|Blackwater Draw Boys Perform||Video Alert|
Six ENMU professors (Edward Avila, Travis Erwin, Neil Rutland, Jon Barr, Roger Gatchet and Richard Schwartz), known as the Blackwater Draw Boys, perform on Thursday, June 5, at the Portales Public Library for the ENMU Writers' Retreat. – [video]
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Shaking Up the Science World:
ENMU Professor and Students Study Proteins
story and photos by Desiree M. Cooper
“I give the research everything I have. It is just as important to me as teaching.”– Dr. Elliott Stollar
Dr. Elliott Stollar and his students plan on solving health problems by studying proteins at Eastern New Mexico University.
“We are trying to develop new peptides (which are small, short proteins) that bind very strongly to their targets,” the assistant professor of biochemistry explained. “If we succeed, it could be a way to develop drug molecules in the future.
“We are using new methods that focus on the structure and dynamics of thousands of different proteins that can help us reach that goal,” said Dr. Stollar, who was an English and chemistry teacher in Jalisco, Mexico, from 1998-99. “We can then send some of these samples to a national facility that has more capabilities to get detailed structural and dynamic information.”
“Visualizing the structure and dynamics of proteins and their interactions is a lifelong pursuit, as these big molecules that are inside all living things never cease to amaze me,” he said.
“The lab chose to study a class of proteins called the SH3 domain based off of my post-doctorate training in Toronto, Canada. I got interested in proteins because they were involved in cancer.”
The British-native encourages students to help with the research so they can “use what they learn in class and develop many additional transferable skills. I try to get many students involved; there is lots of funding available for them.”
Dr. Stollar, who was a research scientist at GlaxoSmithKline from 1996-97, will have five students working full-time during the summer in two different labs in the Science Building.
Students generally work 10 hours spanning two to three afternoons a week during the school year. Job duties include conducting experiments, writing reports and giving presentations.
High school students, who have the opportunity to prepare basic solutions and run basic experiments, are also welcome to volunteer.
Working in the labs has plenty of perks, including getting to attend an annual picnic hosted by Dr. Stollar at Oasis State Park.
“The students help each other. They are always working on new experiments; we are moving forward with our research,” the “Chemistry for Today” and “Protein Biochemistry” courses instructor explained. “We have about 10 students during the school year, including five undergraduates.”
The regional and state science fair judge “feels privileged to try to understand life at a molecular level. I am very grateful to everyone at the university for helping me with this research.
“I give the research everything I have. It is just as important to me as teaching; I really enjoy it,” said the president of Sigma Xi’s ENMU chapter. “It has been fun doing this at a small university. I’ve been able to mix research and teaching together, which is really rewarding.”
The university committee member for the library and general education created a website, ejstollar.wordpress.com, to help people stay updated on his protein research, learn about lab members and look into the graduate program.
For more information, contact Dr. Stollar at 575.562.4973 or email Elliott.Stollar@enmu.edu.
|Jessie Dodlington Illustrates ENMU Professor's Biology Textbook|
Dr. Elliott Stollar's wife, Jessie Dodington, is a visual artist working in Portales.
This collection includes scenes made in watercolor and ink of buildings and places around town.
Jessie and Elliott
|“The teachers were always there to help with anything and everything." – Kristen Garcia|
Kristen Garcia, who graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor’s in communication with an emphasis in broadcast journalism on May 10, has taken the position of weekend web producer for KOB-TV in Albuquerque.
The 20-year-old, who started the position on May 28, handles all of the content that goes online by maintaining the station’s website, social media and app, which is available in Android’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
“If there are stories that need to be written, I write them. After shows I upload reporter and anchor packages to the website,” the former News 3 New Mexico worker explained. “If there is breaking news I will send out push notifications and alerts via email and text message.
“The position requires me to write news stories regularly. I would be so lost if it wasn’t for the journalism classes I took at ENMU,” Ms. Garcia said. “KOB uses a program called ENPS which we also used at News 3 NM, which was a big help when I started working.”
Upon graduating, the former student fees board member, who shadowed at KOB several times during her last semester, emailed her contact at the station her updated resume. The web producer position was open, which gave Ms. Garcia the opportunity to apply and interview.
“I interviewed on a Friday, shadowed a web producer on Monday and by the end of that day, I had a job offer,” said the graduate, who was a Safe Ride driver for one year. “I’m excited to be part of a top 50 market straight out of college and to have my stories published on the station’s website.”
“It felt like everything Dr. Gatchet was teaching in class about elevator speeches (a brief speech pumping oneself up), networking and interviews, I would experience in the real world shortly after,” said the hiker, who chose to attend ENMU after a campus tour where “the COMM Building stole my heart; I knew that was exactly where I needed to be.”
The Clayton native, who calls ENMU a “home away from home,” worked at News 3 New Mexico for two years.
“I started running the teleprompter, then anchored. After that I ran audio, was the weather woman, sports anchor, reported, directed, edited packages, conducted interviews, produced and ran the chyron (text generator),” she explained. “During my last semester, I was chosen to be the executive producer.”
Ms. Garcia cites news anchor Diane Sawyer as her inspiration to become involved in news.
“I grew up to the sound of Diane Sawyer’s voice on Good Morning America every day. Since then I have found a huge interest in journalism,” she recalled. “In middle school, I did a book project where I was a ‘reporter.’ Me and mom went around town and broke down the book as if it was a case I was following as a reporter.”
Her ultimate career goal is to “be a news director. I would be content staying in Albuquerque, but, with this career, there are always new horizons just waiting to be met. You just have to decide which is right for you.”
|Ms. Garcia and her boyfriend Jason Ferguson
|ENMU Writers' Retreat
|Writers' Retreat at Portales Public Library
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
|Expected to Open in Spring of 2015|
|Photoshopped Picture of the Week|
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