A Trike Unlike Any Other

By: Isaiah Silva

One Aggie is literally, building his dream from the ground up. James Owen, a Mechanical Engineering Technology student, is building a prototype for his own invention. Owen wants to bring something new to the table in the sport known as, “trike drifting.”

“They’re essentially oversized tricycles. The sport itself started in Auckland, New Zealand, made its way to Australia, and then really as of recently has come over to the United States. It’s really up-and-coming; I think there are still a lot of people who don’t know about it,” Owen said.

Owen got his start with Aggie Shark Tank in the spring of 2016. Aggie Shark Take models itself like the television show, Shark Tank. Entrepreneurs present their inventions to investors in hopes that they will get a chance to take their dreams to the next level.

“I essentially saw an advertisement for Aggie Shark Tank and I thought, ‘Well, why not make this passion a business,’ and that was really actually when it got started,” Owen said.

It was through Aggie Shark Tank that Owen met the CEO of Mesilla Valley Transportation, Royal Jones. Jones was one of five investors in the Shark Tank.

“He said, ‘Look, you can use our labor, you can use our components, and hey, we got one of the best paint booths in town, so I’ll even paint it for you too,’” Owen said. “He saw an interest in it and he really wanted to see it go somewhere, so he gave me that opportunity.”

When Owen started, he designed the initial frame on the computer, using 3D modeling. What is special is that although the frame followed some drift trikes before, it was completely custom to Owen. He didn’t do it alone though, Owen has had some people join him on his journey.

“I would say, kind of along this venture, I’ve had a lot of guidance from various friends and such. But, I brought on a buddy of mine, Michael Rogers, who is also in the Engineering Department with me. I brought him on as the cofounder, so he played a role in helping me get this trike developed,” Owen said.

The trike was completed around October/November 2016. Owen has made a lot of progress and modifications to the trike, so it is a lot different than how it was back in March 2016.

“The plan for this year is to essentially wrap up the prototype, set our sights on a new prototype. Something that is, I want to do something along the lines of a collapsible trike, so something really mobile, something that customers can fit in the back of their car,” Owen said.

Before Owen devotes himself to the drift trike business, he wants to get a feel for the market and see if there is a demand. If so, he will start the process of pushing out units. One of Owen’s ideas to get drift trikes more exposure is to have what he calls, “Drift Trike Days.” This will showcase the drift trikes and allow people to ride them.

“That’s the biggest struggle we’ve encountered right now is just informing everyone of what a drift trike is. That’s the vision,” Owen said. “The mission statement, if you will, is to give everyone the experience, the thrill of a drift trike. You really don’t know what it’s like until you ride it.”

Owen has many goals as to where he wants his drift trikes to go. They include the possibility of doing made-to-order trikes and going into full production, not mass production, but doing a small number at a time. Owen expects to go back on Aggie Shark Tank with his prototype. Aggie Shark Tank is held every semester.

Broadcasters Club

By: Isaiah Silva

NMSU has a lot to offer. It is a unique university where many determine what they want to do with their lives. There is one thing that NMSU offers that many universities don’t – a student-run, live newscast.

News 22 is a legitimate news broadcast that is completely student-ran. There are some professionals that help with the functions for the newscast, but for the most part, students run it. There are students running everything from the production to the cameras, and the on-screen talent.

The students involved and more gather into what is called the Broadcasters Club.

“Really, we’re just kind of a loose group of students that try to meet with professionals in broadcast news, so; radio, television, multimedia, and stuff like that,” Rebekah Baca, Broadcasters Club President said.

A big thing that the Broadcasters Club does is bringing in guest speakers that share their experiences in broadcast journalism with students and provide an opportunity for networking.

“We really just want to prepare ourselves for when we get ready to graduate and meet new people, It’s really great because our professors that are involved in the club, they have a really good network of past students that have done a lot with their careers and that’s mainly where we get our guests from,” Baca said. “So, it’s really great to see people that have gone through this program, been a part of Broadcasters Club and News 22 and have gotten really far.”

In addition to networking, the club also has a lot of fun together. They, like many other organizations, do philanthropy events and take trips to conferences. Earlier this year, the club took a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We went to Salt Lake City this year to the Society of Professional Journalists regional conference. They got to meet professionals from around the country, they got to tour a television station in Salt Lake City, and some students had their resumes and portfolios reviewed by professionals,” Dr. Roger Mellen, advisor for the Broadcasters Club, said.

