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NMSU Hotline — February 25, 2015

New instrumentation will have multidisciplinary benefits at NMSU


Associate Professor Shelley Lusetti has led the efforts toward acquiring powerful instrumentation that will support the research of faculty across colleges at New Mexico State University. Lusetti and her fellow investigators have received a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation to acquire an x-ray irradiator and dosimetry system. The cost of the instrumentation is $260,000.

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Computer science colloquium today explores big data in urban networks

Yanhua Li will present ?Managing and Making Sense of Big Data From Urban Networks? at 3 p.m. today in Science Hall, room 107. The urban network infrastructure has undergone fast development and expansion during recent years, which increasingly generates an immense amount of big data, such as human mobility data, human transaction data and regional weather data. These heterogeneous data sources convey rich information about a city and can enable intelligent solutions to solve various urban challenges, such as urban facility planning and air pollution.

For more information, call 575-646-3723.

Employee Satisfaction Survey results available online

Employee Council would like to confirm that results from the Fall 2014 Employee Satisfaction Survey related to the general overview of the survey are available at http://oia.nmsu.edu/ess/.

More than 400 employees participated in the Feb. 18 Employee Council Open Forum conducted by Judy Bosland from the Office of Institutional Analysis. Employee Council, in coordination with the President?s Office and the Office of Institutional Analysis, is making this analysis available online to all who are interested at http://oia.nmsu.edu/ess. The address listed on a PowerPoint slide during the open forum was incorrect, and organizers apologize for the error.

Bosland and her staff will continue to look at the survey results and will provide additional insight and analysis in the coming weeks to various parts of our campus community.

The next Employee Council open forum will be held March 17 and will include a presentation from human resources concerning employee benefits and health insurance for the campus community.

100 West Cafe features Italian cuisine this week

100 West Cafe welcomes you to the opening of student-run lunches this week with a variety of Italian cuisine. The buffet lunch for Tuesdays and Thursdays is from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for Feb. 24 and 26 will be marinated tomatoes and cucumbers, spaghetti with sauce Bolognese, fettuccine alfredo with four cheese sauce, Italian green beans, garlic bread and tiramisu for dessert. All lunches are $10 and patrons will be allowed one return trip through the line.

A la carte lunch for Wednesdays and Fridays is from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for Feb. 25 and 27 will be zuppa Toscana, Italian leafy green salad, chicken Milano, Tuscan grilled trout, penne a la vodka with creamy polenta and broccolini, and your choice of zabaglione or mascarpone with peaches for dessert. A la carte lunches are $10.

The food lab is unable to provide to-go lunches. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

Salon Discovery brings three talks from NMSU experts

Dynamic discussions on culture from three expert, award-winning NMSU professors will be presented at Salon Discovery from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the S.P. and Estelle Yates Theater in Pete V. Domenici Hall.

The event also will be webcast. Three 15-minute talks will be followed by question-and answer-sessions. Light refreshments will wrap up the event.

Donald C. Rousch Award winner Stuart Munson-McGee will present "The Science of Chocolate." Carmen Gimenez Smith, American Book Award winner and National Book Critics Award finalist, will speak about "The New Gutenberg Revolution: Small Press in the 21st Century." Regents Professor and NMSU NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Jim Peach will present "Who's on First? Stories about Sports and Economics."

Admission is free. Watch for the next Salon Discovery in April.

CLABS talk March 4 covers war in Argentina

The Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a talk by Federico Finchelstein titled "A Genealogy of the Dirty War in Argentina" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Nason House.

Argentina is famous for its ties with fascism as well as its welcoming of Nazi war criminals after World War II. At mid-century, it was the home of Peronism. It was also the birthplace of the Dirty War and one of Latin America's most criminal dictatorships in the 1970s and early 1980s. How and why did all of these regimes emerge in a country that was "born liberal"? Why did these authoritarian traits first emerge in Argentina under the shadow of fascism?

For more information, contact Inigo Garcia-Bryce at igarciab@nmsu.edu or 575-646-6817 or visit http://clabs.nmsu.edu.

Open house reception planned for new medical school March 5

New Mexico State University faculty and staff are invited to an open house reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5, to meet the leadership team of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at NMSU. The reception at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club in the 3rd Floor Bistro at Fulton Center will feature an opportunity to learn more about BCOM's mission, timeline, curriculum and clinical training. A brief presentation at 4:30 p.m. will be accompanied by hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

An RSVP is requested at mmreyes@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7415.

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University is a freestanding, privately funded, separately licensed and independently operated entity, and is not part of NMSU.

Small Business Development Center workshop to be held March 5

The Small Business Development Center at the DACC Workforce Center will offer a workshop, "Business 101: Selecting a Business Entity," from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Small Business Development Center. The fee for pre-registration is $15 or $20 at the door.

