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NMSU Hotline — March 22, 2017

Safety tip: Don?t drive distracted

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Did you know that texting while driving takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds? That?s like driving an entire football field blindfolded.

Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person?s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

· Texting
· Using a cell phone or smartphone
· Eating and drinking
· Talking to passengers
· Grooming
· Reading, including maps
· Using a navigation system
· Watching a video
· Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player

There are three main types of distraction:
1. Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.
2. Visual: taking your eyes off the road
3. Cognitive: taking your mind off driving

Because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. A 2016 study by the Centers for Statistics and Analysis reports eight people are killed every day in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

The NMSU Fire Department encourages you not to drive while distracted. To learn more about the impact of distracted driving go to www.distraction.gov for additional information.

Be safe!

Campus Announcements

Frozen green chile now on sale

Frozen green chile is available at the Chile Pepper Institute.

· NuMex Heritage 6-4 (Mild)

· NuMex Heritage Big Jim (Medium/Hot)

· NuMex Sandia Select (Hot)

There are about 10 chiles per bag. Bags are $6 each or two for $10. Chiles are roasted and peeled.

We are located in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265. For more information call 575-646-3028.

Patent application workshop with Andrew Salazar set for Monday

The Arrowhead Innovation Network Workshop Series presents Andrew Salazar of Technology Ventures Corporation, who will give a two-hour intensive training workshop on how to prepare and submit domestic patent applications. The workshop will cover the application requirements, research and preparing and submitting a domestic application. If you are an inventor, business owner, scientist, engineer, technical staff, student or entrepreneur involved in technology development, please join us for this information-packed workshop.

Contact Kristin Morehead at kmorehea@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5575 for more information.

Event will be held at Arrowhead Center, 3655 Research Dr., Genesis Building C, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 27.

Please register for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patent-application-workshop-tickets-32853435510?utm_source=AIN+Patent+Application+Workshop&utm_campaign=Reception+9.30&utm_medium=email.

Teaching With the Stars

The Advocates for Scholarly Teaching Committee is hosting its second annual ?Teaching with the Stars? event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the NMSU Golf Course Banquet Room. Participants in the event rotate between six to eight stations each with an award-winning ?star? teacher who demonstrates an aspect of how they teach. The format is inspired by ?speed dating? events.

This event is open to any graduate student, instructor or faculty from DACC and NMSU campuses interested in learning what other professors do in their classrooms to promote student learning. Registration for this event is through the Teaching Academy at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000010872 with a deadline set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. Participants will walk away from a great evening of discussion and a packet including the presentations from each of our "stars."

Star presenters representing NMSU colleges and the Dona Ana Community College include:

Mike Teitsworth, Dona Ana Community College
Merranda Marin, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences
Carlos Posada, College of Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice
Tyson Stolte, College of Arts and Sciences, English
Matthew Holt, College of Business, Finance
Fangjun Shu, College of Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Henrietta Pichon, College of Education, Counseling and Educational Psychology
Maria Ortiz, College of Health and Social Sciences, School of Social Work

Creating whiteboard videos in your online course to be held March 29

Join the Online Course Improvement Program from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, and learn how to create whiteboard videos in your online course. Don't forget to bring a tablet or a smart phone to fully participate. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000010444. For questions, email Miley Grandjean at mgrandje@nmsu.edu.

Listening Party: TED Podcast 'Playing With Perceptions' set for March 30

KRWG and the University Art Gallery at NMSU are excited to invite you to a new event in Las Cruces, a Listening Party and Community Conversation. Our Listening Party: TED Podcast ?Playing With Perceptions? will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, and will gather people to hear an NPR broadcast as a catalyst for conversation. This event will be held in the University Art Gallery and moderated by KRWG?s reporter, Simon Thompson. To participate, please RSVP to Dianne Frank at dlfrank@nmsu.edu. Space is limited.

The Facebook event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1311125578926572/.

Quality in Online Education Conference connected NMSU faculty, staff

The first Quality in Online Education Conference was hosted by the NMSU Quality Matters (QM) System group on March 10. Fifty-seven NMSU faculty and staff attended the event.

The Quality in Online Education Conference was a joint effort between Doņa Ana, Carlsbad, Grants, Alamogordo and Las Cruces campuses. The conference was hosted on the NMSU Las Cruces campus with a welcome address from Greg Fant, keynote speakers Sherrell Wheeler (Director Online Quality Assurance, Alamogordo) and Shelly Stoval (Director of Accreditation, Las Cruces), and breakout sessions concerning quality in online education, use of the research-based Quality Matters Standards, assessment, and accreditation best practices for online education. The conference provided a space to connect, learn and share successes and concerns about online education at NMSU.

The QM System group extends a big thank you to the Online Course Improvement Program, Academic Technology, Instructional Media Services and the Teaching Academy for their support in preparation, hospitality and tech support.

NMSU project uses satellite technology to evaluate southern New Mexico water resources

Zohrab Samani, a New Mexico State University civil engineering professor, and his graduate student Pooneh Pahlevani are leading a research project examining water accessibility in southern New Mexico. The goal of the project, ?Evaluating water budget for the Mesilla Bolson Aquifer,? is to develop a hydrologic model that can predict future water storage and sustainability of the Mesilla Valley Aquifer known as the Mesilla Bolson.

Dona Ana County?s groundwater is the Mesilla Bolson, which supplies drinking water for Las Cruces and other small communities in the county in addition to parts of El Paso and Juarez. The aquifer is the lone water source for agriculture during dry years when there is little river flow.