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NMSU Hotline — February 1, 2016

NMSU researchers investigate how super-hot peppers pack their powerful punch


Researchers at New Mexico State University?s Chile Pepper Institute have discovered that super-hot chile peppers, those with more than one million Scoville Heat Units, are built differently than other peppers. Unlike regular chile peppers, super-hot peppers make the most of the interior space they have available, which can lead to some serious heat.

?What we were interested in finding was why super-hot chile peppers are able to get that hot,? said Paul Bosland, an NMSU Regents Professor and director of the university?s Chile Pepper Institute.

According to Bosland, it has been known that a chile pepper?s heat comes from the chemical compound capsaicin, and that capsaicinoids are found in yellow-colored sacs called vesicles. In most chile peppers, the capsaicinoid vesicles are attached to the fruit?s placenta, where the seeds are located.

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Campus Announcements

Aggie Cupboard opens for spring 2016 in new location

Aggie Cupboard begins distributing food this week from its new location. Starting today, the Aggie Cupboard will resume regular distribution hours, but from its new location in Regents Row, Room B114. Regents Row is located west of the Campus Health Center, which is on the corner of Stewart Street and Breland Drive.

Spring 2016 hours for the Aggie Cupboard will be weekly, on Monday from 11 a.m to 1 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Bring your current NMSU ID to receive a bag of nonperishable food, free of charge.

Contact Lori Martinez with any questions at mlori@nmsu.edu.

Sustainability Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Milton Hall Room 85. Sustainability Council meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Anyone may join the council at any time; no previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

The meeting will be available online at https://zoom.us/j/973677801 for those who cannot be there in person, but would like to participate.

If you would like to be added to the Sustainability Council email list, contact sumolina@nmsu.edu.

Career Connections 2016 to be held Tuesday and Wednesday

The 11th annual Career Connections is a two-day career fair, co-sponsored by Career Services and the College of Engineering, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, and Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Corbett Center Student Union's third floor ballrooms.

Tuesday is geared toward majors in business, agriculture, consumer and environmental science, liberal arts and health and social services. Wednesday is geared toward majors in engineering, science and technology. About 40 percent of the employers attend both days for maximum exposure and quality time with the candidates.

Career Connections is open to all interested candidates from freshman through community members and guests. Business attire and resumes are encouraged for a professional presence. Learn about current employment opportunities for summer, co-op, internship or full-time employment. Discuss career plans and discover skills required from academics and other experiences which will enhance your selection for future opportunities.

From 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, students can attend the Career Services Meetup in the Breland Hall Lobby. This is an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with a Career Services staff member for information on resume writing, job search, interviewing tips, cooperative education/internship opportunities, on-campus recruiting and interviewing, student employment positions, and for any other career or financial literacy related topics to discuss.

For more information, contact Career Services at careers@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1613.

Party time! Mardi Gras Buffet available Wednesday

Mardi Gras arrives early, so we?re hosting the Mardi Gras Buffet this week, available for $11.99 plus tax from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This festive buffet will feature creole chicken with Cajun spices, shrimp and sausage jambalaya, dirty rice with red beans, Cajun corn maque choux, greens with Cajun ranch and balsamic dressing, and French beignets. Buffet price includes access to this all-you-care-to-eat buffet and a non-alcoholic beverage.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is located in the Stan Fulton Athletics Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium. Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information and join the ?Wednesday Themed Buffets? page at https://www.facebook.com/events/600536293447087/ for updates and reminders for all of this semester?s Wednesday Buffets.

NMSU anthropology professor to speak about New Mexico vecinos

Kelly Jenks, an assistant professor in the anthropology department at New Mexico State University, will speak about building communities and constructing identities in the Spanish southwest next week at a free lecture.

The lecture, the first of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies Spring 2016 Speaker Series, will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Nason House, 1070 University Ave. The lecture is also hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jenks? lecture will focus on the centuries of interaction between Hispanic and indigenous populations in New Mexico and the complicated traditional racial and ethnic categories that prompted colonists to conceptualize themselves in new ways, said Iñigo García-Bryce, director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies.

For more information, contact Megan S Shannon at mshannon@nmsu.edu.

'College Survival: Basic Training for Students' to be held this week

"College Survival: Basic Training for Students" will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Zuhl Library second floor conference room 225. New to the whole college scene? Not so new, but unsure what it takes to be a successful student? Come and learn valuable information about transitioning to college life. Become aware and avoid common pitfalls college students face.

