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NMSU Hotline — June 3, 2016

NMSU alumna researches mosquito vectors of Zika, dengue

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At times she may be found at the Hanley Lab on the New Mexico State University campus, but Katie Young is currently in Borneo studying the ecology of mosquito vectors, an extraordinary research project in an extraordinary location. Young, who is pursuing a doctorate in biology at NMSU, received the prestigious United States Fulbright Student Scholar Award last year. As a Fulbright Fellow, she receives funding to support her travel and research in the southeast Asian island, where she is working with NMSU and The Institute of Health and Community Medicines at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

?My research focuses on sylvatic arbovirus ecology, specifically mosquito-transmitted viruses such as dengue and Zika, in Malaysian Borneo,? she said. Arboviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods, such as mosquitoes. ?These two viruses emerged, likely due to spillover, into the human population from ancestral transmission cycles in non-human primates."

Visit http://mosquitotips.nmsu.edu for tips to keep yourself safe and more information on research by NMSU experts.

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Campus Announcements

Red to Green Money Management workshop and meet-up events planned

Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 7, outside Corbett Center. Look for the table and pick up resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

The Red to Green Money Management workshop "Keys to Saving and Investing" will be held form 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, in Garcia Annex Room 207. What?s the difference between saving and investing? Why should I save? How can I invest? Learn what you can do now to help your future self by saving and investing wisely. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

To schedule an appointment with a peer financial literacy coach, contact Career Services at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631, or visit http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/.

For more information, visit careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green or follow on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

PSL parking lot to close this summer for repairs

NMSU Parking Lot #73 at PSL will close Tuesday, June 7, through Friday, July 22, for maintenance. Be sure to remove all vehicles from the lot prior to closure. Vehicles remaining in the lot at time of closure will be towed at owner?s expense. Other buildings this closure may impact are Stucky Hall, DACC and NMDA. Monitor http://park.nmsu.edu/closure/ for updates as the weather tends to alter maintenance schedules. A map of alternative parking is available at http://hr.nmsu.edu/parking/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2015/04/Map2015.pdf. Contact Jim Carroll at carroll2@nmsu.edu for more information.

Retirement reception for Associate Dean Jeff Brown is June 10

The College of Arts and Sciences will hold a retirement reception for Jeff Brown, associate dean for research, who will retire June 30. The reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, in the Stan Fulton Center, 3rd Floor Bistro.

Brown earned his Ph.D. in United States history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979. He taught at the University of Northern Iowa and Lake Forest College before coming to the Department of History at NMSU in 1984. He taught early United States history and directed the graduate Public History Program from 1984 to 1991, achieving tenure in 1990. Brown served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 2002 and 2003 to 2004, and as interim dean from 2002 to 2003. He has served as acting coordinator of the geography division in the Department of Earth Sciences from 1991 to 1992, as head of the Department of History from 2005 to 2009, and as interim head of the Department of Art in 2010.

To RSVP for the retirement reception, contact Ashley Jurado at ajurado@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5886.

Free literacy tutor training set for June 11

Literacy Volunteers of Doņa Ana County, located at Dona Ana Community College, is looking for volunteers to assist adults to read and write and learn basic math or English as a Second Language on a one-to-one basis. A free workshop on June 11 includes an introduction to the program, hands-on practice, and knowledge about helping adults become literate and empowered to pursue their interests and education. Your commitment afterward is to tutor one adult twice per week at a time and place convenient to both of you.

For more info and to register, call 575-527-7641 or 575-496-0207.

Food safety training and certification courses to be held in Albuquerque

"Better Process Control School - Acidified Foods Only (English Course)" will be held Aug. 8 and 9 at the South Valley Economic Development Center in Albuquerque. This is a two-day certification course for managers and supervisors of food processing operations of thermal procession systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods. The school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for acidified foods only.

"FSPCA - Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance, FDA, FSMA ? HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control) Training and Certification," will be held Aug. 10 through 12 at the South Valley Economic Development Center in Albuquerque. This course developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA. Successfully completing this course approved by FDA meets the requirement of a "Preventive Controls Qualified Individual." It will provide participants with the knowledge needed to create a food safety plan that complies with the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control for Human Food rule.
Target audiences include:
? Potential Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI)
? Personnel responsible for the implementation of FSMA HARPC
? Facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food
? Consultants

For registration fees, agenda and map, visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/haccp.html or call 575-646-2198. Seats are limited; register early. Online registration will be available soon.

Summer 2016 tuition waiver submissions now accepted

The online tuition waiver submission process for Summer 2016 is currently available through Aug. 1, 2016.

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
1. Login into MyNMSU at https://my.nmsu.edu/
2. Select the Employee tab from the menu.
3. In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
4. On the Employee page click the hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
a. Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
b. Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.
5. 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 Aug. 31, 2016. You will need to plan ahead to budget accordingly.

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

NSF project adds historical sources into NMSU math classes

Professors at New Mexico State University and six other U.S. institutions are working to demonstrate that math education is more than a numbers game.

Under a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant, researchers are developing educational materials that incorporate historical sources into undergraduate and upper-level high school math classes.

?It?s a grant to teach mathematics courses according to how the math was originally discovered or developed,? said Jerry Lodder, an NMSU mathematical sciences professor, in the College of Arts and Sciences, who is working on the project. ?This is usually different from the algorithmic formulas that you see today in things like a text book.?

Building on previous grant-funded work, this project, ?Transforming instruction in undergraduate mathematics via primary historical sources,? or TRIUMPHS, is developing instructional methods that could help students retain information and offer more direction to math courses, Lodder explained.


Feel better, be in control: NMSU?s Dona Ana County Extension Office hosts wellness program

New Mexico State University?s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Office will offer MyCD, a free chronic disease self-management program beginning this month. The six-week workshop is for individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, pain, cancer, high cholesterol, asthma, heart disease or high blood pressure.

Class will meet from 5:30-8 p.m. each Thursday, from June 9 to July 14, at the Extension office, 530 N. Church St., in Las Cruces. The program will be facilitated by Karim Martinez, county program director for the Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Office; Julia Rausch, promotora with the Dona Ana County Health and Human Services Department; and Alma Gross, a community volunteer. Space is limited. Call 575-525-6649 to register for the class.

?This program is important because it offers proven tips and concrete strategies to meet the challenges people with chronic health conditions face every day,? Martinez said. ?Participants will build new relationships and learn new skills to help manage all the things needed to improve their health, as well as to help keep active in their life and relationships. Family, friends and caregivers are welcome to attend too.?