Above everything else, being in the club brings friendships. Many of the students are studying the same thing, so they all have a lot in common.

“I know for a fact, a lot of the people, a lot of the students that I’m currently working with are people that I’m going to be able to count on for a long time, even after I graduate,” Baca said.

If you’re considering Journalism as a career field, the Broadcasters Club highly encourages you to join. They are welcoming to all facets of journalism.

“Even if you’re mainly photography, or print, or whatever, just the people you meet here, even just the students are really great,” Baca said.

Dr. Mellen also echoed what Rebekah had to say.

“Anybody interested in broadcast should come and meet some of the interesting guests we have,” Mellen said.

This coming year Nick Miller and Hugo Perez will advise the Broadcaster’s Club. The club meets every other Tuesday at 7:15 in Milton Hall.

Here to Help

By: Isaiah Silva

In college, one in five women are sexually assaulted and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted. Unfortunately, these statistics are only based on the incidents that are reported. Doña Ana County ranked second in the state for reported sexual assault cases. La Piñon Sexual Assault Recovery Services of Southern New Mexico is a resource available to victims of sexual assault.

La Piñon is the only center of its kind in southern New Mexico. They provide services not only to the Las Cruces community, but also to cities such as: Anthony, Chaparral, Deming, Hatch, and Silver City.

“My goal is to be able to help as many people out there,” Amanda Carreras, Campus Advocate for La Piñon said, “Like I said, it’s very underreported and I’m not sure people just don’t know where to go on campus because not only is it, as far as reporting, and this just isn’t at NMSU, but this is in general that a lot of people they fear reporting and what that looks like.”

Sexual assault is any type of sexual behavior or contact that is not consensual. Some of the conducts that NMSU prohibits include: rape, groping, stalking, fondling, and forced kissing.

“Campus sexual assault is much more common than people imagine. There was a survey conducted that approximately up to 15 percent of male college students reported that they actually were the offender or perpetrator to a sexual assault within that past year,” Carreras said.

According to Carreras, when they do their outreach on NMSU’s campus, they do anonymous surveys in order to get insight as to what students think of sexual assault and whether or not they know how and where to report an incident.

“All those results are useful for me to be able to know where I need to target populations on campus,” Carreras said, “For example, in 2013 the NMSU Police Department had reported only two sexual assaults and then in 2014 they had four. There’s no way of telling whether or not these statistics are the same for everyone, however you can see that the number is very underreported.”

There are some myths about sexual assault that indeed are not true. The first thing that comes into play when defining sexual assault or rape is consent.

“Consent is an actual, affirmative agreement and verbal yes, or no. However, just because somebody consented to it once doesn’t mean that it’s continuous. We can’t just assume that, ‘Okay this person, we had sexual intimacy or whatever, and now it’s okay every time,” Carreras said.

There are limitations, or boundaries even if someone consents to intimate behavior. While someone may consent to one thing, they could say no to another.

Another thing that comes into play is alcohol.

With alcohol being such a big part of the “college experience,” it makes the chances of sexual assault occurring greater. Anyone under the influence cannot give consent.

There are other myths as far as reporting a sexual assault.

“A lot of times people don’t report because they believe no one is going to believe their story is true. They’re going to say, ‘Well why did you go to the party? Why were you so drunk you couldn’t get yourself home and you had to get a ride from someone?’” Carreras said,

“So, that goes into little bit more victim blaming where that overrides their ability and their strength to report, or to get the help that they need.”

Many times cases go unreported because the survivor is already weakened by the incident and it is difficult to share the details of what happened to a complete stranger. Since La Piñon provides services to many different communities and the university, some clients are from out of town and come alone.

“A lot of our students in the cases I’ve received, they’re not from here, and so they feel alone already because their families are out of state or out of town, and they don’t want their parents or their families knowing what happened here because then they’re going to cause worry to their family,” Carreras said, “A lot of those factors come into play of why people feel like they’re not going to report because people think that maybe they don’t believe them.”

Other myths could be that people don’t think the person who assaulted them is going to get convicted, which is hard to determine since it is determined case by case. People also don’t report because they feel as if they need to report the assault. Through La Piñon, one has the right to not report the assault to the police.

