From the Desk of the President
The wind has died down and brought me back from China, where NMSU's Vimal Chaitanya (vice president for research), Ken Hammond (director, Confucius Institute) and education faculty members Dana Christman and Jeanette Haynes Writer and I met with several leaders of Chinese universities and with Madame Xu Lin, director-general of Hanban, the Chinese national language and culture institute that funds our Confucius Institute.
The trip was great: We solidified some former agreements and made new ones, all with the aim of increasing NMSU's ability to attract highly qualified Chinese students to our graduate and undergraduate programs and to increase opportunities for research partnerships between NMSU faculty and faculty across several disciplines at key Chinese universities. China is investing heavily in their universities-several of the institutions that we visited have been targeted for special funds to encourage study abroad and promote research collaborations. read more...
How does a baby learn, remember and interact? What factors influence infant learning? The answers to these questions are being investigated at the Mother-Infant Lab run by New Mexico State University's Department of Psychology.
While the lab researchers study infant learning and memory, they do not study what adults remember from childhood. Instead, they study cognitive development, memory and how hormone levels relate to infants' day-to-day learning. read more...
Around the State
The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium's next space mission is a go for May 20. The SL5 rocket will take 27 student experiments and other cargo to space, 72 miles above Spaceport America.
Fate played an April Fool's joke on some aspiring rocketeers last month, but hopefully they'll get the last laugh.
The NMSGC had planned its third annual rocket launch April 1 at Spaceport America. The rocket designer created a new parachute system for the rocket, and it tested successfully March 28, but flight hardware was damaged after the test. The rocket now is ready to go. read more...
On March 16, 2011, "New Mexico's Leading Newspaper," the Albuquerque Journal, in its Wednesday morning edition reported on its front page, in center view and in massive bold print: "N.M. Hispanics Overtake Anglos." Using the latest 2010 U.S. Census data, the Albuquerque Journal further reports that New Mexico's population is now 46.3 percent Latino, 40.5 percent White, 8.5 percent American Indian, 1.7 percent Black, 1.3 percent Asian American, and 1.4 percent other/mixed. read more...
Have you ever wondered who takes care of hazardous materials spills on the New Mexico State University campus? Or who is responsible for safety trainings? The answer to these questions is the Environmental Health and Safety Office, where Drew Kaczmarek works.
Kaczmarek is the environmental manager of the EH&S office and has held the position for 11 years. His area of expertise is environmental compliance and hazardous waste management. Kaczmarek graduated with a bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology from Tulane University and then served four years in the U.S. Army as an environmental science officer. He received his MBA from NMSU. read more...
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