1. The American Scholar - "Spanish in the City" What's behind the ongoing change to the Spanish spoken by New Yorkers?
A recent study conducted by Naomi Lapidus Shin, an assistant professor in the UNM Linguistics Department, and Ricardo Otheguy of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, analyze interviews with 140 Spanish-speaking Latinos living in New York City.

2. The Tribune - "New Mexico reports slow job growth"
The article states that New Mexico labor officials claim the Albuquerque area has seen positive annual job growth for eight consecutive months, and a labor report that includes Innovate ABQ, an undertaking by UNM and the city of Albuquerque to revitalize the commercial life of downtown Albuquerque.

            Story featured in numerous publications

3. KRQE-13 (story and video) "Innovate ABQ looks forward to 2014"
KRQE examines Innovate ABQ, a major economic development project for the city, a year after UNM President Robert Frank and Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry set things in motion.

4. Water Environment Federation - "Conscience of water community dies at 85"
Frank Titus, recently retired geologist and head of UNM's Water Resources Program, dies at 85.

5. Pharmacy Choice - "Reports from University of New Mexico Highlight Recent Findings in Drug Delivery Systems"
Article highlights study conducted by researchers at UNM on a nano-drug delivery system for brain-targeting.

6. The Republic - (AP story) "Sandia awarded US grant for work on microscopic delivery system for vaccine against weapons"
Sandia National Laboratories receives a federal grant to develop a microscopic delivery system for a vaccine against chemical and biological weapons. Project begins with lab tests at UNM.

            Story featured in numerous publications

7. Daily Herald - "Is creativity destined to fade with age?"
Weighing in on the question is Rex Jung, assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery at UNM.

8. ABQ Journal - "DOD wants ‘protocell’ to protect soldiers"
Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories create a particle called “protocell,” a drug-delivery system that boosts effectiveness of disease-fighting therapies, which could someday shield soldiers against potential chemical and biological warfare. UNM is currently adapting the system for use against some cancers.

9. Net Doctor - "Could concussion lead to Alzheimer's?"
Article refers to UNM researchers who found that damage caused by concussions could last longer than previously thought.

