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NMSU Hotline — February 10, 2016

NMSU professor receives prestigious grant for research on children?s hearing

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Srikanta Mishra, an assistant professor in the New Mexico State University College of Education?s Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, recently received a prestigious research grant to study hearing mechanisms in children.

The R03 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health is the college?s first NIH grant, which is known to be highly competitive and supports outstanding research. It provides a total amount of $438,000 for three years.

Mishra said the grant signifies the research capacity of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, and showcases the cutting-edge hearing health research conducted at NMSU.

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Campus Announcements

Studio G Networking Hour 'Customer Segments' to be held today

Join Studio G Networking Hour from 2 to 3 p.m. today to learn about segmenting customers for your business based on the Jobs-To-Be-Done (JTBD) framework, a customer-focused approach to innovation at the Studio G office, located in Academic Research Building A. Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. Networking Hour is a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU and helps Aggies start businesses.

For information, contact Kramer Winingham at studiog@nmsu.edu or http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/blog/Resources/studio-g/.

'Take a break' with University Advancement

All NMSU employees are invited to the Skeen Hall Rotunda for a hot chocolate bar from 3 to 4 p.m. today. The event is hosted by University Advancement in support of the Crimson Colleagues Faculty and Staff Campaign.

When faculty and staff donate to NMSU, they become a Crimson Colleague. Crimson Colleagues are investing in students through scholarships and other programs such as the Perozynski Emergency Fund, the Pioneer Book Scholarship, Myrna?s Children?s Village and the Teaching Academy.

Employees continue to demonstrate that we are a caring community that is transforming lives, providing much-needed support for scholarships, student services, projects and a host of other areas that need additional resources. To learn more about the Crimson Colleagues, visit http://advancing.nmsu.edu/facultystaff-main.

NMSU talk explores ?Punk Prayer? protest, Russian politics and art

Moscow is the next stop for New Mexico State University?s ?Global Connections? series.

Brian Rourke, English associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, will present ?The ?Punk Prayer? performance in retrospect: Radical protest and authoritarian politics in Putin?s Russia,? from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.

In July of 2013, Rourke traveled to Moscow to present a paper he co-authored with NMSU professor emeritus Andrew Wiget, on the ?Punk Prayer,? a protest performance by a feminist punk-rock group in a prominent Russian cathedral, which resulted in jail terms for some of the protesters.

Rourke spoke at a panel of the Congress of Ethnologists and Anthropologists of Russia, which was jointly held with the Russian Association of Women?s History Researchers. For the ?Global Connections? event, Rourke will briefly cover the main points of his 2013 presentation and discuss later developments in the case.


Chocolate covered strawberry fundraiser held this week

The National Society for Minorities in Hospitality will host a chocolate-covered strawberry fundraiser, hand-dipped by students in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. They are available in milk chocolate, white chocolate or mixed and are sold by a half-dozen for $10 or a dozen for $20. Orders are being taken at 575-646-5995 or jzumwalt@nmsu.edu and will be available for pick up from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, or from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 138. NSMH can accept cash, checks payable to NSMH or your credit card payment of Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by Adam Daly, University of Arizona, will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building Room 153. The talk is titled ? Gas Phase Measurements of Molecules and Why We Need More.?

Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk; coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Valentine's Day dinner to be held Feb. 11

Are you looking for a romantic six-course wine pairing experience with your significant other to celebrate the Valentine's Day holiday?

Come to 100 West Café on Thursday, Feb. 11, and enjoy a delightful dinner with tasty wines and a split of bubbly, served to you by the skilled students of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management without the hassles of waiting in line. Lots of flowers and chocolate surround a delicious lineup of French-style foods including chateaubriand ? beef tenderloin slowly roasted with Béarnaise sauce accompanied by sautéed asparagus. This multi-course menu also includes salad of smoked duck, walnuts and raspberries; creamy lobster bisque; and a delectable white chocolate mousse for dessert.

Wine tasting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine, features shrimp shooters and crab stuffed mushroom caps. You may purchase this fancy dinner for two for just $150 in Room 138 at Gerald Thomas Hall prior to the event and support NMSU's student-run food lab at the same time.

For more information, contact Stella Lucero at 575-646-5995 to make your reservation.

Pentatonix presale in time for Valentine?s Day

Grammy Award-winning acapella group Pentatonix will make its Las Cruces debut at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the NMSU Pan American Center. Joining Pentatonix will be Us The Duo, who have amassed more than 10 million followers since launching their groundbreaking #6SecondCovers online. Tickets are $35.50, $42.50 or $49.50 plus fees, and will be available to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000 and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/98676/?camefrom=CFC_%20NEWMEXICOSU. Pentatonix has requested a six-ticket limit on purchases.

Select tickets will be available through a special ?venue? presale Thursday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pan Am Ticket Office and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/98676/?camefrom=CFC_%20NEWMEXICOSU with password code: PENTA. Pentatonix has requested a four-ticket limit on presale purchases.

