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NMSU Hotline — January 31, 2018

Staff Spotlight: Virginia Chaves, Cooperative Extension Service

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When Virginia Chaves enrolled her 9-year-old son in 4-H in 1989, she didn't know it was the beginning of a career at New Mexico State University.

Twenty-nine years later, she is watching her granddaughter begin her 4-H experience from her desk as the Bernalillo County 4-H administrative assistant.

"I didn't know about 4-H until my three sons were little," she said. "We got involved and were club leaders for 10 years."

Her role with 4-H shifted in 1999 when the administrative assistant position opened at the Extension office. She worked as a temporary employee on-and-off for a year and was officially hired on Feb. 1, 2000. Since then she has helped the county's agriculture, family and consumer sciences and urban 4-H agents anyway she can, including with enrollment of the more than 400 4-H club members and producing the county's monthly 4-H newsletter.

"I'm the front line for questions from club leaders," she said. "If I don't know the answer, I pass them on to the agents."

Working with a great group of people and watching the youth grow up with the 4-H values and become well-rounded citizens are what Chaves enjoys most about her job.

Campus Announcements

Career Services events offered at Career Connections today

Career Services will be hosting a Navigating a Career Fair Workshop today from 10 to 11 a.m. on the third floor of the Corbett Center Ballroom, in Senate Chambers Room 302. This workshop will prepare students who need extra assistance prior to entering the Career Connections Fair. Students will learn how to practice your introduction, your handshake, create a personal strategy and how to adjust your attitude and engage employers. Get that extra confidence before walking into Career Connections.

Students can also stop by our LinkedIn Photo Booth from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A photographer will be onsite to provide free professional headshots. We are located in the Corbett Center third floor ballroom lobby.

For more information please contact salinasm@nmsu.edu or Career Services at 575-646-1631 for more information.

Office of Sustainability to host webinar today

Join the Office of Sustainability in the newly re-opened Environmental Education Center (EEC) for a webinar today on how journalists conduct their research and investigations, confirm facts, ferret out false information and maintain a sound basis for their reporting.

Presenter Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist and author of “Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science”. Gillam will be joined by Dana Barr, Environmental Health Professor at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, for a conversation on sound science and sound journalism in an era of fake news.

The Environmental Education Center is now in Guthrie Hall, Room 109H. Enter under the breezeway and the Sustainability Manager will greet you for the 11:15 a.m. webinar and a quick tour of the newly remodeled EEC. Brown bag lunch if you desire. For more information contact joni newcomer at newcomer@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1895.

Networking Hour: Pricing Strategies set for today

Networking Hour: Pricing Strategies will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at Studio G, Academic Research A, 1620 Standley Dr. Enjoy some free food and share ideas at this week's networking hour. This week, the discussion will focus on the best practices and strategies to use when pricing your business's products and services.

Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. Networking Hour is a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU. Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

Contact 575-646-1859 or cdunn25@ad.nmsu.edu for more information.

Geological Sciences Colloquium to be held today

A New Mexico State University Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium will feature Frank Ramos, Johnson Chair, associate professor at NMSU. His talk, "Dating Young Volcanic Rocks at Changbaishan Volcano: Insights from Radium Isotopes," will be held from 4 to 5 p.m today in Gardiner Hall, Room 230.

Technology Day set for Thursday

Join us at Technology Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Aggie Lounge (first floor of Corbett Center).

The event will showcase various NMSU and non-NMSU technology services and programs, have hourly door prize drawings and swag, hands-on activities and more.

All NMSU students, staff and faculty are invited to attend. For more event information, visit https://studenttech.nmsu.edu/tech-day/.

'How Can I Keep Students Engaged with Instructor Presence' webinar offered Thursday

Online Course Improvement Program will host a recorded webinar, "How Can I Keep Students Engaged with Instructor Presence," from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in Milton Hall, Room 85. This recorded webinar will explore the importance of faculty presence for student success in distance education. Learn how to analyze, evaluate and improve your level of presence in your courses.

To register go to https://ocip.nmsu.edu/events/.

Taste of Europe in Taos Restaurant

Explore global cuisine during Taste of Europe at Taos Restaurant, NMSU’s dining hall in Corbett Center Student Union. This special lunch will focus on Spanish cuisine and will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, featuring beef and vegetable empanadas, Spanish stuffed tomatoes, artichoke rice cakes with manchego, caldo gallego (Spanish white bean soup) and quesadas (Spanish cheesecake). Admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last. Share with a friend at https://www.facebook.com/events/200583414012862/.

Save money on all meals at Taos Restaurant, including our weekly "Taste of" Thursday lunches. Meal plans are available to students, faculty and staff. Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu for details and to sign up.

'Creating Transcripts from Your Narrated PowerPoints' workshop to be held Thursday

Join Richard Oliver, from the College of Business, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, and learn how to create transcripts from a narrated PowerPoint presentation. This hands-on workshop will both demonstrate and practice these skills, so please bring your narrated PowerPoints with you.

To register, visit https://ocip.nmsu.edu/events/. If you have questions, contact Miley Grandjean at 575-646-5492 or mgrandje@nmsu.edu.