10. Media monitoring from Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

2 KASA                9:00 PM            News     

AN ALBUQUERQUE STREET WAS DESIGNED AS A TWO WAY, BUT SOME UNKNOWN OFFICIAL TURNED IT INTO A ONE WAY AND DRIVERS WENT THE WRONG WAY. WHO IS TO BLAME? IN MAY, LARRY FOUND IT WAS A CLASSIC CASE OF BUREAUCRATIC BUCK-PASSING. CHURCH: "Q. IS THIS A MESS? A. YES IT IS." .HARRIS: "Q. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A TRAFFIC SITUATION LIKE THIS BEFORE IN YOUR EXPERIENCE? A. I CAN'T SAY THAT I HAVE NOT EXACTLY LIKE THIS. Q. BIZARRE? A. CERTAINLY." TO THE CASUAL OBSERVOR, THERE'S NOTHING NOTEWORTHY ABOUT CAMINO DE SALUD. BUT IF YOU'VE DRIVEN IT THEN YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOMETHING DIFFERENT HERE. YOU SEE, CAMINO DE SALUD IN NORTHEAST ALBUQUERQUE MAY BE THE MOST UNUSUAL STREET ANYWHERE. DR. JERRY HALL IS A RETIRED UNM PROFESSOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING. .HALL: "I HAVE TO SAY I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING QUITE LIKE THIS." IN FACT, YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE THE DAILY PARADE OF MOTORING DESPERADOS ON WHEELS WHO BLATANTLY AND DANGEROUSLY DRIVE THE WRONG WAY ON THIS ONE WAY. .BARKER: " WHY WOULD ANYONE INTENTIONALLY TAKE SUCH A RISK? WELL, BECAUSE THEY CAN. YOU SEE, THE I-25 FRONTAGE ROAD IS JUST A STONES THROW AWAY. SO EVEN THOUGH ACCESS TO THE FRONTAGE ROAD IS TECHNICALLY AGAINST THE LAW, FOR SOME THE TEMPTATION OUTWEIGHS THE RISK. TAKE THIS SHORTCUT AND YOU'LL REACH THE INTERSTATE IN NO TIME." THE STREET WAS BUILT TWO YEARS AGO AND EVER SINCE TRAFFIC SCOFFLAWS HAVE BEEN DISREGARDING THE LAW. THEY CROSS THEIR FINGERS AT THERES NOT A COP AROUND AND HEAD OUT ON THIS UNAUTHORIZED SHORTCUT. .HALL: "YOU HAVE A STREET THAT PEOPLE ARE THIS LOOK LIKE A GOOD IDEA TO YOU IN YOUR EXPERIENCE? A. NO IT DOESN'T REALLY LOOK LIKE A GOOD IDEA. ... CERTAINLY THIS IS NOT WHAT WE WOULD NORMALLY DO FOR BUILDING A ROADWAY." TODAY, THIS SECTION OF CAMINO DE SALUD IS SO UNUSUAL BECAUSE IT WAS BUILT AS A TWO WAY STREET AND THEN SHUT DOWN. THE BARRICADE AND ONE WAY SIGNS APPEAR AS AFTER THOUGHTS. EVERY DAY, DOZENS OF AUTO OUTLAWS GO THE WRONG WAY ON THE ONE WAY AND THE OFFICIALS WHO DESIGNED THIS MESS LOOK THE OTHER WAY. .BARKER: "AND WHEN NO ONE RAISED THEIR HAND. ALL WE GOT WAS SOME WORLD CLASS FINGER POINTING." WE STARTED WITH THE STATE GENERAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. CHUCK GARA HEADS UP PROPERTY CONTROL. .GARA: "Q. DID GSD CREATE THIS MESS? A. NO SIR." GENERAL SERVICES SENT US OVER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. TOM CHURCH IS CABINET SECRETARY. .CHURCH: "Q. IS THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS? A. NO SIR I DO NOT BELIEVE SO." THE DOT SAID THE CULPRIT IS THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE. MICHAEL RIORDAN HEADS UP MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT. .RIORDAN: " Q. ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS? A. LARRY, THAT ROADWAY IS ON UNM'S PROPERTY ... SO IN NO WAY IS THE CITY INVOLVED WITH THAT PROJECT." NEXT STOP, UNM. DAVID HARRIS IS A UNIVERSITY VP. .HARRIS: "Q. DID THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO COULD SAY THAT WE WERE CERTAINLY A PARTNER." OK, BACK TO THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT. .CHURCH: "Q. IS IT FAIR TO CALL THIS A SCREW UP TOM? A. I PERMITTED THE ROADWAY IN 2007. ... THE REST OF IT I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR. ... Q. IN YOUR OPINION, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IT? A. THE DEVELOPERS AND PLANNERS THAT BUILT THE ROAD." AND WHO ARE THE DEVELOPERS AND PLANNERS? THE STATE GENERAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. CHUCK GARA WAS NOT AT THE DEPARTMENT BACK THEN BUT WHEN IT CAME TO ANSWERING OUR QUESTIONS, HE DREW THE SHORT STRAW. .GARA: " Q. SO IT WAS INTENTIONAL? THAT THEY BUILT THE ROAD, THE TWO ASSUME THAT IS CORRECT. Q. IF THIS IS A PROBLEM AND THIS BARRIER IN ONE LANE IS CAUSING AN INCREDIBLE MESS AND ITS ON GSD PROPERTY THEN GSD CREATED THIS SITUATION? A. NO I THINK THE WRONG WAY DRIVERS CREATE THE SITUATION." THIS SECTION OF CAMINO DE SALUD WAS BUILT TO SERVE THE NEW STATE SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY. GENERAL SERVICES DESIGNED A TWO WAY STREET. BUT THE DOT RAISED SAFETY CONCERNS AND GENERAL SERVICES WAS FORCED TO CLOSE OFF ACCESS TO THE FRONTAGE ROAD. .CHURCH: "Q. WAS IT THE INTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC COULD EXIT CAMINO DE SALUD ONTO THE FRONTAGE ROAD? EXITING CAMINO DE SALUD? A. CORRECT. Q. ONTO THE FRONTAGE ROAD. A. THAT'S CORRECT, THAT'S CORRECT. THEY'VE FOUND A SHORTCUT AND PEOPLE ARE NOW USING THE SHORTCUT AND NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS." IF THE SAFETY ISSUES CAN BE RESOLVED, THE BARRICADES WILL COME DOWN. IN THE MEANTIME, UNM CAMPUS POLICE SAY THEY ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THOSE PESKY WRONG WAY DRIVERS. .HARRIS: "CERTAINLY AN ACCIDENT COULD OCCUR AT ANY TIME AND ITS ACCESS TO THE FRONTAGE ROAD IS NOT BEING USED AS ORIGINALLY INTENDED." BECAUSE SOME MOTORISTS STILL JUST DON'T GET IT. UNM SAYS, ITS TIME TO GET TOUGH. NO MORE MR. NICE GUY. ACCESS TO THE FRONTAGE ROAD IS NOW BLOCKED BY THIS LOCKED GATE AND A NEW FENCE. THERE ARE SEVEN WARNING SIGNS, SPEED BUMPS, AND, A SPIKE BELT FOR GOOD MEASURE. LARRY BARKER, KRQE NEWS 13.

