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NMSU Hotline — February 17, 2016

NMSU students develop outreach program for wildlife museum


New Mexico State University students have implemented educational outreach programs for the wildlife museum in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

As part of an internship class with the NMSU Wildlife Museum, the students are required to create a program in which they provide educational lessons at schools or other public venues.

Jennifer Frey, museum curator and college associate professor in the NMSU Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, hopes the internships will help achieve her goal for the museum to increase its outreach education.

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Campus Announcements

Studio G Networking Hour: Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series to be held today

Join Studio G to learn about identifying the value propositions of your businesses from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Studio G, located in Academic Research Building A. The Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series is based on the "Disciplined Entrepreneurship" book written by Bill Aulet from MIT. Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses, and is a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU.

For information, contact Kramer Winingham at studiog@nmsu.edu or visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/studiog/.

Navigating the publication pipeline workshop today

The RISE program will host a publication workshop for graduate students and early scholars from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. today in Foster Hall, Room 146. Igor Sevostianov, the Dwight & Audrey Chapman Distinguished Professor in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at NMSU, offers publication preparation workshops around the world. During this workshop, he will present an overview of the entire process from journal selection to manuscript preparation, peer review and the final product. He will also invite students to identify their needs for follow-up workshops that will provide intensive training in specific publication tasks.

Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium to be held today

NMSU's Department of Geological Sciences will host a colloquium from 4 to 5 p.m. today at Gardiner Hall, Room 230. Mark Holland from the University of New Mexico's Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences will present "Proterozoic Crustal Evolution of Southwestern North America as told by Zircon."

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Physics Thursday

A Department of Physics colloquium by Natasha Holmes from Stanford will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Gardiner Hall, Room 230. The talk is titled ?Re-thinking intro physics labs: Teaching and assessing critical thinking.?

Coffee and snacks will be served at 3:45 p.m.

NMSU, Wells Fargo present regional, national economic forecast Thursday

Economists will examine the reasons behind the lag in New Mexico?s economy and share their forecast for the coming year during the fifth annual Economic Outlook Conference, hosted by New Mexico State University and Wells Fargo on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. Experts will also discuss national trends and how they might affect New Mexico?s economic future.

Eugenio Aleman, a director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, will discuss December?s decision by the Federal Reserve to raise rates for the first time in nine years, and how global economic news is affecting markets.

Jim Peach, NMSU Regents Professor of economics, will examine reasons that the job growth seen at the national level hasn?t translated to New Mexico.

The free conference kicks off with a reception at 9:30 a.m., followed by the economists? presentations from 10 to 11:30 a.m., all at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Event registration is available online at http://business.nmsu.edu/events or by phone at 575-521-6849.

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry colloquium by Marat Talipov of Marquette University will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, Room 153. The talk is titled ?Development of Conceptual Understanding of Hole Transport in pi-Conjugated Molecular Wires for Photovoltaic Applications."

Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk. Coffee will be served at 11:30.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Teaching Academy workshop training covers 'Starting a School of Sustainability'

Join NMSU faculty, students, staff and administrators for Starting a School of Sustainability Teaching Academy from 2:35 to 3:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Milton Hall Room 50. Organizers are planning a retreat for May 7 to invite donors to get involved in getting a School of Sustainability off the ground at NMSU.

To sign up for the class, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000008570. For more information, contact David M. Boje, chair, Sustainability Council at NMSU, dboje@nmsu.edu or visit http://greening.nmsu.edu.

Mexican history scholar to discuss beer at NMSU lecture series

William Beezley, history professor at the University of Arizona, will speak about his research on beer along the border as part of the New Mexico State University Center for Latin American and Border Studies? Spring Speaker Series.

Beezley will give a lecture titled, ?Cerveza Bien Fria: Beer and Brewing in the Borderlands,? at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 101A of the Health and Social Services Auditorium, 1335 International Mall. The lecture is the second talk in the speaker series. It is free and open to the public.

