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Senators Introduce Bill Cracking Down on Online Payday Loans

on January 30, 2013 - 6:56am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act.
 
The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans.
 
Sen. Jeff Merkley
 
“We threw the payday lenders, who prey on families when they’re at their most vulnerable, out of Oregon back in 2007,” Merkley said.

Drell Named Winner of National Medal of Science

on January 30, 2013 - 6:24am

Sidney Drell. Courtesy/LLNL

LLNL News:

Sidney Drell, physicist, arms control expert and adviser, is one of 12 eminent researchers recently named by President Obama as a recipient of the National Medal of Science.

In addition, 11 inventors are recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Both awards represent the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers and inventors.

"I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators," President Obama said.

Bipartisan Immigration Reform Outline Released

on January 28, 2013 - 3:51pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. issued the following statement today after a bipartisan group of senators released an outline for comprehensive immigration reform legislation:
 
"I am very encouraged by the bipartisan framework that has been unveiled in the Senate to modernize our broken immigration system. Reform is long overdue.
 
"The proposal contains the elements necessary to overhaul the system, including securing our borders, a roadmap to earned citizenship and employment verification to hold employers accountable.
 
"I'm also pleased that it would

'Nanotubes on a Chip' May Simplify Optical Power Measurements

on January 25, 2013 - 10:23am

The circular patch of carbon nanotubes on a pink silicon backing is one component of NIST’s new cryogenic radiometer, shown with a quarter for scale. Gold coating and metal wiring has yet to be added to the chip. The radiometer will simplify and lower the cost of disseminating measurements of laser power. Photo by Tomlin/NIST

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a novel chip-scale instrument made of carbon nanotubes that may simplify absolute measurements of laser power, especially the light signals transmitted by optical fibers in

Luján Cosponsors Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act, Calls for Swift Passage

on January 23, 2013 - 5:28pm

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján joined as an original cosponsor of legislation introduced today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

Passed 19 years ago, this landmark legislation focused the resources, time, and energy of federal, state, and local law enforcement on the task of preventing and stopping domestic abuse, while providing victims of violence with critical services and assistance.

"It was with great disappointment that the 112th Congress came to an end without action on a bipartisan reauthorization that addressed domestic

NYT Backs Udall's Filibuster Reform Efforts

on January 22, 2013 - 9:34am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Today, The New York Times came out in support of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's efforts to end Senate gridlock and filibuster abuse in its editorial, "A Chance to Fix the Senate."
 
Read the full editorial here.
 
"For six years, Democrats in the Senate have chafed at an unprecedented abuse of the filibuster by Republicans, who have used the practice to hold up nominees high and low and require a supermajority for virtually every bill.

Today Marks Nation's 57th Presidential Inauguration

on January 21, 2013 - 10:37am

In a ceremony today marking the start of his second term, President Obama addressed the nation about acting together to move America forward. Upcoming activities throughout today include at 2:35 p.m. ET (estimated), the Inaugural Parade, Pennsylvania Ave., and at 7 p.m. ET (estimated), the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball ... available at: www.pentagonchannel.mil. Courtesy/whitehouse.gov
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Nation Remembers Civil Rights Leader

on January 21, 2013 - 10:18am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/bio.org

Hundreds of thousands of people descended on Washington, D.C.'s, Lincoln Memorial Aug. 28, 1963. It was from the steps of this memorial that King delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech. King's many speeches and nonviolent actions are credited with being instrumental in shaping the nation's outlook on equality. Courtesy/wikipedia.org

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President's Inaugural Festivities Kick Off With National Day of Service

on January 19, 2013 - 10:47am

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room. Courtesy/whitehouse.gov

WHITE HOUSE News:

Inaugural festivities for the President of the United States begin today, Jan 19 with a National Day of Service.

Americans from all across the country - including President Obama and his family - will join together to participate in service projects in their communities.

President Obama's first term ends at noon Jan. 20, at which point, the President and Vice President will be sworn-in for a second term in a small ceremony at the White House.

It's a longstanding tradition,

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Luján Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 19, 2013 - 7:23am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/bio.org

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement Friday in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"On Monday, our nation will pause to reflect on the life and legacy of a remarkable man whose compassion and enduring pursuit of justice and equality impacted the lives of so many and whose message continue to resonate to this very day.

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bandelier's First Fee Free Day of 2013 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 17, 2013 - 4:23pm

BANDELIER News:

On Monday, Jan. 21, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of eleven days throughout 2013 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

If you are planning a trip in 2013 that includes multiple national parks and monuments, you may consider buying the $80 annual America the Beautiful pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other

NNSA, Maryland Partner to Improve Radiological/NuclearSecurity, Emergency Preparedness and Response

on January 17, 2013 - 10:36am

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State of Maryland today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to strengthen efforts to prevent, mitigate and respond to radiological/nuclear threats and incidents in Maryland.

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the MOU, providing a strategic framework for areas of ongoing collaboration between NNSA and the State of Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

“This agreement represents the

Luján Writes Napolitano on REAL ID Implementation

on January 17, 2013 - 8:56am

Secretary Janet Napolitano

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS:

WASHINGTON D.C.U.S.Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday urging the department to provide New Mexico with policy options that respect the state's need to ensure that drivers carry insurance and comply with the REAL ID Act.

