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NMSU Hotline — May 15, 2017

NMSU research shows technology may help speed political polarization


While pundits and news outlets claim political polarization in America is at an all-time high since the November 2016 election, a study led by New Mexico State University researchers may have discovered one of the factors driving it ? customization technology.

?The MIT folks and others mapped out the social network sphere looking at the reds and blues and how they don?t talk to each other,? said Igor Dolgov, NMSU psychology associate professor, ?but we are only one of two research teams to have tested the proposed mechanisms experimentally.?

In a paper, published in ?Computers in Human Behavior,? the group investigated the influence of customizable technology on political exposure. Dolgov and Ivan Dylko, former NMSU assistant professor in communication studies, currently at the State University of New York at Buffalo, are the lead authors of the article titled ?The dark side of technology: An experimental investigation of the influence of customizability technology on online political selective exposure.? Omar Aiziz, NMSU computer science instructor, and William Hoffman, Nicholas Eckhart and Maria Molina, NMSU graduate alumni, are co-authors.

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Campus Announcements

Campus Health Center closed this afternoon

The Campus Health Center will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today for staff training, meetings and moving from the flood. If there is an emergency please report to a local emergency room. The CHC will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, utilizing the front entrance of the building.

Donation Fundrive concludes

Got stuff you?ve been meaning to get rid of? The American Southwest Theatre Company is accepting donations for their Savers Fundrive to help raise money, so clean out that drawer or closet you?ve been meaning to make room in and help us reach our goal of 400 bags.

Items in good, clean, sellable condition can be dropped off with an ASTC Board Member at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts box office (located on the first floor) at the corner of University Avenue and Espina Street on the NMSU campus between 1 to 5 p.m. today. If you can?t make it to the theatre during those times, call the main office and a board member will coordinate a drop off/pickup time with you. Items accepted include clothing, accessories, shoes, linens, books and small household items. For more information, call 575-646-4517.

Summer hours, scheduled closures for Activity and Aquatic Center

Please visit our website for summer hours for the Activity Center and the Aquatic Center at https://recsports.nmsu.edu/hours-of-operation/.

For more information please call the Activity Center at 575-646-2885 or Aquatic Center at 575-646-3518.

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, 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.