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NMSU Hotline — December 3, 2019

Aggie Experts: Mosquito repellents

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In this week's Aggie Experts, Immo Hansen, a professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, shares which essential oils combat mosquitos the best.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Food Safety Lab director to give talk today

Willis Fedio, director of the Food Safety Lab at New Mexico State University, will present on timely results of recent food safety research at today's Science Café. Basic lab tests performed to ensure food safety will be outlined and valuable tips given for preparing increasingly common, fresh-from-the-farm vegetables and fruits. Examples of safe, New Mexico-grown foods will also be available for viewing.

Sigma Xi’s Science Café begins at 5:30 p.m. today in the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 575-522-3120.

Cancer research seminar set for Thursday

Lucas Sullivan from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle will present a seminar titled “Metabolic Constraints of Cell Proliferation” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Foster Hall, Room 231. Sullivan will present his research as part of the Biology Seminar Speaker Series. The flyer and full abstract of the talk can be found at https://files.constantcontact.com/7a180c99701/8fdd1386-06c4-4b53-a4f8-602a7a0d0435.pdf.

Call 575-646-2647 for more information.

Astronomy Department to host final open house of semester Friday

The NMSU Astronomy Department will host its final open house of the semester Friday, Dec. 6. There will be a short presentation in Room 102 of the Biology Annex at 7 p.m., followed by a viewing session at the Tombaugh Campus Observatory at 7:30 p.m.

The viewing session will include observations of the moon, Uranus and/or Neptune, star clusters, and perhaps even some nearby galaxies. Visitors are welcome to attend either or both portions of the open house. Campus observatory viewing is subject to good weather. The event will be hosted by faculty member Jon Holtzman and graduate assistants Emma Dahl, Caitlin Doughty and Minje Beom.

The Biology Annex is located off Williams Street near the corner of Williams Avenue and Frenger Street, and the Tombaugh Campus Observatory is located a short walk away at 3415 Williams Ave.

Please contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-4438 if you have any questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.


Star Wars-themed happy hour planned for Friday

Join your friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, for The Adjustment Project, better known as TAP.

The next event is titled “Star Wars IX." Celebrate the last episode in the Star Wars saga and prepare for the finale with fun drinks and themed appetizers. Wear your favorite Star Wars costume and get $1 off a specialty cocktail.

TAP happy hour features a cash bar of specialty cocktails such as Skywalker Rose Spritzer, Princess Leia Mojito, Han Solo Bulldog and Chewbacca Coconut Rum and Coke ($6), mixed drinks ($5), domestic beer ($3), import and craft beer ($4), a glass of wine ($4) and non-alcoholic beverages starting at $3.Complimentary appetizers offered with drink purchase.

TAP happy hours are hosted at 100 West Café in Gerald Thomas Hall located at the corner of Knox Street and College Drive. Proceeds benefit HRTM student clubs. Parking across the street from Gerald Thomas is free after 4:30 p.m. For more information call 575-646-5566.

DACC chess team to participate in duel with EPCC Saturday

The first Duel in the Desert between chess clubs representing Doña Ana Community College and El Paso Community College will take place Saturday, Dec. 7. The competition takes place at the Valle Verde Campus of EPCC, 919 Hunter Drive, with the first match kicking off at 10:15 a.m.

This event features four participants from each college squaring off in a chess match. The DACC team includes Jesse Vick and Arshia Parsheh of Arrowhead Park Early College High School, Will Barela and Sophia Moore, a DACC dual-credit student. The EPCC team will have Ruben Ramirez, Christine Calma, David Jones and Jeremy White.

The match came about from an encounter of chess enthusiasts at a Student Government Association meeting in Washington, D.C. The DACC SGA continues to grow and includes 21 different clubs ranging from clubs designed to help students seeking careers, to public service and hobby pursuits.

Barela, the DACC coach, hopes this will become an annual event and promote the game of chess throughout the Borderland. “Chess is a great game,” he said. “We are very excited to play with EPCC. The goal of this competition is to encourage everyone to come join the fun we share on the chess board.”

The DACC team has played several matches recently including the New Mexico Open in Albuquerque.

For more information, contact Barela at 575-449-5807.


Military and Veterans Programs collecting donations for Toys for Tots

The Military and Veterans Programs at New Mexico State University is asking for donations of toys to help support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots and its mission to help less fortunate children experience the joy of the holidays. New, unwrapped toys can be placed in the donation box outside the Military and Veterans Programs in Corbett Center Student Union, Room 244. MVP also is available to pick up donations. To make a donation online, visit https://toysfortots.org/donate or call 575-646-4524 for more information. Let’s show our Aggie pride and warm a child’s heart this holiday season. Toy donations will be accepted now through Monday, Dec. 16. Bring a toy, share some Aggie Spirit joy.

NMSU Museum celebrates 60 years with new exhibit

The New Mexico State University Museum will commemorate its 60th anniversary with the unveiling of a new exhibit, “El Santo Niño de Atocha: Narratives of Faith and Devotion in the United Sates-Mexico Borderlands.” The debut event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Kent Hall, 1280 E. University Ave.

The exhibit will introduce Santo Niño de Atocha and his importance to the communities in the borderlands. It will feature numerous photographs of the Santo Niño from two churches in the area including one in El Paso, Texas, as well as another in Chimayo, New Mexico. Pictures of personal altars from individuals who are devoted to the Santo Niño are going to be incorporated into the display. It will even include various retablos and ex-votos borrowed from the NMSU permanent art collection.

Read more at http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/13988/nmsu-museum-celebrates-60-years-with-new-exhibit.

Former NMSU professor’s feature film to return to Rio Grande Theatre

To celebrate the life of New Mexico State University professor and director Orville “Buddy” Wanzer, the Las Cruces International Film Festival and Film Las Cruces present a film screening of “The Devil’s Mistress” directed by Wanzer Thursday, Dec. 5. Wanzer’s 1965 cult classic was the first feature film created and produced in the Las Cruces area and premiered nationally at the Rio Grande Theatre.

The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in downtown Las Cruces at the Rio Grande Theatre followed by a reception.

The screening will draw friends, family and former students of Wanzer’s to celebrate his legacy as an NMSU professor and his artistic achievements as an artist and filmmaker in the Southwest.

Read more at http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/13991/former-nmsu-professor-s-feature-film-to-return-to-rio-grande-theatre.