1. KRQE.com (story and video) - "NM man in the running for Mission to Mars"
Zachary Gallegos, a UNM planetary science graduate student is one of 1,000 candidates up for a flight to Mars as part of the Mars One Colony Project.

2. Free News Pos - "Ornithologists discover flight causes genome shrinkage"
UNM Department of Biology graduate student Natalie Wright and Associate Professor Christopher Witt discover that genome shrinks over evolutionary time in species that spend lots of energy on flight.

3. ABQ Journal - "ABQ gets prestigious ‘Living Cities’ grant"
Mayor Richard Berry, in partnerships with UNM and New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, leads the effort to garner money from a national consortium of charitable groups and banks that would go toward revitalizing downtown.

              Story also featured in Mass Transit

4. National Geographic - “Meteorites on Earth May Be From Ancient Crater on Mars, Study Says”
Carl Agee, director of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UNM, shares his views on findings posited in the article.

5. ABQ Journal ("Opinion") - "Editorial: UNM looks ahead on 125th"
UNM celebrates its 125th anniversary with a forward-thinking attitude and a president intent on reaching “transformative goals.”

6. Live Science - "An Artistic Climate Transforms Data into Art (Op-Ed)"
Andrea Polli, an award-winning digital media artist, who teaches art and ecology at UNM, creates work that explores the human toll on the natural world.

7. Media monitoring from Wednesday, March 5

The following is provided by a media monitoring service, verbatim and unedited

2 KASA 7:00 AM

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH! THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE HAS REACHED OUT TO WOMEN AND PARTNERED WITH THEM... THEIR GOAL IS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF ALL NEW MEXICANS... HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE WOMEN'S HEALTH EVENT IS LORI PETERKIN, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR ADVANCEMENT AND SPECIAL EVENTS... WELCOME! DESCRIBE THE WOMEN'S HEALTH EVENT ... HOW WILL IT EFFECT NEW MEXICANS, NOT JUST WOMEN? HOW MUCH DOES THE EVENT COST? HOW CAN PEOPLE REGISTER HOW CAN PEOPLE REGISTER OR FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE EVENT? FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVENT... GO TO KASA DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE KASA BLOG!

4 KOB 5:00 PM

OFFICIALS WITH THE COLLEGE BOARD HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY'RE GOING TO RE-DESIGN THE S- A-T EXAM. THEY WANT TO MAKE THE TEST MORE REFLECTIVE OF WORK STUDENTS ARE DOING IN THE CLASSROOM. THE HIGHLIGHTS? VOCABULARY TESTS WILL NO LONGER CONSIST OF OBSCURE S-A-T WORDS. THEY'LL FOCUS ON USEFUL TERMS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION SETTINGS. THE MATH SECTION WILL BE NARROWED DOWN...AND THERE WILL BE PARTS WHERE CALCULATORS ARE PROHIBITED. EACH EXAM WILL INCLUDE READING PORTIONS FROM THE COUNTRY'S FOUNDING DOCUMENTS OR OTHER UNIVERSAL WORKS. AND THE ESSAY WILL HAVE A SEPARATE SCORE FROM THE EXAM. POINTS WILL NO LONGER BE SUBTRACTED FOR WRONG ANSWERS. THEY'RE ONLY ADDING UP WHAT STUDENTS ANSWER CORRECTLY. AND SCORING WILL RETURN TO THE OLD 16-HUNDRED POINT SCALE. THE NEW S-A-T WILL DEBUT IN SPRING OF 2016.

4 KOB 10:00 PM

THE S-A-T COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM HAS SOMETIMES BEEN CALLED BIASED, UNFAIR, AND OUT OF TOUCH. IN SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS, THE GROUP THAT ADMINISTERS THE TEST TO HIGH SCHOOLERS ANNOUNCED BIG CHANGES TODAY. JAY GRAY HAS THE DETAILS. FOR DECADES.. THE QUESTIONS HAVE HELD THE KEY TO HIGHER EDUCATION FOR MILLIONS OF STUDENTS.. BUT MANY HAVE SAID THE SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST -- OR S-A-T -- DOESN'T FOCUS ON WHAT STUDENTS STUDY IN HIGH SCHOOL.. OR INFORMATION THEY WILL NEED IN COLLEGE OR BEYOND.. SO TODAY - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 9-YEARS .. THE COLLEGE BOARD ANNOUNCED SWEEPING CHANGES TO THE TEST.. "EXAMS WILL MEASURE THE WORK STUDENTS ARE DOING IN CLASS. THE WORK THAT PREPARES THEM FOR CAREER SUCCESS." THE NEW S-A-T WILL GO HIGH- TECH-- BY 2016 IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN BOTH PAPER AND DIGITAL FORMS..IT'S RETURNING TO A SCORE SCALE OF 16-HUNDRED... AND THE ESSAY PORTION WILL BE OPTIONAL... THE CURRENT PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS WILL BE REMOVED -- ELIMINATING THE RISK OF GUESSING. OBSCURE VOCABULARY WORDS WILL BE ERASED. REPLACED BY MORE PRACTICAL WORDS LIKE SYNTHESIS AND EMPIRICAL.. CALCULATOR USE WILL BE LIMITED.. AND THERE WILL BE MORE OF A FOCUS ON ANALYZING TEXT AND ASKING STUDENTS TO REFER TO REAL WORLD EXAMPLES AND DOCUMENTS. ANSWERS THAT WILL HOPEFULLY GIVE THEM A BETTER CHANCE AT SUCCESS IN THAT "REAL WORLD." JAY GRAY.. NBC NEWS.

