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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday January 12, 2020 ( 20 items )  

'Snug' New Tech Protects Hearing, Mission Efficiency for Military Dogs
FORT HUACHUCA, Arizona, Jan. 10 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news on Jan. 9: For a guy who's spent the majority of his twenty-plus year career in a basement laboratory sifting through the specifics of the biomedical world -- you know, the nuts and bolts of what's physically possible and what's not -- Michael McLoughlin has a surprisingly Zen-like perspective on the development of his latest product. "Like a lot of things in life," says McLoughlin, Vice President of Research at Marylan  more

Army Environmental Command: Deer Harvested on Fort Leonard Wood Makes Best Bucks List
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Jan. 10 -- The U.S. Army Environmental Command issued the following news: A U.S. Air Force instructor put the spotlight on Fort Leonard Wood as a destination for hunters after he and the 12-point buck he harvested on the installation Nov. 19 were featured in an article on Field and Stream magazine's digital site. Tech. Sgt. Dallas Heath, a pavement and equipment instructor with 368th Training Squadron, is a lifelong hunter who has made regular use of the inst  more

Fijian Navy Midshipmen to Receive Training in the United States
SUVA, Fiji, Jan. 2 -- The U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu issued the following news release: Midshipmen Osea Melibua and Adrian Siu Narayan have been selected to attend a prestigious preparatory school to prepare them for attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland later in 2020. The two midshipmen will be attending the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), a public military junior college located in Roswell, New Mexico. Founded in 1891, NMMI remains the only  more

Frederick National Laboratory Part of SC19 'Best Paper' Team
FREDERICK, Maryland, Jan. 8 -- The National Institutes of Health's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued the following news: A multidisciplinary team including members of the Frederick National Laboratory has been recognized with the "Best Paper" award at SC19, a prestigious international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. Of the 344 papers submitted to SC19, only 87 were accepted, and just one was named Best Paper. The research tea  more

Hubble Detects Smallest Known Dark Matter Clumps
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 9 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Ghostly Dark Matter Uncovered in Small Concentrations by Cosmic Magnifying Glasses * * * When searching for dark matter, astronomers must go on a sort of "ghost hunt." That's because dark matter is an invisible substance that cannot be seen directly. Yet it makes up the bulk of the universe's mass and forms the scaffolding upon which galaxies are built. Dark matter is the gravit  more

NASA's Great Observatories Help Astronomers Build a 3D Visualization of Exploded Star
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 7 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Movie Dissects the Nebula's Intricate Nested Structure * * * In the year 1054 AD, Chinese sky watchers witnessed the sudden appearance of a "new star" in the heavens, which they recorded as six times brighter than Venus, making it the brightest observed stellar event in recorded history. This "guest star," as they described it, was so bright that people saw it in the sky during   more

NASA's Hubble Surveys Gigantic Galaxy
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 7 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Majestic Spiral Has Slowly Grown Over Billions of Years * * * Galaxies are like snowflakes. Though the universe contains innumerable galaxies flung across time and space, no two ever look alike. One of the most photogenic is the huge spiral galaxy UGC 2885, located 232 million light-years away in the northern constellation, Perseus. It's a whopper even by galactic standards. The  more

NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute: Cosmic Magnifying Glasses Yield Independent Measure of Universe's Expansion
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 9 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - New Hubble Measurement Strengthens Discrepancy in Universe's Expansion Rate * * * People use the phrase "Holy Cow" to express excitement. Playing with that phrase, researchers from an international collaboration developed an acronym--H0LiCOW--for their project's name that expresses the excitement over their Hubble Space Telescope measurements of the universe's expansion rate. K  more

NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute: Goldilocks Stars Are Best Places to Look for Life
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 9 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Orange Dwarf Stars Most Likely to Host Planets * * * To date astronomers have discovered over 4,000 planets orbiting other stars. Statistically, there should be over 100 billion planets in our Milky Way galaxy. They come in a wide range of sizes and characteristics, largely unimagined before exoplanets were first discovered in the mid-1990s. The biggest motivation for perusing t  more

Navy Launches New Sustainment Pilot Program for E-2D
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Jan. 8 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: Achieving and maintaining predictable and affordable Readiness across the Fleet requires a disciplined performance driven Sustainment process. Department of Navy (DoN) leaders took a bold step in establishing an enduring and disciplined Sustainment management process by approving and launching the first Sustainment Program Baseline (SPB) pilot for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye in fiscal 2020.   more

