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NMSU Hotline — July 16, 2015

NMSU researcher finds disease-causing bacteria in pistachio trees


In November 2013, Jennifer Randall, New Mexico State University plant pathology professor, was contacted by pistachio growers in California and Arizona wanting her to look at their oddly shaped trees.

Randall traveled to California to inspect the pistachio trees. Instead of growing lean and tall, they were stunted and bushy with twisted roots, which in Arizona, resulted in three-year-old trees being lifted by the wind.

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Campus Announcements

Featured artist to speak at University Art Gallery at NMSU

Millee Tibbs is a featured artist in the University Art Gallery?s summer exhibition, ?Re: Visioning the West.? She will host a gallery talk on how the western landscape has been presented throughout history in order to support the major ideas behind Manifest Destiny in 19th Century expansionism. The talk will be from 6-7 p.m. today at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University; 1390 E. University Ave.

Tibbs will speak to gallery guests about her work, which is on display at the UAG and explores the relationship between viewing a landscape in person versus viewing a landscape through photography. In her compositions, she presents the photographed landscape with manipulated folds, overlays and stitches. This talk is part of the University Art Gallery?s summer show, which features paintings, photography, film, mixed media, sculptural work and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Plutopalooza star party Saturday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy, Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science and the Southern New Mexico Natural History Foundation will host a Plutopalooza Star Party at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum from 9-11 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Museum staff as well as NMSU Astronomy graduate student assistants will be available for information at the event.

On Saturday we will observe Saturn and the double star Albireo. Later in the night we will switch to observing deep sky objects such as globular clusters M13 and M3.

Please contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-4438 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

Dean Donna Wagner featured in New York Times article

Donna Wagner, dean of the College of Health and Social Services, was recently interviewed by the New York Times. The article titled, ?More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves,? details the struggles elderly individuals endure when acting as caregivers.

Wagner is an expert and leading voice in the field of gerontology. To learn more about this growing issue ? the old taking care of the old ? read the full New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/health/more-caregivers-are-no-spring-chickens-themselves.html?_r=1

NMSU parking closures next week

The following parking lot closures have been scheduled for crack filling, surface sealing and striping next week. Lot 74 (NMDA) will close for approximately one week beginning Monday, July 20 and Lot 75N (Stucky Hall) will close for approximately one week beginning Tuesday, July 21 with weather permitting.

The following buildings could or will experience a parking impact: NMDA, Stucky Hall, DACC and PSL. This list may not be totally inclusive of buildings experiencing an impact.

Signs will be erected at these lots announcing repairs and warning of towing which will continue to take place at and during closure until job completion. Once closed, please do not park or drive in these lots until all barriers, both physical and/or written, have been removed.

The Parking Department understands the parking needs of all concerned and we will do all we can to re-open lots as soon as possible. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact parking@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1839.

Crimson Kickoff will begin Aug. 16

Crimson Kickoff will span just four weeks this year. It will start Aug. 16 and run until the first home football game on Sept. 12. The purpose for this lineup of programs is to help our new students transition to NMSU. That is 28 days of programming.

If you, or your office, is planning an event that is open to all students and would like it to be on the Crimson Kickoff schedule, please send the name of the event, date of the event, time of the event and location to Michael Jasek at mjasek@nmsu.edu. Events sent by July 22 may be included in promotional materials for Crimson Kickoff. The Crimson Kickoff Committee will be happy to include it on the website for Crimson Kickoff.

For more information on Crimson Kickoff, you can contact Michael Jasek at mjasek@nmus.edu or call 575-646-1722.

DACC community Education course available

In the Beaded Bangle Bracelet course, students create a wire bangle bracelet with sterling silver beads and precious stones to add a sparkle to your wardrobe. Basic instruction will be taught on wire choices and types, use of tools and wire wrapping techniques. Wear your bracelet home from this popular DACC Community Education course. For those, 16 years of age and older. The course costs $35 and is from 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 4. To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.