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NMSU Hotline — February 3, 2015

NMSU researchers use crowdfunding for Mexican wolf tracking experiments

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Researchers at New Mexico State University are seeking donations to fund a project that could help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimate the population of Mexican wolves in the country in a way that is faster, cheaper and more accurate than the current method of tracking. Presently, researchers use a method of molecular replicating, scat-DNA polymerase chain reaction, to mark a wolf in the wild using the DNA in scats. This is very similar to the way a crime lab identifies individual humans based on their DNA. They can then estimate the population size of the wolves.


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Campus Announcements

Broadcasters Club meeting to be held today

The NMSU Broadcasters Club, a great opportunity to learn about careers in radio and television, will hold a meeting at 7:15 p.m. today in Milton Hall, Room 155. Come and share food and conversation with other students interested in television and radio, and learn about great opportunities in the broadcasting field right here at NMSU. Food and soft drinks will be supplied.

For more information, contact Roger Mellen, club adviser, at rpmellen@nmsu.edu.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series featuring Brie Ruais canceled

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series featuring Brie Ruais is cancelled due to travel restrictions from weather. The lecture was scheduled for 6 p.m. today, in the College of Health and Social Services building Room 10.

For more information, visit http://artdepartment.nmsu.edu.

Information and updates on the 2015 Legislative Session available online

NMSU?s Office of Government Relations is hard at work, informing the legislature about the university?s priorities, and tracking any bills that may impact the institution. You can find regular updates and more information in relation to NMSU?s legislative activities on the Office of Government Relations? website at http://govrelations.nmsu.edu/.

For more information, email aggie@nmsu.edu.

Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System to be tested Wednesday

If you hear a siren on the New Mexico State University campus Wednesday at noon, don't be alarmed. The university?s Outdoor Severe Weather Warning Systems are activated for one-minute blasts on the first Wednesday of each month as a test to ensure they are functioning properly. Two pole-mounted sirens, which sound the severe weather warnings, are located on the eastern and western ends of campus. The Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System is part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather-related emergencies for individuals who are located outside a building.

In a weather-related emergency, the weather warning sirens will be engaged for two minutes or longer and will alert members of the campus and surrounding community to immediately seek shelter and once they are safe to check the NMSU website or local news for additional information.

Employees registered with the Emergency Notification System may choose to receive emergency information via email, voicemail or text messaging service. Sign up for emergency alerts at: https://myaccount.nmsu.edu/accounts/etm/index.php.

Retirement reception to be held Thursday

Facilities and services will hold a retirement reception for David Coon, master electrician, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Facilities and Services Large Conference Room.

For more information, email melifern@ad.nmsu.edu.

Baku Summer Energy Program information session to be held Thursday

Representatives from the Baku Summer Energy School will be on campus this week and are interested in meeting NMSU graduate students with a focus on petroleum and energy-related topics. An information session about the program is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at, in Jett Hall Room 205.

The summer school is an annual two-week certificate program held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The agreement between NMSU and AFAZ provides nearly full scholarships for six fortunate NMSU students with a focus on petroleum and energy topics. Total costs to students will be roughly $500 for airfare, plus spending money.

For more information, email ktcherve@ad.nmsu.edu.

Join the Peer Review Network and document your teaching effectiveness

Faculty and graduate students interested gaining assessment experience through reflection on scholarly teaching practices are encouraged to participate in the Peer Review Network. The PRN asks participants to consider how one of their course assignments supports the baccalaureate experience learning objectives in a 2 to 3 page reflective memo. Memos are then reviewed by an NMSU peer ? reviews will offer praise, questions and possibilities for the future. Past participants report spending 3 to 8 hours writing and reviewing their memos over the course of one month.

Documents generated from participation can be used in Digital Measures and annual promotion and tenure performance reviews as evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 9.

Register at http://assessment.nmsu.edu/peer-review-network/.