NOAA Launches Major Field Campaign to Improve Weather and Climate Prediction
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Jan. 9 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following news on Jan. 7: Picture a calm, sunny day at a tropical beach. You look out at the ocean and in the distance a flotilla of small white clouds sails close to the waves. It's ideal weather and typical of many days in the tropical Atlantic. However, scientists don't fully understand how these ubiquitous clouds (a type of "shallow convective cloud") form and impact the ocean, and it represent  more

NOAA: Little Relief in the Deep for Heat-stressed Corals
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Jan. 9 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story on Jan. 7: * * * - New research shows even coral reefs in deeper water aren't immune to warming seas and coral bleaching. * * * A team of NOAA scientists recently examined more than a thousand hot water events on coral reefs across the Pacific Ocean. Combining on-site monitoring with satellite records, they found that corals in deeper waters are just as exposed to marine heatwave  more

NOAA: Reward Posted for Information in Shooting of Elephant Seal Near Highway 1 Viewing Area
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Jan. 8 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Northern elephant seals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. * * * NOAA Fisheries' Office of Law Enforcement is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to a civil penalty or criminal conviction in the September shooting death of a protected northern elephant seal near San Simeon, California. The seal's remains were found September 29  more

Simulated Image Demonstrates the Power of NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 7 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - A new simulated image of the Andromeda galaxy showcases WFIRST's unique combination of high resolution and wide field of view * * * NASA's upcoming Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), scheduled for launch in the mid-2020s, will have the power to survey the sky 1,000 times faster than the Hubble Space Telescope, with Hubble-quality detail, in the near-infrared. A simu  more

TSA Catches Maryland Man With Loaded Gun at BWI Airport Checkpoint
LINTHICUM, Maryland, Jan. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: * * * - Man claimed he forgot he had a loaded gun with him * * * Transportation Security Administration officers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) caught a Harford County, Maryland, man with a 9 mm handgun loaded with seven bullets at a security checkpoint this morning. It was the first gun that TSA officers c  more

U.S. Naval Academy: Midshipmen Study Abroad in Argentina, Peru, and Chile
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Jan. 8 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: MIDN 1/C Kohl Dorsey, 1/C Jillian Bellows, 2/C Chase Barlow, and 2/C Jatin Khona studied economics through the Institute for the International Education of Students in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Our program focused on developmental and macroeconomic theory from the perspective of developing nations. We began our program studying seven weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the current economic crisis. In Arg  more

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Source of 'World's Finest Developmental Test Pilots,' Changes Command
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Jan. 10 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release on Jan. 9: Lt. Col. Rory Feely became the 49th commander of the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) following a change of command ceremony today. Feely took over from Cmdr. Glenn P. Rioux who served as the school's commanding officer since July 2018. Retired Rear Admiral Paul A. Sohl was guest speaker at the change of command ceremony. Sohl formerly served as the commanding offi  more

USTRANSCOM Manages the Movement of America's Wounded Warfighters From Overseas to the Final Medical Treatment Destination Stateside
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Jan. 9 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command issued the following news on Jan. 8: U.S. military C-17 Globemaster III aircraft often arrive at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and Travis Air Force Base, California, from foreign locales, transporting cargo, but also at times, ill or injured service members returning stateside for continuing medical treatment. As the Department of Defense's single manager for global patient movement, U.S. Transportation Command c  more

USTRANSCOM Manages the Movement of America's Wounded Warfighters From Overseas to the Final Medical Treatment Destination Stateside
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Jan. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Transportation Command issued the following news release on Jan. 8: U.S. military C-17 Globemaster III aircraft often arrive at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and Travis Air Force Base, California, from foreign locales, transporting cargo, but also at times, ill or injured service members returning stateside for continuing medical treatment. As the Department of Defense's single manager for global patient movement, U.S.  more

VA IG Issues Oversight Report Summary on Comprehensive Healthcare Inspection of Maryland Health Care System
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General issued the following oversight report (No. 19-00016-61) summary on "Comprehensive Healthcare Inspection of the VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, Maryland": Summary: This Comprehensive Healthcare Inspection Program (CHIP) provides a focused evaluation of the quality of care delivered at the VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, Maryland, covering leadership and organizational risks and key clinic  more