines by WTAMU’s Alternative Energy Institute (AEI) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. AEI and ARS have installed more than 80 wind turbines, from 50W to 500 KW at the AEI Wind Test Center, ARS Wind Lab at Bushland and several off-site locations.

Michael Nino, graduate assistant in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, is the lead author of a paper published in the June Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless. The paper is titled “Who Are the Chronically Homeless? Risk Factors and Social Characteristics of the Homeless.” Co-authors are Dr. Melody Loya and Dr. Mo Cuevas, assistant professors of social work.

Dr. Dave Rausch, Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science, created a video in spring 2009 showing students how to track legislation in the Texas Legislature. He posted the video to YouTube, and it is now linked to the Providers Alliance for Community Services of Texas website. The video can be viewed at http://pacstx.org/index.php under the “How to track legislation” link on the right side of the page.

Dr. Dwight Vick, assistant professor of public administration, is the co-author of a book titled Drugs and Alcohol: Theory, Behavior and Policy. The book, co-authored by Dr. Libby Rhoades, former WTAMU associate professor of psychology, is published by Jones and Bartlett Learning. The book examines addictive behaviors and the impact on individuals, families and communities.

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