1. KOB-4 - "Congressional leaders invite Tesla CEO to visit NM"
UNM is part of the conversation to bring electric car maker, Tesla, to New Mexico.

2. ABQ Business First - "Cancer Center develops new way to zap tumors"
UNM Cancer Centers uses computers, 3-D imaging and a linear accelerator to seek and destroy brain tumors with a large dose of radiation, while protecting surrounding tissue.

3. IOL Scitech - "Fresh insights into Mars history"
Carl Agee, meteorite curator and director of UNM Institute of Meteoritics, comments on Martian meteorite findings out of University of Oslo.

4. Health News Review - "Why the Scandinavian prostate cancer study doesn’t translate to the U.S."
Richard M. Hoffman, professor of Medicine at UNM School of Medicine, and staff physician in the New Mexico VA Health Care System blogs on Scandinavian prostate cancer study.

5. News RX - "Studies Conducted at University of New Mexico on Nephrolithiasis Recently Reported"
Research conducted at UNM reveals an increase in nephrolithiasis, more commonly known as kidney stones.

6. ABQ Journal (Venue) - "Summer camp scares: A UNM student production explores the growing pains of youth"
"Billy Witch," a spooky play written by UNM professor of dramatic writing Gregory S. Moss, opens at the Experimental theatre tonight in the Center for the Arts building.

7. Media monitoring from Thursday, March 6

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

2 KASA 7:00 AM

A UNM STUDENT IS IN THE RUNNING FOR A TRIP TO MARS. 26-YEAR-OLD ZACHARY GALLEGOS WAS ONE OF MORE THAN 200-THOUSAND CANDIDATES TO APPLY TO BE PART OF A SPECIAL MISSION TO THE RED PLANET THAT IS BEING PUT TOGETHER BY A NON-PROFIT GROUP CALLED "MARS ONE." GALLEGOS -- THE PLANETARY SCIENCE GRAD STUDENT HAS MADE IT INTO THE SECOND ROUND ALONG WITH ABOUT A THOUSAND OTHERS. HERE'S THE DEAL THOUGH... THIS IS FOR A ONE-WAY TICKET TO MARS. ... "IT DOES MAKE ME NERVOUS AND IT'S A LITTLE BIT YOU'LL EITHER BE IN A CAPSULE OR IN A SPSPACE SUIT."... THE REASON IT WOULD BE A WAY TICKET TO MARS IS BECAUSE MARS ONE WANTS TO ESTABLISH A COLONY ON THE RED PLANET AS EARLY AS 20-25. TRAINING FOR SELECTED CANDIDATES COULD BEGIN NEXT YEAR.

2 KASA 9:00 PM

A PLAN TO REVAMP THE WAY PEOPLE GET AROUND IN ALBUQUERQUE IS MOVING FORWARD. THE MAYOR SAYS TO THINK OF IT LIKE A SUBWAY WITH A VIEW-- A RAPID BUS SYSTEM CONNECTING SOME OF THE BUSIEST PARTS OF THE CITY. THE IDEA HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR A WHILE-- AND NOW-- THE MAYOR SAYS IT'S REACHED A TIPPING POINT. AS MALCOM GLADWELL WOULD SAY, WE'RE STARTING TO REACH THAT TIPPING POINT. BECAUSE THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE SENT THE FEDS THEIR THREE- YEAR STUDY FOR A BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM CITY PASSED THE FIRST STEP TOWARD GETTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF MATCHING FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THE BRT. IT'S LIKE A RAIL SYSTEM ON WHEELS. BUSES WOULD HAVE THEIR OWN LANE-- AND STOP LIGHTS WOULD BE TIMED TO KEEP IT MOVING. IT WOULD RUN FROM 98TH STREET TO TRAMWAY. SO WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE PROJECT? THE CITY KEEPS DESIGNING AND WORKING TOWARDS FINAL APPROVAL. THE CENTRAL LINE IS ONE OF THREE POTENTIAL BUS RAPID TRANSIT LINES IN THE CITY... ANOTHER ONE'S PLANNED FOR PASEO... AND THE MID-REGION COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS IS GETTING READY TO SUBMIT ITS STUDY OF A ROUTE NEAR CNM, UNM AND THE SUNPORT TO THE FEDS. COUPLED WITH WHAT MR COG IS DOING, THEIR PUBLIC STANDI LL BE A LOT MORE ROBUST ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY.. ALBUQUERQUE WAS ONE OF FIVE CITIES NATIONWIDE TO BE CHOSEN FOR THE "LIVING CITIES" GRANT FUNDED BY MAJOR CHARITIES AND FOUNDATIONS FOR URBAN RENEWAL. ALBUQUERQUE WILL GET GRANT MONEY WHICH WILL BE USED TO HELP DEVELOP DOWNTOWN -- THAT MONEY COULD ALSO GO TOWARDS THE BRT. 8:03 MY HOPE IS THAT DURING MY SECOND TERM AS MAYOR, I WILL BE ABLE TO CUT THE RIBBON ON THE FIRST MAJOR BUS RAPID TRANSIT LINE IN ALBUQUERQUE. THE MAYOR'S OFFICE WLL GET AN INITIAL 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM LIVING CITIES TO PLAN WHAT TO DO WITH ADDITIONAL GRANT MONEY... LIVING CITIES FOCUSES ON PROJECTS THAT HELP LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS. MEANWHILE... ANOTHER PROJECT IN THE WORKS MIGHT ALSO GET HELP FROM THAT GRANT. C-N-M HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO BUILD AN INNOVATIVE TECH LAB DOWNTOWN... THE "STEM-ULUS" CENTER WILL BE A PLACE WHERE STUDENTS CAN TEST THEIR SKILLS IN HANDS-ON WAYS IN FIELDS LIKE ENGINEERING. " WE WILL HAVE EQUIPMENT THERE THAT WILL ALLOW USE WOOD WORKING AND WELDING, AND CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE JEWELRY OR TO USE VERY BIG AND EXPENSIVE SEWING MACHINES." CNM PLANS TO OPEN THE DOWNTOWN CENTER AT THE FIRST PLAZA GALERIA THIS SUMMER.

