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NMSU Hotline — May 8, 2017

NSF CAREER award helps NMSU professor design devices for search and rescue teams

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Zachary Toups wasn?t always a computer science professor. Before he started teaching at New Mexico State University, he was a researcher attached to the Disaster Preparedness and Response group involved with Texas Task Force 1, one of 28 federal teams under the Federal Emergency Management Agency?s Urban Search and Rescue System. These teams go to the scene of a disaster and search the debris to find survivors.

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Campus Announcements

Finalists selected for NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Dean

The three finalists for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be on campus for interviews this week. You are invited to attend an open forum and presentation with each candidate. Finalists' resumes and interview schedules are posted online at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/finalists-8/. Please mark your calendars for the following sessions.

Enrico Pontelli: Tuesday, May 9: 9 to 10:30 a.m. at CCSU: Dona Ana, Room 312
Nancy McMillan: Wednesday, May 10: 9 to 10:30 a.m. at CCSU: Dona Ana, Room 312
Michael Kruger: Thursday, May 11: 9 to 10:30 a.m. at CCSU: Senate Chambers & Gallery, Room 302

For more information, please email leslies@nmsu.edu or call our office at 575-646-2498.

Kathleen Huttlinger?s retirement party to be held Friday

Kathleen Huttlinger, professor and interim director of the School of Nursing, will be retiring after 10 plus years of teaching and service. Please join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 12, to celebrate her retirement. Food and drinks will be provided.

Viewing the Wider World summer online courses available

Still looking for a summer online Viewing the Wider World (VWW) course? Two courses still available are E T 360V Technology in Business and Society CRN: 24038 and E T 309V Manufacturing: History and Technology CRN: 24573.

Contact Lynn S. Kelly, professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering, at 575-646-3817 or lskelly@nmsu.edu or visit http://et.nmsu.edu.

Nesting hawks are back at Rentfrow Hall

The Swainson?s Hawks that have nested in the trees near Rentfrow Hall for the last few years are back again. Recently, the hawks have swooped down on pedestrians at Rentfrow, Regents Row and near the Speech Building. If you must walk through the area between Rentfrow and Breland Halls, you are advised to wear a sturdy hat or carry an umbrella. Please report any injury to the Campus Health Center. If you have any questions, please contact Facilities and Services at 575-646-7114.

2017 NMSU Community College Roundup now accepting proposal submissions

The 2017 Community College Roundup has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at New Mexico State University?s Carlsbad campus. The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for exchange of knowledge on the latest techniques and advances in education within the NMSU System. The 2017 theme is ?Down to Earth: Adapting to New Challenges.? The conference is currently seeking speakers with diverse expertise to stimulate discussions and promote collaboration between the four community colleges at Carlsbad, Alamogordo, Grants and Dona Ana.

Proposals submissions due by July 15. Early bird registration ends July 15.

The conference website is located at http://roundup2017.nmsu.edu. For more information contact Teri Dodson at 575-234-9256.

NMSU Cooperative Extension trains landowners proper prescribed burn techniques

Well before the emergence of humans on the planet, fire played a role in shaping vegetation. Evidence suggests fire may have been burning plants as early as 440 million years ago.

The question of how long humans have been using fire, for cooking, is hotly debated.

?So where do these two stories converge? How long have humans been using fire to manipulate vegetation?? said Doug Cram, wildland fire specialist in New Mexico State University?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

?At least in North America, Native Americans were the first fire managers. However, that skill has largely been lost among landowners.?

Unlike other management tools such as tree cutting or herbicide spraying, burning is not a surrogate for some other disturbance. Rather, it is a natural process that can be used to influence vegetation toward a specific objective, such as reduced brush cover.