Subject: Hotline -- May 18, 2005
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Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 13:14:42 -0600
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NMSU researchers work to minimize nuclear waste

    A team of researchers from New Mexico State University and Los Alamos
National Laboratory is working to reduce the amount of nuclear waste
destined for storage in nuclear repositories.
    Amudhu S. Gopalan, head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
at NMSU, and co-investigator Hollie Jacobs are leading a project titled
"Development of Ligands for Nuclear Waste Separation Technologies." The
research is receiving primary support from WERC: A Consortium for
Environmental Education and Technology Development.
    The United States has accumulated 44,000 metric tons of spent nuclear
fuel rods, with an additional 2,000 metric tons generated annually. Typical
nuclear energy production causes various byproducts to accumulate in fuel
rods, which become exhausted after about two years of operation.

Theatre Arts, ASTC announce new artistic director

    The Department of Theatre Arts and the American
Southwest Theatre Company have appointed Tom Smith, associate professor
of theater, as artistic director beginning with the 2005-06 season.
    "I am honored by this appointment and hope to carry through NMSU Theatre Arts'
and ASTC's mission to bring exceptionally high quality theater and guest professionals
to Las Cruces," Smith said.
    ASTC, a not-for-profit corporation, was founded in 1984 by Bruce Street and Mark Medoff,
a Tony Award-winning playwright. In the last 10 years, more than 175,000 patrons have
attended ASTC/NMSU performances at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU campus.

Theatre Arts students receive awards

    Senior theater students at New Mexico State received high honors at the 2004-05
Theatre Arts Awards Ceremony held Tuesday, May 3.
    Awardees include Gabe Morrison, Felicia Smithson, Frankie Rentas, Crystal Herman and
Efrain Schunior, Brenda Walker and Michael Sepulveda.

University Art Gallery hosts regional invitational

    The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State will host the second bi-annual Regional
Invitational Exhibition, featuring artists from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Colorado. The
exhibition opens with a gallery reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 3, and will run through July 31.
    The reception features a raffle for an all-expense-paid trip for two to Chicago and other prizes.
Tickets are $10. For more information call 646-2545.
    For more information on upcoming events go to

FFA Association on campus June 6-9

    The New Mexico FFA Association will have its 77th Annual New Mexico State FFA Convention
June 6-9 in the Corbett Center Ballrooms on campus.
    About 800 New Mexico FFA Members from across the state will attend and compete in leadership events.
The areas of competition are agriculture related and include: public speaking, job interview and agricultural marketing.
    The event is composed of five different sessions. In each session FFA members are recognized and presented
with awards for their accomplishments during the 2004-05 school year. State FFA officers for 2005-06 will be named.  
    For more information and a complete schedule of events please visit or call 646-3036.

Health and Safety office offers bike safety info

    May is National Bicycle Awareness Month. For information on bike safety, and details of the Community
Bike Safety Ride scheduled for Saturday, May 21, at Apodaca Park, visit the NMSU Environmental Health and
Safety Web site at
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