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NMSU Hotline — March 8, 2016

NMSU professor wins award for research linking oxygen levels with reduced radiation damage


An international group recently recognized New Mexico State University professor Giancarlo Lopez-Martinez as its 2016 Outstanding New Investigator for his research demonstrating the correlation between decreased oxygen levels and reduced irradiation damage in flies.

Lopez-Martinez was recognized by the International Dose-Response Society for demonstrating that reducing the amount of oxygen flies receive while undergoing radiation ? like what cancer patients receive ? can actually decrease the fly?s post-irradiation damage.

?Radiation poisoning is really just free radical damage. The body normally has systems to deal with that, but we can?t deal with huge amounts of it,? said Lopez-Martinez, assistant professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?So, we lower the amount of oxygen in the flies, and this actually lowers post-irradiation damage and the flies can live longer, fuller lives.?

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100 West Cafe serves Southern-style cuisine this week

Join 100 West Café this week for some delicious Southern-style cuisine prepared by students.

Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature spicy black-eyed pea soup, old fashioned sweet and sour coleslaw or a mixed greens salad with pears, walnuts and bleu cheese. The entrées will feature Alabama-style roasted game hens, fried catfish with remoulade sauce, grilled barbecue pork ribs or restaurant-style macaroni and cheese. Dessert choices are buttermilk pie, rhubarb pie or peach cobbler. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. 100 West Café accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

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 575-646-5995.

'Memory and Concentration' workshop to be held Wednesday

How well do you rate your memory? Discuss how you can improve your memory while learning techniques that aid information retention in the "Memory and Concentration" workshop from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Zuhl Library Conference room (225 second floor).

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

STEM Outreach Center offers free middle school summer camps

Registration is now open for the free middle school summer camps offered through the STEM Outreach Center. The camps fill up fast, so do not delay in getting your middle schooler registered. For more information, camp descriptions and to register, visit http://stem.nmsu.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Kassi Simpson at kassig@nmsu.edu.

FSA-RMR office information session and PCard receipt destruction training to be held March 22

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Senate Chamber Room 302 in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, the new retention requirements and FSA-RMR Procedures, PCard receipt destruction and more. A web-based meeting is available at the same time as the live session. If you need assistance with the web meeting, contact RMR at 575-646-8324.

For more information or to register, visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Salon Discovery set for March 24

Hear dynamic discussions on science and culture from the expert minds of award-winning NMSU professors ? Michael Hout, Collin Payne and Mary O?Connell ? from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 24 in Pete V. Domenici Hall's S.P. and Estelle Yates Theater. Question-and-answer sessions follow each 15-minute talk. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.

Topics include: ?Watching Your Eyes: How gaze-tracking technology lets us control gadgets, diagnose disease, and much more,? ?46,000 Square Feet of Food Choices? and ?Sensory Properties of Crops in New Mexico: Capsicum, Cannabis and Lavendula.?

Spring tuition waiver deadline is April 1

The online Tuition Waiver submission process for Spring 2016 is currently available through April 1.

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
Login into MyNMSU at https://my.nmsu.edu/
Select the Employee tab from the menu.
In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
On the Employee page, click the hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.
Whenever a change is made to the student schedule, the tuition waiver must be re-submitted online to re-calculate taxability. The previous credit will be removed from the student account and re-applied when the waiver is re-submitted, and approved (if applicable), by the deadline.

Recently added: dependent children, under the age of 25 and unmarried, are now eligible to use the dependent tuition remission program as graduate students. Please note dependents (including spouses/domestic partners) who have a graduate assistantship with NMSU will not be eligible to use the tuition benefit.

Tuition Taxability: Please visit the taxability website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/other/tuition-tax/ to determine if your enrollment situation is taxable. All taxes will be assessed on the employee?s paycheck that is issued on April 30, 2016. You will need to plan ahead to ensure budget accordingly.

If you need further assistance with this process, contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

NSF grant helps launch new cyber infrastructure support at NMSU

NMSU has received a $398,691 grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance cyber infrastructure support for research projects spanning many disciplines at NMSU. Research in science, technology, engineering and math education disciplines has become increasingly dependent on the availability of effective CI solutions related to software, high-performance computing, networking, big data storage, sensor networks, etc. NMSU will be using the NSF funding in conjunction with other institutional resources to establish new cyber infrastructure support function. In partnership with the provost's office, research faculty, the Faculty Advisory Committee on Technology and others, this new support function will be implemented by NMSU?s chief information officer. For more information, contact Brian Ormand, ICT project manager, at 575-646-0325.