KRQE-13                        10:00 PM                            News    

IT'S BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE A GROUP OF CITY, BUSINESS AND UNIVERSITY LEADERS TOOK A TRIP TO FLORIDA THAT SPARKED A MAJOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN THE HEART OF ALBUQUERQUE. "INNOVATE ABQ" PROMISES JOBS AND A MORE VIBRANT CITY -- THAT IS... IF IT WORKS. NEWS 13'S KATIE KIM IS ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT TONIGHT -- ON WHAT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE... AND WHAT'S IN STORE THIS NEW YEAR: AN IDEA THAT TOOK ALBUQUERQUE LEADERS DR. ROBERT FRANK, UNM, PRESIDENT - THERE'S A DEEP PASSION HERE AND OUR NEWS CREW 15- HUNDRED MILES AWAY LAST YEAR... NATS AIRPORT SEQUENCE -- BAG ROLLING ON GROUND, BOARDING PASS IS TAKING ON ITS OWN LIFE HERE IN THE DUKE CITY. WORK, PLAY COMMUNITY. THE WHOLE IDEA IS TO TAKE INVENTIONS CREATED IN UNIVERSITY LABS -- MAKE THEM HERE AND THEN SELL THEM HERE. GOOD MORNING CINDY NATS -- WS OF LOBBY IT'S MODELED AFTER THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN GAINESVILLE. ED POPPELL/UF WE PROVIDE ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE, ALL THE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, ALL THE MENTORING AND ADVISORY SERVICES TO THESE YOUNG COMPANIES EVERYTHING STARTUPS NEED -- LIKE ACCOUNTING AND LEGAL SERVICES... EVEN INVESTORS... IS LOCATED IN ONE BUILDING. AROUND THAT HUB -- ARE MORE BUILDINGS WITH OFFICE SPACE.. PLANS FOR LUXURY APARTMENTS, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS AND A GROCERY STORE. FLORIDA'S INNOVATION SQUARE HAS BEEN ABLE TO CREATE JOBS, KEEP GRADUATES AND ATTRACT BUSINESSES. DR. ROBERT FRANK, UNM PRESIDENT: “WE'RE THERE, WE JUST HAVE TO MATERIALIZE THIS GREAT POTENTIAL HERE.” PRESIDENT FRANK, ALONG WITH MAYOR R-J BERRY AND OTHER BUSINESS LEADERS... IMMEDIATELY PUT THE WHEELS IN MOTION AFTER THEIR TRIP TO GAINESVILLE LAST JANUARY. AND ONE YEAR LATER -- INNOVATE ABQ IS A LOT FURTHER ALONG         THAN ANYONE IN THIS GROUP IMAGINED. MAYOR RJ BERRY - 48:10 I LOVE THE SITE. I LOVE WHERE IT IS IN PROXIMITY TO DOWNTOWN AND WHERE IT OLD FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH BUILDING DOWNTOWN AS THE CENTRAL HUB        WHERE STARTUP BUSINESSES CAN MOVE IN. NOT ONLY DID PROJECT LEADERS FIND A SITE -- THEY FOUND THE 7-MILLION DOLLARS TO BUY IT. ALBUQUERQUE TAXPAYERS APPROVED 2-MILLION FOR THE PROJECT, A PRIVATE INVESTOR IN ANOTHER THREE... THE FEDS GAVE THE PROJECT A MILLION AND A HALF DOLLAR GRANT... WITH THE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION PITCHING IN FOR THE REST. DR. ROBERT FRANK, UNM PRESIDENT -THAT'S JUST A PHENOMENAL GAME CHANGER IN THIS PROCESS. BUT IT HASN'T BEEN ALL SMOOTH SAILING. THE BOARD OF REGENTS SLAMMED ON THE BRAKES -- AFTER RAISING SOME SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WITH THE BUILDING SITE ... AND QUESTIONING WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF MONEY DOESN'T COME IN AS PLANNED. JAMIE KOCH, UNM REGENT I THINK THE PROJECT IS GREAT. I THINK IT SHOULD BE THAT JUST RENOVATING THE CHURCH SITE WILL COST 16-MILLION DOLLARS. BUILDING MORE OFFICE SPACE AND PARKING STRUCTURES IS TAGGED AT ANOTHER 50- MILLION. THE HOPE IS ALL THE FUNDING WILL COME FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. KATIE - THE WORST CASE SCENARIO HAPPENS, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PICKING UP THE TAB FOR ALL OF THIS? JAMIE KOCH, UNM REGENT - THE UNIVERSITY ROBERT FRANK, UNM PRESIDENT IT'S A PUSH PULL, THAT'S THE WAY THE PROCESS WORKS PRESIDENT FRANK SAYS IF THE PROJECT PRESIDENT - THE WORST CASE SCENARIO IS THE UNIVERSITY ENDS UP BUYING FIRST BAPTIST AND WE OWN AN ASSET THAT WE END UP SELLING IN THE FUTURE IN AN EMERGENCY MEETING BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS -- REGENTS GAVE THE FINAL GO- AHEAD FOR THE PROJECT... GIVEN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS ARE ADDRESSED. SO WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE PROJECT'S SECOND YEAR? MAYOR RJ BERRY - WE NEED TO GET LAND PURCHASED FROM THERE -- PROJECT LEADERS WILL DEVELOP A MASTER PLAN, START RENOVATING BUILDINGS AND SOLICIT COMPANIES AND INVESTORS. THEY HOPE THIS NEW YEAR WILL BE AS PRODUCTIVE FOR THE PROJECT AS THE LAST. DR. ROBERT FRANK, UNM, MEXICO HAS TO MAKE NEW MEXICO THE GREATEST INNOVATION STATE IN THE COUNTRY ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT, KATIE KIM, KRQE NEWS 13. THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO ALSO HAS ITS SIGHTS ALREADY SET ON... THIS BUILDING. IT'S THE APERTURE BUILDING LOCATED AT MESA DEL SOL... JUST SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT. THAT WOULD SERVE AS THE IMMEDIATE INCUBATOR FOR STARTUPS TO MOVE IN.. WHILE THE FIRST BAPTIST SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. REGENTS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO DISCUSS BUYING THAT BUILDING UNTIL LATER THIS MONTH.

Media from Tuesday, Dec. 31

KOAT-7                5:00 AM            NEWS

A PROJECT FROM SANDIA NATIONAL LABS, COULD SOON BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY... AND THE BATTLEFIELD. RESEARCHERS HAVE CREATED WHAT THEY CALL A "PROTO-CELL". THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH UNM, THE CELLS ARE BEING ENGINEERED FOR USE AGAINST SOME CANCERS. NOW THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WANTS TO TURN THE PROTO-CELL INTO AN ANTIBIOTIC DELIVERY SYSTEM, WHICH COULD BE USED AS A VACCINE FOR OUR TROOPS TO MAKE THEM MORE RESISTANT TO CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE.

