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NMSU Hotline — January 27, 2017

NMSU?s visual arts facility renovation underway, more funds needed

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D.W. Williams Hall is on the fast track. The $22.5 million approved by voters a couple of months ago as part of General Obligation Bond C will turn the 78-year-old gymnasium that currently houses the Department of Art and University Art Gallery into a state-of-the-art visual arts facility for New Mexico State University.

What is unprecedented about this renovation is the level of community support. A fundraising push from a group of local community leaders last year meant the university did not have to wait to access bond monies before starting the design phase.

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Campus Announcements

Chemical & Materials Engineering Graduate Seminar to be held today

NMSU's Chemical & Materials Engineering Graduate Seminar kicks off the semester with guest speaker Juanita Miller, PE, CFEI, Safety Specialist with the College of Engineering. She will be talking about the value of good documentation and the Experimental Safety Plan from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. today at Guthrie Hall, Room 201. Anyone interested in this subject is welcome to attend.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series today

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. today 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.

Retirement party for Carl Norris

The Department of Biology invites the campus community to recognize Carl Norris' 23 years of service to the department. A lunch will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in Foster Hall, Room 137. Please join us in reminiscing about the past 23 years and wish him well in new adventures.

Artist Talks: Wes Kline, Tauna Cole-Dorn, Bree Lamb set for Feb. 2

Join Wes Kline, Tauna Cole-Dorn and Bree Lamb, 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, Feb. 2. Audience questions after each of the talks are welcome. This is a free event. For more information call 575-646-2545.

Faculty Senate Chair election closes Feb. 3

The NMSU Faculty Senate is conducting the yearly election for Faculty Senate Chair. The two selected nominees for chair are Christopher Brown and Rolfe Sassenfeld.

The election will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. This election is open to all NMSU faculty. Faculty is defined as any individual who is tenured or holds a tenure-track or regular non-tenure-track position and is not retired.

You may cast your vote at https://vote3.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/vote3/vote.pl.

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 a 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.

Call for nominations for the Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award

Friends and relatives of the late Ralph B. Crouch, professor of Mathematics, head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and associate dean of the Graduate School, have established an endowment providing an annual cash award to honor a current or living former employee of NMSU for outstanding contributions to the life of the university community.

Nominations are solicited for the categories of faculty, non-exempt and exempt staff. Outstanding contributions of the nominees may include all kinds of activities within the university and may range from one event to a lifetime career.

For details, including the criteria and guidelines for selection of the award and to download the nomination form, please visit http://training.nmsu.edu/ralphbcrouch.html.

Deadline to submit nominations is March 10.

If you have any questions please contact Greg Smart at the Center for Learning and Professional Development at gsmart@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7444.


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.

NMSU professor?s China school exchange in ?Global Connections? lecture

It?s a centuries-old game that originated in China but is played around the world. Last summer, a New Mexico State University sociology professor watched as the game known as ?rock, paper, scissors" helped her 7-year-old son navigate culture and language barriers when he visited a school in China.

NMSU Associate Professor Sandra Way will share observations of her son?s interaction with other students at a school in Nanjing, China, in the next talk for the College of Arts and Sciences ?Global Connections? lecture series.

Way will present ?The Universal Language of Rock, Paper, Scissors: Reflections on a Chinese Elementary School Exchange? from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12321/nmsu-professor-s-china-school-exchange-in-global-connections-lecture

NMSU Estate Planning Conference for Women celebrates 10 years

Women control more than half the personal wealth in the United States ? more than $14 trillion, according to a recent study by the Bank of Montreal?s Wealth Institute ? and that number is expected to rise to more than $20 trillion over the next three years. While estate planning is important for everyone, regardless of the size of their personal wealth, it becomes especially important for women, who live an average of 5 years longer than men.

To help New Mexico women protect their assets, understand their unique money management needs and make plans to fulfill their end-of-life wishes, New Mexico State University will host its 10th annual Estate Planning Conference for Women, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 at the Las Cruces campus.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12322/nmsu-estate-planning-conference-for-women-celebrates-10-years