If one does decide to seek help through La Piñon specifically, there are a multitude of services they offer to help the survivor cope with being sexually assaulted. One thing they help with is the survivor’s school. They work with administration to help extend deadlines and help get extra time on assignments. La Piñon will also help if the survivor needs to move schools, or just move back home because they feel like they cannot be at school anymore.

“They’re already experiencing a significant amount of either guilt, or pain, or sadness that now their goals that they once had are no longer there,” Carreras said.

They will also work with housing to get room changes if they see it will benefit the survivor. They will also help the survivor’s parent as well if the parent has to take time off of work to be with their child. They could recover lost wages, similar to workman’s compensation.

“We want to be able to assist them in a way where they are still able to do those things that they would’ve done had this not happened.” Carreras said.

Carreras wanted survivors to know that what happened is not your fault. There will always be someone there to help. La Piñon does instructing of staff and faculty at NMSU, so help is easily accessible.

For more information, you can contact La Piñon at 575-526-3437, the 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 1-888-595-7273, or the NMSU Police Department at 575-646-3311

ASNMSU Presidential and Vice Presidential Debate

By: Isaiah Silva

ASNMSU election campaigns are underway and on March 29 candidates gathered in Corbett Center for the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debate.

The debate began with the only candidate for the Vice President position, Emerson Morrow. Although he is running unopposed, he said that he is not taking any support for granted.

“Part of the reason why I’m here is because it was required and because I really want to earn your vote. I’m trying to speak to as many students as possible to really get a sense of how everyone is feeling on this campus, and what you all want to expect from your student government.” Morrow said.

The first question asked was in regards to the education of new ASNMSU senators. Morrow and all other candidates were given a two-minute window to answer their questions.

“One thing I want to do as Vice President is really take new senators under my wing. I plan on setting up a meeting with every member of the ASNMSU Senate at least once a semester because I don’t think that’s too much to ask.” Morrow said, “I think through that mentorship program, I’ll really be able to help new Senators understand the entire [ASNMSU] law book, but specifically chapters 7 and 8 a little bit better.”

Morrows next question focused on what his biggest goal was during his time in office.

“I’d say the most pressing goal would be streamlining the ASNMSU Senate bill process, so that you are able to submit every document required for the bill online through the ASNMSU website,” Morrow said.

Morrow’s third question dealt with how he planned to keep the Senate to its high standards.

“In the Senate, we talk a lot about accountability. That’s another thing that I want to focus on in the next year. I am taking a close look at the elections code and anywhere in the law book that it mentions impeachment, so we have clear procedures in place to hold senators accountable,” Morrow said.

Once Morrow concluded his questions, the Presidential candidates were welcomed into the Aggie Lounge.

There are three candidates running for the presidential position. The candidates are: Manuel Alejandro Ordoque, Kevin Prieto, and Corey Stevens. Each had two minutes for opening statements.

The first candidate to speak was Corey Stevens.

“One, my goal is to protect the student investment here at the university, whether it’s through tuition dollars or student fee dollars. Two, is to promote every student’s voice at the university and represent that voice in administration, in the board of Regents, and at the state level. And three, to bring a global initiative to ASNMSU.” Stevens said.

Names were drawn randomly and the next one selected to speak as Kevin Prieto.

“Some of my main goals are to increase transparency within our ASNMSU government and widen the outreach and public relations to our university. Another one is to really push on the communication between organizations, as well as ourselves and administration.” Prieto said, “ My last one is really to push on the point of my experience.”

The last to make his opening statement was Manuel

Ordoque.

“I have three goals. One of the main goals that I hope to accomplish within my term is to build the graduate school council to become completely autonomous. That way they are able to appropriate their own bills, they’re able to basically be their own entity but still be part of the association. The second thing is to help the senators, to prioritize the international health care we see here. International students make up about 20-30 percent of this institution and I hope to fix that once I become president. The third thing I think we all want is transparency,” Ordoque said.

Once the opening statements were finished, the questions started. The questions asked included topics such as: why they wanted to run for ASNMSU president, diversity on campus, maintaining the Lottery Scholarship, and services provided to students among others.

For more information on the ASNMSU Elections and candidates, visit asnmsu.nmsu.edu.

Midterms: Teacher Edition

By: Isaiah Silva

Students are usually the ones who pop into everyone’s minds when the word midterm comes up. Other words that may come up are: time management, stress, and sleep. On the other hand, professors go through he same time management, stress, and sleep deprivation.

