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NMSU Hotline — February 9, 2017

New NMSU professor to research, teach dryland ecology


Niall Hanan spent much of his time studying range ecology while conducting his doctorate fieldwork in West Africa. He?s familiar with semi-arid environments, and he has experience with ecological modeling.

Hanan is the newest addition to the New Mexico State University Plant and Environmental Sciences Department and the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research program.

In both capacities, he will help build upon the dryland ecology program.

He will first focus on research at the Jornada Experimental Range northeast of Las Cruces. Eventually, he will develop and teach dryland ecology courses for both undergraduates and graduates in the PES Department.

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Campus Announcements

Free blood pressure screenings today

The Campus Health Center continues Heart Month?s Mobile Blood Pressure Clinic today in the O?Donnell Hall lobby from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty; no I.D. required. It?s never too early or too late to check up on your heart health; don?t miss out on a chance to know your numbers this month.

For the full Mobile Blood Pressure Clinic schedule, visit the Campus Health Center?s Facebook page @nmsu.hc. For additional questions, please feel free to contact Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu.

Biker/Hiker Meet and Greet to be held today

The Bike Friendly University Taskforce invites all campus bicyclists and hikers to join with the Velo Cruces Bike Club from 7 to 9 p.m. today for the first Biker/Hiker Meet and Greet. We are meeting at the Spotted Dog Brewery, 2820 Ave. de Mesilla, Mesilla (view a map at https://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Spotted+Dog).

More details are posted on the Velo Cruces Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/361884017515186/ and in the recent news on http://bikes.nmsu.edu.

For more information contact David Shearer with Environmental Health & Safety at 575-646-3327.

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held Friday

Derek Barchenger, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, will present a Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar, ?Implementing a universal host differential as a basis for anticipatory breeding for Phytophthora capsici resistance in Capsicum? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Colby Brungard at cbrung@nmsu.edu.

See giant petrified pine slab at Zuhl Museum Saturday

Did you know? NMSU is home to the largest petrified pine slab ever to have been sliced and polished. It is eight feet across. Check it out at the Zuhl Museum. In addition to its regular weekly schedule, the Zuhl Museum is open this week from 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. It is free, open to the public and located inside the NMSU Alumni Visitor?s Center, 775 College Dr.

Step back in time and surround yourself with exotic beauty that is millions, even billions, of years old. This is a wonderful place for the family to discover fantastic fossils and have some fun.

To learn more about the Zuhl Museum visit http://bit.ly/NMSUZuhlMuseum.

Play SCRABBLE! Promote Literacy! Sunday

Literacy Volunteers of Doña Ana County announces that its monthly Play SCRABBLE! Promote Literacy! will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 East Picacho Avenue. The $3 donation to play gets you at least one, but probably more games of SCRABBLE and it all goes to LVDAC to buy supplies for their students. Players of all skill and competitive levels are welcome. For more info please contact Mark at mpendleton@las-cruces.org or 575-528-4001, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or mpndltn@gmail.com or 575-635-8711 on evenings and weekends.

Red to Green Money Management Workshop to be held Monday

College is going to Cost Me How Much? will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Domenici Hall, Room 005.

Coming up short to pay for school? Red to Green Money Management will help you learn how to find grants and scholarships through our school and on your own. Still coming up short? Discover when and how to responsibly take out loans.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/. Also, follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook for weekly updates and financial tips.

If you can?t make this event, no need to worry. Schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Wellness Coach by contacting us at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631. You can also go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/ to submit a request online.

Nominations, applications accepted for the Social Justice award

The Social Justice Award is intended to recognize and honor a member of the student body, staff or faculty at New Mexico State University who has volunteered to help create a more just society. Forms of social justice activism might include efforts to eliminate disparities in economic conditions, to facilitate political involvement, to work against inequality and prejudice, to promote peace and non-violence, or in some other fashion strive to make the community a better place for all. Previous recipients have engaged in such activities as community organizing, the advancement of tolerance, and the protection of free speech. Regardless of the contribution made, it must reflect a commitment of time, passion and energy beyond one?s employment or general activities as a student, staff or faculty member of NMSU.

Applicants or nominators must describe in no more than one typed page how they or the person being nominated has impacted the local community through the promotion of social justice. The letter must describe, with concrete examples, the work done and how it has contributed to fostering a more just place to live. Letters of application and nomination are to be submitted to the Social Justice Award Committee, Department of Government, Breland Hall, Room 337, by no later than
5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Letters may be sent through campus mail, MSC 3BN, but must be received by the deadline. The person submitting the letter should provide appropriate contact information, including a current phone number. In addition, a copy of a resume or CV should be submitted if the person applying or being nominated is a member of the faculty or staff. Applications and nominations may also be sent by email to Neil Harvey at nharvey@nmsu.edu.

Applications and nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee composed mostly of individuals outside the Department of Government. The recipient will receive an award of $300, subject to university policies and procedures. As a condition of being selected, the recipient must attend the award ceremony, to be held at the inauguration of the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium at the NMSU-Las Cruces campus at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, and will help in the promotion of the Social Justice Award in the future. For more information about the Social Justice Award, contact Neil Harvey at 575-646-4935.

'In Good Time: Photographs by Doug DuBois' exhibition to open Feb. 23

An art exhibition "In Good Time: Photographs by Doug DuBois" will run from Feb. 23 through April 15 at the NMSU Art Gallery. Presented by the Aperture Foundation and the Hermès Foundation, this touring exhibition is the first mid-career survey of Doug DuBois?s photographs from three different bodies of work "All the Days and Nights," "Avella" and "My Last Day at Seventeen." DuBois is a former faculty member of the Department of Art at New Mexico State University and currently teaches in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Admission is free and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information contact the University Art Gallery at artglry@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2545.

Tropical Insect Ecology in Peru course available this summer

Earn three credits in less than two weeks with EPWS 451/551. Explore the Amazonian rainforest. Students are introduced to insect life in the heart of Peru, understanding how important these species are to the ecosystem, including an overview of ongoing entomological research being carried out on site and customized investigations led by Scott Bundy. Students will visit the cloud forest and the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Manu National Park is a UNESCO recognized Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage site. The highest concentration of butterflies in the world, 1,300 species, have been identified. They live alongside 650 species of beetle, 300 species of ant and 136 species of dragonfly.

The course is July 25 through Aug. 5. The application deadline is March 1. For more information on the program, please contact
Scott Bundy, professor of Entomology, at cbundy@nmsu.edu or Angel Palumbo, international education advisor, in Garcia Annex, Room 238 or apalumbo@ad.nmsu.edu.

Applying the Quality Matter Rubric workshop to be held March 3

Applying the Quality Matter Rubric will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Milton Hall, Room 185J. The Applying the QM Rubric workshop is Quality Matter's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. This workshop is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a certified QM Peer Reviewer. Miley Grandjean and Sandy Johnson with Instructional Innovation & Quality are the facilitators.

To register for this event, please visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestCourseDetailURL?otId=cours000000000006678&callerPage=/learning/offeringTemplateDetails.xml.

Trouble registering, please call the Teaching Academy at 575-646-2204.

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.

NMSU, Wells Fargo partner to present regional, national economic forecast

Top national and state economists will discuss economic forecasts for 2017 during the 6th Annual Economic Outlook Conference on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

New Mexico State University Regents Professor Jim Peach and Senior Economist Eugenio Alemán will look at state and national economic trends and how they play a part in New Mexico?s future.

The free conference kicks off with a reception at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16, followed by the economists? presentations from 10 a.m. to noon, all at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Register by Feb. 10 online at http://business.nmsu.edu/cob-events or by phone at 575-646-5817.