ENMU Chamber Singers
Watch the ENMU Chamber Singers perform in the Administration Building on Friday, March 8. – [video]
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ENMU Team Conducting Research on Type 2 Diabetes
photos and story by Shantiana White
“Women are ten times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer.” – Dr. Matthew Barlow
Mr. Robert Restaino, a graduate student in the biology department and master’s candidate in cardiovascular physiology, and other members of an ENMU research team, are conducting a study called “Ultrasound Assessment of Flow-mediated Dilation in Women with Metabolic Syndrome: a Limb-Specific and Ethnic Comparison.”
“We are looking at the blood flow in the development of type 2 diabetes to see if the effects are inhabitant or not.”
“Participants will be asked to do a small exercise with a hand ergometer during a normal estrogen cycle to determine if they can increases in blood flow. We are also looking at the differences between Caucasian, Hispanic and Native American women,” said Mr. Restaino.
Dr. Matt Barlow, asistant professor of biology who has his Ph.D. in integrative physiology, said, “The development of pathologies includes heart disease, Peripheral artery disease (PAD), type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
“Metabolic Syndrome is important to study because a lifestyle change may prevent the need for a pharmacist if the development of the syndrome is allowed to progress.”
“Obesity levels have increased in our country and we hope we can stop this health disorder before it gets too serious,” said Mr. Restaino.
|Dr. Matthew Barlow|
“Sedentary college students do not always workout at the gym due to their workload and might have excess stress that can create non-healthy lifestyles,” said Dr. Barlow.
Mr. Restaino has been conducting this experiment for two years and has had approximately 26 volunteers. The study should be finished by the end of summer.
Dr. Barlow said, “Women are ten times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer.”
“The requirements are that you have to be a woman between the ages of 18-40 years, a non-smoker, not taking any form of birth control, and have no health disorders such as hypertension or diabetes,” said primary investigator Mr. Restaino.
Dr. Barlow added, “We are always looking for volunteers whether they are female or male for a multitude of different studies we have designed and been approved to run.”
These studies are non-invasive, safe and there is minimum discomfort because the study requires a small amount of blood to be drawn and blood pressure cuffs are inflated to relatively high pressures to alter blood flow responses and to check for vascular health.
“It feels like you fell asleep on your arm or leg for a short time,” said Dr. Barlow.
This current study takes place in the ENMU Science Building in Room 220 and requires three visits that can last from one to three hours.
Dr. Barlow said, “You’re as young as your blood vessels.”
If you are interested in volunteering or have questions or concerns about the study, contact Mr. Restaino at 575.562.2416 or Dr. Barlow at 575.562.2543
Physics Professor Performs in 'The Music Man'
photo and story by Shantiana White
“It was a hectic, tiring and yet energizing experience." – Dr. Bill Andersen
Dr. Bill Andersen, associate professor of physics, was a cast member in Portales High School's recent production of "The Music Man."
Out of the four days of performance, an estimated 800 people attented.
|Dr. Bill Andersen|
"The high school does a musical every year, and this time they opened up auditions to the community because there were so many parts. The extra parts included openings for little kids to old geezers like me," said Dr. Andersen.
He played Jaycee Squires, the high tenor in the barbershop quartet.
"I auditioned because I wanted to be on stage with my son Geoffrey (a high school junior who played Mayor Shinn)," said the father of two.
“This is the only play I have ever participated in. Those of us in the quartet accepted the parts only after we were assured there were no high school students who were interested in singing them."
He began teaching at ENMU in 1995; he received his B.S in physics at Baylor University, and his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics at MIT.
|Franklin Smith, Musical Director|
Franklin Smith, musical director of " The Music Man," said, " Dr. Andersen did a wonderful job with the high tenor part. You have to have a good ear and he blended well with the other singers."
Mr. Smith recieved his B.A in music, teaching cerification, and M.A in secondary education with an emphasis in curriculum at ENMU. He also received his KODALY certification at the University of Oklahoma.
"The community supported us and applauded the students' efforts," said the avid tennis player.
Mr. Smith who has been a Portales High School teacher for 14 years said, " I'm super proud of my students and cast participating in this huge production."
Dr. Andersen said, “I got interested in physics during sixth grade because my friend told me he read that clocks go slower the faster they are going. I started thinking about what the speed of light had to do with the clock keeping time. I did not get the connection and spent a good deal of junior high figuring it out. Since then, I have been hooked,” said Dr. Andersen.
He said that he got involved in music in high school. “There was not a choir, so I played the trumpet in high school," said the professor who teaches the physics of music.
“I don’t know how I got involved with singing; however, I sang in the church where I met my wife; Gillian and I sing songs around the house."
Dr. Andersen has also played piano since high school, and his wife comes from a family where there are a number of professional musicians.
The musical took about two months to prepare.
“It was a hectic, tiring and yet energizing experience and pretty educational behind the scenes," said the avid violin player.
Dr. Andersen said, "The high school students did a great job and I am thankful that they accepted old geezers like me to be involved with their musical."
Watch Dr. Bill Andersen (far right) perform in a barbershop quartet in Portales High School's "The Music man." – [video]
ENMU Hosting Jazz Fest on March 21-22
by Phillip Young
Eastern New Mexico University’s Department of Music will host its 13th annual Jazz Fest on March 21-22 in the Music Building.
It is free and open to the public.
Special guests will be Chad Eby, the Onate High School Jazz Band, and the Clovis High School Jazz Band.
Eby, associate professor of jazz saxophone at the University of North Carolina in Greensborough, will give a master class on jazz improvisation at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in the Music Building. Those interested in performing should bring their instrument.
At 7 p.m. on March 21 the Onate High School Jazz Band and the ENMU Faculty Jazz Combo will perform. The ENMU Faculty Jazz Combo consists of Neil Rutland, instructor of percussion, Travis Erwin, instructor of guitar, with Eby as special guest.
Both concerts will be held in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building.
For more information, call Kathi Fraze at 575.562.2377.
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(photo by Devon Gardner)
|Voice Students Peform at Retirement Ranch
(photos submitted by Kimberly Gelbwasser)
The voice students of Dr. Kimberly Gelbwasser and Dr. Jean Ornellas recently performed at Retirement Ranch in Clovis.
(L-R) Esther Birch and Maggie Gomez
From bottom left to bottom right: Nicole Jennings, Yinong Gao, Margaret Hibbard, Diego Baca, Javier Lopez, Hailey Vandewiele, Elizabeth Pratt, Maggie Gomez.