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NMSU Hotline — January 25, 2017

Safety tip: slow down, look around


This safety message is to remind you to slow down while driving and observe your surroundings as a pedestrian. Over the winter break, the university reduced lanes on Espina from two lanes going both ways to one lane each way in order to create bicycle lanes and a turning lane.The city?s new crosswalk on University near Chick-fil-A is also under construction. Monagle Hall is in the process of being dismantled so use caution around the area. We want you to be aware of these changes so you can stay alert to ensure your safety.

With the increased congestion on campus with vehicles, utility carts and pedestrian traffic, safety and caution are absolutely critical.

Please review "Best Practices for Campus Driving" at http://safety.nmsu.edu/campus-safety/vehicle-and-cart-drivers/vehicles-and-defensive-driving-program/bestpracticecampusdriver/.

-Safely Share Campus Streets
-Eliminate Distractions When Driving
-Watch for the Unexpected
-Pass Bicyclists and Utility Carts with Care
-Drive the Speed Limit and Avoid Congested Campus Areas

Campus Announcements

The role of faculty in student success presentation set for today

The Office of the Provost is hosting a presentation by Nina Lyon-Bennett, of the Education Advisory Board, on Defining the Role of Faculty in Student Success, at 3:30 p.m. today in Yates Auditorium, Domenici Hall. Lyon-Bennett will discuss how to remove curricular barriers to completion, redesign academic policies, support evolving advising models, enhance the learning experience, flag signs of student risk and mentor rising-risk student groups. Refreshments will be served at 3.

Lyon-Bennett was a faculty member at Clark Atlanta University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for nearly 25 years. She joined the Education Advisory Board in November and now researches and delivers relevant and thought-provoking seminars on issues relating to best practices in higher education.

For more information, please call 575-646-2127.

'Impermanent Topography' artist talk to be held Thursday

Join Jessika Edgar and Richard Hesketh, NMSU Department of Art faculty members, who will discuss and provide insights into their works featured in ?Impermanent Topography,? the current exhibition at the University Art Gallery from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Audience questions after each of the talks are welcomed. This is a free event. For more information contact the NMSU Art Gallery at 575-646-254.

Funding opportunity for NMSU faculty

Funding for a 2017 RFP on "Research for the Development and Use of Alternative Water Supplies" is available for NMSU faculty. A question and answer session is from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at NM WRRI conference room, Stucky Hall. Faculty groups will discuss proposals from 9 to 10 a.m.

NMSU faculty are invited to submit proposals for funding associated with the Cooperative Agreement Project between NMSU and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The RFP has a closing date of Feb. 22. Awards are scheduled to be effective May 1.

NM WRRI plans to fund several projects with awards of up to a maximum of $150,000 for two-year projects. The goal of the Cooperative Agreement is to fund and conduct research to reduce the cost and environmental impact of treating and utilizing brackish, impaired and other waters that are not ready for use. To view the RFP visit https://nmwrri.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/Research/BOR-RFP2017/2017RFP-NMSU-Reclamation.pdf.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series Friday

Andrew Spakowitz, associate professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, will present a talk titled ?Multi-scale Modeling of Chromosomal DNA in Living Cells? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

The lecture is part of a series of Friday afternoon seminars that are broadly focused on biomedical research and are open to the NMSU community and the public. The series will be held most Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty. The full schedule can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Spakowitz will discuss how they develop physical models that predict the organization and dynamics of chromosomal DNA in living cells, providing fundamental mechanistic insight and quantitative understanding of a range of biological processes. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu/sites/rescore/files/images/Spakowitz_Jan.27.2017.pdf.

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

Learn more about active learning and flipping your class Monday

The Teaching Academy is hosting a presentation by Ed Prather, executive director of the Center for Astronomy Education from the University of Arizona. Come see his presentations on Active Learning and Flipping Your Class, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in Milton Hall, Room 50.

Prather will provide you with classroom-tested active learning strategies and show you best practices for how to successfully implement them in your lecture, lab or discussion sections. Learn how to identify successful and unsuccessful implementation choices and how to orchestrate a class that avoids the potential pitfalls of active learning. Participants will gain firsthand experience with methods ranging from rapid feedback assessment techniques to small group collaborative learning activities.

Visit https://teaching.nmsu.edu/events/ to register for the workshop. For more information, please call 575-646-2204.

First Let's Talk Online Teaching of the semester to be held Feb. 2

Join the Online Course Improvement Program for their first Let's Talk Online Teaching of the semester from 12 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza, from languages and linguistics, will be discussing strategies for online peer-review to improve student writing. We'd love to have you there, and please, bring a colleague with you. Lunch is being served.

To register, go to https://teaching.nmsu.edu. For questions, please contact Miley Grandjean at mgrandje@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5492.

