Denise & Norma talk with Cheryl Garing, President of the El Paso Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico. New Mexico? Cheryl explains why the El Paso Chapter fits better with the Land of Enchantment than with our home state of Texas. The Native Plant Society is open to anyone interested in learning more about native plants and hearing interesting speakers at their meetings every 2nd Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at the El Paso Garden Center, 3105 Grant. Dues are only $25/year for individuals, $30/year for families. The Native Plant Society of New Mexico is holding their annual conference this summer, and you can hear more in our previous episode from May 24. Learn more about the El Paso Chapter at http://www.npsnm.org/about/chapters/el-paso-texas/ and find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Native-Plant-Society-of-New-Mexico-El-Paso-Chapter/191913520833180. Or, call Cheryl Garing 915-549-3674.
Charles talks with Oscar Garza, who wrote a thesis on the famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki for his Liberal Arts Honors Program at UTEP. Miyazaki recently announced his retirement from filmmaking, and Oscar & Charles reflect on Miyazaki's films and how his hand-drawn creations differ from the computer animated films popular in our cineplexes.
The Timberon Blues & BBQ Festival brings the blues to the mountains in Timberon, New Mexico, and features the Muddy Hands Blues Band, the 24/7 Blues Band, Everyday People, Randy McAllister, CW Ayon, Jay Boy Adams & Zenobia with Mister Sister, the Don Gabbert Band, and the Hard Knocks Blues Band! $25 for 1 day, $40 for both, on July 26 & 27. http://www.timberonbluesfestival.com/
Louie talks with Dr. Yolanda Leyva, department of History chair, and three of her graduate assistants, Gustavo del Hierro, Angelica Martinez and Carlos Varela, about their upcoming Centennial exhibit, "The Chicano Movement in the '70s," at the Centennial Museum. The exhibit opens on June 7th with an open reception and all are welcome. For more information, contact the history department at 915-747-5508, visit their website: http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/history and/or contact Dr. Leyva via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The research of Larry Lesser, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at UTEP, and Interim Director of CETaL (The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning). Larry is studying how to make statistics and mathematics accessible to diverse populations through entertaining learning techniques. http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/
The Texas Master Gardener program offers 12 weeks of intensive horticulture training on xeriscaping, vegetable gardening, lawn care, trees and pruning, identifying plant pests and more. After successful completion of the course, participants are required to volunteer time sharing the information with the community. Although it is helpful for participants to have some basic knowledge about gardening and other plant related topics, the selection process will be based more on willingness to become an active volunteer. Deadline to apply for the program is 5:00 PM August 8, 2014.
The research of Ming-Ying Leung of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Ming-Ying is analyzing and organizing biological data in order to advance biological sciences. http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/mleung/
Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with author, speaker, and nutrition expert Tracye McQuirter. Tracye explains how comedian & activist Dick Gregory inspired her to take up a compassionate diet by expanding the notion of nonviolence during the Civil Rights movement to nonviolence in one's food choices. She explains why her book, By Any Greens Necessary, is a way to empower African-American woman by exploring delicious ways to satisfy cravings, and secondarily, helping improve the health of African-American women, who are one of the unhealthiest populations in the U.S. http://byanygreensnecessary.com/
Daniel talks with writer Michael Nava, whose latest novel, The City of Palaces, is set in pre-Revolutionary War Mexico during the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz. Nava is also a lawyer who is a staff attorney at the California Supreme Court, and he explains how he balances his time as an attorney and a working writer. Nava also talks about his Henry Rios mystery series, which were centered around an openly-gay Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, published from 1986-2000. http://michaelnavawriter.com/
For this week's Poem of the Week, local poet Nancy Lechuga reads "Myrtle" by John Ashbery.
And in this week's Poetic License, writer Marisol Baca reflects on her grandmother's kitchen in Albuquerque, where she spent much of her youth. The piece is called The Kitchen Table.
Louie talks with Audrey Marrufo-Hernandez, training coordinator, and Joe Ferguson, director, of the South West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network at El Paso Community College about the wide-open potentials for people to explore the possibilities of opening a small business in the desert southwest. There are summer programs that help illuminate the potentials, including a food truck seminar in June.
For information on the upcoming programs, to register, or for an appointment with a counselor, http://elpasosbdc.net/ or call 915-831-7743.