Professor Ana Lourdes is an Assistant Professor in the Journalism & Mass Communications Department and is going nonstop all semester

“Well, I am a very busy person because in the morning I get up and I have my breakfast, I feed my dog and my cat and I do everything I need to do at home, then I drive here. I commute from El Paso everyday. I teach my classes,” Professor Cardenas said, “Then when I finish my classes I try to grade some of the assignments,”

Professor Cardenas went on to explain that she is teaching two classes, which entails grading and preparing materials for each class. She will also be teaching a mini-mester class that will begin next week.

In addition, she is on track to become tenured at the university, so she has a lot of research to do. She is also a freelance journalist and has stories that need to get written.

As if that isn’t enough, she is taking an online class. She is studying the US-Mexico border. The class is a yearlong.

“It’s a one year certificate. It’s a lot of work, so I have to watch a lot of videos. I have to read papers and write my own papers,” Professor Cardenas said.

Like students, Professor Cardenas needs to keep her time management skills as sharp as possible. When she returns home, she has to walk her dog and then prepare her classes for the next day.

“It’s really a busy, busy semester. You know every semester is busy. I try to organize my life, I create my compartments. From 8 to 2, I do this; from 9 to 10, I do this, and that’s it, I usually go to bed at like 11 or 12,” Professor Cardenas said.

         When it comes to grading, Professor Cardenas deals with a lot of writing which can be time consuming. She said that she grades her assignments little by little in order to keep herself on track and keep her stress levels low.

“When I get an assignment I just start grading because otherwise it’s horrible when you accumulate those [assignments],” Cardenas said.

“For grading it really depends on the class. In the writing classes you spend a lot of time because of that. I mean you review the lead, the grammar, punctuation, AP Style, if the story makes sense, if the story doesn’t make sense, so then you have to write your comments and then send it back to the student,” Professor Cardenas said.

Professors have a lot on their plate even during spring break. Professor Cardenas will utilize her time to work as much as possible in order to alleviate some of the work that she has to get done before classes start up again.

“For this spring break, I have a lot of work. I have to prepare for an online class that I’m teaching for the first time, so it’s going to be a lot of work, and teaching an online class requires a different organization,” she said, “I have to write some stories and I’m trying to use this spring break to catch up with my research because I have been postponing some things that I need to do.”

The difficult thing now is choosing whether to push responsibilities to the side and have fun, or catch up on work in order to make things easier. For Professor Cardenas, she chooses to get ahead.

Making Loans Great Again

By: Isaiah Silva

Many people may disagree with President Trump’s policies, but his view on student loans is similar to what a lot of students are feeling.

President Trump wants to change the way a person pays back their loan in order to get it done faster, so that person can move on with their life. The plan is to cap loan payments at 12.5 percent of your income. Then, after 15 years or monthly payments, any remaining student loan debt would be forgiven.

“Students should not be asked to pay more on the debt than they can afford, and the debt should not be an albatross around their necks for the rest of their lives,” Trump said during a campaign event in Ohio.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s 2016 Quarter 4 “Report on Household Debt and Credit,” student loan balances were at approximately $1.3 trillion. Last year, 11 percent of the loan debt at that time was more than 90 days late.

Paying back student loans can take a long time and can halt people from making big purchases like a home, car or even having a child.

“It’s not fair and we are going to fix it.” Trump said.

As of now, the cap for payments that are based on income is at 10 percent. The payment plans go for 20 years, after that loans are forgiven. Trump’s plan will increase the amount one pays, but they will finish their payments up to 10 years faster. These plans are called PAYE, or Pay As Your Earn and REPAYE, Revised Pay As You Earn.

According to time.com, around 4 million people are enrolled in the income-based payment plan.

Some may wonder, how does allocating more of my income to student loans save me money. It saves money because the amount of time you’re paying is shorter than the current payment plan.

Taking out loans does can be scary, but there are a few benefits to taking out loans.

One of the biggest benefit to loans is that they provide financial relief when a student needs it. Using loans for school and education are the best ways to use the money.

A con to taking out loans is having to pay them back and with interest.

“Make sure you know what your balances, interest rates, and monthly payments are, and when your grace period ends,” Adam Minsky, Boston Student Lawyer said.

Staying on top of all these elements of repayment will help keep one out of financial trouble. Minsky also went on to say that you should make sure that the lender has updated contact information for you. Just because they cannot find you does not mean that your debt will disappear.