KRQE-13              10:00 PM           NEWS    

NOBODY KNOWS HOW MUCH RAIN 2014 WILL BRING TO NEW MEXICO... BUT IT'S EASY TO PREDICT ONE FLOOD. GET READY FOR A FLOOD OF POLITICAL ATTACK ADS, WITH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SET TO TANGLE OVER THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE. NEWS 13'S ALEX GOLDSMITH HAS THE STORY. DEAN.. JESSICA... THE ELECTION IS ELEVEN MONTHS AWAY, BUT BOTH SIDES ARE ALREADY GEARING UP FOR A RACE THAT COULD SET RECORDS FOR CAMPAIGN SPENDING. 1 WE KNOW THAT SUSANA MARTINEZ IS FROM TEXAS 3 SUSANA ES UNA TEJANA 5 1:28 WE CAN'T AFFORD 4 MORE YEARS OF THE SAME IN 2010, THEY WERE IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID. 2:48 DIANE DENISH, HIDING A SCANDAL. IT'S THE SAME REPUBLICAN PLAN THAT WRECKED OUR ECONOMY BOTH THE MARTINEZ AND DENISH CAMPS SHELLED OUT ABOUT SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS IN CAMPAIGN CASH, MUCH OF THAT FOR T-V ADS, ALL TO TRY AND EARN YOUR VOTE.12 THE VOTERS OF NM HAVE SPOKEN 15:08:15 FOUR YEARS BEFORE THAT, BILL RICHARDSON DROPPED ABOUT 12 MILLION TO WIN IN A BLOWOUT OVER CHALLENGER JOHN DENDAHL. IN 20-14, THERE'LL BE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LIMITS FOR THIS GOVERNOR'S RACE.UNM POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR GABE SANCHEZ SAYS IT WON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE. GET READY FOR NON-STOP ATTACK ADS UNFORTUNATELY A LOT OF ATTACK ADS SANCHEZ SAYS THAT'S BECAUSE OUTSIDE GROUPS CAN AND WILL POUR IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, ESPECIALLY IF THE RACE IS CLOSE. 3:44 IF IT'S A COMPETITIVE RACE I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE UPWARDS WE COULD EVEN GET INTO THE DISCUSSIONS OF $20 MILLION IN TERMS OF OVERALL SPENDING WE'RE GOING TO ANTICIPATE THEY'RE GOING TO COME IN HERE IN NEW MEXICO AND SPEND LARGE SUMS OF MONEY BUT YOU NEVER KNOW, CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS SHOW THE MARTINEZ CAMPAIGN HAD ABOUT THREE MILLION DOLLARS IN THE WARCHEST AS OF OCTOBER. OF THE FIVE DEMOCRATS CHALLENGING HER, GARY KING REPORTED HAVING THE MOST MONEY RAISED IN HIS OCTOBER REPORT.... A LITTLE LESS THAN 150 GRAND. SANCHEZ EXPECTS THOSE FUNDRAISING TOTALS TO PICK UP THIS YEAR ... AND IN THE YEARS TO COME. WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE THE MONEY CLIMB AND CLIMB AND CLIMB 1:14 BEING AN INCUMBENT IS A HUGE ADVANTAGE TOO. THE LAST TIME A GOVERNOR LOST THEIR REELECTION BID WAS IN 1994. THAT'S WHEN GARY JOHNSON UPENDED BRUCE KING. BACK TO YOU. OKAY ALEX. THE GOVERNOR'S RACE WON'T BE THE ONLY THING DRIVING AD SPENDING. FOUR CONGRESSIONAL RACES WILL BE ON THE BALLOT ALONG WITH ALL SEVENTY STATE HOUSE SEATS.

