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NMSU Hotline — February 27, 2017

NMSU professor named director of telescope at Apache Point Observatory


Nancy Chanover is the first New Mexico State University astronomy professor to be named director of the 3.5-meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory.

The NMSU astronomy department operates the observatory for the Astrophysical Research Corporation (ARC), a collaborative partnership of eight universities that includes NMSU, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, Georgia State University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Virginia, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wyoming.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Choral concert to be held Tuesday

NMSU Choral Activities kicks off the spring with a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Atkinson Recital Hall featuring NMSU university choirs and conductor Christa Fredrickson. The concert includes music from the Middle Ages to the modern era with composers such as Hildegard von Bingen, Josquin, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bruckner, Bernstein and Whiteacre. Guest artist and NMSU alumna Emma Rosenthal will be featured as the soprano soloist. Tickets are $10 for adults and$5 for students.

For ticket information call 575-646-1306. For more information visit http://music.nmsu.edu or email jflanery@nmsu.edu.

Domenici Panelists and Scholars information session to be held Wednesday

Public policy touches all disciplines and impacts everyone. With the help of faculty members who are enthusiastic about public policy, the Domenici Institute seeks to create a shared effort to inspire a future generation of service-minded policy researchers and leaders. With faculty partners, the Domenici Student Scholars Program will offer students who serve as panelists at the annual Domenici Conference the opportunity to deepen their study of a conference topic as part of a fall semester, three-credit independent study. The course can benefit students who need an elective inside or outside their colleges. Each scholar will produce three high-quality core deliverables: a policy white paper proposal, an oral presentation and a policy white paper. The resulting work can serve as the basis of a scholarship, master?s thesis or doctoral dissertation proposal.

Faculty are encouraged to attend an information session at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, or at 4 p.m. March 7. Both meetings will take place in Domenici Hall, Room 132. For more information, go to https://domenici.nmsu.edu/domenici-scholars/. Direct questions to Sara Patricolo at di@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2066.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

The Campus Health Center would like to help further spread the news about a special health topic. Sunday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, March 4, is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder and body dissatisfaction, as there is no gender, age or race bias; 30 million people in the U.S. alone will experience a clinically significant eating disorder in their lifetime. However, the earlier treatment is sought out, the better. Treatment is effective and recovery is possible. If you think you or someone you care about is suffering from an eating disorder, take a free, fast and anonymous screening at https://wellness.nmsu.edu/mental-health-screening/ or reach out to a mental health professional for help.

Questions, contact Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu.

Still in need of judges, volunteers for Southwest NM Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The College of Engineering is seeking judges and volunteers for the 2017 Southwest New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SWNMRSEF) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. The Southwest NM Regional Science and Engineering Fair is affiliated with the Intel State and International Science and Engineering Fairs. Eligible students will advance to the state and international fairs and compete against more than 1,000 international fair contestants. We are seeking judges in all categories and levels for Saturday, March 4, and volunteers to help with set-up, registration, judging and the awards ceremony on Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4.

For more information and judge/volunteer forms, go to http://scifair.nmsu.edu/.

Department of Astronomy will host an observatory open house Friday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at the NMSU campus observatories located at 3415 Williams Ave. at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Kristian Finlator and graduate assistants Gordon MacDonald, Emma Dahl and Agnar Hall.

The theme of this Open House is ?2 Billion Years in Three Star Clusters." Objects we will look at may include the Orion Nebula, M35 open cluster, NGC2158 cluster, the moon and many more celestial objects.

Please contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-4438 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

Take the Master Plan Survey

Take the Master Plan Survey. Facilities and Services has just released the NMSU Master Plan Survey as part of its data gathering efforts for the 2017-2027 Master Plan. The survey, which is four questions in length, is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members at http://masterplan.nmsu.edu/. Please join the conversation about your future campus.

Get Golf Ready

If you are a true beginner, looking to brush up on your fundamentals, or are an advanced golfer, there?s a Get Golf Ready session for you. For just $100, enjoy five one-hour instructions that will be sure to improve your game. All sessions run from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays for five consecutive weeks at the NMSU Golf Course. Session 1 begins March 4, Session 2 begins May 6 and Session 3 begins July 1. A ladies-only session begins Aug. 5, while an advanced session will begin Sept. 30. For more details and to register, please visit https://golf.nmsu.edu/ggr/. Contact NMSU Golf Course PGA 1st Assistant Golf Professional, James Vanderheyden, at 575-646-4867 or Jvande01@nmsu.edu for more information.

The NMSU Golf Course is open to the public at 3000 Herb Wimberly Dr. in Las Cruces.

Microbiologist to talk about H. pylori and stomach cancer on March 10

The NMSU-Fred Hutch Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research is hosting Nina Salama, a microbiologist from the Human Biology Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington. Salama will present the seminar "Helicobacter pylori and stomach cancer: How does a bacteria cause cancer?" at 6 p.m. March 10 in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 194 (Auditorium) on the NMSU campus.

Helicobacter pylori infection is the major risk factor for stomach cancer, the third leading cancer killer worldwide. They study how this bacterium diversifies its genome and maintains helical cell shape, two adaptations that allow colonization in the unusual environment of the human stomach. They also explore the molecular cross talk between host and bacterium during chronic infection that drives disease. This presentation is open to the public and the NMSU community. Salama will be available for questions after the seminar. For more information, contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

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 at 6 p.m. MT Friday, April 14. Proposals are due at 6 p.m. MT Monday, July 31, 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 hosts second Educators Rising state conference

About 140 students and teachers from high schools across the state are expected to attend the second annual Educators Rising New Mexico conference through Tuesday on the New Mexico State University campus.

The conference began Sunday with registration, followed by competitions and breakout sessions. It will end Tuesday afternoon following an awards ceremony.


NMSU Board of Regents to meet March 6

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University will hold a regular meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, March 6, in the Regents Room of the Educational Services Building on NMSU?s Las Cruces Campus.

In compliance with the Open Meetings Act, copies of the agenda will be made available at NMSU?s Zuhl Library at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and will be accessible at https://regents.nmsu.edu/agenda/.


NMSU?s Arrowhead Center launches TechSprint accelerator for NM startups

Arrowhead Center, the economic development engine at New Mexico State University, has launched a new Arrowhead StartupSprint aimed at all New Mexico tech startups, regardless of their affiliation with the university. StartupSprints support growth-driven companies through education, mentorship, and financing in a short period, cohort-based setting.

Funded by a gift from NM Gas Company, TechSprint is now accepting applications for its spring 2017 cohort, which will begin in late March. TechSprint is designed to test the feasibility of a business idea, with a goal to accelerate New Mexico technology startups to drive economic growth. Through TechSprint, teams will receive mentorship, coaching and $2,000 in participant support.