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NMSU Hotline — August 30, 2016

Student panelists prep for Q&A sessions with Domenici Conference speakers


The fall semester may just be getting underway, but the group of university scholars serving as this year?s Domenici Public Policy Conference student panelists has already been busy for weeks, preparing for the important role they?ll play during the conference, set for Sept. 14 and 15 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

Hosted by New Mexico State University?s Domenici Institute for Public Policy, the annual conference will bring together policymakers and experts including former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Congressman and mental health advocate Patrick Kennedy, political strategist James Carville and author Kristen Soltis Anderson.

Registration for the 2016 Domenici Public Policy Conference is $50 through Wednesday, Aug. 31, and $75 beginning Thursday, Sept. 1. Online registration and more information, including a complete agenda, are available at http://domenici.nmsu.edu. The event is free for university students to attend. For more information or to register by phone, call the Domenici Institute at 575-646-2066.


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Fundraiser to complete film directed in Belize by NMSU Assistant Professor Ilana Lapid

The public is invited to a fundraiser to complete ?Yochi,? a film directed in Belize by NMSU Assistant Professor Ilana Lapid. The fundraiser will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, with a screening of ?Yochi? at the Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle De Guadalupe, followed by a gourmet dinner at the Double Eagle, 2355 Calle De Guadalupe.

?Yochi? is about a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy who guards a nest of endangered yellow-headed parrots in Belize?s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he?s in debt and has turned to poaching ? setting the brothers on a collision course. The 25-minute narrative film was written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ilana Lapid, executive produced by Craig Holden, associate director at the NMSU Foundation, and produced by Kristi Drexler and Daniel Velazquez. A U.S.-Belizean co-production, the film was made with a crew that included several CMI students. The team is raising $10,000 to pay for post-production expenses, including professional sound design, film score, audio mix and color grading.

Tickets for the dinner and screening are $60. For tickets, call the Double Eagle at 575-523-6700 or purchase tickets online at http://yochifilm.com/screenings--events.

For more about the film, visit www.yochifilm.com.

If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to the film. Any amount is appreciated. Go to http://yochifilm.com/donate. Interested in making a tax-deductible donation? Contact craig.holden@gmail.com. Larger donations will get a thank-you credit in the film. For questions, email ilapid@nmsu.edu.

Mathematical Sciences colloquium speaker set for Thursday

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is hosting Louis J. Gross, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Gross will give a colloquium talk titled "Modeling Human Risk Perception and Impacts on Climate Change," at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in Science Hall 107. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in Science Hall 234.

For more information, contact the Math Department at 575-646-3901.

Regional arts preview event to be held Thursday

Please join members of the local theater community at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts at 1000 E. University Ave. on Sept. 1 for the first-ever Regional Arts Preview. Food trucks will be in the area beginning at 5 p.m. so you can indulge your culinary pleasures before stepping into the Medoff Theatre at 6 p.m. There, you will enjoy snippets of scenes and songs being performed from upcoming productions and gather information from a variety of arts organizations in the area. Come see your favorite theaters from Las Cruces to El Paso represented, along with visual arts announcements. The presentation will be under an hour, after which you can return to the food trucks for a full dinner or dessert. No reservation is needed, and admission is free.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar to be held Friday

Louis J. Gross, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will present "Mathematics Education for Life Science Undergraduates: Lessons from 40 Years of Efforts? in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar Series at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 200. Everyone is welcome. The seminar will be broadcast for off-campus participation.

Many efforts over several decades have attempted to enhance quantitative components of the biology curriculum. A curriculum is not a list of courses but rather a plan for interactions between students, faculty and materials to meet a collection of learning objectives. Gross will discuss methods to develop a feasible undergraduate curriculum that accounts for the interdisciplinary nature of modern life sciences and the diversity of quantitative skills and conceptual knowledge required.

