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NMSU Hotline — September 16, 2015

NMSU physics department granted $465,000 for nuclear, particle physics research

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A project within the New Mexico State University Department of Physics has been awarded $465,000, bringing its total funding to more than $10,000,000 and allowing the department to remain at the forefront of experimental nuclear and particle physics.



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Campus Announcements

Retirement planning webinar to be offered

?Cash Management? will be presented by Michael Lager, a representative of Valic via Adobe Connect from 10 to 11 a.m. today. This webinar will demonstrate how to effectively manage your money to save for retirement and will give participants the opportunity to ask questions online during the live presentation.

The link to the Adobe Connect session will be available at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retire/voluntary/. A recording of the presentation will be posted on that site following the presentation for those employees not able to join the live webinar.

For questions about your benefits, contact Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8000. If you experience problems or need assistance attending a live broadcast, contact the Center for Learning & Professional Development at 575-646-5462 or training@nmsu.edu.

BioBlitz at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park

NMSU scientists, agency scientists and the nonprofit Asombro Institute for Science Education are teaming up to host a BioBlitz at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park from 6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of this free event featuring experts who will lead groups to survey biodiversity at the Nature Park on north Jornada Road.

From birds and bats, to plants and ants, there is something for everyone to discover. The BioBlitz will allow people to interact with scientists and participate with them in surveys to start a biodiversity inventory of the Nature Park. In addition to surveys, there will also be InfoBlitz education stations with activities for all ages. A full schedule of survey times and InfoBlitz education activities are available on the Asombro Institute Facebook page or at www.asombro.org. Morning bird surveys require a reservation, but drop-ins are welcome at all other surveys and InfoBlitz activities.

For more information, contact Ryan Pemberton at ryan@asombro.org or 575-524-3334 or visit www.asombro.org.

Chemistry and Biochemistry colloquium to be held Thursday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry colloquium by Nancy Horton of the University of Arizona will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Chemistry Building, Room 153. The title of the talk is ?Preventing Autoimmunity in Bacteria: Control of Enzyme Activity by Run-on Oligomerization.?

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Presentation to be held Sept. 17

A presentation by Leticia Lopez Manzano and Ma. Eugenia Hernandez Sanchez will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 17, at the Nason House. Dignificando mi colonia Chaveņa/Dignity for my colonia Chaveņa is a project that emerged from the need of Casa YMCA, a community center in Ciudad Juarez, to really know the community it serves.

Every Thursday they decided to walk the streets of la colonia and look for good news. Why good news? Because this colonia has been the target of the media by stigmatising the link between poverty and violence. Of course, violence was present in the colonia, but that information was available to everyone in both print and digital media. What about the good news? What about everyday people who stayed in the colonia keeping it alive? For almost a year (September 2014-June 2015) they walked the colonia and interviewed community members who have been living there for generations. This work addresses how community research can be a transformative process by the powerful act of active listening.

The talk is free and open to the public. Nason House is located at 1070 University Ave., across from FedEx Kinko?s.

For more information contact Megan S. Shannon at 575-646-4396 or mshannon@nmsu.edu.

Salon Discovery to be held Sept. 18; tickets are now buy one get one free

Discover the rich history and continued accomplishments of the Department of Astronomy at Salon Discovery?s fall gala event, ?NMSU Astromony: Clyde Tombaugh and Beyond? at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 in Atkinson Recital Hall.

Buy-one-get-one-free tickets are now available and also can be purchased at the door. Any NMSU student with a valid student ID can pick up a free ticket at the door.

NMSU professors Nancy Chanover and James McAteer pilot your educational and entertaining journey, taking you from the department?s origins under Tombaugh to the fascinating work of today?s faculty. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to our astronomy experts, enjoy live dance performances by NMSU?s award-winning student dance programs and stargaze at the after-party on the Horseshoe. There will also be light refreshments and spectacular views of space on large screens.

Salon Discovery provides the Las Cruces community with a showcase of the amazing accomplishments and expertise of NMSU faculty, staff and students in areas as diverse as science, music and dance. For more information, go to http://salondiscovery.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1420.

