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NMSU Hotline — May 28, 2015

NMSU surveying engineering professor uses UAVs to monitor ecosystems

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Unmanned aerial vehicles are monitoring dryland ecosystems and soil erosion in a collaboration between New Mexico State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Agricultural Research Services at the Jornada Experimental Range, north of Las Cruces. Leading the project for NMSU is Ahmed Elaksher, assistant professor of engineering technology and surveying engineering in the College of Engineering.

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Campus Announcements

Ninth annual Lujan Dinner to be held June 6

The ninth annual Lujan Dinner will be held June 6 in Albuquerque. Hosted by Larry and Arlene Lujan, this dinner is going on its ninth year and has been integral in raising funds and awareness for New Mexico State student-athletes.

Tickets include dinner, drinks (including their famous margarita bar), dessert bar, entertainment, live and silent auction.

Meet coaches and athletes from all of the sports and hear from special guest speakers, President Garrey Carruthers and Director of Athletics Mario Moccia.

Buy tickets at www.aggieathleticclub.com/lujan or call 575-646-5151.

NMSU Librarian wins Fellowship to Rare Book School

If you think that an archivist or librarian can instinctively sense the value of a book, especially rare books ? think again, because there is a school for that. New Mexico State University Archives and Special Collections Librarian Sarah Allison is one of 20 recipients nationwide to attend the 2015 Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

From July 19-25, fellowship recipients will learn various aspects of rare books collection development, from the history, to identification, to description. "The NMSU Library's Special Collections contain mostly printed published materials, ranging in date from 1511 to the present,? said Laurence S. Creider, department head of Archives and Collections. ?The Rare Book School/Institute for Library and Museum Services scholarship will enable Ms. Allison to learn more about how books have been made and used.?

The 2015 IMLS-RBS Fellowship for Early-Career Librarians will underwrite Allison?s tuition, transportation and lodging this summer in Virginia, plus registration, transportation and lodging at the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Preconference from June 23-26 in Oakland, California, and a year's membership in Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the ACRL.

Allison, who joined the NMSU Library in 2014 as Special Collections Librarian, earned her master's degree in library and information science from Valdosta State University in Georgia and also holds a bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Redlands in California. ?The scholarship will also introduce her into an important network of special collections librarians and book historians,? said Creider. ?This is a gift that I wish had been given when I started in rare book librarianship."

For more information contact cmcclure@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7492.

NMSU featured on Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list

New Mexico State University has been recognized as one of the best institutions for Hispanics in the United States, according to the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics as featured in the May edition of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

Using data from the Department of Education, NMSU ranked in the top 25 in both total bachelor?s degrees granted (24th) and graduate student enrollment (22nd). NMSU awarded 1,193 bachelor?s degrees (46 percent) to Hispanics, and 1,089 Hispanic students (34 percent) were enrolled in graduate school.

Additionally, NMSU ranked 73rd in undergraduate enrollment across both two- and four-year schools with 7,043 Hispanic students (52 percent).

The Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics article also included lists of the top 10 bachelor?s degrees awarded by academic programs. NMSU was ranked seventh in bachelor?s degrees in education with 118 of 199 or 59 percent awarded to Hispanics, and NMSU posted the second-best percentage (30 percent) in the top 10 and ranked ninth for agriculture/agriculture operations bachelor?s degrees awarded (29 of 97).


Arrowhead Park receives grant to plan development of health technology hub

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University aims to help identify and meet New Mexico?s health care delivery and technology development needs through a new grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

NMSU?s economic development hub will receive $488,000 in grant funding to create a master development plan for Arrowhead Park that includes a health care technology cluster to better support startup companies focused on improving health care in the region and diversify the state?s economy.

The funding comes from the EDA's Regional Innovation Strategies Program Science and Research Park Development Grant, which helps regions plan the creation or expansion of innovation centers. Arrowhead Park, a public-private land development partnership, offers space, facilities and services for technology-based businesses and connects entrepreneurs to researchers.

The health technology cluster plan will incorporate market analysis of the needs of this key sector in the region and guidelines for master-planned development of Arrowhead Park to meet identified demands.


NMSU kinesiology student wins diversity award, will travel to biomechanics conference

A 22-year-old kinesiology student in New Mexico State University?s College of Education has been named a recipient of the ASB Diversity Travel Award, which will allow her to present a research paper comparing the muscles used in two different styles of baseball pitching at a conference in Ohio.

Amanda Concha, a junior at NMSU, will travel to the American Society of Biomechanics conference at Ohio State University in August. The award is given to people from racial and ethic groups underrepresented in biomedical research, and helps offset the cost of travel to the conference. The award also funds Concha?s registration fee, lodging and most meals, and she will receive a $300 travel honorarium.

Concha said her professor, David Keeley, suggested that she look into the travel award, but Concha admits she had never heard of it before applying.

?I had no idea that award existed,? Concha said. ?Honestly, it was really great when I found out that I won it. I?m proud, excited and just glad to be able to represent my culture.?


DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Sketch and Friends-Underwater Explorers, underwater exploration comes to life in this four-day cartoon workshop. Follow four cartoon characters as they explore the deep blue sea. Draw the cartoon characters in their underwater sea station, draw jokes about life on the job and illustrate other crazy encounters with Sketch and his animal friends. Cartooning techniques like expression, sequencing and scenic development are just a few of the hilarious lessons learned in this new course. For kids ages 5-12. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, June 1-4. The cost is $97.

In the DACC Community Education course, Mine Craft Designer, learn the basics of creating 3D modeling using a new industry grade software to design your very own characters and import them into your favorite Minecraft games. For kids ages 8-14. The class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 15-19. The cost is $109.

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

DACC Customized Training class offered

A Notary Public training class will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6 for $99 or from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 for $99. Learn the legal duties and what the law allows and requires of a notary. Determine the steps for applying to become a New Mexico Notary Public and information you need to order your notary seal, as well as what to do with records when you are no longer a notary. For new and experienced Notaries. Must be a New Mexico resident. Record Book of Notarial Acts is included.

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