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NMSU Hotline — August 19, 2015

NMSU graduate student receives NASA fellowship to study space weather prediction

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Weather doesn?t end when you leave Earth. With NASA?s help, researchers at New Mexico State University are studying the sun in hopes of forecasting space weather as accurately as your local weatherman.

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Campus Announcements

Volunteers needed for 'Ask Me! Where?s My Class?' tables during Aggie Welcome and Orientation Week

As a part of Aggie Welcome and Orientation Week, there will be "Ask Me! Where's My Class?" tables at six different locations across campus from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Aug. 20 (broken down into one-hour shifts for both days). Volunteers are needed to help guide new Aggies in the right direction. Two individuals per shift are needed to staff the tables. Faculty, staff and student employees are encouraged to volunteer.

Supplies will be provided by the Aggie Welcome and Orientation program.

For more information, contact Angela Bates at aarvizo@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1722.

Webinar on Drought in the Southwest at Environmental Education Center to be held Thursday

"Drought in the SW United States - Water Policy of the Past, Present and Future" will be shown from 11:15 a.m. ? 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in Regents Row A116, the new Environmental Education Center (bring brown-bag lunch if you desire). This is the second webinar in the Food, Water, Energy Series. The focus is primarily on California as a harbinger for other regions of the country and the globe. The speakers will specifically examine the water policies of the past, present and future, their impact on water supply, and uses including agriculture and society overall.

David White, an associate professor in the Arizona State University School of Community Resources and Development, will lead the webinar. He is also the Director of the National Science Foundation's ?Decision Center for a Desert City?, which studies water-management decisions in the face of growing climatic uncertainty in central Arizona.

EPPWS seminar on Rhodococcus fascians, a bacterium associated with ?Pistachio bushy top syndrome?

The Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science will host Danny Vereecke, from Ghent University, world?s expert on Rhodococcus fascians at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Gerald Thomas (GT336).

In the last three to four years, around 35,000 acres of micro-propagated Pistachio ?UCB-1? rootstocks have exhibited symptoms that have become known as ?Pistachio bushy top syndrome." Two Rhodococcus spp. isolates were identified on symptomatic trees in field and nursery samples by researchers at NMSU and shown to be the cause of ?Pistachio bushy top syndrome?. These isolates are genetically related to Rhodococcus fascians, a known plant pathogen that modulates hormone levels within infected plants.

Danny Vereecke is currently visiting NMSU as a visiting scientist and affiliated faculty with EPPWS. She is collaborating with the Randall lab at NMSU to help determine the molecular mechanisms by how the ?Pistachio Bushy Top? Rhodococcus isolates function.

For more information contact Alvaro Romero at 575-646-5550.

The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse

The Department of Music will show the free concert The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. There will be a Middle School & High School Masterclass from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Atkinson Recital Hall and a NMSU Masterclass from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Atkinson Recital Hall. Admission is free

Since 1998, The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse have captivated audiences with their stellar musicianship and comical repartee. They pride themselves in their ability to connect with the audience and break the traditional barrier between the performers and the listeners.

Over the years, the Hornsmen (yes, they are aware there is a lady among them) have performed throughout the U.S. in symphonies, college campuses, horn workshops, churches, arts festivals, public schools, public restrooms, parking lots and highway rest areas. They have been selected as guest artists at several International Horn Symposiums and in March of 2015, they will make their European debut with residencies at the Chopin Conservatory in Warsaw, Poland and the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

For more information contact njoy@nmsu.edu.

Evening of art at Dona Ana Community College

An evening to celebrate art will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in building DAEM at the East Mesa Campus in the mezzanine of the Dona Ana Community College President?s office.

Donations of artworks from the Royce Marin Rein estate will be unveiled and several will be available as part of a silent auction to benefit the DACC Art Collection Endowment. The donation of artwork by the Rein estate by Michael Peacock to the DACC permanent art collection features 67 paintings, drawings, paper-cut collages, mobiles and lithographs that span the breadth of his career.

The DACC permanent art collection has more than 250 original artworks and limited edition prints donated by artists and patrons over the past 10 years. The collection includes representational, abstract and non-objective artworks in various media.

In 2014, an endowment was established within the New Mexico State University Foundation to support the continued acquisition, preparation and conservation of the art. Several suites of works representing the careers of notable artists, John Moffitt, Bill Gambling and Royce Marin Rein are included in the DACC collection.