NMSU to celebrate newly renovated swimming and diving locker room

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the NMSU Aquatic Center, 1520 Stewart St., will celebrate the newly renovated and upgraded Wanda Glass Family Swimming and Diving Locker Room. The locker room facility, funded by a gift from Alan and Smoky Glass Torgerson and the Glass family, will provide a private space for members of swimming and diving team to prepare for practices and meets, as well as offices and a lounge area where the student-athletes can study, recover and relax together.

For more information or to RSVP to Friday's event, call 575-646-5567 or email presevents@nmsu.edu.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar to be held Friday

Paul De Ley, associate professor and associate nematologist in the Department of Nematology at the University of California Riverside, will present a seminar, "21st Century Systematics and Ecology of Microbiota: Pattern, Process and the Single Molecule,? in a Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. The seminar will be broadcast for off-campus participation. For more information, contact Mary O?Connell at moconnel@nmsu.edu.

Discover Sustainability Symposium to be held Feb. 23

Join the NMSU Provost, Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Council for the first Discover Sustainability Symposium, a TED Talk-style forum featuring local experts examining current environmental topics.

Systems biologist and researcher Mary Lucero will discuss "Restoring microbiomes for food security and integrated health." NMSU Associate Professor Lisa Grayshield will present "We are all indigenous people." Stormwater consultant Claire Catlett will discuss stormwater and low-impact design. NMSU Regents Professor David Boje will discuss "Greening the curriculum" and the creation of an NMSU School of Sustainability.

The Discover Sustainability Symposium is open to the public and will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Yates Auditorium in Pete V. Domenici Hall. The poster session will begin at 3 p.m., with presentations starting at 3:30. Refreshments will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring a re-useable water bottle for fill-up at one of 41 hydration stations on campus.

Learn more at http://sustainability.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-7563 or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NMSUSustainability.

ProctorU for Online Exam Proctoring presentation to be held Feb. 23

A "Let?s Talk Online Teaching" lunch with Briana Nguyen from ProctorU, an online exam proctoring service, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Come and learn about online exam proctoring from the faculty and student perspectives. NMSU's partnership with ProctorU is facilitated through Distance Education. Register at http://bit.ly/1VS3786.

Retirement celebration to be held for Betty Watson Feb. 24

After a total of 52 years of service with NMSU, 20 of those years working part time as NMSU?s ICT campus operator, Elizabeth ?Betty? Watson will be retiring Monday, Feb. 29. Please join ICT staff and students in celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Computer Center Room 148 to wish Betty a happy retirement. For more information, contact Kathy Rivera-Portillo at katriver@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5999.

Sandia vice president to present Bromilow Lecture at NMSU

The New Mexico State University College of Engineering will present the 41st annual Bromilow Lecture featuring Sandia National Laboratories Vice President Jim Chavez. Chavez, an NMSU mechanical engineering alumnus, will present a talk titled ?Nuclear Nonproliferation: Treaties and Technologies? at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Thomas and Brown Hall, Room 104. The lecture is free and open to all.

As vice president of the Energy, Nonproliferation, and High-Consequence Security Division, Chavez oversees more than 1,300 employees and contractors and manages a diverse portfolio that includes projects in global security, energy technologies, weapon and force protection, critical asset protection, the nuclear fuel cycle, and geoscience and climate. Chavez also leads Sandia?s International, Homeland and Nuclear Security Program Management Unit, which encompasses nonproliferation and arms control, securing and safeguarding nuclear weapons and nuclear materials, protecting critical U.S. government assets and installations, ensuring the resilience of physical and cyber infrastructure and reducing the risks of terrorist threats and catastrophic events.


DACC Community Education course available

In the DACC Community Education course "Wire Prayer Bracelet," create a sterling silver prayer bracelet with seven sterling center beads to remind each of us to say a prayer of gratitude every day. Basic instruction will be taught on wire choices and types, use of tools and wire wrapping techniques. Wear your creation home from class. Don?t miss the fun in this returning DACC Community Education course. The class is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 1 and cost is $26. To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.