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NMSU Hotline — February 18, 2016

NMSU researchers develop new, more-efficient selective oxidation catalyst


Since August 2012, Thomas Manz, Chemical and Materials Engineering assistant professor at New Mexico State University, and Ph.D. student Bo Yang have worked to develop a new, more-efficient selective oxidation catalyst.

?Our new catalysts contain a transition metal, such as zirconium or hafnium, bound to several organic ligands and act as a bank for oxygen atoms and electrons,? Manz said. ?Oxidants, such as oxygen molecules, deposit oxygen atoms into the bank. Substrate molecules, such as organic compounds containing double bonds, can extract oxygen atoms from this bank to produce oxidized products.

To develop the new catalysts, Manz and Yang spent more than one million computational hours on supercomputing clusters in the eXtended Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a National Science Foundation funded program.

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Campus Announcements

University Museum to host free lecture today

The University Museum at NMSU will present a free public program at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Kent Hall auditorium. The event is in conjunction with the current museum exhibition, ?The Songs Endure, They Carry the Stories: Music and Dance of the Native Southwest,? and in celebration of the recent publication of ?Travels with Frances Densmore: Her Life, Work and Legacy in Native American Studies,? by Joan Jensen, professor emerita of history at NMSU. Jensen will present her work on Densmore and the importance of her role in archiving Native American music, photographs and material culture.

For more information, visit http://univmuseum.nmsu.edu/events.

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Physics today

A Department of Physics colloquium by Natasha Holmes from Stanford will be held at 4 p.m. today 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.

Lionel Haight Accounting Chair celebration Friday

Made possible by the Judy Johnson challenge and the support of many donors, the Lionel Haight Accounting Professorship has reached the goal of $1 million. Join the Office of University Advancement to celebrate the generosity of so many faculty, staff, donors and alumni who accepted the challenge and contributed to the goal of turning the professorship into an endowed chair in the College of Business. The Lionel Haight Accounting Chair Celebration will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Pete V. Domenici Hall atrium. Contact Veronica Bicknell at 575-646-4901 with any questions or to RSVP.

100 West Cafe serves Italian cuisine

Enjoy delicious Italian food this week prepared by students at 100 West Café. A la carte lunch is offered from noon to 1 p.m. today and Friday. The menu for the week will feature two soup choices ? pasta fagioli and zuppa toscana ? or Italian leafy green salad and your choice of chicken milano, Tuscan grilled trout, penne puttanesca or penne a la vodka. Dessert choices are Italian ricotta cheesecake, mascarpone and peaches or chocolate cake. All lunches are $10, payable by cash, check or credit card, including Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 138, in $10 increments.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management office at 575-646-5995.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar to spotlight NMSU faculty

Immo Hansen, associate professor in the NMSU Department of Biology and the Institute for Applied Biosciences, will present a talk titled ?Of Mosquitoes and Men ? New Ways to Control Insect Pests? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

The lecture is part of a new series of Friday afternoon seminars that are broadly focused on biomedical research that is open to the NMSU community and the public. The series will be held most Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty. The full schedule can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Hansen?s lecture will focus on research conducted in NMSU?s Molecular Vector Physiology Lab, including techniques and strategies to control mosquito populations and prevent epidemics of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, Chikungunya, and Zika virus. Further, Hansen will provide an overview and update on the recent Zika virus outbreak.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Shelley Lusetti at slusetti@nmsu.edu.

NMSU to celebrate newly renovated swimming and diving locker room Friday

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.

Small Business Development Center to host social media marketing seminar Friday

The Small Business Development Center will host a social media marketing seminar with Eric Spellman from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. The cost is $15 for NMSU/DACC staff and students.

Topics include:
? The Art of Generating Quality Leads Using Social Media
? Digital Marketing on a Shoestring: Drive New Business through Display and Social Media
? How to Build a New Online Business in 3 Days or Less
? How to Promote and Grow Your Business Using 7 Powerful Offline Methods

To register, visit www.nmsbdc.org/lascruces. Credit card payments are accepted at 575-527-7513 DACC Cashier's Department. Cash or checks are accepted at the SBDC Office, DACC Workforce Center, 2345 East Nevada Ave., Ste. 101.