Below is the text of the letter:

January 16, 2013

Secretary Janet Napolitano
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528


Secretary Napolitano,

I appreciated working with you and your staff in the days and

Udall Statement on Departure of Interior Secretary Salazar

on January 17, 2013 - 8:30am
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement Wednesday following Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that he will return to Colorado in March:
 
"I want to extend my thanks and best wishes to Ken Salazar for his years in public office and dedicated service as Secretary of the Interior.
 
"Over the last four years, Ken has worked tirelessly to expand our nation's domestic energy resources and worked with tribal leaders to build stronger, healthier Native American communities.
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A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers

on January 16, 2013 - 11:37am

A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers
By Daren Savage

Then-Senator Joe Biden noted during the Democratic primary debate on Apr. 26, 2007, “We have let the country down in the way in which we have not focused on mental illness,” Biden said. “We should know that when you send a kid to college, you're going to be safe on college.”

“My wife is a doctor of education, a teacher at a community college,” Biden said.

Administration Unveils Initial Design Plans for National Network

on January 16, 2013 - 11:24am

NIST News:

The Administration's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) today released a report based on the input of nearly 900 stakeholders that describes an approach to implementing and managing a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)—a proposed national network of up to 15 manufacturing institutes around the country that would serve as regional hubs of innovation to boost U.S. competitiveness and strengthen state and local economies.

The NNMI was announced by President Obama last March and is designed to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge

NNSA Awards Largest Federal Wind Farm Contract to Siemens

on January 16, 2013 - 6:40am

 

Siemens wind turbine. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

AMARILLO–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., (Siemens) to construct and operate the federal government’s largest wind farm.

The Pantex wind farm, a first in the NNSA enterprise, will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex Plant.

Energy savings from the wind farm average $2.9 million annually over a 20-year contract term and the project will enable Pantex to meet the President’s energy

Black Carbon Much Larger Cause of Climate Change Than Previously Assessed

on January 15, 2013 - 9:22am

Cutting back on emissions from diesel engines could slow global warming immediately, according to a new study. Courtesy/EPA

Schematic overview of the primary black carbon emission sources and the processes that control the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. Courtesy/ AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—Black carbon is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this pollutant’s climate impact..

The

Emerge New Mexico Women Sworn in to State House

on January 15, 2013 - 6:42am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

ENM News:

Monday, Jan. 14, Stephanie Garcia Richard, Emily Kane, Georgene Louis, Patricia Roybal Caballero and Elizabeth Thomson begin their tenures as New Mexico State Representatives.

All five have participated in Emerge New Mexico, the premier training program for Democratic women.

“All of these women are inspiring and true leaders,” said Ambrosia Ortiz y Prentice, Executive Director of Emerge New Mexico. “Their dedication to public service and willingness to work hard to attain these positions are commendable.”

Rep.

NIST Patent Could Give 'Lab on a Chip' Technology Long Shelf Life

on January 15, 2013 - 6:38am

A recent NIST patent shows that nanopores, which may one day help doctors perform quick analysis of blood samples, are not harmed by the polymerization process that could help nanopores operate in biochips. Polymerization hardens and stabilizes the membrane surrounding the nanopores, both of which are beneficial effects. Courtesy Robertson/NIST

NIST News:

Having blood drawn and analyzed to diagnose disease is a process that can take a few days, but what if your doctor could perform this analysis in moments, right before your eyes?

That’s the promise of “lab on a chip” technology, and

Bataan Survivors' Stories Entered Into Library of Congress

on January 11, 2013 - 9:27am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUEIn partnership with the office of Sen. Tom Udall and The Oasis Veterans History Project in New Mexico, New Mexico PBS has been asked to submit the unedited footage of interviews conducted for the television program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, for inclusion into the permanent collection at the Library of Congress.
 
As a companion to the documentary TRAGEDY OF BATAAN, New Mexico PBS produced the program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, with survivors of the surrender of Bataan.
 
New Mexico PBS recorded 1 1/2 hours of interviews

President Signs Katie Sepich Bill Into Law

on January 10, 2013 - 12:29pm
President Barack Obama. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported that today President Barack Obama signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law.
 
Katie's Law will expand DNA collection efforts from serious criminal offenders in order to save lives, solve crimes and prevent future tragedies from occurring at the hands of repeat offenders.
 
The bill was named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at

New Mexico in Focus Features Udall, Martinez

on January 10, 2013 - 6:22am

Host/Commentator Gene Grant

NMiF News:

With a new Congress assembling in Washington, D.C. and the upcoming legislative session in Santa Fe, this week NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS talks to key leaders.

• U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., just four years into his first term, is now the senior senator from New Mexico. NMiF producer Matt Grubs speaks with Udall about the fiscal cliff’s real cost to middle class taxpayers and the battle the senator is leading to reform the filibuster in the Senate.

• New Mexico Gov.

NNSA Selects CNS to Manage Consolidated Contract for Nuclear Production Operations

on January 8, 2013 - 9:47am

NNSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • New Partnership Shapes Future of Nuclear Security, Saves Taxpayers more than $3 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In a move that shapes the future of the United States’ nuclear security enterprise and will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) has been selected to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo,

Bringing Calorimetry to CT Dose Assessment

on January 8, 2013 - 9:07am

Heather Chen-Mayer at the PET/CT scanner with HDPE phantoms. The large sections are for whole-torso measurements; the small cylinder is one of two other sizes tested in the course of the project. Courtesy/NIST.

NIST News:

In the United States, about 80 million x-ray computed tomography (CT) scans are made every year – 7 million of them on children – according to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM.)

Not surprisingly, there is intense interest in accurate determination of the radiation doses that patients receive from CT machines, and researchers are actively seeking

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