For more information, contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center summer internships for graduates available

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, partnering with NMSU, will sponsor a cancer research summer internship for graduate students. The paid nine-week programs will be Monday, June 13, through Friday, Aug. 12. Students interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations and are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NMSU are encouraged to apply. Accepted students must be able to commit to this entire period and are required to participate in a one-week data analysis workshop at NMSU from May 31 through June 3. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The deadline is Friday, Feb. 5. Visit the following website for eligibility, applications and information: athttp://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/graduate-students.html

For more information, contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu.

NMSU 2015 OSHA 300 log now available

NMSU's Office of Environmental Health & Safety notes that the NMSU 2015 OSHA 300 log, a summary of employee injuries and illnesses, is posted on the NMSU safety website homepage ? click the news link or go directly to the OSHA 300 log under the loss prevention dropdown. This log lists summary information on cases and time lost or restricted due to reportable injury or illness by NMSU employees in 2015. Under New Mexico law, this annual summary log must be posted from Feb. 1 through April 30. Additional details on posting and the injury trends are provided.

Employees are reminded to report work-related injuries and illness to their supervisor. Supervisors are obligated to complete a Supervisor Accident Investigation Report for injured employee under their supervision. EH&S recommends that injuries be reported immediately to the supervisor and campus employees with non-emergency injuries should visit with the Worker Compensation Coordinator at the Campus Health Center. The coordinator will help record the injury specifics on the Notice of Accident Form. If the reports show improvements, training or further investigation are needed, EH&S will work to implement these loss-prevention measures to reduce the hazard and likelihood of a repeat injury.

Questions on the log details, requests for division summaries, or NMSU safety-related concerns should be directed to David Shearer or Katrina Doolittle, EH&S director.

'Fallen Stars' movie series in the University Art Gallery kicks off with 'Labyrinth'

The University Art Gallery will start a film night series later this month. This semester, the theme is "Fallen Stars," to honor actors and filmmakers who have recently passed. First up is "Labyrinth." Come hang out and pay homage to the Goblin King and visit the UAG for its first movie night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. Everyone is welcome to this free event and encouraged to keep an eye out for the next movie, happening in March.

For more information, contact artglry@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2545.

Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship applications due March 1

The NMSU Women?s Club is committed to supporting single mothers with dependent children in attaining their educational goals. The club?s Scholarship Committee will recommend one candidate for the Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship. The winner is awarded $250 and invited to attend the club?s spring luncheon.

The Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship is open to female NMSU undergraduate students at the Las Cruces campus only. Candidates must be a single or widowed mother with dependent children who reside with her, and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

To apply, download a copy of the Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship application by visiting https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/files/2013/11/2016-17-Ruth-Mary-Webber-Scholarship-Application.pdf or https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/scholarships/. Directions for completing the form and where to submit it are provided. The deadline to apply is March 1.

For more information, contact NMSU Women?s Club President Susan DeMar at sdemar@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3509.

Advancing Leaders Program announces call for applications

The Teaching Academy is seeking applications for participation in the 2016-2017 Advancing Leaders Program cohort. The Advancing Leaders Program is a nine-month leadership program offered every other year to faculty members and academic administrators wishing to widen their networks and hone their leadership skills.

Those who participate must commit to: 1) a two-day off-site retreat Aug. 4 and 5 to identify leadership strengths and weaknesses, to establish leadership goals and to begin leadership skill building; 2) work with a mentor from NMSU who will offer advice and assistance related to identifying and pursing individual leadership goals; 3) attend monthly leadership workshops and working sessions devoted to leadership skill development on the first Friday of the month September through May; and 4) participate in a recognition event May 5 in which each cohort member will have the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned in the ALP program.

If interested, please submit the following materials to Shawn Werner, associate director for leadership and mentoring, MSC 3TA: one copy of your CV, a two-page letter clearly stating why you want to participate in the Advancing Leaders Program, a letter from your department head (faculty) or dean (department heads) indicating that you will be permitted the time to participate in this program, and a list of three colleague or supervisor references with their contact information.

The deadline for applications is March 4. Notification of acceptance will be April 15.

For more information about the Advancing Leaders Program for faculty, please contact Shawn Werner at 575-646-2583 or swerner@nmsu.edu. Note that there is also a leadership program for staff offered through the NMSU Center for Learning & Professional Development. If interested in the staff leadership program, please contact Dave Brockmeyer at 575-646-2170.