For more information, contact Pavla at 575-527-7676.

NMSU to unveil new synthetic baseball turf in ceremony before Saturday's game

An unveiling ceremony at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, will celebrate the newly installed synthetic infield turf at Presley Askew Field, 3315 S. Locust St. on campus. The ceremony will precede the Aggie baseball team?s 2 p.m. game against Towson University. For more information, contact Nicole Gomez at nicolemg@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Library announces acquisition of the Sen. Mary Kay Papen Political Papers

The New Mexico State University Library is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the repository for the political papers of New Mexico Sen. Mary Kay Papen. Papen has represented New Mexico District 38 since 2001 and served as senate pro tem since 2013. She is the first woman to hold this position in the New Mexico state senate since 1940.

?We are very grateful to receive these papers,? said Laurence S. Creider, head of the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections Department. ?Sen. Papen?s papers are a welcome addition to our collections, because they cover a period which is underrepresented in most New Mexico collections and because we have only a few collections of the papers of women politicians. More importantly, Sen. Papen has been a significant force in the New Mexico Legislature. She has devoted special attention to mental health issues, economic development and education.?

The Sen. Papen Papers will be joining other luminaries of New Mexico politics in the NMSU Library?s Archives and Special Collections Department Political Papers unit. Other collections housed in the Political Papers unit include those of U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici, Sen. Holm Bursum, Sen. Albert B. Fall, Gov. Garrey Carruthers, Gov. Herbert J. Hagerman, Gov. James F. Hinkle and Gov. Edwin L. Mechem.

?Sen. Papen is one of the most outstanding state political leaders of my time,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?She has served Dona Ana County and the state of New Mexico with the utmost distinction and it?s always an honor to work with her. Having her papers housed at the New Mexico State University Library is just icing on the cake."

Career Services to host events next week

? Red to Green Money Management Meetup will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at Corbett Student Center Union first floor. Look for the table and grab some great resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

? What is the fastest growing crime in America? Identity theft. Join the Red to Green Money Management program to gain the knowledge to plan, prevent theft and protect your identity in "Don?t Let Your Identity Get Stolen" from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Domenici Hall, Room 006.

? Career Services Meetup is an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with a Career Services staff member at different locations across campus 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. The next meet up is from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Science Hall lobby.

? Are you looking for a part-time job or position on campus? Was the last time you worked on your resume in high school? Do you need a refresher course so you can start your resume with a clean slate? Stop by the Resume Fundamentals 1.0 workshop to learn about the basic types of resumes, how to best market yourself for each position, and how to format each section of a resume. The workshop will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 126.

Learning objectives in this workshop include identifying and utilizing relevant knowledge, skills and abilities throughout resume content; distinguishing the benefits of the different resume formats; recognizing and preparing content that has visual appeal and meets the 10 second review; identifying and prioritizing section headings in order of importance; and creating an objective for a specific audience.

? Taking out student loans is the easy part. It?s paying them back that?s tricky. Career Services can help you with your options. Come check out Red to Green Money Management?s workshop on the ins and outs of student loans from 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 in Domenici Hall, Room 106.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, visit http://careerservices.nmsu.edu or follow on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

To schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Literacy Coach or a Peer Advisor, contact Career Services at finlit@nmsu.edu, careers@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631, or visit http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request.

'Textbook Reading: Strategies for Success' workshop to be held Feb. 25

What you remember is far more important that what you read. Assigned reading can be intimidating and hard to get through. In the workshop "Textbook Reading: Strategies for Success," you'll learn strategies for recalling what you read and finding important ideas in your textbooks. The workshop will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Zuhl Library Conference room (225 second floor).

