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NMSU Hotline — June 27, 2017

NMSU professor sets his sights on determining best dryland cropping system


Murali Darapuneni recalls stories about how difficult it was for his ancestors during times of drought conditions and famine in India in the early 1900s.

?They had limited resources and research at that time,? he said. ?My grandparents told me about those stories and how difficult it was to feed the people.?

Darapuneni is now an assistant professor of semi-arid cropping systems in the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Part of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, he is researching efficient dryland cropping systems at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.

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Campus Announcements

Composting/Bioreactor Workshop, Farm Service Agency Operation Loan Presentation set for Wednesday

A Composting/Bioreactor Workshop and Farm Service Agency Operation Loan Presentation will be held Wednesday, June 28 at Taylor Hood Farms, 4225 County Road B-006, Las Cruces. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to use several composting techniques to improve crop yields and bring other benefits to your farm, and hear from FSA staff about FSA operating loans and what they can offer. David Johnson, Shahid Mustafa and FSA staff will make presentations. For more information visit https://www.taylorhoodfarms.com.

Nursing interim department head Kathleen Huttlinger?s retirement gathering set for Wednesday

Please join us for a retirement gathering for Kathleen Huttlinger. It will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28. Brunch items and refreshments will be provided in the Memorial Tower Building, third floor, Room 317 to 319. Please access the Health and Social Services Building to enter the third floor Memorial Tower Room.

Huttlinger, who is a professor and interim director for the School of Nursing, will be retiring after 10 plus years of teaching and service.

Office of Sustainability to host two webinars Wednesday

The Office of Sustainability will host a Brown Bag Lunch webinar from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, titled ?Solar Hot Water Heating Systems.? Solar energy can be used in several ways to heat water for domestic, commercial and industrial uses. Examples include photo voltaic cells to generate electricity for hot water heaters and both passive and active thermal solar systems for direct heat. With the cost of solar equipment dropping, there are significant savings in solar hot water, but what are the considerations in determining which technology is best for your situation?

This webinar will review the pros and cons of investing in a solar hot water system (residential, commercial and industrial uses) and what to consider in making the investment decision. Location is at the NMSU Fire Station training room.

The Office of Sustainability also will host a webinar screening from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday titled "Moving the Needle on Commute Mode through Transportation Demand Management." Transportation demand management professionals from Stanford University, Cornell University and University of South Florida will discuss current topics to improve the performance of more sustainable transportation modes to meet the commute needs of students and employees. Topics discussed include how university administrative staff and faculty can partner through research to better understand what motivates us to change our travel behavior. Engaging your campus community also rests upon understanding how they communicate and how to develop a strategy to reach your audience using social media.

Offering sustainable transportation options to students and staff is the easy part. What more can you do to foster improvements in sustainable commute mode share? Our Sustainability Manager is an avid rider of the RoadRunner bus so she can personally tell you why it?s a great idea. The webinar will be at the NMSU Fire Station training room.

For more information, contact joni newcomer at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu.

Candidate to interview for Clinical Psychopharmacology Training Program Director

The Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology welcomes Jonathan Leggett onto campus to interview for the position of Clinical Psychopharmacology Training Program Director. He is currently a licensed psychologist providing clinical services through the Tsehootsooi Medical Center at Fort Defiance, Arizona. On Wednesday, June 28 he will deliver a colloquium address titled, ?Challenges & Opportunities in Psychopharmacology Training? which is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in O?Donnell Hall Conference Room (on the third floor). All NMSU faculty, staff and students are welcomed to attend.

Retirement reception for Sharon Jones to be held Wednesday

After 11 years of service, Sharon Jones will be retiring. Please join us for an ice cream social to celebrate her years of dedicated service from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, in the Hadley Hall lobby.

NMSU Community College Roundup canceled

NMSU Community College Roundup has been canceled for 2017. Thank you to those who have sent submission proposals and called for information. The NMSU Carlsbad Roundup committee members hope to host the Roundup next year and are looking forward to a robust and successful collaboration at that time.