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NMSU Hotline — July 2, 2015

NMSU?s ?SkitoSnack? project wins Gates Foundation grant


A New Mexico State University biology professor is among 52 researchers in 19 countries to receive a share of $5.2 million in Grand Challenges Exploration grants funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Immo Hansen, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected from among 1,800 applicants to receive $100,000 for his project to develop an alternative meal for mosquitoes to meet a critical need for researchers trying to stop the spread of the disease-carrying insect.

?Mosquito-borne diseases like malaria and dengue fever are a serious threat to human health around the world,? Hansen said. ?During the past decades several mosquito control strategies have been developed that require the release of large numbers of mosquitoes grown in laboratory culture.?


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Campus Announcements

Holiday hours set for Corbett Center, campus restaurants, other offices

Corbett Center Student Union will observe its summer weekend hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the entire holiday weekend of July 3 to 5.

The USPS Post Office inside Corbett Center will close Friday, July 3, as will NMSU Mail Services. Both will resume regular hours on Monday, July 6.

As a reminder, Panda Express in the Auxiliary Services Building and The Player?s Grill in the NMSU Golf Course Club House will both remain open regular hours over the entire holiday weekend, while all other NMSU restaurants, convenience stores, and the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café will close.

Kids invited for fun today at Barnes & Noble

Before the store closes July 3 to 5 for the holiday, celebrate Independence Day two days early with a special children?s Story Time at 11 a.m. today, July 2. Please note that this time has changed from the previously announced 1 p.m. start time. Activities will include a reading, crafts, snacks, a parade around the building and games.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. and provides free public parking in designated spaces. Call 575-646-4431 for more information.

Dustin Cox named director of NMDA?s Dairy Division

Dustin Cox will serve as the New Mexico Department of Agriculture?s Dairy Division director after having served for 15 years as an inspector in the same division. He replaces Alf Reeb, who retired June 30 after 25 years of working in state government.

The Dairy Division conducts sanitary inspections of milking barns and milk-processing facilities, and it samples milk and dairy products to ensure the quality of those products. The division?s work covers conventional and certified organic dairies, and it covers dairies where goat?s milk, not just cow's milk, is produced. New Mexico consistently ranks among the top 10 states in the country in milk production and among the top five in cheese production.

More information about the Dairy Division is available at www.nmda.nmsu.edu.

Sick Leave Bank program enrollment now open

Enrollment for the Sick Leave Bank program is now open through July 31. The program is available to regular employees with at least two years of regular service by June 30, 2015, who are enrolled in the long term disability plan and earn sick leave. Eligible employees must submit a completed Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Authorization form to NMSU Benefit Services by 5 p.m. July 31.

For more information, email benefits@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-8000.

RISE STARTUP symposia set for July 8 and 9

Six experts from around the nation will visit NMSU this month to discuss their research in vaccines and microscopy and imaging at this summer?s RISE STARTUP symposia.

"Challenges in the Development and Delivery of Vaccines" will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, in O?Donnell Hall Room 111. "Advances in Analytical Real-Time Microscopy and Imaging" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at the same location.

The speakers on Wednesday will be Susan Lederer, of the University of Wisconsin Medical School; Shannan Rossi, of the University of Texas Medical Branch; and Saad Omer, of Emory?s Rollins School of Public Health and the Center for AIDS Research. Thursday will be Jeffrey Price, of the Scintillon Institute and Vala Sciences; Emily Gibson, of the University of Colorado Denver; and Kevin Eliceiri, of the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation at the University of Wisconsin.

There will be multiple coffee breaks throughout each symposium where guests can meet the speakers. For more information and to register, visit http://rise.nmsu.edu/rise-events/.