Media from Monday, Dec. 30

KOAT-7                     10:00 PM           News     

CHECKING TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TONIGHT - A PROJECT FROM SANDIA NATIONAL LABS, COULD SOON BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY... AND THE BATTLEFIELD. ACCORDING TO THE JOURNAL, RESEARCHERS HAVE CREATED WHAT THEY CALL A "PROTO-CELL". IT BOOSTS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DISEASE FIGHTING THERAPIES BY ACTING AS A DELIVERY SYSTEM. THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH UNM THE PROTO-CELLS ARE ALREADY BEING ENGINEERED FOR USE AGAINST SOME CANCERS. NOW THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS PROVIDING FUNDING TO TURN THE PROTO-CELL INTO AN ANTIBIOTIC DELIVERY SYSTEM. THIS WOULD BE USED AS A VACCINE TO MAKE SOLIDERS MORE RESISTANT TO CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE.

Media from Sunday, Dec. 29

KOAT-7                6:00 AM            News

NEW THIS MORNING, STUDENTS FROM UNMAND ARIZONA STATE HAVE DESIGNED AND BUILT A COMPLETLY SOLAR POWERED HOME. ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT THE JOURNAL, THE PROJECT, CALLED SOLAR HOMES ADAPTING FOR DESERT EQUILIBRIUM, TOOK THIRD PLACE IN AN ENERGY BALANCE CONTEST, FIFTH IN ARCHITECTURE AND SIXTH IN ENGINEERING AT A COMPETITION IN CALIFORNIA. THE ONE-BEDROOM, 860-SQUARE-FOOT HOME PRODUCES MORE ENERGY THAN IT USES.

Media from Saturday, Dec. 28

KOB-4                 6:00 PM            News

NEW CONCEPTS MAKING RENEWABLE ENERGY MORE AFFORDABLE AND MORE POPULAR. STUDENTS AT UNM TURNED THESE CONCEPTS INTO A PROJECT---THAT COULD BE A FUTURE HOME. JORGE TORRES SHOWS US A TOUR OF THE "SOLAR HOUSE." "AT MESA DEL SOL, ECO-FRIENDLY HOMES ARE THE NORM, BUT A PROJECT TWO AND A HALF YEARS IN THE MAKING MAY NOT ONLY BE A ECO-FRIENDLY BLUE PRINT FOR HOMES IN ALBUQUERQUE, BUT THROUGHOUT THE DESERT SOUTHWEST." THIS 860 SQUARE FOOT HOME WAS A PROJECT THAT WAS DESIGNED BY 50 UNM AND ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. IT'S NOT ONLY SOLAR POWERED--BUT ALSO HAS SOME COOL MATERIALS INSIDE TO KEEP THE HOUSE COMFORTABLE--LIK E THIS ADDITIONAL INSULATION "WHEN THE TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE DROPS, THIS GOES FROM LIQUID STATE TO SOLID STATE, LIKE ICE..AND IT ABSORBS ALL THE COLD FROM THE OUTSIDE AND KEEPS THE WARM INSIDE." THE PROJECT--KNOWN AS "SHADE"-- WAS ONE OF TWENTY IN THE DEPT OF ENERGY'S "SOLAR DECATHLON" IN WHICH THE HOUSE PLACED THIRD IN ENERGY BALANCE...IT HELPS WHEN YOUR ROOF IS NOTHING BUT SOLAR PANELS. THE COOL FEATURES INSIDE, LIKE FOLDABLE MURPHY BEDS AND FIBER CONCRETE WALLS, HELPED THE HOUSE RECEIVE HIGH MARKS IN ENGINEERING. "WE TOOK SIXTH PLACE IN ENGINEERING --BEATING OUT SOME OTHER PRESTIGIOUS ENGINEERING SCHOOLS." IT'S A PROJECT THAT THE ENGINEERS AT MESA DEL SOL MAY TRY TO EMULATE DOWN THE ROAD. "THEY TAKE AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS EFFECTIVELY, EFFICIENTLY, AND ECONOMICALLY INTEGRATING RENEWABLES IN A REGULAR COMMUNITY SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT OPPORTUNITY." THE TOTAL PRICETAG... 285 THOUSAND DOLLARS ...BUT THE HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO PAY ITSELF OFF WITHIN 5-7 YEARS. "YOU CAN WALK THROUGH THIS ECO-FRIENDLY HOUSE AS WELL BEGINNING AFTER CHRISTMAS."