13 KRQE 5:00 AM, 6:03 AM

WE NOW KNOW MORE ABOUT AN INVESTIGATION INTO SOME QUESTIONABLE SPENDING BY THE UNM'S STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION. QUESTIONS BEGAN TO SURFACE ABOUT THE GROUP'S OFF CAMPUS ACCOUNT THIS FALL WHEN NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOUND THE SUSPICIOUS CHARGES. AN INTERNAL AUDIT CONDUCTED BY UNM SHOWS NEARLY 16- THOUSAND DOLLARS IN QUESTIONABLE CHARGES. SOME INCLUDING A PURCHASE OF ALCOHOL AND JEWELRY AT TIFFANY'S. THERE WERE ALSO PAYMENTS TO AN INSURANCE COMPANY AND TO UTILITY COMPANIES. THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION DOES NOT HAVE SUCH BILLS. A UNM SPOKESPERSON SAYS IT'S NOT UNUSUAL FOR GROUPS TO HAVE THEIR OWN OUTSIDE ACCOUNTS AND ADDS THE UNIVERSITY DOES NOT HAVE OVERSIGHT OF THE ACCOUNTS FOR FRAUDULENT SPENDING. UNM POLICE WILL INVESTIGATE IF ANY CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TOOK PLACE IN THIS CASE. THE STUDENT GROUP SAYS THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE IS NO LONGER A BOARD MEMBER.

13 KRQE 10:00 PM

SO MUCH FOR TAKING A BRIEF TRIP INTO SPACE WITH VIRGIN GALACTIC. A UNM STUDENT IS IN THE RUNNING FOR A TRIP TO MARS. HERE'S NEWS 13'S LYSEE MITRI -- LYSEE. JESSICA... THIS NEW MEXICO NATIVE WAS ONE OF MORE THAN 200-THOUSAND CANDIDATES TO APPLY FOR A MISSION TO MARS LAST YEAR. NOW, HE'S MADE IT INTO THE SECOND ROUND -- ALONG WITH ABOUT A THOUSAND OTHERS. ..."IGNITION AND LIFTOFF"... SPACECRAFT OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES... ...NATS OF CAPSULE ENTERING ATMOSPHERE... HAVE BEEN TRAVELING TO MARS FOR DECADES. ...NATS AS IT UNPACKS... BUT PEOPLE -- WELL, THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER STORY. ...HE SITS DOWN NATS: OKAY... BUT IT'S ONE 26-YEAR-OLD ZACHARY GALLEGOS PLANS TO BE AT THE CENTER OF. ... "THE ROBOTIC MISSIONS THAT WE'VE SENT CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH."... THE UNM PLANETARY SCIENCE GRAD STUDENT WANTS TO STUDY MORE THAN JUST A SLICE OF MARS. HE WANTS TO SET FOOT ON THE RED PLANET AS PART OF THE "MARS ONE" MISSION. ...MUSIC NATS... NON-PROFIT "MARS ONE" HOPES TO SEND CREWS OF FOUR TO MARS EVERY TWO YEARS, STARTING AS EARLY AS 20-24. GALLEGOS GOT WORD, HE'S MADE IT INTO THE SECOND ROUND OF CANDIDATES. ... "I WAS VERY HAPPY. IT BECAME REAL AT THAT POINT"... HIS FAMILY WASN'T QUITE AS EXCITED.  "THEY'RE ALL A LITTLE ... HESITANT"... THAT'S BECAUSE THIS WOULD BE A ONE-WAY TICKET TO MARS... TO ESTABLISH A PERMANENT SETTLEMENT. ... "IT DOES MAKE ME NERVOUS AND IT'S A LITTLE BIT AGAIN. BECAUSE YOU'LL EITHER BE IN A CAPSULE OR IN A SPACE SUIT." BUT HE SAYS IT WOULD BE WORTH IT. AND LATELY, ALL HE'S BEEN THINKING ABOUT IS THAT MOMENT HE TAKES OFF INTO SPACE, "BECAUSE THAT'S THE POINT OF NO RETURN RIGHT THERE. THAT'S WHEN THE DECISION'S MADE"... GALLEGOS SAYS SINCE MAKING IT TO ROUND TWO, HE'S HAD A MEDICAL EXAMINATION TO SHOW HE'S FIT FOR THE MISSION. TRAINING FOR SELECTED CANDIDATES COULD BEGIN NEXT YEAR. BACK TO YOU. OKAY LYSEE. THE WEB SITE FOR THE MARS ONE MISSION SAYS IT WILL COST SIX-BILLION DOLLARS TO ESTABLISH A COLONY ON MARS USING ROBOTS AND THEN GET THE FIRST CREW THERE IN 20-25. THE DUTCH-BASED GROUP HOPES TO FUND IT ALL THROUGH DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS.