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NMSU Hotline — March 1, 2018

NMSU professor receives award for advancing scientific psychology


Michael Hout is an assistant professor of psychology at New Mexico State University whose research is focused on what people see, the way they see it and why.

“I’m a vision scientist,” Hout said. “I study all things cognitive, mostly visual search research. Think radiologists looking for tumors or TSA agents scanning for weapons in bags, but also people looking for everyday items or search-and-rescue teams on patrol.”

Hout, a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences and associate director of NMSU's Discovery Scholars program, recently received the 2017 Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological Science, a leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders. The award is presented to psychological researchers in the early stages of their careers.

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Campus Announcements

Aggie Health & Wellness Center to close this afternoon

The Aggie Health & Wellness Center (AHWC) will be closed from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today for staff trainings and meetings. If there is a medical emergency please call 911 or go to a local emergency room. The AHWC will re-open at 8 a.m. Friday, March 2.

Online tutoring now available

The Campus Tutoring Service located in Corbett Center, Room 206, is now offering online tutoring for Chem 111, 112 and nursing courses. Students simply need to go to https://campustutoring.nmsu.edu/online-tutoring/ to request an appointment for online tutoring. Confirmation of their online tutoring appointment will be secured through their NMSU email. The student is then invited to our Canvas Online Tutoring Course. Instructions are presented in module format on our Canvas course. Students must read and follow the instructions to have a successful online tutoring session. The online tutoring session is held through Adobe Connect on our Campus Tutoring Canvas Course at the confirmed date and time. Adobe Connect provides audio, visual, sharing of documents and files, as well as a whiteboard.

We are excited to offer this additional online tutoring venue to our already established in-person tutoring. Please let your students know of this opportunity. Give the Campus Tutoring Service a call at 646-6050 or email campustutor@nmsu.edu if you have questions.

'Challenges of an Immigration Practice along the U.S./Mexico Border' panel discussion set for today

Nancy Oretskin will lead a Big Read panel discussion about the political and legal issues surrounding border security with panelists Molly Molloy, Jessica Miles and Brenda Villalpando. Oretskin is an attorney and has represented pro bono many individuals detained for crossing the border without documentation, and/or asylum seekers, and has extensive experience with the legal system, the immigration courts and the federal agencies charged with border security.

There will be a question and answer period following the presentations by the panelists. The discussion will take place at 4 p.m. today at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. in Downtown Las Cruces.

For more information about The Big Read contact Dean Miriam Chaiken at 575-646-2005 or visit https://honors.nmsu.edu/the-big-read-comes-to-las-cruces/

For more information about the panel discussion, visit the Honor’s College Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/325524081269492/

PES Graduate Seminar Friday

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences Master's candidates Jack McCoy, "Evaluation of Powdery Mildew Resistance in Capsicum species," and Alonso Garcia, "Evaluating guar genotypes under various irrigation regimes in southwestern New Mexico," will present a PES Graduate Seminar at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Colby Brungard at cbrung@nmsu.edu

FSA-RMR Office Information Session March 13

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Senate Gallery Room 304 in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, the new retention requirements, and FSA-RMR Procedures. A Go-To Meeting for our out-of-town users, who are unable to attend our session at Main campus, will be offered at the same time as our live session. If you need assistance for the Go-To Meeting, please contact RMR at 575-646-8324. For more information or to register, visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Call For abstracts for SWIHDR 2018 Student Forum

“Innovative Ideas to Address Border Health Disparities in Changing Times” is open to all disciplines and is seeking innovative student abstracts. Explore the role of your discipline in achieving health equity in the border region. This is an opportunity for students to open avenues for collaboration, mentorship and employment by networking and sharing ideas with faculty, students and community members in the field.

For more information, please contact swihdr@nmsu.edu or visit https://swihdr.nmsu.edu/2017-2018-EVENTS/STUDENT-FORUM-2018/. Deadline for submission is March 16.

Game Testing Opportunities at NMSU's Learning Games Lab

NMSU’s Learning Games Lab will host fifth-graders to test new Math Snacks games for a half day during Las Cruces Public School’s Spring Break and Spring Holiday. Participants will play our games and discuss their experiences to help us improve gameplay and design. Interested fifth-graders will attend one of our sessions.

The dates and times for our sessions are:
Friday, March 23: 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Spring Break)
Monday, April 2: 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Spring Holiday)

Sign up by either completing a short survey at http://bit.ly/2CLsPrm or contacting Amanda at 575-646-1076 or email aarmstr0@nmsu.edu.

For more information about NMSU’s Learning Games Lab, visit www.learninggameslab.org.

NMSU collaborating in Sustainable Bio-economy for Arid Regions project

Developing sustainable energy sources is a national quest of scientists in both the private industry and public university sector. Among these endeavors is the recently started Sustainable Bio-economy for Arid Regions project led by the University of Arizona.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and College of Engineering faculty are among the collaborating investigators within SBAR, which is funded by a five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The SBAR project will research guayule and guar, two plants that grow well in the Southwest, as potential feedstock for biofuel and for high-value products such as rubber, resin and polysaccharide.


Register now for The Big Event

It's that time of the year, registration for The Big Event is now open! The Big Event is an annual off-campus community service event where students and staff go out and clean up the city as a way of saying, "Thank You" to our community. Registration packets are available in the ASNMSU Office, Corbett Center Room 205, or online at https://asnmsu.nmsu.edu/tbe/. Packets are due by Friday, April 6, to the ASNMSU Office.

The event is on Saturday, April 14; check in is at Preciado Park, next to O'Donnell Hall at 8 a.m. The first 1,000 registrants get a T-shirt! Documentation of attendance is available for any instructor who is interested in giving extra credit for attendance. If you have any questions, please contact the ASNMSU Director of Community Outreach Adrian Llanez at asnmsuco@nmsu.edu.