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LANL: Better Predicting Flu Outbreaks With Wikipedia

on May 16, 2015 - 8:43am

From left, Kyle Hickmann, Nick Generous, Alina Deshpande, Geoffrey Fairchild, Sara Del Valle and Reid Preidhorshy. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have the ability to forecast the upcoming flu season and other infectious diseases by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles.

“The ability to more accurately forecast the flu season and other infectious diseases will transform the way health departments prepare for and respond to epidemics, ultimately saving lives,” scientist Sara Del Valle said.

Del Valle and her team recently published “Forecasting the

WIPP: Initial Closure Of Panel 6 Complete With Work In Panel 7, Room 7 In Process

on May 14, 2015 - 3:29pm

A steel bulkhead seals the entrance to Panel 7, Room 7 at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) completed the initial closure of Panel 6, safely and successfully isolating about 85 percent of the nitrate salt bearing waste containers associated with the breached drum from the Los Alamos National Laboratory that are in the WIPP underground facility.

Workers completed installation of the substantial barrier (chain link, brattice cloth and mined salt) and steel bulkheads on both the intake and exhaust sides of Panel 6. As an added precaution,

US And China Mark 10th Anniversary Of Peaceful Uses Of Nuclear Technology Joint Coordination Meetings

on May 14, 2015 - 3:09pm

NNSA News:

CHENGDU, CHINA – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and China National Energy Administration (NEA) Director General Liu Baohua co-chaired the 10th Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) meeting May 6-7 in Chengdu, China.

Since 2002, the United States and China have held periodic joint meetings on their cooperative activities under the U.S.-China PUNT Agreement.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Calls For Congress To End Mass Telephone Surveillance, Reform Patriot Act

on May 14, 2015 - 12:56pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Congress to oppose a straight reauthorization of several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records.

The Patriot Act provisions — including Section 215, which has been used to justify bulk collection of Americans’ phone records — expire at the end of the month, and Congress is currently debating reforms that would require greater oversight, transparency, and

USPS Releases Top Dog Attack Rankings By City

on May 14, 2015 - 8:43am


USPS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — To kick-off next week as National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the U.S. Postal Service released its top 30 dog attack city rankings and offered tips to reduce dog attacks to letter carriers.

Nationwide, 5,767 postal employees were attacked last year.

At this morning's event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., letter carriers who were attacked by dogs recounted their experiences. The event also featured pit bull therapy dog Elle, the American Humane Association’s 2013 Hero Dog of the Year.

Udall, Heinrich Unveil Renewable Electricity Standard

on May 13, 2015 - 11:24am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a bill to create jobs, save consumers money and reduce pollution by creating a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES).
The legislation, which would help the United States diversify its energy sources while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.
The bill would create the first national threshold for utilities to provide a certain percentage of their electricity from

Udall Bill To Help Veterans Through Claims Process

on May 12, 2015 - 12:30pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall this week joined several senators to introduce a bill to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA’s oldest pending claims.
Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to expedite consideration of unreasonably delayed claims.  
"The backlog of veterans' disability claims

Bill Introduced For Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on May 11, 2015 - 11:13am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Michael Bennet, D-Colo. introduced legislation to launch a new National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program (NLTMP) at DOE to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impacts.

The bill, S.1259, the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Act, will be considered June 4 during a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Under the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program, small businesses with

Report Changes In Circumstances To The Marketplace That Could Affect Your 2015 Premium Tax Credit

on May 11, 2015 - 7:57am


If you – or anyone in your household –  have enrolled for 2015 health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and advance payments of the premium tax credit are paid to your insurance company, it is important that you report changes in circumstances, such as changes in your income or family size, to your Marketplace.

Advance payments of the premium tax credit provide financial assistance to help you pay for the insurance you buy through the Marketplace.

Udall, Boosman, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Cut Small Business Red Tape

on May 9, 2015 - 11:42am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – During National Small Business Week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and John Boozman, R-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., announced legislation to help business owners who operate primarily out of their homes deal with the often-complicated process of filing income taxes.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

The bipartisan Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act is the result of conversations with small business owners about ways the federal government can reduce unnecessary red tape.

The HOME Act would

Luján: 134,000 New Mexicans With Student Loans Would Benefit From Bill To Allow Refinancing

on May 8, 2015 - 7:59am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


SANTA FE ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District highlighted the impact of legislation that would allow New Mexican’s with student loan debt to refinance their loans to take advantage of low interest rates. 

Luján is a cosponsor of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which according to the Department of Education, would help 134,000 New Mexicans with student loan debt.

“Whether it’s buying that first home, raising a child, or saving for a dignified retirement, student loan debt is making it difficult for

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Bill To Establish Wilderness Areas In Río Grande Del Norte National Monument

on May 8, 2015 - 7:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. have introduced a bill to establish two wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos.

In 2013, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a previous version of the legislation.

U.S. Sen.Tom Udall

"For many years now, a broad coalition of northern New Mexicans has worked to conserve these two very special areas within the Río Grande del Norte National

NMED Approves Transuranic Waste Storage Extension

on May 8, 2015 - 7:31am

WIPP News:

On May 1, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) approved a request from the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) for an extension of storage in the Waste Handling Building at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant until June 30, 2016.

Waste placement operations at the WIPP site have been suspended since the February 2014 fire and radiological events. Waste containers that were on the surface at the time of the events have been safely stored in the on-site Waste Handling Building.

The WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit limits storage in the Waste

Udall Votes For Congressional Review Of Iran Nuclear Deal

on May 8, 2015 - 7:30am


Bipartisan agreement would enable congressional oversight without jeopardizing negotiations


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined a majority of senators in voting 98-1 Thursday for legislation that would allow Congress 30 days to review a proposed nuclear deal with Iran. He issued the following statement:

“A nuclear armed Iran is a serious threat, and any nuclear nonproliferation agreement affects the Middle East, our nation and our

Udall, Price, Van Hollen Introduce Empower Act To Modernize Presidential Campaign Public Financing

on May 7, 2015 - 2:31pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and U.S. Representatives David Price, D-N.C. and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. announced that they have introduced legislation to reduce the influence of money in presidential elections by empowering candidates who decline support from wealthy special interests.
With mega-donors exerting increasing influence on elections and increasing public disgust for out-of-control special interest electioneering, the Empowering Mass Participation to Offset the Wealthy’s Electoral Role (EMPOWER) Act would modernize the presidential

Celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12

on May 7, 2015 - 2:12pm

ANA News:

National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and is about celebrating nurses and all the ways nurses are making a difference in the lives of patients and communities.

The National Nurses Week 2015 theme "Ethical Practice. Quality Care." recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession. The theme is an important part of the American Nurses Association (ANA) 2015 Year of Ethics outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health and safety of nurses and patients.

In 1981, ANA, along

Changes In Public Access And Fees At Valles Caldera

on May 7, 2015 - 12:46pm
Aerial view of Valle Grande. Photo by Dan Monaghan
Missing cabin view. Photo by Rob Dixon
VCNP News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS  When the Valles Caldera National Preserve opens the summer season May 15, visitors will be greeted with expanded public access plus a more streamlined and cost-effective fee system.
The new format, approved by the Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees last December, features an entrance fee of $20 per vehicle and $10 per person when entering on foot or bicycle.

Heinrich Urges Full Funding For Police Body Cameras

on May 7, 2015 - 10:45am

Body camera. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. With a Republican budget agreement that could cut funding by $24 million for a critical grant program that helps police departments utilize body cameras and other innovative technology, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. joined 17 senators in calling for full funding of the U.S. Department of Justice Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program.

More than 600 JAG recipients nationwide have used federal funding for police camera technology.

Heinrich: Court Of Appeals Rules NSA Dragnet Illegal

on May 7, 2015 - 9:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, called on the White House to finally end the mass surveillance of Americans, following a decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that the National Security Agency is violating the law by collecting millions of Americans' phone records.

"This ruling affirms that the government does not have the authority to collect and retain the private telephone activity of innocent, law-abiding Americans," Heinrich said.

LAMC’s Tracie Stratton Named Lifepoint’s Chief Nursing Officer Of The Year

on May 7, 2015 - 8:29am

Tracie Stratton

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) chief nursing officer (CNO) Tracie Stratton has been named “CNO of the Year” by LifePoint Hospitals®, a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home.

The award is given annually to one CNO within LifePoint’s network of more than 60 hospitals who best exemplifies the company’s core values of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, compassion, and ethical and legal compliance, and who is committed to advancing quality patient care. 

“During her tenure at LifePoint, Tracie has been a leader

Los Alamos Scientist Christopher Lee To Receive DOE Office Of Science Early Career Award

on May 6, 2015 - 11:47am

Christopher Lee

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Christopher Lee is a recipient of the 2015 Early Career Research Program awards from the Department of Energy Office of Science.

Lee was selected for his proposal on “Precision Probes of the Strong Interaction.”

“This prestigious award is recognition of Christopher Lee’s outstanding work in nuclear and particle physics which is vital part of the Laboratory’s national security science mission,” said Alan Bishop, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering.

AHF Meets With Mayors Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

on May 5, 2015 - 1:37pm

AHF President Cindy Kelly with Mayor Taue, on her right, and Mayor Matsui, on her left. Courtesy/AHF.

AHF President Cindy Kelly with Mayor Taue amidst the media. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

The Atomic Heritage Foundation met with the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japanese local government officials, Friday, May 1, to discuss the interpretation of the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The meeting, which was held at the Institute of International Education at 809 United Nations Plaza in New York City, marked a positive first step in opening a dialogue with the Japanese,

NNSA And IAEA Hold 20th International Training Course On Nuclear Material Accounting And Control

on May 5, 2015 - 12:51pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are hosting 35 representatives from 30 countries at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for two weeks through May 8 in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the 20th International Training Course (ITC) on State Systems of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material (SSACs).  

NNSA and the IAEA co-sponsor the ITC to educate and train technical experts from around the world on how to properly account for nuclear materials used in their home countries.

IRS Reminds Exempt Organizations Of Possible Return Due Date

on May 5, 2015 - 12:43pm

IRS News:
  • Many Tax-Exempt Organizations Must File with IRS by May 15; Do Not Include Social Security Numbers or Personal Data

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service today reminds tax-exempt organizations that many have a filing deadline for Form 990-series information returns in mid-May.

With the May 15 filing deadline facing many tax-exempt organizations, the Internal Revenue Service today cautioned these groups not to include Social Security numbers (SSNs) or other unneeded personal information on their Form 990 and consider taking advantage of the speed and convenience of electronic

National Small Business Week May 4-8

on May 4, 2015 - 9:38am

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service is marking National Small Business Week, May 4-8, by featuring some of its most popular educational products for small business owners and self-employed individuals.

The products include webinars and videos on the IRS video portal at Check out the special tab for Small Business Week to find a selection of webinars on topics viewed by thousands including:

  • Business Use of Your Home

Find out what kinds of deductions are allowable for a home office and what’s not.