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NMSU Hotline — June 29, 2015

Using bioinformatics to untangle second-most widespread parasitic disease

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Sitting humbly in his silence, gathering dozens of pages of data, New Mexico State University student Cesar Montelongo is tucked away in a biology lab eager to make his mark on society. Montelongo is a biology master?s graduate with a unique past, inspiring story and bright future.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU staffing study website now available

NMSU is working with Deloitte Consulting to study the current staffing levels at the Las Cruces campus. This is to ensure NMSU is aligning non-faculty staffing levels with the university?s core mission as well as NMSU?s strategic plan, Vision 2020.

To ensure the university community is well informed about this process, a website is now available at http://staffingstudy.nmsu.edu/. It provides an overview of the project as well as details about the project?s timeline and benchmarking approach. The site also has an ?Ask us!? form for questions and comments regarding the study.

For additional information, contact staffingstudy@nmsu.edu.

Second annual Grape Day to be held Aug. 1

The Viticulture Program along with the New Mexico Vine & Wine Society will host a field day, Grape Day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1, at NMSU Fabian Garcia Science Center. There will be three tours of the vineyard at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There will be no charge to the public for the tours.

There will be a grape vine sale where plants will be $5. They will be selling a variety of red and white wine grapes as well as a select variety of Table Grapes.

For more information contact 505-929-3942 or goodrich@nmsu.edu.

New Mexico Agricultural Leadership program recruiting new group

Over the last 14 years the NM Ag Leadership (NMAL) program has served New Mexico by identifying and providing leadership development opportunities to more than 90 men and women in the food, agriculture and natural resource industries so they could become stronger and more effective in their industries and communities.

Be one of New Mexico?s strongest leaders by joining NMAL.They are presently recruiting participants for the 11th class scheduled to begin in November 2015. Download the application packet at http://aces.nmsu.edu/nmal/application.html and submit it via email or regular mail by Aug. 20.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Transforming the Lightworker, learn how to become playful, imaginative, and creative with your light/energy work. Determine ways to gently persuade a client?s energy body into being highly receptive. For light/aura/energy healers, both professional and those still learning the art of healing. Discover how to quickly raise your frequency, shift your perception, and evolve your work and abilities for more profound healing results. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18. The cost is $39.

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 9 a.m. to noon Monday - Friday, July 13-17. The cost is $109.

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

Are water restrictions New Mexico?s future? NMSU professor says, probably

On May 5, California approved a 25 percent cut on water use in urban areas in an effort to conserve water after four years of intense drought. With these historic water restrictions, could New Mexico face the same future?

?Probably. I don?t see this in the next five to 10 years, but it is definitely a look into the future for us,? said Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University professor and turfgrass extension specialist. ?The issue in California is different than New Mexico because California is a much larger state, and California?s agriculture sector is bigger than New Mexico?s. It also has significantly larger population as well as bigger urban areas, like Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, whereas New Mexico has one, Albuquerque.?

Leinauer attended a conference in California last month where water restrictions, policies and solutions were discussed.

?In my opinion, a lot of the solutions are just quick fixes, and they are not really addressing the major issue. City legislators and utility representatives single out turf and give the impression that turf is the only plant that uses water in the urban landscape. There are rebate programs in place that offer up to $2 per square foot if you remove turf. But what about tress or other landscape plants? There is no doubt that irrigation water is being wasted, but in order to address the issue a more balanced or holistic approach should be taken. That is something we can learn in New Mexico when we think about our future,? he said.