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NMSU Hotline — May 13, 2015

Southwest Regional Climate Hub provides valuable information to ag producers


Established in February 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Southwest Regional Climate Hub was tasked with supplying science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them to adjust to climate change and weather variability.

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Campus Announcements

Wish the softball team good luck at send-off party

Come out to the north Pan American Center parking lot at 2:45 p.m. today, to wish the NMSU softball team good luck at the NCAA Regional in Tucson. Hear from head coach Kathy Rodolph and meet the team before they board the bus. The Aggies will face off against Big 10 opponent Minnesota at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 15. NMSU softball won the WAC regular season and tournament championships this year while posting a program-record 45 wins.

NMSU to host Adolescent Mental Health Conference Saturday

The New Mexico State University School of Nursing and the National Alliance for Mental Illness on Campus chapter at NMSU will host the Adolescent Mental Health Conference, ?Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating for Action,? Saturday, May 16, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The conference will open at 8:30 a.m. with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Conference attendance is free but advanced registration is required. Due to limited seating, attendance will be limited to the first 300 to register. To register, visit http://schoolofnursing.nmsu.edu/adolescent-mental-health-conference-2015/.

?It is the goal of the conference to increase awareness of the topic, including a panel of adolescents discussing mental health from their perspective, increase knowledge regarding adolescent mental health issues and illness through presentations by community mental health clinicians and experts in this area, increase awareness of community resources available and provide information regarding how to access those resources,? said Ruth Burkhart, faculty adviser and School of Nursing college assistant professor.


Sidewalk to be closed May 19

Facilities & Services will need to close the sidewalk located on the east side of the Chemistry Building from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19. This closure may extend through Wednesday, May 20, depending on difficulties encountered.

The sidewalk closure is required to protect pedestrians while a contractor places a mobile crane in that area. The crane will be used to level a HVAC unit located on the roof of the Chemistry Building. The work is scheduled to take place prior to the start of the summer session to lessen the impact on faculty and students.

For more information contact Daniel Fernandez at 575-646-5603.

NCAA CHOICES Grant funded

The Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Campus Health Center received a three-year NCAA CHOICES Grant funded at $30,000 for "Aggies Winning Choices: Awareness, Education, and Smart Decision-Making about Binge Drinking."

The grant aims to reduce binge drinking among undergraduate students at New Mexico State University over the funding period of three years through the use of a social marketing framework and a harm reduction perspective, with the help of culturally and linguistically appropriate awareness raising and educational strategies.

The campus-wide program was developed as a collaboration between the Department of Public Health Sciences; Satya Rao, professor, undergraduate program coordinator and graduate public health certificate program coordinator and Mark J. Kittleson, department head of Public Health Services; the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics; Carmen Rogers, academic services director; and the Campus Health Center; Amanda Gallivan, health education specialist.

The effort specifically includes a collection of prevention strategies aimed at altering students? binge drinking context and will showcase the collaboration between the university?s academic, athletic and service divisions through the active engagement of students ? particularly student-athletes as advisors and peer-educators; the strategic use of informational, athletic and social events across campus for awareness raising and education that promote smart and healthy personal decision-making about alcohol use; and the targeted use of local media and other communications tools to reach out to the diverse undergraduate student body.

For more information email Satya Rao at sakrishn@nmsu.edu.

Experts will discuss livestock health in program at NMSU?s Corona Research Center

Experts will gather May 19 for a Beyond the Roundtable discussion of livestock health, immunity and vaccination at New Mexico State University?s Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability in Corona.

?Making sure livestock are healthy is a high priority for ranchers in New Mexico,? said Shad Cox, superintendent of NMSU?s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. ?Preventative steps can make a big difference throughout life for our animals. We have assembled a group of top experts to give producers some useful guidance on maximizing the health of their herds and other livestock.?

The program will begin at 10 a.m. with a session on livestock immunity by Dennis Hallford, Regents professor and interim department head of Animal and Range Sciences at NMSU.


DACC Customized Training class offered

In the DACC Community Education course, Line Dance II, focus on new and easy dances that incorporate steps for beginners. No previous dance experience is necessary. This is a fun way to exercise and learn more about this popular dance form. This is a continuation of the ?Intro to Line Dance? class from the spring. The class will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9-July 14. The cost is $39.

In the DACC Community Education course, Pastel Drawing-Creative Critters, learn pastel drawing and texturing techniques to illustrate whimsical bees, a fanciful army of frogs, a striking owl and many more artistic critters filled with detail. Challenge your creativity in the world of pastels. For kids ages 6 to 12. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, June 8-11. The cost is $107.

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

NMSU wins designation as core university of new FAA national center for UAS

New Mexico State University is a core member-university on a team that will operate a new Federal Aviation Administration National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

On May 8, the FAA announced that the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) would operate the new center. NMSU, as a core university of ASSURE, is helping lead the partnership of academic and industry members that will begin a new era of commercial unmanned aircraft research, development and integration into the nation?s airspace.

?NMSU?s combination of over a decade of UAS flight test experience, outstanding facilities and sterling safety record were a critical differentiator in the selection of the ASSURE team as the FAA UAS Center of Excellence,? said Dallas Brooks, NMSU UAS research and development strategic manager. ?No other facility in the nation can match NMSU?s proven capabilities and our record of firsts in UAS flight and research, development, test and evaluation activities. We look forward to helping lead the ASSURE coalition to even greater accomplishments as a core member of the FAA UAS Center of Excellence team.?


NMSU teaches pressure cookers are quick way to prepare nutritional food

Pressure cookers are finding their way back into the kitchen as people want a way to quickly prepare nutritional food.

?We have had many calls regarding how to use a pressure cooker,? said Corina Chavez, New Mexico State University home economist at the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service office in Albuquerque. ?This class is included in our Kitchen Series where we will do a variety of classes.?

People are finding their mother?s, or grandmother?s pressure cookers while clearing their homes and they remember how much the cooker was used in the past prior to the introduction of microwave cooking.

?People are afraid of using pressure cookers because of the stories they have heard about the pressurized steam burning someone, or the food exploding from the vent pipe on the lid,? Chavez said. ?But using a pressure cooker is easy and safe.?