This workshop assists entrepreneurs in understanding the difference between the diverse business types, including a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation and limited liability company. Every business owner should know the different business entities and should also know the advantages and disadvantages of each.

This workshop will provide a quick overview and also will discuss particular things to consider when choosing a business entity. It is a beginner?s course; previous knowledge is not required. The workshop is interactive and will provide materials.

Workshop participants are invited to make an appointment for individual assistance with specific problems or questions.
Services are at no cost and confidential.

Due to space limitations, registration is requested. Visit http://dacc.nmsu.edu/sbdc and click on Event Workshops, or http://www.nmsbdc.org/lascruces/ or call 575-527-7676.

Academic advising annual conference to be held March 5-6

All faculty and professional advisors are welcome to attend the annual New Mexico Academic Advising Association state conference, ?Embracing Partnerships,? at the DACC East Mesa Campus March 5 and 6.

Both NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard and DACC President Renay Scott are scheduled to welcome all the participants to the conference this year. Steve Staley, professor of humanities at Colorado Technical University, will be the keynote speaker Friday, March 6. Presentations throughout the day will be made by higher education advisers and administrators from across New Mexico.

NMAAA is a nonprofit organization serving the needs of academic advisers in the state of New Mexico. Its purpose is to gain recognition for the profession of academic advising and to support the development and professional growth of academic advisers in higher education in New Mexico.

For more information and registration, contact Becky Rodriguez at brodriguez@dacc.nmsu.edu, call 575-528-7031 or visit http://nmaaa.org/conference-registration.html.

Workshops respond to NMSU General Education assessment findings

In response to NMSU?s Spring 2014 General Education outcomes assessment findings, the Office of Assessment and the Teaching Academy joined forces to bring critical thinking in the classroom experts Tine Reimers and Bill Roberson to NMSU. As part of the first NMSU Conference on Assessment, they are offering Pre-Conference workshops Thursday, March 12.

For more information on the pre-conference workshops or to register for the conference, visit http://assessment.nmsu.edu/nmsus-first-annual-conference-on-assessment/.

To register for "Critical Thinking: What Does it Really Look Like When Your Students are Doing it?" from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006634.

To register for "Conceptualizing the Critical Thinking Classroom" from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006635.

Conference registration is free to NMSU faculty, staff and students. The deadline to register for the conference is March 6. To register, visit http://assessment.nmsu.edu/nmsus-first-annual-conference-on-assessment/.

For more information, contact Shelly Stovall, director of assessment, at sstovall@nmsu.edu.

College of Education Student Council seeks donations to support Mesa students

The College of Education Student Council has adopted Mesa Middle School. NMSU College of Education has worked with Mesa Middle School on various initiatives, including Closing the Opportunity Gap Project, Math Snacks and SEMAA.

The school has a wonderful leadership team and teachers who are innovative and implementing new and exciting initiatives with their students. However, there is a high percentage of students who have needs, including coats, jackets, T-shirts, underwear, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant, to list a few. They are looking for these items to help meet the needs so that students can focus on learning.

The goal is to support the educational environment at Mesa. All of the items collected will be delivered March 5; however, they will continue collecting items throughout the year. All items can be delivered to O'Donnell Hall, Dean's Office, Room 301, to the attention of Adelina Rodriguez.

For a full list of items needed, email adelrodr@nmsu.edu.

NMSU College of Education ranks fifth in the nation for best online master?s programs

The New Mexico State University College of Education has been ranked fifth for the Best Online Master?s Education Programs for 2015, according to TeachTomorrow.org.

?This ranking is another example of the excellent programs offered in the College of Education at New Mexico State University,? said Michael Morehead, College of Education dean. ?Our college?s implementation of excellent online education indicates our commitment to the land-grant mission of NMSU and our support for student access. New Mexico is a rural state and by providing exceptional online programs, our college is reaching out to individuals in communities who otherwise could not access graduate degrees.?

The rankings were based on a combination of affordability, quality and support services to assist students earning advanced credentials. Universities must be four-year, public institutions and offer a minimum of one online master?s in education degree program to qualify for the TeachTomorrow.org rankings. A few of the key scoring metrics include online tuition cost, academic and career counseling services and job placement services for graduates.


NM EDGE presents professional training certificates to 44 public servants

A graduating class of 44 public servants received certification in their fields recently through an education program administered by New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service.

Through its Certified Public Manager and County College programs, NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector, graduated its 12th class of public servants at a recent ceremony during the annual Legislative Conference of the New Mexico Association of Counties in Santa Fe. Since 2008, the program has awarded designations to 231 public officials.

To obtain a certification designation, the students must complete a required number of three-hour classes depending on the certification, and a portfolio demonstrating, through written and project work, their application of the competencies learned by participating in the classes.