Concert presenters ASNMSU, NMSU Special Events and ACTS have teamed up to provide a special discount for NMSU students. Show your Aggie ID at the Pan Am Ticket Office and receive $15 off the price of your ticket. Only 500 tickets will be discounted and there is a two-ticket limit per Aggie ID. This offer is not valid during Thursday?s presale.

With more than 1.4 billion YouTube views and having sold out venues worldwide, Pentatonix tickets are sure to be the pitch perfect gift this Valentine?s Day. Drop your Valentine a hint by sharing the concert event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/771239373007560/ or call 575-646-1420 for more information.

Astronomy Department open house to be held Friday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at the NMSU campus observatory at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Jason Jackiewicz and graduate assistants Alexander Thelen, Caitlin Doughty and Agnar Hall.

They will be looking at the Pleiades and Hyades, the magnificent Orion Nebula M42, the crescent moon and the nearby spiral galaxies M33 and M81 and other star clusters.

Please contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-1868 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

'Give Kids a Smile' free dental clinic

Free dental care for underserved children in our community is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Services will be provided by the DACC Dental Program faculty and students, as well as the NMSU Pre-dental Society and local dentists and hygienists.

Free dental exams, radiographs, dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments and oral health education will be provided in the dental clinic on the Central Campus adjacent to NMSU at 3400 S. Espina St., Building DAMA, Room 80.

If you know of a child or children in the community who may benefit from these services, please have their family make an appointment by calling 575-528-7019.

February is National Children?s Dental Health Care Month and the DACC Dental Programs are happy to participate in this annual event. Earlier, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima declared February as ?Children?s Oral Health Care? Month in the City of Las Cruces to recognize the importance of dental health. For more information, contact Cher Lefebvre 575-528-7072.

Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series set for Feb. 18

Alejandro Almanza Pereda will be featured at the Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series Feb. 18. The free event from 6 to 7 p.m. will be held at the College of Health and Social Services Auditorium Room 101. The Department of Art, Women?s Studies and Lilian Steinman Fund are sponsoring the event.

Almanza Pereda is a current resident artist at Border Art Residency program in Anthony, New Mexico. He earned a bachelor of fine arts from University of Texas at El Paso in 2005, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004, and is a master of fine arts candidate at Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2015.

His installations are constructed from an assembly of mundane objects and materials. These are held together by specific, often tenuous, physical constructs, such as fragility and gravity to represent risk of possible danger. He has been a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, while his awards and honors include grants from the Harpo Foundation, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, and the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONCA) Programa Jovenes Creadores Mexico City (2005, 2007).

His work has been exhibited many places including Caminar la línea, Max Estrella, Madrid; Bienal de Curitiba, Brazil; Dublin Contemporary, Ireland; Fundación Magnolia, London; Magnan Metz Gallery, New York; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; 20 Años del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City; and Hecho en Casa, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico.

American Indian Program hosts the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers

Founded in 1990, the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers provides academic and individualized support to students who wish to attain graduate degrees in the humanities, social sciences, education and mathematics. IRT participants plan to pursue careers in teaching, counseling and administration at both the K-12 and university levels.

The IRT will be having an information session from noon to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the North Training Room of the American Indian Student Center.

For more information, contact Michael Ray at mikerry@nmsu.edu.

NMSU?s Arrowhead Center receives elite National Science Foundation award to create Aggie I-Corps

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University was awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant last week for the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Sites program. I-Corps is a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative to leverage university research to create new innovative businesses and increase the economic impact of inventions created at research institutions around the country.

NMSU is one of only 51 academic institutions nationwide to be selected as an I-Corps Site. Other I-Corps Sites include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Carnegie-Mellon University, Purdue University, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania and other top research institutions.

As an I-Corps Site, NMSU will be able to offer Aggie I-Corps, a five-week program for NMSU students and faculty interested in creating innovative startups. The program allows for $60,000 to be awarded to teams of NMSU students and faculty annually for the life of grant. Teams completing Aggie I-Corps can also gain eligibility to the National NSF I-Corps, which includes a $50,000 award per team. NMSU had five teams win National NSF I-Corps awards in 2015 and seeks to increase the number of winners with the addition of the I-Corps Site.


Handcrafted Chinese porcelain topic of NMSU Confucius Institute presentation

Glenn Schwaiger, an artist and associate professor at New Mexico State University and Dona Ana Community College, will present highlights of his latest trip to Jingdezhen, China, during a presentation later this month.

Schwaiger?s presentation, ?Handcrafted Porcelain in China: Collaborative Processes and Methods,? will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the NMSU Health and Social Services Building Auditorium, Room 101. The presentation is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the NMSU Confucius Institute and the NMSU Department of Art.

Schwaiger recently completed a three-month study of Chinese art history, culture, and ceramics in Jingdezhen, China.