It is also helpful to find a payment plan that fits your budget.

“As your financial situation changes so can your repayment plan, and it can be changed up to once a year.” Liz Stapleton, finance blogger, said.

Student loans are a blessing and a curse. They provide students with relief, but repayment causes a lot of stress for many. It is comforting to know that we have a president that is working to help students get rid of their debt in a shorter amount of time, so they can continue with their lives.

Survival Tips to Get You to Spring Break

By: Isaiah Silva

Now that we are about a month into the semester, it is easy to say that the motivation from the new semester is long gone for most students. Everyone is counting the days until spring break. Unfortunately, there is still over a month until break, but don’t lose focus! There is still a lot of work to do.

There are many ways to fight the procrastination that seems to be floating through the air.

Don’t listen to music while you’re studying!

According to a 2010 Applied Cognitive Psychology study, students who study with music have the poorest recall ability.

Cramming isn’t a bad thing.

UCLA conducted a study and found that cramming for an exam places information into your short-term memory rather than long-term which makes it easier to recall.

Be Creative.

In order to remember large amounts of information, create a song, rhyme, or funny way to remember what you’re studying. One could even relate the material to a certain experience they’ve had.

Go to your professor’s office hours!

Even if you only want to see your professor for the times you are supposed to each week, it only benefits you to visit their office hours. Cultivating a good relationship with your professor could bring your grade up. Also, you may become actual friends with your professor and they could be willing to write you letters of recommendation that could help you land a job in the future.

Sleep!

Now, this may be hard to carry out because there just never seems like there is enough time to study, do homework, and fit meals in between. However, getting the right amount of sleep helps information sink in. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

Study in a comfortable place.

For some, their studying can only be done in a library, or in a coffee shop surrounded by people. Try out different environments to see which works best for you.

As hard as the semester may seem, just remember the bigger picture. College isn’t easy, but it is worth it. The feeling of accomplishment when you receive your degree outweighs any feelings of sadness or despair you may be feeling right about now.

Constructing

By: Isaiah Silva

The Las Cruces Rotary Club recently gave NMSU’s College of Engineering a gift of nearly $128,000.

The donation was made to benefit the Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship. The Las Cruces Rotary Club has now given NMSU more than $2 million.

During the men’s basketball game on February 4, 2017, Rotary President Christopher Dulany, former president Alex Keatts and Bill Harty presented a check to the NMSU Foundation and Chancellor, Garrey Carruthers.

“We are extremely grateful to receive such a generous gift from the Rotary Club of Las Cruces to support our students,” Lakshmi Reddi, College of Engineering Dean, said.

The Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship was created in 1980. The scholarship awards and recognizes engineering students at New Mexico State with a GPA higher than 3.0. According to Bill Hardy, Rotary Club Treasurer, Alec Hood had an interest in mechanics and engineering. Through his will, he established the scholarship that has helped and will help engineering students.

“The Alec and Margaret Hood Scholarship has already benefited the lives of numerous students since 1985 and will now support more deserving students for many years to come,” Dean Reddi said.

A rotary club is a group of volunteers that want to help the community. According to lascrucesrotary.org, they “build, support, and organize. We save lives. We work locally and globally.” Thus, keeping true to their slogan, “Service before Self.” They devote a lot of their time being selfless and helping those in need. There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians around the world.

Rotarians get involved with their communities, connect with other professionals, share time and experiences with young people, support global causes, and use their skills to help others.

The Las Cruces Rotary Club was founded in 1923. Since then, it has kept its relationship with NMSU tight. Many of the buildings on campus are named after club members.

Alec Hood was a World War I veteran, owned a business in Las Cruces, and was a long time member of the Las Cruces Rotary Club. His wife, Margaret Hood was a journalist. She was also wrote mystery novels.

“We are exceptionally pleased to be able to increase our support of university students in honor of Alec C. Hood’s long and dedicated service to Rotary and our community,” Bill Harty said.

It is thanks to the selflessness of others that many students will get to further their education. For information on the Las Cruces Rotary Club, visit lascrucesrotary.org.

Geology Rocks

By: Isaiah Silva

A majority of faculty in the Geological Sciences Department at NMSU has been awarded National Science Foundation grants within the last year and a half, which adds up to more than $250,000.

