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NMSU Hotline — September 21, 2018

NMSU researchers studying consumer perceptions of jujube fruit


The small, oval fruit from jujube trees has a plum-like appearance and a texture similar to an apple when eaten fresh, although it’s more fibrous and not quite as juicy. Rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients that give it “superfruit” properties, the fruit – more commonly known as a Chinese date – has a pleasantly chewy texture and a sweetness that intensifies when dried.

The tree itself can tolerate a wide range of climates, including areas faced with high heat and drought-like conditions, attributes that make it an ideal crop for food producers in New Mexico.

But one problem remains: “It’s a new fruit that consumers are unfamiliar with and it's brown, which inherently consumers are hesitant to eat,” said Chadelle Robinson, an assistant professor at New Mexico State University who has conducted extensive research on consumer behavior for food products.

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Campus Announcements

Career Services hosting JC Penney Suit Up event Sunday

Don't get caught under-dressed at a professional interview or networking event again with the inaugural Suit Up sale at JC Penney. For one day only, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, New Mexico State University’s Career Services will be partnering with JC Penney to bring you an opportunity to purchase career apparel at an extra 40 percent off discount in addition to any other sales and promotions for both in-store and online purchases. The store will be closed to the general public to offer an opportunity for NMSU students, faculty and staff to receive personal attention in the selection of professional interview/work attire, salon and Sephora.

Current NMSU students, faculty and staff and first year alumni are welcome to attend. JC Penney is located inside the Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd. Any faculty and staff who would like to volunteer for this event are asked to please contact Marci Salinas-Milam at salinasm@nmsu.edu or Career Services at 575-646-1631.

Crisis Standards of Care Las Cruces at NMSU Tuesday

The College of Health and Social Services is helping the State of New Mexico organize an event to benefit the NMSU community. Please join us for our “Crisis Standards of Care Las Cruces” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Corbett Center Auditorium, Room 247. Who should participate? Healthcare coalitions, healthcare systems, licensed providers, public health, EMS, fire, students, law enforcement, medical reserve corps, emergency management and other planning partners. Free Continuing Education Units.

What you learn about: What is CSC?-national guidance, CSC plan introduction, legal and ethical challenges, evidence-based processes and operations, medical surge-alternate care sites and systems, healthcare coalitions-"stronghold,” engagement with community and providers, access and functional needs integration and critical resource management.

Register at heeps://train.org/nm Search for Course ID 1079736.

Engineering research seminar to feature conversion of low-grade waste heat into usable electricity

Paul S. Davids, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories, will present a lecture on his research for the conversion of low-grade waste heat into usable electricity. The lecture will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Domenici Hall, Room 106. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.. The lecture is free and open to all.

Low-grade waste heat from natural and man-made processes are abundant sources of thermal radiation, but the ability to convert them into useful electrical power is limited. Davids will describe a new thermoelectric transduction mechanism that directly converts radiated waste heat from low- to moderate-temperature thermal sources into electrical power using a large-area nanoantenna-coupled tunnel diode rectifier called a rectenna. Davids is a principal member of the technical staff in the Applied Photonics and Microsystems group at Sandia National Laboratories.

Chinese Mid-Autumn festival set for Sept. 29

Come and celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival with us. Cultural performances and games and free authentic Chinese dinner and so much more from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Corbett Center's outside stage, University Park and Corbett Center Auditorium, Room 247.

Check in at Corbett Center outside stage begins at 4 p.m. Performances begin at 4:20 p.m. with traditional games and cultural booths at 5:30 p.m. A free authentic Chinese dinner and moon cakes will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by a movie session at 7:30 p.m. It is free to register for this event at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOnT3_a5p1OD0BRcXsykYOhHt0b-tHwaol297wIbg-1pV8Gw/viewform.

The 2018 Chinese Mid-Autumn festival is hosted by Chinese Students and Scholars Association at NMSU, New Mexico State University Confucius Institute and ASNMSU.

New 4-H Leaderline newsletter for October-November-December 2018 available online

The New Mexico 4-H Leaderline newsletter for October-November-December 2018 is available online. To read the new issue of Leaderline, go to http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h/documents/leaderline_oct-nov-dec-2018_color_online-revised-2_accessible.pdf. Open up the file in Google or Firefox, not Microsoft Explorer/Edge. To read past issues, go to http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h/newsletters.html and select a newsletter.

For more information about the New Mexico 4-H Youth Development Program, including how to join, call the County Extension office near you at http://aces.nmsu.edu/county/.

NMSU TRIO Upward Bound program accepting applications for spring

New Mexico State University’s TRIO Upward Bound Gadsden Independent School District/Las Cruces Public Schools program is now accepting applications for 26 new high school participants from Gadsden, Santa Teresa, Mayfield, Las Cruces and Oñate High Schools.

To learn about the requirements for joining NMSU’s TRIO Upward Bound program visit http://trioub.nmsu.edu/application-information/ or contact the TRIO Upward Bound office at NMSU in the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 128, 575-646-5732 or trioub@nmsu.edu.