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

'Run with your Doc' at DACC East Mesa Feb. 27

DACC will host the second annual ?Run with your Doc? to benefit St. Luke?s Healthcare Clinic Saturday, Feb. 27. Last year?s race included more than 600 runners who helped raise $30,000 for the clinic.

All types of doctors will lead their teams, including medical doctors, veterinarians, dentists, and NMSU and DACC Ph.D.s. There are races and walks for everyone. The doctor?s team with the most members will garner the coveted team trophy.

To register for the event, visit http://www.raceadventuresunlimited.com. For updates about the run, like the Run with your Doc Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RunWithYourDoc.

Register online before Feb. 20 for the cost of $25 for 5K and 10K and $15 for the 1K. You may also register in person at packet pick-up from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at DACC East Mesa campus in the Student Resources Building, Room 118. Registration continues the day of the race from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Feb. 27 at DASR for the cost of $35 for any event. Race day packet pick-up is from 7 to 7:45 am.

The 1K walk/run begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K and 10K at 8:30 am from the parking lot of DASR, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

St. Luke?s serves the needs of the homeless, near homeless and indigent in Las Cruces. Financial support is a great help to the clinic. For more information, contact Amy Collins at 575-528-7068 or acollins@dacc.nmsu.edu.

Training opportunities available through CLPD

The Center for Learning and Professional Development is hosting the following training opportunities. For additional information, visit the training schedule at http://training.nmsu.edu/CLPD/training-calendar.php.

Navigating PeopleAdmin 7
Need to reclassify a staff position, create a job posting for staff or faculty, or screen and hire applicants? This training is a demonstration with hands-on practice to help develop key navigation and functional skills of the PeopleAdmin system from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Academic Research Complex B. Visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000008787 for more information and to register.

Just-in-Time Performance Evaluations
It?s evaluation time; are you prepared? Just-In-Time Performance Evaluation Workshop takes new supervisors through the evaluation process used to assess staff performance and behavior over the past year and provide direction to help them improve during the coming year from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Corbett Center. Visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000008856 for more information and to register.

WordPress for Administrators
Need to create a website for your department? Learn the basics of creating websites using NMSU Enterprise WordPress. With NMSU Enterprise WordPress, you can create and manage your department website using a powerful set of tools designed to enhance the user experience for both site editors and site visitors from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25, at Academic Research Complex B. Visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000008770 for more information and to register.

For more information or for assistance in registering for any of these courses, contact the CLPD at 575-646-7444 or by email at training@nmsu.edu.

These are just a few of the upcoming training offerings for faculty and staff. Throughout the year, the Center for Learning and Professional Development hosts a wide range of courses in business systems, employee development, leadership development and communication. The schedule for the next 30 days of training is available at http://training.nmsu.edu/CLPD/training-calendar.php.

DACC Customized Training class offered

Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations. Discover why people volunteer and their responsibilities as a board member. Learn different models for organizing a non-profit board and recruiting and filling positions and how to develop and maintain a strong volunteer base in "Non-Profit Board and Volunteer Development." Discuss typical nonprofit board and staff interactions in this self-paced online course. The course costs $295.

For questions or more information, call 575-527-7776 or email ctp@nmsu.edu.

Student Lifestyle Survey will be conducted

Each spring the Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education (WAVE) Program at NMSU conducts a large-scale, anonymous survey of students' alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The Student Lifestyle Survey is sponsored by the New Mexico Higher Education Prevention Consortium to improve program initiatives and serve as an important evaluative measure of existing prevention efforts.

The Student Lifestyle Survey consists of a 28-question double-sided bubble sheet that requires approximately 20 minutes to administer. Unless otherwise requested, this will take place at the beginning of class sessions to minimize disruption.

With your help, WAVE hopes to survey at least 800 students between now and spring break. If you are willing to help us with this critical endeavor, please visit the following link to sign up
or call Meg Long at 575-646-6854 with your preferred date and classroom location as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for supporting efforts to keep students safe here on campus.