College of Education begins search for TPAL Department Head/School Director

This week the College of Education will begin interviewing candidates for the Department Head/Director of its newly formed School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, Leadership (TPAL).

The Department Head/School Director will provide leadership to a unit that offers undergraduate and graduate programs (master’s and doctoral) in the areas of Curriculum & Instruction and Teacher Education, Educational Leadership (PK-20) and Special Education. Candidates' information can be found at the following link at https://education.nmsu.edu/colloquium-schedule-for-new-school-director-candidates/.

The first candidate colloquium will be Thursday, Feb. 1.

Geraldine “Gerri” Maxwell, Ph.D.
Thursday, Feb. 1
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
O’Donnell Hall, Room 300

Angela Johnson, Ph.D.
Thursday, Feb. 8
2:30-3:30 p.m.
O’Donnell Hall, Room 300

Candice Carter, Ph.D.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
2:30-3:30 PM
O’Donnell Hall, Room 300

Faculty, staff, students and community guests are welcome. For further information contact Henrietta Pichon at pichon@nmsu.edu or Tim Ketelaar at ketelaar@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar to be held Friday

Eric Stoffregen, assistant professor in the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at Lewis-Clark State College, will present a talk titled “Y chromosome variation and male lethality in Drosophila embryos lacking Blm DNA helicase” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 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 series of Friday afternoon seminars that are broadly focused on biomedical research and are 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://www.nminbre.org/.

Stoffregen will discuss how he is investigating the essential role that Blm DNA helicase plays during early Drosophila development and the impact that Y chromosome sequence variation has on Blm function during this developmental period. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://www.nminbre.org/files/Eric.Stoffregen.pdf.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Ryan Ashley at ryashley@nmsu.edu.

Visiting Artist Lecture, Alex DeCorte, Department of Art set for Tuesday

The Department of Art is pleased to announce a free, public lecture by the internationally recognized artist Alex DeCorte from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in HSSA, Room 101. Da Corte is a rising star on the international art scene. He works with objects and materials that are detached from their original function to give them new potential both symbolically and formally. In working with these objects, Da Corte tries to put aside his own touch in order to reveal and locate the previous touches, the objects' own story. In Da Corte’s artwork objects can even act as stand-ins for people: they represent another kind of language that we can pair together to create these sentences that turn into poetry. For more information, contact the NMSU Department of Art at 575-646-1705 or artdept@nmsu.edu.

Preventive Controls for Human Food workshop to be held Feb. 7-9

Preventive Controls for Human Food Full Course for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual will be held Feb. 7 to 9 at DACC, 2345 E. Nevada Ave. Online registration is available at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/fspca-preventive-control.html.

Out-of-state registration fee is $500 and in-state residents are $200. The cost includes break refreshments, lunch, manual with materials and AFDO certificate. Lodging, airfare and travel costs are not included. Space is limited, register early. FSPCA, FDA, IIT, IFSH Registered Instructors: Mauricio Castelo and Nancy Flores. For more information email naflores@nmsu.edu.

This training program was developed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for the food and beverage industry which handle and produce food that must comply with FDA FSMA requirements for training. This course for Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) meets the FDA FSMA training requirement and will receive a certificate issued by AFDO.

For more information on rules visit Compliance Date Extensions and Clarifications for FSMA Final Rules at https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm517545.htm.

Retirement reception for Jacquie Porter Feb. 9

Join the staff of KRWG TV/FM in celebrating with Jacquie Porter on her retirement from NMSU. In Porter's 13 years on campus, she has worked in the dean’s offices for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of ACES. She transferred to Alumni before settling in at KRWG for the past five years. Please drop by our TV Studio B from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 to share in some refreshments and wish her the best for this new chapter in her life.

Article published in 'Journal of Medical Entomology' on bed bugs study

Though generally regarded as a nuisance or irritant pest, the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is known to be capable of harboring more than 40 human disease-causing pathogens. It’s the transmission back to humans that bed bugs seem not to be as good at as some of their other blood-feeding cousins. But entomologists have some evidence that bed bug feces can be a channel for disease transmission, so it’s wise to study which pathogens bed bugs can carry and just how well those pathogens can survive within them.

To that end, bed bug researchers at New Mexico State University have investigated the ability of bed bugs to carry Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan that causes Chagas disease, and report their findings in a new article published Friday in the Journal of Medical Entomology. In a lab experiment, the researchers found that nearly all bed bugs they fed with T. cruzi-infected blood later showed live forms of the pathogen in their guts and that T. cruzi frequently survived through its hosts’ molting.

That latter finding, known as transstadial persistence, is notable because bed bug nymphs typically molt after each blood meal, which they do five times before reaching their adult stage, says Alvaro Romero, Ph.D., assistant professor of urban entomology at NMSU and senior researcher on the study. “If T. cruzi could not persist throughout the molting process, nymphs would be less effective as vectors since they would have to feed on an infected host to reacquire the parasite in their guts after each molting," says Romero.

For the complete article visit https://entomologytoday.org/2018/01/30/study-further-evidence-bed-bugs-transmit-chagas-disease-pathogen/.