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NMSU Hotline — February 19, 2016

NMSU professor to discuss Zika virus outbreak as part of biomedical lecture series


Immo Hansen, associate professor in the New Mexico State University Department of Biology and the Institute for Applied Biosciences, will present a public talk on NMSU mosquito research as part of the College of Arts and Sciences? Biomedical Research Seminar Series, at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 109 of Domenici Hall. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

This discussion, titled ?Of mosquitoes and men ? new ways to control insect pests,? will focus on research conducted in NMSU?s Molecular Vector Physiology Lab, including techniques and strategies to manage 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.

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Campus Announcements

Pontelli named interim dean of NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences

New Mexico State University has named Enrico Pontelli as Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard announced the appointment to the Las Cruces campus on Thursday, Feb. 18. Pontelli will fill the position vacated by Christa Slaton, who was reassigned to the position of senior administrator.

Pontelli is an NMSU Regents Professor with nearly two decades of service to the university. He has been Interim Associate Dean for Planning and Academic Resources in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2014. He is also an alumnus, earning his Ph.D. in computer science from NMSU in 1997.


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. 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.

Old T-shirts wanted

The Aggies Against Violence Committee is looking for old T-shirts of all sizes and colors that you are willing to donate. They will use these shirts for the Clothes Line Project to allow students, staff and faculty to write messages on them in relation to Sexual Assault Awareness.

Please drop T-shirts off at Campus Activities with attention Morgan Busch between now and April 15 or you can call 575-646-2536 and they will pick up the shirts.

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry colloquium by Neeraj Kumar of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be held at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, room 153. The talk is titled ?Toward Computer-aided Optimization of Molecular Electrocatalysts: from Enzymatic Function to Functional Mimics."

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

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

NMSU to host first Discover Sustainability Symposium

Water, soil, Mother Earth and a School of Sustainability will be among the topics discussed at the first Discover Sustainability Symposium, hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Office of the Provost at New Mexico State University.

The symposium will begin with a poster session at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Domenici Hall. Guest speakers will begin taking the stage at 3:30 p.m. in the Yates Theater. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Speakers include Mary Lucero, a systems biologist and researcher with End-O-Fite Enterprises; Claire Catlett of Stream Dynamics in Silver City; Lisa Grayshield, an associate professor for curriculum and instruction with the NMSU College of Education; and David Boje, a Regents professor with the College of Business.


Retirement reception for Leta Richards to be held Wednesday

The NMSU Arrowhead Center will host a retirement reception in recognition of senior accountant Leta Richards? 12-plus years of dedicated service to NMSU. She is an integral part of the collegial atmosphere at Arrowhead. Before joining the Arrowhead team, Richards worked in the Foundation Office, as well as Accounting and Financial Reporting. Her work drives positive momentum and AHC staff consider it a privilege to engage with her in daily interactions. Her presence will be greatly missed. Attendance is welcome at the reception in her honor, which will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Arrowhead Center (Genesis Center, Bldg. C).

For more information, contact Vicki Haggard at 575-646-7415 or vhaggard@nmsu.edu.

Office of University Advancement accepting honorary doctoral degree nominations

The NMSU Office of University Advancement is pleased to once again call for nominations for honorary doctoral candidates. This is the university's highest honor to award alumni and friends of NMSU who have made noteworthy contributions to the educational, business, scientific and cultural life of our state and nation. Selection of honorary doctoral degree recipients rests with the Board of Regents. First the first time, the advancement office is inviting nominations of individuals to be considered for conferral of an honorary doctorate for both the 2016 spring and fall commencements.

Nominations are being sought from the campus community, alumni and volunteers associated with the university. No current faculty member, administrator of the university, or any currently serving elected official should receive an honorary degree. However, with a majority vote of the Board of Regents, these prohibitions can be overruled.

Please submit your nomination by filling in the web form found at http://fndforms.nmsu.edu/honorarydegreenominationform.php.

The deadline for 2016 submissions is by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Questions may be directed to Jolie Tixier at 575-646-5567.

Judges and volunteers needed for the Southwest New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The College of Engineering is seeking judges and volunteers for the 2016 Southwest New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 5. The Southwest New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair is affiliated with the Intel State and International Science and Engineering Fairs. Eligible students will advance to the State and International Fairs and compete against more than 1,000 International Fair contestants. We are seeking judges in all categories and levels for March 5 and volunteers to help with set-up, registration, judging and the awards ceremony March 4 and March 5.

For more information and judge and volunteer forms, visit http://scifair.nmsu.edu.

NMSU?s Arrowhead Center receives grant to expand student entrepreneur opportunities

A program that promotes student entrepreneurship at New Mexico State University will receive $368,760 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to expand the program to the university?s community colleges.

NMSU is one of the 25 awardees that will receive funding under the Economic Development Administration?s 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies program. The 2015 RIS program is managed by EDA?s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country through two competitions: the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support Grants competition.

Arrowhead Center submitted a proposal for ?Next Gen,? the Next Generation Entrepreneurship program. Next Gen expands current student entrepreneurship programming supported by the Arrowhead Innovation Network, a 2012 i6 Challenge project that ended in September. Next Gen is focused on student entrepreneurship as a strategy to enhance commercialization of research, regional connectivity and innovation.