4 KOB 5:00 PM

FOR SOME OF OUR KIDS WHO END UP GETTING INTO TROUBLE ...GETTING BACK ON TRACK CAN BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE BUT NOW THAT STORY IS CHANGING FOR MANY OF THOSE KIDS RIGHT HERE IN THE METRO. JORGE TORRES IS HERE TO EXPLAIN. TOM--DANIELLE--YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INCORPORATED IS HELPING KIDS STAY OFF THE STREETS AND IS HELPING THEM GET JOBS. AS A RESULT--SOME OF THOSE KIDS ARE NOW WORKING FULL-TIME FOR THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE. I GOT TO SPEAK TO THEM TODAY AND THEY TELL ME THIS OPPORTUNITY CHANGED THEIR LIVES. NAT OF JASON TAPIA IT'S JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR JASON TAPIA AT THE TAX ASSESSOR'S OFFICE. . IT'S NOT THE CAREER HE MAY HAVE HAD IN MIND GROWING UP---BUT IT'S MUCH BETTER THAN WHERE HE WAS A FEW YEARS AGO-- "GETTING IN TROUBLE A LOT, I GUESS, AND I GOT SUSPENDED AND I COULDN'T RETURN TO SCHOOL BECAUSE I HAD TOO MANY SUSPENSIONS SO I WAS REALLY OUT OF LUCK THERE." HE'S GETTING HELP FROM YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INCORPORATED. THE NON-PROFIT PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL HELP TO AT-RISK CHILDREN, TEENS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THE ALBUQUERQUE METRO. NOW SOME OF THE STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAM ARE GETTING HANDS ON EXPERIENCE IN THE REAL-WORLD. "THE BERNALILLO COUNTY ASSESSOR'S OFFICE PARTNERED WITH YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INCORPORATED TO BRING IN AT-RISK YOUTH OFF THE STREETS AND INTO THE WORKFORCE. A YEAR LATER, THAT MEANS REAL JOBS FOR SOME OF THESE KIDS." "ASSESSOR'S OFFICE. THIS IS DOMINIC. HOW CAN I HELP YOU?" DOMINIC GRIEGO-- NOW WORKS FULL- TIME IN CUSTOMER SERVICE---AND IS ALSO A FULL-TIME STUDENT AT UNM. "IT'S GOOD WORK EXPERIENCE, DEFINITELY. THEY HELPED ME GET MY FOOT IN THE DOOR AND THEY TOOK ME SERIOUS. THEY DIDN'T TREAT ME AS A KID. IT'S A WIN FOR THE STUDENTS--A WIN FOR THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE--AND A WIN FOR NEW MEXICO. "I WOULDN'T BE ANYWHERE I AM TODAY IF I DIDN'T GET WITH THE PROGRAM." "IT'S GETTING ME CLOSER TO MY GOAL. IT IS THE SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEM." THE BERNALILLO COUNTY ASSESSOR'S OFFICE HOPES THIS PROGRAM CONTINUES AND HOPES OTHER BUSINESSES WILL GET INVOLVED. BY THE WAY--DOMINIC IS PURSUING A DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING FROM UNM- AND JASON HOPES TO BECOME A FIREMAN.