Judges and volunteers needed for Southwest NM Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The College of Engineering is seeking judges and volunteers for the 2015 Southwest New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

The fair is affiliated with the Intel State and International Science and Engineering Fairs. Eligible students will advance to the state and international fairs and compete against more than 1,000 International Fair contestants. They are seeking judges in all categories and levels for Saturday, March 7, and volunteers to help with setup, registration, judging and the awards ceremony Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7.

For more information and forms, visit http://scifair.nmsu.edu/.

Online training offered for all faculty and staff to support student veterans

NMSU continues to see an increase in the number of student veterans attending classes both on campus and online. We are all committed to understanding the value student veterans bring to our campus, and the unique challenges they face in their transition to academic life.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in a 30-minute online simulation that will help them better understand the student veteran community. The training is flexible and will allow you to complete a portion and return to finish at a later time. This training was created in collaboration with the national Student Veterans of America organization, and is sponsored by NMSU?s Military and Veterans Programs.

To take the course, visit Veterans on Campus. Click ?Launch? and log in with your NMSU ID and password, then follow the on-screen instructions.

For more information, contact Jacobo Varela at 575-646-4524 or mvp@nmsu.edu.

Couples compete in the annual Valentine?s 'Kiss Off'

Since 2009, couples have competed in the annual Valentine?s ?Kiss Off? at Barnes & Noble at NMSU. Couples compete by balancing an iPod Nano chin to chin while leaning over a table; an example of which can be viewed in this video from 2010: http://youtu.be/NugjDkjFEsk.

The couple that lasts the longest will win matching iPad Minis. The second place couple will win iPod Nanos. All entrants will receive either a rose or chocolates. This year?s event will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.

Free registration is available to the first 45 couples at the Barnes & Noble second floor Tech Shop. Join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/846202172103574 for updates and reminders. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Free parking is available in designated spaces.

For more information, call 575-646-4431.

Learn to dance every Tuesday night

Learn to dance the best ballroom, Latin, swing and nightclub dances every Tuesday night at Rentfrow Gymnasium, southeast corner of Stewart and Williams streets. A level one foxtrot lesson will be held at 7 p.m. This lesson is free. Level one samba lesson will be held at 8:15 p.m. This lesson is $5. No partner is necessary, and all levels are welcome.

Lessons are taught by NMSU DanceSport Company members and act as a practicum for professional development. These classes help to further our mission to foster a thriving regional dance community while offering partner dance as a healthy lifestyle alternative.

For more information contact dancesport@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5704.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course "Wire Angel Earrings," learn basic wire techniques and tool usage. Wear these sparkly and beautiful earrings and feel like an angel on earth. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10. The cost is $15.

For more information or to sign up, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

DACC Customized Training class offered

"CPR with Heartsaver First Aid" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 17. The cost is $50. In the "Heartsaver CPR/First Aid" course you'll learn when CPR is needed, how to give CPR to an adult, child and infant, and how to use an AED. CPR consists of pushing on the chest (compressions) and giving breaths. First aid is the immediate care that you give someone with an illness or injury before someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over. A 2-year certification from the American Association will be awarded for the course.

For more information, call 575-527 7776 or email ctp@nmsu.edu.

NMSU?s new Holy Jolokia wing sauce delivers the hottest wings for game day

When it comes to hot wings, it?s going to be difficult to find something hotter than Holy Jolokia wing sauce, the newest in the collection of Holy Jolokia sauces available at New Mexico State University?s Chile Pepper Institute and produced in partnership with CaJohns Fiery Foods.

?The popularity of these Holy Jolokia products has really taken off,? said Danise Coon, an NMSU agricultural research scientist who works with the Chile Pepper Institute. ?It astounds us with how many repeat customers we have. People just keep coming back for their fix.?

Over the past six years, the Chile Pepper Institute has worked with CaJohns to produce and sell thousands of bottles of Holy Jolokia hot sauce, salsa, barbecue sauce and taco sauce, each made with Bhut Jolokia chile peppers.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10888/nmsu-s-new-holy-jolokia-wing-sauce-delivers-the-hottest-wings-for-game-day