Continue reading “Geology Rocks”

New Mexico and the Parkinson’s Dilemma

By: Isaiah Silva

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder, which leads to progressive deterioration of motor function. This is caused by a loss of dopamine producing brain cells. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and most common movement disorder.

In the brain, there is a substance called dopamine, which acts like a messenger between two brain areas, the substantia nigra and the corpus striatum. This process and these areas produce smooth and controlled movements. When there is a lack of dopamine, movements start to become affected. The greater the loss of dopamine, the worse the movements become.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include: tremors, slowness, stiffness, and impaired balance. These symptoms can also lead to anxiety, depression, and dementia.

John Hamilton is a part of the Parkinson’s Registry Coalition for New Mexico. He believes that chemicals that are used in pesticides locally, are contributing to people being affected by Parkinson’s.

“Here in our area, the most popular pesticide active ingredient is called glyphosate.” Hamilton said.

Glyphosate is used where pecans, alfalfa, and cotton are grown. Those three crops cover the largest percent of plant area in Dona Ana County. Collectively, in 2010, they covered roughly 67 percent of plant area. Also in 2010, approximately 24,942 kg of glyphosate was used across the county.

Determining these numbers is hard because there are inconsistencies with usage data at the county level and through the NCFAP.

Since our community is surrounded by a lot of farmland, it is important to know how far these pesticides and ingredients can travel.

“In California, they did a study using GIS information where people were located next to a farm, within 500 meters of a farm where they’re using pesticides. So, I would judge by that fact it would be something like 500 meters.” Hamilton said.

Hamilton would like New Mexico to have a Parkinson’s registry. What a disease registry does is it basically gives a count of how many people have certain diseases.

“I was engaged with a group of people from what we call a support group for Parkinson’s, locally. We organized ourselves into a little body of advocates, this was back in 2012, and we went to our state legislature, at the time was Dr. Terry McMillian. We sought to have some further understanding of what was causing our disease.” Hamilton said.

“We are organized, in a matter of speaking, to achieve a disease registry.

Registries are important because they help people identify themselves. It helps them become a way for people to get more information and even participate in longitudinal studies.

“We found out that there have only been four registries in the United States. Only four. There was Washington, there was Nebraska, there was Utah, all three of those are still current, and there was California,” Hamilton said, “California had its registry for about six years.”

In Nebraska, their Department of Health and Human Services takes different measures in order to get information on new cases of Parkinson’s disease in the state. They require doctors to report certain information about people who have been diagnosed with PD within 60 days of diagnosis. They also require pharmacies to report twice a year about patients who have received one ore more medicine to prevent Parkinson’s disease.

Most people get diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when they are 60 or older. However, early onset Parkinson’s disease can also occur at anytime. With the proper treatment, people with Parkinson’s disease can lead long, and somewhat normal lives. Hamilton has a family history with Parkinson’s disease, which is affecting his children as well.

“I have a boy who’s a senior here at this campus and he has to think about Parkinson’s disease because my grandfather had it, my older son has something similar called, essential tremors, and I’ve got the trifecta,” Hamilton said, “I’ve got Parkinson’s, essential tremors, and the last one they call, cognitive impairment.”

Since life expectancy is slowly rising, the amounts of people with Parkinson’s disease will likely increase as well.

“Back in 2012, we wrote a letter to the then Secretary of the Department of Health of the state of New Mexico. Her name is Dr. Torres. Dr. Torres is a pediatrician. Our question to Dr. Torres was, ‘How many people in Dona Ana County have Parkinson’s?’” Hamilton said.

Dr. Torres replied that she did not know. She gave an estimation based off of averages from other states and estimated around 4000 people in Dona Ana County had Parkinson’s disease.

“Now, start calculating that. Four thousand people with Parkinson’s disease, we frankly think it’s more, but also think in the context of, we’re not just talking about Parkinson’s. We’re talking about Alzheimer’s, which is even a bigger population generally,” Hamilton said, “We’re talking about MS, were talking about ALS, and we don’t know how many.”

Without a disease registry, it is difficult to know exactly how many people suffer from different types of diseases.

“How can you devise good public policy without the knowledge of how many? And what kinds of demographic characteristics do they have? We know male, we know age, but we don’t know as much as we need to about the other risk factors, such as te pesticides that are in use in our community,” Hamilton said.

Parkinson’s effects many people every day. Just learning about the disease and its causes & symptoms really help out everyone.