13 KRQE 5:00 AM, 5:05, 6:06, NOON

A NEW MEXICO NATIVE IS ONE OF MORE THAN 200-THOUSAND CANDIDATES TO APPLY FOR A MISSION TO MARS LAST YEAR. AS NEWS 13'S LYSEE MITRI REPORTS... 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... ...NATS OF TURNING KNOB... HE WANTS TO SET FOOT ON THE RED PLANET AS PART OF THE "MARS ONE" MISSION.  NON-PROFIT "MARS ONE" HOPES TO SEND CREWS OF FOUR TO MARS EVERY TWO YEARS, STARTING AS EARLY AS 2024. 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 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"... LYSEE MITRI KRQE NEWS 13 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. 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.

13 KRQE 4:00 PM

THE SAT COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM IS GETTING A MAKEOVER.... THE GOAL TO MAKE THE TEST MORE IN LINE WITH WHAT STUDENTS ARE LEARNING THESE DAYS. WENDY GILLETTE BREAKS IT DOWN. THE COLLEGE BOARD WHICH CREATES THE SAT TEST - CONDUCTED ITS OWN EXAM- AND DECIDED IT WAS FAILING STUDENTS. "IT IS TIME TO ADMIT THAT THE SAT AND ACT HAVE BECOME FAR TOO DISCONNECTED FROM THE WORK OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS." THE REDESIGNED COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM RETURNS TO A 1600 POINT SCALE AND THE ESSAY BECOMES OPTIONAL. THERE WILL BE NO PENALTIES FOR WRONG ANSWERS AND THE QUESTIONS WILL FOCUS MORE ON COMMONLY USED VOCABULARY AND CORE MATH SKILLS. THE CHANGES COME FOLLOWING FEEDBACK FROM EDUCATORS- WHO SAY THE SAT IS NOT TESTING FOR SKILLS THAT STUDENTS NEED IN COLLEGE AND AFTERWARD. "WE HAVE ALSO BEEN LISTENING TO OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR WHOM THESE TESTS ARE OFTEN MYSTERIOUS AND FOSTER UNPRODUCTIVE ANXIETY." THE COLLEGE BOARD ALSO ANNOUNCED A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TUTORING WEBSITE KHAN ACADEMY TO OFFER FREE TEST PREP MATERIALS FOR THE NEW SAT. THAT COULD BENEFIT STUDENTS FROM LOWER INCOME FAMILIES WHO CAN'T AFFORD EXPENSIVE TUTORS AND CLASSES. "WE'RE NOT IN THE GAME OF HEY WHEN IN DOUBT PICK C BECAUSE STATISTICALLY YOU HAVE A 5% CHANCE OF GETTING IT RIGHT. WE'RE NOT INTO WAS LAST UPDATED IN 2005. THE NEW VERSION ROLLS OUT IN 2016. FOR THE FIRST TIME- STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF TAKING THE NEW TEST ON COMPUTERS. NEW MEXICO COLLEGES ARE HOPING THE CHANGES IN THE SAT WILL ENCOURAGE MORE NEW MEXICO HIGH SCHOOLERS TO TAKE THE TEST. RIGHT NOW A MAJORITY OPT FOR JUST THE ACT. ONE REASON....THE COST. THERE IS A LOT OF PRESSURE TO STUDY EXTENSIVELY BEFORE TAKING THE SAT BECAUSE IT'S CONSIDERED A HARDER TEST....AND COMPANIES CHARGE BIG MONEY TO PROVIDE THAT HELP. THE COLLEGE BOARD IS NOW PROVIDING PREPARATION MATERIALS ON LINE FOR FREE. WHILE A STUDENT WILL HAVE TO TAKE AT LEAST ONE OF THE TESTS TO BE ADMITTED INTO COLLEGE, THE UNM ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR SAYS HE DOESN'T SEE THE NEW SAT FORMAT AFFECTING HOW THEY DECIDED WHO THEY'LL APPROVE. MATTHEW HULETT - DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS WE ARE FAR MORE OVER THE LAST THREE OR 4 YEARS INSTEAD OF HOW PERFORM IN THREE HOURS ON A SATURDAY MORNING. LAST YEAR ONLY 24 HUNDRED NEW MEXICO STUDENTS TOOK THE SAT, COMPARED TO 13-THOUSAND TAKING THE ACT.