2015 NMSU Annual Laboratory Safety Refresher

EH&S is inviting all full and part-time employees (faculty, researchers, lab staff, RAs, GAs, etc.) from all departments with laboratories to the Annual Laboratory Safety Refresher classes. There are several presentations this fall starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in the Gerald Thomas Auditorium 194.

More details, schedule and registration information on the safety refreshers are provided on the NMSU EH&S website at http://safety.nmsu.edu/news/updates/2015-fall-lab-refresher.html.

The presentation is the OSHA-required annual refresher for the lab safety training and will serve as a safety seminar for others that have not completed the initial lab requirements.

For more information or concerns on Environmental, Health or Safety call 575-646-3327.

NMSU invites community to become Friends of the University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University invites its supporters to become Friends of the UAG at a membership party from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the fall exhibitions, ?Between Here and There? and ?Your General Store,? while enjoying entertainment and refreshments.

?Membership donations help us to continue to bring outstanding art and events to our community,? said Marisa Sage, director of the gallery, which is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Goals behind these memberships include engaging the community with the art gallery, fundraising for UAG programming, educating through collaboration and outreach, and showcasing exciting contemporary art alongside important regional trends.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11386/nmsu-invites-community-to-become-friends-of-the-university-art-gallery

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

Join colleagues in sharing your ?Best Practices? at the 2015 NMSU Community College Round Up Oct. 2-3 at NMSU Grants. Submit a proposal and register now. The two days will be filled with presentations and breakout 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 http://grants.nmsu.edu/?s=Round+Up.

Duff to lead NMSU?s animal and range sciences department

New Mexico State University alumnus Glenn Duff was named department head of animal and range sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

?It?s really an honor to be able to serve in this capacity at my alma mater,? Duff said. ?I?ve come full circle, having received my doctorate here, then serving as a faculty member and now the department head.?

In addition to earning a doctorate in animal nutrition from NMSU, he served as assistant professor and superintendent at NMSU?s Clayton Livestock Research Center from 1994 to 2001. His career also includes stints at the University of Arkansas, University of Arizona and Montana State University.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11370/duff-to-lead-nmsu-s-animal-and-range-sciences-department

NMSU floral team members compete regionally

The New Mexico State University floral team competed regionally this summer, bringing home one first-place honor and two second-place finishes.

The team will be able to compete nationally for the first time next year in the American Institute of Floral Designers collegiate competition due to NMSU floriculture program coordinator Sabine Green receiving full induction into AIFD as a Certified Floral Designer in July. Only collegiate teams with a certified coach may participate in the national competition.

The team competed in regionals in Amarillo, which included the Dorsey Cup and the Silver Cup. NMSU?s Cheyenne Pena finished second in the Dorsey Cup. The prestigious Silver Cup featured two NMSU students in the top three finishers ? Pena, who earned the first-place spot and Monica Gomez, who finished in second place.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11383/nmsu-floral-team-members-compete-regionally

Fall Tuition Waiver deadline

The online Tuition Waiver submission process for fall 2015 is currently available through Nov. 1.

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
1. Login into MyNMSU at https://my.nmsu.edu/
2. Select the Employee tab from the menu.
3. In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
4. On the Employee page click the hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
a. Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
b. Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.
5. Whenever a change is made to the student schedule, the tuition waiver must be re-submitted online to re-calculate taxability. The previous credit will be removed from the student account and re-applied when the waiver is re-submitted, and approved (if applicable), by the deadline.

Tuition Taxability:
Visit our taxability website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/other/tuition-tax/ to determine if your enrollment situation is taxable. All taxes will be assessed on the employee?s paycheck that is issued on Nov. 30. You will need to plan ahead to ensure to budget accordingly.

If you need further assistance with this process, contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

DACC Customized Training class offered

Notary Public will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 or from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The cost is $99 each. 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 citizen. Record Book of Notarial Acts included.

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

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Tai Chi ? Simplified Chinese Yang Style, experience for yourself the integration of body, mind, and spirit through Tai Chi. A beginning level course that will allow you to explore this ancient art. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday nights through Nov. 11. The cost is $88.

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