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NMSU Hotline — March 25, 2015

NMSU College of Engineering professor utilizes scientific approach to photography

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When Nirmala Khandan isn?t on campus, there?s a good chance you will find him behind the lens of his camera. The Ed & Harold Foreman Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering has been a professor at New Mexico State University for 25 years, and for nearly 20 years he has spent weekends and vacations taking photographs. ?Photography, most people look at it as an art, but it is science also,? he said. ?It?s art with light. You paint with light basically.?

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Campus Announcements

National climate conference to be held on campus through Thursday

Dave DuBois will co-host the 12th annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop in Wooton Hall on the New Mexico State University campus. The event is also co-hosted by the Jornada Experiment Station/USDA Climate Hub. Around 90 attendees from all across the U.S. are taking part.

Information about the workshop can be found at http://cpasw.nmsu.edu. Live tweets covering the workshop over next two days can be found at #cpasw15.

Observatory stargazing events to be held Friday and Saturday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the NMSU campus observatory. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Jon Hotzman and graduate assistants Kathryn Steakley, Lauren Kahre, and Sean Markert. Objects we may observe include he planet Jupiter, the Beehive Cluster, the Eskimo Nebula, the moon, the Orion Nebula, and many more celestial objects.

The Southern New Mexico Natural History Foundation will partner with the Department of Astronomy to host a Sky Safari from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 28, also at the NMSU campus observatory. Graduate assistants Jacob Vander Vliet and Lauren Kahre will be available for information at the event. On Saturday evening, they will observe the planets Venus and Jupiter as well as some star clusters and nebulae.

Everyone is welcome to attend wither event. Admission is free and children are especially welcome.

For more information, contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-4438 or 575-646-1868.

Talk April 1 explores Indonesia-Latin American relations

The College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Latin American and Border Studies and the Carruthers Chair in Economic Development will host a talk by Sulthon Sjahril Sabaruddin, Fulbright Visiting Scholar for 2014-15, from the Department of Economics at Pomona College, at 4 p.m. April 1, at the Nason House.

The talk is an overview of Indonesia-Latin American relations and the dynamic of the political economy of Indonesia-Latin American relations from 1945-2015. Despite certain efforts made to strengthen bilateral relations, over the years, Indonesia-Latin American relations have always been challenging. The lecture covers the following periods: 1945-1967 (President Soekarno), Indonesia-Latin American Relations: 1968-1988 (President Soeharto), Indonesian Economic Crisis and Reform Period (1998-2004), and the U.S. Economic Recession and Global Financial Crisis (2008-2015). Lastly, the talk will also share the challenges and ways forward to strengthen Indonesia-Latin American relations.

The talk is free and open to the public. Nason House is located at 1070 University Ave., across from FedEx Kinko?s.

For more information, call 575-646-4988.

NMSU Board of Regents to meet April 6

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents will meet at 1 p.m. April 6 in the Regents Room of the Educational Services Center on the Las Cruces campus. The meeting will be webcast at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor.

A closed executive session will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 6 in the Educational Services Center Room 2 on the Las Cruces campus to discuss personnel, real estate, water rights and threatened or pending litigation matters in accordance with sections 10-15-1 H (2), (7), and (8) of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

Not less than 72 hours prior to the meeting, the agenda for the regular meeting will be posted on the university website at http://regents.nmsu.edu/agenda and will be available at NMSU, Zuhl Library, Las Cruces.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11009/nmsu-board-of-regents-to-meet-april-6

Child abuse documentary in Las Cruces on April 17

The premiere of a documentary about child abuse in New Mexico will occur from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Domenici Hall. The documentary highlights effective solutions to preventing child abuse, and features work being done at NMSU. After the 30-minute documentary, there will be time for discussion and light refreshments.

For more information, contact Esther Devall at 575-646-1161 or Shelly Bucher at 575-646-1277.

DACC Customized Training classes offered

"Introduction to MS Excel 2010" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5. The cost is $139. Do you work with numbers or data? Even ?non-techie? beginners will find it easy to learn Excel in this fun, step-by-step course. Learn the basic functions and features, including an introduction to terminology, components and the Help System. Practice entering data and navigating in the spreadsheets while manipulating data using formulas.

"Secrets to Managing Change" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. The cost is $139. In today's world, change is inevitable and often difficult to deal with. During this course, participants will learn how to implement, manage and cope with change. Topics include the Bridges, Conner and Janssen change models, identifying the need for change, responding to change, empowering employees, dealing with emotions and more.

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

DACC Community Education course explores bird watching

In the DACC Community Education course "Intermediate Bird Watching," improve your birding skills and develop a deeper appreciation for birds through classroom sessions and field trips. Focus on vocalizations, form and function, and bird behavior. Field trips will explore some of the diverse habitats of the region ? from wetlands to desert foothills. The class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 7 to 21. The cost is $43.

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

Coach: NMSU men?s rodeo unstoppable

The New Mexico State University rodeo team continues to lead the pack in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association?s Grand Canyon Region, picking up another win in Tucson.

?I?m proud of the teams? performance this past weekend,? head coach Jim Brown said. ?They continue to outshine the competition and bring championships back to Las Cruces. I have no doubts our success will continue through the rest of the season.?

The Aggie men?s rodeo team earned first place by gaining more than 200 points over the competition at the University of Arizona March 21, while the women?s team placed in third.

Josh Davison of NMSU received the All-Around title for excellence in the arena.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11010/coach-nmsu-men-s-rodeo-unstoppable