Artwork unveiling reception set for Feb. 2

The College of Business and College Arts & Sciences invite you to a special presentation and reception for the unveiling of artwork donated by artist and NMSU alumnus George Mendoza (?78) at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at Pete V. Domenici Hall.

A reception will follow the unveiling of the artwork, ?Desert Splash? acrylic on canvas ?When We Dance,? donated to the College of Business in memory of NMSU alumnus Danny Villanueva (?61).

RSVP at ysanchez@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4083. For additional information please contact Anthony Casaus at 575-646-5817 or acasaus@nmsu.edu.

Give Kids a Smile Day will give children in the community access to free dental care

The clinic provides dental services and oral health education to children and raises awareness of access to oral health care issues that many families still face. Services are provided by DACC dental hygiene and assisting students and professionals from the school and the community.

Free dental exams, radiographs, teeth cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments and oral health education will be provided in the dental clinic on the Espina Campus at 3400 South Espina, Alex Sanchez Building, Room 80. The clinic will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

According to the national Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of children in the U.S. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning.
? 1 in 5 children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one cavity
? 1 in 7 adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one cavity
? The percentage of children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 years with cavities is twice as high for those from low-income families (25 percent) compared to high income households (11 percent)

Please make an appointment by calling 575-528-7019. The clinic is for children ages 2?18, by appointment only and must include the presence and consent of a parent or legal guardian.

For more information contact Cher Lefebrve at 575-528- 7072.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center internships for graduates

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, in collaboration with NMSU, will sponsor cancer research summer internships for graduate students.

The paid nine-week programs will be Monday, June 12, through Friday, Aug. 11. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.

Students interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations and are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NMSU are encouraged to apply to the graduate internship program. Accepted students are required to participate in a one-week Data Analysis Workshop to be held at NMSU the last week of May 2017. Eligible students must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The deadline for all graduate applications is Friday, Feb. 3. To apply, submit an application at http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/graduate-students.html. For more information please contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu.

College of Arts and Sciences to host fourth annual fundraiser, A Starry Night

The College of Arts and Sciences will host its annual fundraiser, A Starry Night, Feb. 3. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. This year the college will honor four outstanding community members: Connie Hines, Patrick Lamb, Maryce Jacobs and R. Nick Franklin along with our 26 Department Stars that include alumni, faculty, staff and students.

The Stars of Arts and Sciences recognizes living individuals who have achieved state, national or international distinction by their accomplishments and leadership, all while supporting their community and the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences.

To reserve your seat at this year?s A Starry Night please contact Ashley at 575-646-5886 or ajurado@nmsu.edu or visit our website for more info at artsci.nmsu.edu/en/starry-night.

Place your order now for chocolate-covered strawberries

The National Society for Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) is having a chocolate-covered strawberry fundraiser. Orders are being taken at this time for strawberries that will be hand-dipped by students in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

They?re available in dark chocolate, white chocolate or mixed, and they?re sold by a half dozen for $10 or a full dozen for $20. To order, call 575-646-5995 or email jzumwalt@nmsu.edu. Orders will be available for pick-up from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in Gerald Thomas Hall, 100 West Cafe. We gladly accept cash, checks payable to NSMH or credit card payment with Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

FSA-RMR office information session to be held Feb. 16

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Senate Chamber Room 302, in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, the new retention requirements and FSA-RMR Procedures. A Go-To Meeting for our out-of-town users, who are unable to attend our session at the Las Cruces campus, will be offered at the same time as our live session. If you need assistance for the Go-To Meeting please contact RMR at 575-646-8324.

For more information or to register visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship due March 1

The Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship is open to female NMSU undergraduate students at the Las Cruces campus only. Candidates must be a single or widowed mother with dependent children who reside with her, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

To apply, download a copy of the Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship application at https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/files/2013/11/2016-17-Ruth-Mary-Webber-Scholarship-Application.pdf. Directions for completing the form and where to submit it are provided. The deadline to apply is March 1.

The NMSU Women?s Club is committed to supporting single mothers with dependent children in attaining their educational goals. The Club?s Scholarship Committee will recommend one candidate for the Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship. The winner is awarded $250 and invited to attend the Club?s spring luncheon.

For more information, contact the NMSU Women?s Club President, Susan DeMar, at sdemar@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3509 or visit https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/scholarships/.

NMSU-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center partnership call for proposals

Funds are available for two levels of collaborative research: pilot and full projects. The goal of the NMSU/Fred Hutch U54 PACR partnership is to continue to build upon increasing cancer research capacity at NMSU and to increase knowledge and attention to cancer-related health disparities at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The Letter of Intent is due Friday, April 14, at 6 p.m. MT. Proposals are due Monday, July 31, at 6 p.m. MT and the start date is September 2018.

Download the RFA and proposal application forms at http://cancer.nmsu.edu.

For more information contact Graciela Unguez at gunguez@nmsu.edu or Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.