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NMSU Hotline — September 11, 2014

NMSU researchers address regional air quality issues


Over the last four years, researchers at New Mexico State University have been involved in a bi-national study focused on pinpointing dust sources and evaluating the health effects of windstorms in the border region.

Funded through the New Mexico Department of Health?s Office of Border Health, this project combines expertise from NMSU, the New Mexico Environment Department, the University of Texas at El Paso, the Autonomous University of Juarez and the Desert Research Institute, to achieve a better understanding of the sources of air quality contaminants and how weather affects air quality.

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Campus Announcements

'Off the Wall' exhibition opens today at NMSU Art Gallery

The opening reception for ?Off the Wall? will be held at the University Art Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Sept. 11. This event is free and open to the public.

"Off the Wall" is an exhibition inspired by the minimal wall drawings and sculptures of Sol LeWitt. This exhibition traces the history of LeWitt?s relationship with NMSU, as well as show the extent of his influence on a new generation of artists who use the surface of the wall as their canvas. In addition to the work of Sol LeWitt, ?Off the Wall? features the work of Allie Rex, Judith Braun, Christie Blizard and Nathan Green, four contemporary artists from across the country who?ve traded traditional supportive mediums such as the canvas, panel and paper for the challenge of working directly on the wall.

The exhibition will run through Saturday, Dec. 6.

The NMSU University Art Gallery is located in D.W. Williams Hall, at the intersection of University Avenue and Solano Drive. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, or to arrange a group visit, please contact Valerie Amendola at 575-646-2545 or artglry@nmsu.edu.

Computer science colloquium to be held Friday

Carlos Monroy will present ?Using Process Mining and Learning Analytics for Modeling and Analyzing Learning Processes? at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 in Science Hall 107. Learning analytics is an emerging discipline that focuses on the analysis of the data and contexts where learning takes place. Monroy's work in learning analytics seeks to model inquiry-based science learning and its application to enhance curriculum design and ultimately improve learning practices.

For more information, call 575-646-3723.

Astronomy open house set for Friday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an open house at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the NMSU observatory. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

Astronomy personnel on hand will be Chris Churchill and graduate assistants Candace Gray, Sam Schonfeld and Nick Ule. Objects that may be observed induce the M57 Ring Nebula in the Nebula constellation of Lyra, M13 Great Globular Cluster in Hercules (the gem of the sky), Saturn (Saturn sets early), Uranus and Mars (near Saturn, also sets early), Albiero-double cluster (one looks red, the other looks blue), M11- the Wild Duck star cluster and many more.

Fore more information, call 575-646-4438.

Innoventure program seeks entrepreneurial students with creative ideas

Do you know a middle- or high-school student with a knack for creative thinking who?s looking for a fun challenge this school year? Registration is now open for the Innoventure program at New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center.

Now in its 12th year, Innoventure encourages middle- and high-school students to use science, technology, engineering and math to solve business problems. 

Students from across New Mexico spend about seven months developing technology to address a specific theme and building a business plan to turn their idea into a marketable product. Registration for this year?s program continues through Sept. 19.


Domenici Conference registration continues through Monday

Online registration for the 2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15. The conference, set for Sept. 17 and 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., will feature sessions on U.S. defense policy, the bipartisan challenge in Washington, immigration reform, cyber security and the 2014 elections.

NMSU students may attend the conference for free, and printed tickets will be available for those who are offered extra credit by instructors to attend. A live webcast of the conference will be available at domenici.nmsu.edu.

For non-students, the cost is $50 to register, and includes lunch both days. To register or more information, visit domenici.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2066.

Search committee seeks nominees for graduate school dean position

New Mexico State University is in the process of searching for the Dean of the Graduate School. As members of the university community, they are seeking your help. The members of the search committee are asking that you assist them in identifying potential candidates for this position. Forward the name, email address and phone number of your nominee to mmorehea@nmsu.edu.

If you would like to forward the information to the candidate, the position description and the ad for the position can be found on the NMSU web page at Administrative Searches and how to apply can be found on the NMSU Human Resources website at https://jobs.nmsu.edu/ Posting # 1400529S.

For more information, contact iquinone@nmsu.edu.

Applicants sought for associate dean of Honors College

Interested regular, full-time faculty from all colleges at New Mexico State University who hold a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree are invited to apply for the position of associate dean in the William Conroy Honors College.

The associate dean also serves as the director of the Office of National Scholarships and International Education. The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated experience and commitment in fostering opportunity for high-achieving students, and the ability guide students through the competitive process of applying for fellowships.

The search committee will be chaired by Ken Van Winkle, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Other members of the search committee represent the Colleges of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Education, and the Honors College.

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 1. For more information or to apply, view the job posting at http://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/19705.

Faculty Grievance Review Board seeking nominations

The NMSU Faculty Grievance Review Board is seeking nominations to fill several open positions. Nominees must be tenured, tenure track, or college faculty who do not hold an administrative position. Appointments will vary in length from 2 to 3 years. Based on NMSU policy, no more than one board member can come from any department and no more than three can come from any college. Nominations will be accepted until these criteria have been filled or when nominations close at the end of business Sept. 15.

If you are interested in serving on the board or have questions, send an email that includes a short biographical sketch to be used in the ballots to Stuart Munson-McGee, chair of the NMSU Faculty Senate at smunsonm@nmsu.edu.

Mini-grants available for Writing-to-Learn

NMSU is offering mini-grants for faculty who participate in the new Writing-to-Learn program. In this program, faculty will learn to incorporate informal writing as a tool to enhance undergraduate student knowledge about and understanding of course content. Up to six mini-grants will be awarded in the amount of $3,000 each. The goals of the program are to use writing to increase student learning in the discipline, increase the amount of short, informal writing students do, and improve student writing in the disciplines.

The Writing-to-Learn program and provision of mini-grants are provided in support of NMSU?s Quality Initiative focus on student writing. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. For information and to download applications, visit http://assessment.nmsu.edu/quality-initiatives/.

DACC course offers introduction to Arduino electronics platform

Dona Ana Community College is offering a 1-credit ?Introduction to the Arduino? course Wednesdays from 3 to 4:40 p.m. during the second 8-week mini-semester, which begins on Oct. 15. Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for anyone making interactive projects.

For more information, contact Tim Briggs at 575-527-7591 or tbriggs@dacc.nmsu.edu.

NMERB and NMSU Benefit Services to give retirement presentations

Representatives from the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board and NMSU Benefit Services will present information on the NMERB defined benefit retirement plan and the NMSU retiree benefits on Sept. 23. Information regarding the location and time of the presentations is located on the Benefit Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/preparing/. Employees not able to attend the presentations will be able to view a recorded version of the presentation on the same website above approximately one week after the presentation.

Questions regarding this event should be directed to Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

Vendors from ING, VALIC, Horace Mann, TIAA CREF and Waddell and Reed will be available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to answer questions regarding the voluntary retirement plans (403(b) and 457(b)) outside the Corbett Center Auditorium. Voluntary retirement plan information is available on the Benefit Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/for-employees/retire-plans/.