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NMSU Hotline — June 6, 2017

NMSU research reveals mosquito repellents that work best

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Just as the first mosquitoes of the season are making an appearance, New Mexico State University researchers are sharing results of six months of testing on 11 different mosquito repellent products.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced on May 17 that the yellow fever mosquitoes already have been identified in Dona Ana County. Last summer, this type of mosquito, which can carry Zika and other viruses, was found in Doņa Ana, Eddy, Sierra, Lea, Chaves and Roosevelt counties.

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Every Aggie Counts events slated to boost Aggie Finish Line scholarship

As part of its $125 million Ignite Aggie Discovery fundraising campaign, New Mexico State University is promoting a special mini-campaign for the month of June to emphasize that ?Every Aggie Counts? when it comes to making an impact on student success.

For those alumni who have not yet found the program or scholarship they want to support at NMSU, there?s an extra incentive to make a first-time gift during Every Aggie Counts: a dollar-for-dollar match is available for gifts to the Aggie Finish Line Degree Completion Scholarship from alumni who are making their first gift to NMSU.

To honor every Aggie looking to give back, the NMSU Foundation will host a special event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Chick-fil-A on University Avenue, featuring giveaways and a chance to win a free chicken sandwich or 8-count nuggets every week for the rest of the year.

Then, on June 13, the Foundation invites El Paso-area Aggie alumni to Whole Foods, 100 Pitt St. on El Paso?s west side, from 4 to 6 p.m. for another chance to win gift cards from Whole Foods and other giveaways.

The events, which feature live radio broadcasts and other fun, will drive the momentum for Every Aggie Counts and give Las Cruces alumni a chance to meet students and support a new scholarship in time to make a difference for the fall semester.

Students at NMSU who are a semester or two away from graduation now have an additional source of support to help them bridge that financial gap and cross the finish line to receive their degree. The Aggie Finish Line Degree Completion Scholarship will support one or more undergraduate students with an award that covers the tuition gap when other financial support has been exhausted. Students must be in good academic standing at NMSU and must be within one or two semesters of completing a bachelor?s degree.

Every Aggie Counts comes in the midst of the NMSU system?s Ignite Aggie Discovery campaign, which extends through 2019. The fundraising effort, which launched its public phase in April, is the largest cash campaign in the university?s history, with a goal of adding $50 million in scholarship endowments to support student success. To learn how you can be part of Every Aggie Counts, visit ignite.nmsu.edu/everyaggiecounts or call 575-646-1613.

DACC Small Business Development Center workshop set for Thursday

The Small Business Development Center upcoming free workshop, Steps to Starting Your Business, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 8.

Space is limited, please register now, online at www.nmsbdc.org/lascruces/ or by phone at 575-527-7676.

Learn the basic steps necessary to set up a business correctly such as defining your business, choosing
a business name, registering your legal structure, registering with New Mexico Taxation and Revenue and much more.

The workshop will be held at the Small Business Development Center, DACC Workforce Center, 2345 East Nevada Avenue, Room 101E.

Free literacy tutor training set for Saturday

Literacy Volunteers of Doņa Ana County is looking for volunteers to assist adults to read and write, learn basic math or English as a second language on a one-to-one basis. We are on campus at DACC. This free workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Doņa Ana Community College Espina Campus includes an introduction to our program, and hands-on practice, and knowledge about helping adults become literate and empowered to pursue their interests and education. Your commitment afterward is to tutor one adult twice per week, at a time and place convenient to both of you. Call 575-527-7641 or 575-496-0207 for more info and to register. The life you change may be your own.

Ornamental chile plant blowout sale offered at the Chile Pepper Institute

We have an assortment of ornamental chile plants for sale at the Chile Pepper Institute. All 4? plants are $2, we also have some NuMex Centennial and NuMex Twilight 6? plants for $4.

Located in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265, the Chile Pepper Institute is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For questions please call 575-646-3028.

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.

Proposal submissions are 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.

New research project measuring surface, groundwater flux

KC Carroll?s lab group and April Ulery are working on a project focusing on ?Coupling Direct and Indirect Characterization Methods for Mercury Transport and Surface Water-Hyporheic Zone Exchange? working with DOE Environmental Management and Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). The hyporheic zone is the streambed sediment interface between surface water and groundwater, and it is critical for various biogeochemical, hydrologic and ecological processes.

The overall goal of the proposed work is to quantify water and mercury secondary sources and fluxes from contaminated creek hyporheic zone sediments to the overlying surface water in a stream impacted by historical mercury contamination.

Two NMSU students, Justin Milavec and Chia-Hsing ?Peter? Tsai, stationed at ORNL all summer, are conducting the field work including piezometer, electrical resistivity measurements and a tracer study using bromide salt applied in the field and measured in the watershed. This applied research project will develop a quantitative understanding of water and contaminant transport between the surface water and the hyporheic zone.