13 KRQE 5:30 PM

THE WAY PEOPLE GET AROUND IN ALBUQUERQUE IS MOVING FORWARD. THE MAYOR CALLS IT A SCENIC SUBWAY-- A BUS SYSTEM CONNECTING SOME OF THE BUSIEST PARTS OF THE CITY. THE IDEA HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR A WHILE-- AND NOW-- THE MAYOR SAYS IT'S REACHED A TIPPING POINT. NEWS 13'S TINA JENSEN IS LIVE DOWNTOWN WITH THE STORY. THERE'S THREE BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN THE WORKS IN ALBUQUERQUE. THE CITY HAS SPENT THREE YEARS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS LOOKING INTO PUTTING ONE ON CENTRAL. TODAY MAYOR R-J BERRY SAID THERE'S MAJOR MOVEMENT THAT COULD HELP IT BECOME A REALITY. 9:13 AS MALCOM GLADWELL WOULD SAY, WE'RE STARTING TO REACH THAT TIPPING POINT 9:15 A TIPPING POINT.. BECAUSE THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE SENT THE FEDS THEIR THREE- YEAR STUDY FOR A BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM ON CENTRAL...AND IT GOT THE GREEN LIGHT TO GO INTO THE DEVELOPMENT PHASE. THAT MEANS THE CITY PASSED THE FIRST STEP TOWARD GETTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF MATCHING FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THE BRT. IT'S LIKE A RAIL SYSTEM ON WHEELS. BUSES WOULD HAVE THEIR OWN LANE-- AND STOP LIGHTS WOULD BE TIMED TO KEEP IT MOVING. IT WOULD RUN FROM 98TH STREET TO TRAMWAY. SO WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE PROJECT? THE CITY KEEPS DESIGNING... AND WORKING TOWARDS FINAL APPROVAL. THE CENTRAL LINE IS ONE OF THREE POTENTIAL BUS RAPID TRANSIT LINES IN THE CITY... ANOTHER ONE'S PLANNED FOR PASEO... AND THE MID-REGION COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS IS GETTING READY TO SUBMIT ITS STUDY OF A ROUTE NEAR CNM, UNM AND THE SUNPORT TO THE FEDS. 8:10 COUPLED WITH WHAT MR COG IS DOING, THEIR BRT PLANS - 20 YEARS PUBLIC STANDPOINT WILL BE A LOT MORE ROBUST 8:20 ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY.. ALBUQUERQUE WAS ONE OF FIVE CITIES NATIONWIDE TO BE CHOSEN FOR THE "LIVING CITIES" GRANT FUNDED BY MAJOR CHARITIES AND FOUNDATIONS FOR URBAN RENEWAL. ALBUQUERQUE WILL GET GRANT MONEY WHICH WILL BE USED TO HELP DEVELOP DOWNTOWN -- THAT MONEY COULD ALSO GO TOWARDS THE BRT. 8:03 MY HOPE IS THAT DURING MY SECOND TERM AS MAYOR, I WILL BE ABLE TO CUT THE RIBBON ON THE FIRST MAJOR BUS RAPID TRANSIT LINE IN ALBUQUERQUE 8:09 THE MAYOR'S OFFICE WLL GET AN INITIAL 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM LIVING CITIES TO PLAN WHAT TO DO WITH ADDITIONAL GRANT MONEY... WITH A FOCUS ON PROJECTS THAT HELP LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS. THERE'S ANOTHER PROJECT IN THE WORKS THAT MIGHT GET HELP FROM LIVING CITIES. CNM ANNOUNCED PLANS TO BUILD A "STEM-ULUS" CENTER DOWNTOWN... IT WILL BE AN INNOVATIVE LAB WHERE STUDENTS CAN TEST THEIR SKILLS AS ENTREPRENEURS IN FIELDS LIKE ENGINEERING. KATHIE WINOGRAD / CNM PRESIDENT 1:13 WE WILL HAVE EQUIPMENT THERE THAT WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO USE 3D PRINTERS, THAT WILL GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO USE WOOD WORKING AND WELDING, 1:19 AND CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE JEWELRY 1:23 OR TO USE VERY BIG AND EXPENSIVE SEWING MACHINES. THE CENTER WILL BE AT THE FIRST PLAZA GALERIA... CNM PLANS TO OPEN IT THIS SUMMER.

17:32:33

NEW MEXICO'S CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS SENT A LETTER TO TESLA ... TRYING TO PURSUADE IT TO PICK NEW MEXICO FOR ITS NEW GIGAFACTORY. THEY SAY WORKERS HERE ARE THE MOST SKILLED, WELL- TRAINED, AND EDUCATED PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. THEY ALSO REFERRED TO THE WORK BEING DONE AT SANDIA AND LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABS AND POINTED OUT THE STATE'S HIGH QUALITY SCHOOLS INCLUDING NEW MEXICO TECH, UNM AND NEW MEXICO STATE. NEW MEXICO, ALONG WITH NEVADA, ARIZONA AND TEXAS ARE BEING CONSIDERED FOR TESLA'S NEW FACTORY. IT WOULD SUPPLY LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES TO THE ELECTRIC CAR MAKER'S CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY PLANT. TESLA WOULD HIRE ABOUT 65- HUNDRED-PEOPLE.