Off campus access to the seminar is possible online at https://nmsuacesit.clickmeeting.com/pesseminar or by phone at 832-706-2490, 816-666-7600 or 415-697-0350, using conference PIN 187593#.

For more information, contact Omar Holguin at frholgui@nmsu.edu.

Free dance lessons offered on Tuesday nights

Learn to dance ballroom, Latin and swing. The NMSU DanceSport Club offers community lessons on Tuesday nights at Arrowhead Park Early High School. Lessons begin Sept. 6 and run through Nov. 15. Level one is free and starts at 7 p.m. Level two is $5 and begins at 8 p.m. For a schedule of classes, email nmsu_dance@nmsu.edu.

Free DACC Small Business Development Center workshop set for Sept. 8

The Small Business Development Center upcoming workshop "Steps to Starting Your Business" will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. Learn the basic steps necessary to set up a business correctly, such as defining your business, choosing
a business name, registering your legal structure, registering with New Mexico Taxation and Revenue, and much more.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Register now online at www.nmsbdc.org/lascruces or by phone at 575-527-7676.

The Small Business Development Center DACC Workforce Center is located at 2345 E. Nevada Ave., Room 101E.

NMSU biomedical research seminar series kicks off Sept. 16

Patrick Sung, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University School of Medicine, will kick off a fall seminar series with a lecture titled ?Role of the BRCA2-DSS1 Complex in DNA Double-strand Break Repair? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

Sung's lecture is the first of fall for the popular Friday afternoon seminars broadly focused on biomedical research. All lectures are free and open to everyone. The series will be held on Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists, as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty.

Sung?s lecture will focus on how the acidic protein DSS1 assists the tumor suppressor BRCA2 in nucleating the recombinase RAD51 onto processed DNA lesions to initiate their removal.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Shelley Lusetti at slusetti@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education course available

"The Power of Oil Painting" is designed to move to a higher level of development with your oil painting. Work with techniques and methods you?ve already learned to create new work or correct work in progress. Use your own photos to paint a work worthy of the masters. Instruction will be on an individual basis to improve your understanding and painting process. The course is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12 to Nov. 14, and it costs $185.

For more information or to sign up for this DACC Community Education course, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527. Online registration is easy at http://dacc.augusoft.net.

DACC Customized Training classes offered

Are you ready for the NEW SHRM HR certification exams? If not, join this 12-week certification preparation course for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP examinations, featuring the number one tool necessary to master the bodies of knowledge. Be prepared to test your professional competency and ability to put that knowledge to work through critical thinking and application. The tool includes the new 2016 SHRM Learning System, access to the Online Resource Center, more than 1,500 practice questions, electronic flashcards and two post-tests. Can?t make it to class? Join other professionals in this interactive and dynamic in-person classroom environment or via a synchronous online environment. Simulations, quizzes and more as you prepare to sit for the exam. The course is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 to Nov. 28, and it costs $960. Discounts available for National SHRM members.

In "Introduction to MS Project 2013," learn basic commands and features of Microsoft Project 2013. Practice creating and modifying task lists, establishing a project schedule, creating calendars, assigning resources to tasks, tracking costs and working with different views and tables. Explore applying filters and groups, sorting task and resource data and resolving resource conflicts. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, and it costs $139.

In "CPR with Heartsaver First Aid," learn when CPR is needed, how to give CPR to an adult, child and infant, and how to use an AED. CPR consists of pushing on the chest (compressions) and giving breaths. First aid is the immediate care that you give someone with an illness or injury before someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over. A two-year certification from the American Heart Association will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. The class is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and it costs $50.

In "Introduction to MS Excel 2013," learn spreadsheet terminology and fundamental concepts of Microsoft Excel 2013, including identifying Excel window components, navigating worksheets and downloading templates. Practice entering and editing text, values and formulas, and how to save workbooks in the native Excel format, as well as in other formats. Create and modify charts, work with graphics and much more. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, and it costs $139.

For questions or more information, contact Customized Training at 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.