Noemi Rojas, founding Synapse newsletter editor and Medical Center of the Americas Foundation director of communication, and Dennis talk with Eric Evans, Sierra Providence market chief executive officer, about the recently announced renovations and building expansion plans for the Sierra Providence Health Network. Plans include the new 100+ bed westside facility slated for a 2016 completion, along with a $120 million budget for renovation of Providence Hospital, Children's Hospital and Sierra Medical Center.
UTEP Adjunct Professor in Religious Studies, Cemelli de Aztlan; UTEP Associate professor of Cultural Anthropology, Dr. Gina Núñez; and award-winning author, Ana Castillo preview the inaugural Wise Latina International Summer Summit.
Elizabeth L. Dahl, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Shakespeare on the Rocks & Director of Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew adapted to the Wild West town of old El Paso in the late 1800s.
Louie and UTEP psychology professor Eddie Castaneda talk about the upcoming VIDA Conference to be held in the Tomas Rivera Conference Center on May 29-30, 2014. They talk about addiction, Castaneda's studies on the brain during and after addiction, and they talk about this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Carl Hart, from Columbia University's psychology department, and the author of the best-selling book, " High Price."
Free admission, however seating is limited and registration is highly recommended. The website is http://vida2014.utep.edu
The research of Ahsan R. Choudhuri, Professor and Chair of the UTEP Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also the Director of cSETR (Center for Space Exploration Technology Research). Ahsan is working with NASA to develop rocket engines that use methane as rocket fuel. http://research.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=research.utep.edu/csetr
The 13th Annual Farmers Market at Ardovino's Desert Crossing offers an ever-increasing selection of organic & pesticide-free produce; all-natural eggs, beef, pork, lamb, and goat; native plants for gardens & yards; salsas; baked goods; and unique artisan goods. Yoga classes are taught every Saturday by Erin from Casa de Yoga at 10am.Weekly events include Kids' Tent activities, garden talks by Master Gardeners, and live music.Well-behaved pets are welcome. Enjoy coffee, house-made pastries, and fresh-squeezed juices on the patio.
The research of Maria Amaya, Professor at the UTEP School of Nursing. Maria and the students in the Graduate Nursing Program are researching the effects of the Affordable Care Act in El Paso and across the nation.
Louie talks with Mary Haynes, president, and Pat Worthington, curator, of the El Paso County Historical Society. There are events coming up, as well as keeping up with the history of the El Paso southwest.http://www.elpasohistory.com/
Patrick McNeil, Executive Producer with Splendid Sun Productions, previews the 4th Annual Neon Desert Music Festival that’ll turn Downtown El Paso into a stage for an expanded two-day event over the Memorial Day weekend.
Mike Brooks, Speech and Debate Coach and UTEP Communications Instructor is joined by Justin Davidson, Captain of the UTEP Forensics Speech and Debate Team, and his teammates, Samantha Rubio and Manni Duran to talk about the upcoming IDEA debate on Immigration Reform between UTEP and the University in Juarez.
Denise & Norma talk with Master Gardener Enrique Perez about the Home Gardening in El Paso course being offered at El Paso Community College Valle Verde campus. Classes are Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm, June 7-July 19, and each week's class will cover a different topic - soil, Earth-Kind landscaping, vegetable gardening, native & adapted trees & plants, irrigation, container gardening, and much more. The classes are casual and conversational, and the cost for the entire course is only $53. Register online at http://www.epcc.edu or find the entire Continuing Education Summer catalog at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d5ada338#/d5ada338/1.
Louie talks with Alexandra Garcia from the UTEP Union Programs office about the upcoming Movies on the Lawn summer movie series at Kidd Field, along with other programs for students attending the summer sessions, and the general public.
The research of Hideaki Tsutsui, lighting designer and assistant professor at the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Texas at El Paso. Hideaki has implemented "green" technology in the lighting design of several productions at UTEP. http://www.hideakitsutsui.com/
The research of Dr. Arvind Singhal, the Samuel Shirley & Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication at UTEP, the Director of the Social Justice Initiative, and the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service. Arvind's research focuses on using communication methods to improve the health of society and individuals. He has worked on global polio eradication, and is involved in heightening awareness of women's issues in India via a soap opera. http://utminers.utep.edu/asinghal/