Free marriage and family therapy available

The Family Resource Center at NMSU provides free therapeutic services to Las Cruces campus students and their families. Whether you are struggling in your relationships, coping with a loss or are just feeling overwhelmed, anxious or down, the student therapists at the FRC can help. Sessions are conducted with individuals, couples or families.

Contact the center today to set up an appointment. Student therapists are supervised by licensed faculty members from the FCS Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Call 575-646-2065 or email frc@nmsu.edu for more information.

DACC Customized Training class offered

For those who must write as part of their job, being able to write well is a real career boost. In "Business Writing that Works," learn how to capture your thoughts on paper so they are strong and persuasive, but at the same time clear, concise, complete and correct. Concentrate on the nitty-gritty details that writers have to contend with, and get practical advice on making the job less difficult. Discuss your writing problems and share solutions with others. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1 and cost is $139. For questions or more information, call 575-527-7776 or email ctp@nmsu.edu.

Las Cruces International Film Festival to be held March 2 to 6

The inaugural year of the Las Cruces International Film Festival hosted by NMSU College Of Arts & Sciences is ready to make new independent film shine and bring outstanding learning opportunities and experiences to film and theatre students.

This year's selections feature outstanding short and feature length films, documentaries, student shorts and narratives of all genres from around the world, kicking off the four days of festivities, workshops, after-parties and film screenings March 2 to 6. The festival is multifaceted to attract film lovers, film makers, film students and the public in general. There is something for everyone.

March 2
Opening Night Feature Film: ?The Night is Young.?
This is the first screening of the film following its world premiere in October at the Austin Film Festival. The film?s stars, director/writer and producer will attend the screening, including David Hill (writer/director and star), Eloise Mumford (most recently ?Kate? in Fifty Shades of Grey), Kelen Coleman and producer Brian Ferrantino.
Panel discussion at Creative Media Institute Theatre; Time TBA

March 3
Actor Danny Trejo, star of the film "Machete," (as well as starring as ?Marcia? in the Brady Bunch Snickers commercial) will attend the screening of "Machete," followed by a question and answer session.

March 4
Screenwriters Workshop with Tony-award winning "Children of a Lesser God" author Mark Medoff, ?Machete? screenwriter Al Rodriguez and Bill True will from at 10 a.m. to noon at the NMSU CMI Theatre.

Make-up and Special Effects Workshop will be at 1 p.m.

Filmmakers Panel Discussion at 4 p.m. with a question and answer session on independent filmmaking at the Allen Theatres Cineport 10.

March 5
Casting Workshop will be at 11 a.m. at the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre with Faith Hibbs-Clark, C.S.A.

?Car Casting? will be held at 1 p.m. at the Allen Theatres Cineport 10. Have a car you?d like to see in movies? Get a picture of your car for the Film New Mexico database for the possibility.

?Doing Business with Show Business? will be held at 3 p.m. at Allen Theatres Cineport 10.

TV Pilot Contest ?Shoot Las Cruces? and Festival Awards Ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre with the After Awards Party at 9:30 p.m. at the Main Street Bistro & Ale House.

Film screenings will be held March 2 to 6 at Allen Theatres Cineport 10.

A student film pass is $25 and includes access to all screenings and workshops and Saturday Awards Reception. The Danny Trejo Film Screening is $30 and includes access to the Danny Trejo film screening of "Machete," followed by question and answer session with Danny Trejo and screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez.

The VIP All Access Pass is $150 and includes access to all screenings and workshops as well as all after-parties, along with exclusive access to opening night red carpet after-party with the film celebrities and exclusive access to the Danny Trejo Awards Reception.

For tickets and more information, visit www.lciffest.com.

'Better process control school for acidified foods only' course offered in March

The two-day certification course "Better process control school for acidified foods only" is scheduled in Las Cruces March 14 and 15. The course will be presented in English at New Mexico State University, Gerald Thomas Hall Room 303. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for acidified foods only. This course is intended for managers and supervisors of food processing operations. It is designed to provide additional information and focus on critical issues that affect acidified foods production. Please see the website for registration and more details at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html or call 575-646-2198.

Save the Date: 2016 Domenici Public Policy Conference is set for Sept. 14 and 15

It?s a big political year as Americans consider who will earn their vote for U.S. President as well as other state and national offices. It is also a year, like years before, when issues facing mental health care grab headlines. The 2016 Domenici Conference will highlight the elections, look for fresh approaches to our nation?s mental health needs, consider questions impacting national security, and matters impacting the public?s trust in government and other institutions.

Set for Sept. 14 and 15 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., the Domenici Conference is now in its ninth year. The Domenici Institute, which hosts the conference each fall, is named after New Mexico?s longest-serving U.S. senator, Pete V. Domenici.

The conference agenda will be announced in July and available at http://domenici.nmsu.edu. Registration opens July 25. For more information, call the Domenici Institute at 575-646-2066 or email di@nmsu.edu.