For more information contact Michael Stewart at 575-527-7582 or Glenn Schwaiger at 575-527-7752.

Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research 2015 Conference to be held Sept. 11

Register now for the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) 2015 Conference: Academic-Community Partnerships to Address Health Disparities in the Border Region. Find the registration link, the most current conference agenda, and the breakout session details at their website http://health.nmsu.edu/swihdr/2015-swihdr-conference/

This conference will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Pete V. Domenici Hall, Yates Theater. This conference is free and open to the public and the entire NMSU community. They look forward to seeing you there.

For more information email Anna Martin at aemartin@nmsu.edu.

2015 NMSU Community College Round Up Oct. 2-3 at NMSU Grants

Submit a proposal and register now. Join colleagues in sharing your ?Best Practices? at the 2015 NMSU Community College Round Up Oct. 2-3, at NMSU Grants. The two days will be filled with presentations and break-out sessions, with time to enjoy fall colors, great food, and local entertainment. Registration is $80 and includes a Friday evening dining experience at the Acoma Sky City Hotel and Conference Center.

For more information contact Harry Sheski at 505-287-6641 or hsheski@nmsu.edu. Details can be found at the following link: http://grants.nmsu.edu/?s=Round+Up.

QuickConnect Early Alert seeking responders

QuickConnect (QC) Early Alert and Intervention is a faculty driven referral system that focuses mostly on new first year students. They are gearing up for an active fall semester and seeking volunteer responders. The program relies solely on faculty and staff volunteers who take the time to contact students and then assist the student in utilizing the multiple resources available to promote their success. NMSU?s retention goal for our new incoming class is 80 percent. QC Early Alert is one of the retention initiatives in place to assist in meeting that goal. All volunteer responders participate in a training focusing on FERPA rights, accessing student resources and utilizing intervention strategies.

If you are interested in being a QuickConnect Responder, contact Lisa Kirby at lkirby@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1342.

Thank you to Move-In Day volunteers

NMSU Housing & Residential Life would like to thank all of the volunteers that helped our new and returning students move in to campus housing this past Sunday, as well as all of the departments and organizations that came out for tabling.

It?s people like you who help foster positive first impressions among our students and we are eternally grateful for your participation. Photos from the event are available at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.919594731441544.1073741837.135822796485412&type=3 with additional photos to be added throughout the semester.

For more information contact hsgandcl@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Basic Interior Decoration, become familiar with and produce room layout drawings. Gain knowledge of historical periods of furniture. Learn how to select style, color, accessories, and materials. Understand the use of scale and proportion. Learn how to identify style, color schemes, accessories, finishes, and materials. The class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 1-24. The cost is $63.

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

DACC Customized Training class offered

Introduction to MS Word 2010 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. The cost is $139. Learn how to add, move through, and edit text. Learn to work on two or more documents simultaneously and how to change the size, appearance, and margins. Practice using spelling checker, saving, retrieving, and printing your documents. This is just the start?you will learn much more with the step-by-step lessons and hands-on activities so that you can use Word confidently, at home or on the job.

Business Research Certificate, 3 one month courses, will be held for $498.(Available separately or as a certificate) Discover the specific knowledge needed to succeed in researching and utilizing the best and most appropriate data for decision making for your work organization. Get the skills needed to effectively communicate research results to a specific audience for maximum impact and effective decision-making.

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

NMSU engineering professor says mine spill cleanup will be complicated, long-lasting

The accidental release of an estimated 3 million gallons of waste from the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, on August 5 is now contained and controlled. However, testing and monitoring of the drinking water, irrigation water, public health, agriculture, fish and wildlife will be ongoing for some time, said Lambis Papelis, associate professor of civil engineering at New Mexico State University.

The contaminated sludge containing heavy metals, such as arsenic, lead and cadmium, was released into Cement Creek, a tributary to the Animas and San Juan River which traverses the Four Corners area in northeastern New Mexico and eventually flows into Lake Powell. New Mexico is one of seven states that are part of the Colorado River Basin ? the Colorado River being a major source of irrigation water as well as water for millions of residents in the western United States.

?Nobody really knows the extent of the damage caused by the spill. Right now EPA is containing the flow and treating the water. But treating heavy metals is complicated because they behave differently under different conditions. It?s not a one size fits all solution,? Papelis said.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11331/nmsu-engineering-professor-says-mine-spill-cleanup-will-be-complicated-long-lasting