ENMU briefs — June 22

Politics and media course offered

Eastern New Mexico University is offering a “Power Games: Politics and Media” course during its second four-week session, beginning July 5.

The three-credit course is an interdisciplinary analysis of the relationship between politics and the media. It ties political science and communications together and gives students the opportunity to learn about the way the world is being shaped.

It will be offered in two separate sections: Political Science 330 taught by political science professor Sue Strickler and Communication 330 taught by Amanda Gatchet of the Department of Communicative Arts and Sciences.

ENMU student clinches intern spot

ENMU student Rojin Chitrakar was selected as one of 20 undergraduate interns at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. More than 150 students applied for the positions which included housing, travel costs and a stipend.

The internship program allows for four teams investigating different research areas combining mathematics and biological development. The students have been working together since May 31 and are to complete their work July 22.

When Chitrakar, originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, was awarded the internship, he was thrilled.

“I was speechless at first. But, the happiness and the excitement took over, and I shouted in joy. I started calling up my friends and my parents to pass on the good news. I was proud of myself,” Chitrakar said.

Journal to publish ENMU biology professor, staff manuscript

Professor of Biology Manuel Varela and his laboratory personnel have had a manuscript accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed “Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology.”

Co-authors of the JMB work are graduate student Prashanthi Rambhatla, postdoctoral fellow Sanath Kumar and graduate student Jared Floyd.

The title of the accepted work is “Molecular cloning and characterization of mannitol-1-phosphate dehydrogenase from Vibrio cholerae.”

Child development center recognized

The ENMU Child Development Center has been recognized with the Inventive Snacks Award for making healthy snack foods fun to prepare and eat.

The award was presented by the Child and Adult Care Food Program for Nutrition Education 2010-2011.