Features https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/features/todaysfeatures en Highlands paleomagnetic lab expands, only one in the region https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/highlands-paleomagnetic-lab-expands-only-one-region-0 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/michaelpetronisresearch-1110x800.jpg" alt="Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis, working in the Czech Republic in 2019, drills into basaltic lava flow for samples to analyze in the university’s state-of-the-art paleomagnetic-rock magnetic laboratory." title="Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis, working in the Czech Republic in 2019, drills into basaltic lava flow for samples to analyze in the university’s state-of-the-art paleomagnetic-rock magnetic laboratory." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">New Mexico Highlands University has a teaching and research facility unmatched in New Mexico and surrounding states, thanks to more than $1.1 million in instrument grants since 2008 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).</span></p> <p class="p1"> The latest $153,915 NSF grant adds a vibrating sample magnetometer to Highlands University&rsquo;s state-of-the-art paleomagnetic-rock magnetic laboratory.</p> Mora native receives doctoral fellowship at Notre Dame https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/mora-native-receives-doctoral-fellowship-notre-dame <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/santiana_marrujo_edit.jpg" alt="S. Marrujo" title="S. Marrujo" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">Santiana Marrujo, a New Mexico Highlands University chemistry graduate, chose Notre Dame for her doctoral studies and received the prestigious Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow in Science and Engineering from the university.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Marrujo, a 23-year-old from Mora, New Mexico, graduated from Highlands magna cum laude in May 2018 with a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in chemistry. She was accepted to eight chemistry doctoral programs across the country.</span></p> Community liaisons will reach out to Las Vegas https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/community-liaisons-will-reach-out-las-vegas <p> <span style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">New Mexico Highlands aims to strengthen and create relationships with Las Vegas businesses, organizations and individuals through a new community liaison position.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Juli Salman, alumni affairs director at Highlands, and Linda Anderle, the administrative assistant in the University Relations Office, will share the part-time position. Both will also continue their other Highlands responsibilities.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></p> Highlands graduate student gets scholarship for drone wetlands research https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/highlands-graduate-student-gets-scholarship-drone-wetlands-research <p> <span style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">New Mexico Highlands University environmental science management graduate student Katherine Ottmers will be using drones to conduct innovative New Mexico wetlands research, thanks to a scholarship from the New Mexico Geographic Information Council.</span></p> Local filmmaker to show movie in Las Vegas https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/local-filmmaker-show-movie-las-vegas <p> By Kelsey Kendall<br /> Las Vegas Optic</p> <p> <span style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">A Las Vegas local, Jim Terr, spent seven years making his &ldquo;mockumentary&rdquo; and is now ready to premiere his movie to Las Vegas. Titled &ldquo;The Brill Building Movie,&rdquo; it goes back to Terr&rsquo;s early videos and songwriting in a 90-minute feature.</span><span class="Apple-converted-space" style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Los Alamos educator named 2018-19 Teacher of the Year https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/los-alamos-educator-named-2018-19-teacher-year <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kris_martinez_teacher_of_the_year.jpg" alt="Kris Martinez, holding her certificate, is shown with her parents. " title="Kris Martinez, holding her certificate, is shown with her parents. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">Kris (Romero) Martinez, a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, was recently named the Los Alamos Public Schools K-12 Certified Teacher of the Year for the 2018-19 school year,</span><span class="Apple-converted-space" style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">by Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent.</span></p> Traditional Spanish Market to host artists https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/traditional-spanish-market-host-artists <p> <span style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">More than 200 juried artists will be participating in this year&rsquo;s 68th annual Traditional Spanish Market.</span><span class="Apple-converted-space" style="font-family: Palatino; font-size: 10px; text-indent: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> Visitors will have the opportunity to experience and purchase painted, carved santos, weavings, colcha embroidery, straw appliqu&eacute;, furniture, woodcarving, tinwork, ironwork, jewelry, pottery, and more.</p> Jane Clark Wins National Recognition at Conference https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/jane-clark-wins-national-recognition-conference <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jane_clark_1_of_1.jpg" alt="Jane Clark" title="Jane Clark" align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1 rteright"> <span class="s1"><b>By Margaret McKinney</b></span></p> <p class="p1"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">New Mexico Highlands campus visit specialist Jane Clark won national recognition at the 26th Annual National Collegiate Information and Visitors Services Association conference June 4 through 9 in Portland, Oregon.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Clark received a Conference Footprint Award for leaving a lasting impact on the professional organization and for being an outstanding participant out of 700 conference goers.</span></p>