Monday, August 10, 2020

NIST's research on COVID-19

Measuring the Sensitivity of COVID Tests With New Material From NIST

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Measuring the Sensitivity of COVID Tests With New Material From NIST

Illustration shows scientist with test tube overlaid with RNA and DNA data.

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have produced synthetic gene fragments from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This material, which is non-infectious and safe to handle, can help manufacturers produce more accurate and reliable diagnostic tests for the disease.

Tests for an active infection — as opposed to antibody tests that indicate a past infection — work by detecting the virus’s genes on a nasal swab. But a negative result does not necessarily mean that a person is disease-free. It could be that the amount of virus is too low for the test to detect, which is especially possible during the first days after catching the virus.

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More about NIST's research on COVID-19

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An Inside Look at Science in Action 

Aug. 6, 2020
Working alone in the lab, but with remote support from her colleagues, NIST research biologist Megan Cleveland produced synthetic gene fragments from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This material, which is non-infectious and safe to handle, can help manufacturers produce more accurate and reliable diagnostic tests for the disease. Watch this video to learn more about this project and see what it’s like to work in a lab during a pandemic.

Face Coverings Made From Layered Cotton Fabric Likely Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Better Than Synthetics, New Study Finds

June 29, 2020
Of the 32 cloth materials tested, three of the five most effective at blocking particles were 100% cotton and had a visible raised fiber or nap, such as found on flannels.
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Tips and Tricks to Access Data on Ancestry and Foreign-born Populations

Coming Next Week: Tips and Tricks to Access Data on Ancestry and Foreign-born Populations

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Where We Come From: Tips and Tricks to Access Data on Ancestry and Foreign-born Populations

Discover the best way to access demographic, socioeconomic and housing data about foreign-born populations using data.census.gov. Learn about how we collect data, regardless of legal status, unauthorized migrants are included in Census Bureau estimates of the total foreign-born population. In this webinar, we will also explore topics such as nativity, ancestry, language, and more.

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The U.S. Census Bureau uses the term foreign-born to refer to anyone who is not a U.S. citizen at birth. This includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, temporary migrants, humanitarian migrants, and unauthorized migrants.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Date: August 12
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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

New Videos from the Library of Congress, August 5



Music, Magnets & Veteran Entrepreneurs

Watch these videos just added to the Library of Congress website.

Homegrown from Home: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
American roots music duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, best known for their work on the soundtrack of Ken Burns's PBS documentary series, "The Civil War," including the original composition "Ashokan Farewell," which became the musical centerpiece of the Grammy-winning soundtrack, perform in concert.

Conversation with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Gil Kalish and Ian Rosenbaum of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center talk about their work with composer George Crumb before the performance of a new co-commissioned percussion quintet supported by the Irving and Verna Fine Fund.

Write. Right. Rite. With Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds, seventh National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, challenges kids to create a refrigerator magnet that encapsulates the best moment of their lives in the 26th installment of the "Write. Right. Rite." video series.

Veteran Entrepreneurship and Post Traumatic Stress
Every veteran has stories to tell, but those stories don't end when they leave the military, nor do they leave all of their wounds and traumas behind. In this panel, veteran entrepreneurs tell their stories of starting a business, and veteran advocates will speak on how they have helped vets achieve their goals of self-employment.

Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: New Businesses Statistics

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Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: New Businesses Statistics

Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will provide practical ways to use our business data from economic programs to dive into business expansions and contractions.

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The session will explore several dimensions of births and deaths of businesses with highlights to include demographic components of new businesses. The webinar includes a segment on available resources and data tools with the opportunity for questions and answers.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Friday, June 19, 2020

Celebrate Juneteenth

"Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came 2½ years earlier on January 1, 1863, many slave owners continued to hold their slaves captive after the announcement, so Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African American freedom."

Click https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44865/10 to access the fact sheet by Congressional Research Service (CRS), which contains sample speeches and remarks from the Congressional Record, presidential proclamations and remarks, and selected historical and cultural resources.

Happy Juneteenth!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Today is the last day to register to vote for 2020 Primary Runoff Elections

Today is the last day to register to vote for the Primary Runoff Elections. Visit http://VoteTexas.gov  to find out if you’re already registered or learn about eligibility https://bit.ly/2Bq8pZT 

Jun 15
LAST DAY TO REGISTER
Jun 29
EARLY VOTING BEGINS
July 10
EARLY VOTING END
July 14
PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION DAY

Friday, May 29, 2020

2020 Census Self Response Rate

2020 Census

Self-Response Rate by state, county, city, or Congressional District
https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

55% Texas State, 51.1% Houston (05/29/2020)

2020 Presidential Election

Texas will extend early voting period this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott says
Abbott has already added more time to the early voting period for the July runoff election, citing the need to create a safe environment for in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

BY PATRICK SVITEK MAY 28, 2020 21 HOURS AGO
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/28/texas-2020-early-voting-greg-abbott-coronavirus/

Texas Supreme Court: Lack of immunity to coronavirus alone isn’t enough for mail-in ballot
Although the court sided with state Attorney General Ken Paxton's interpretation of what constitutes a disability, it indicated that it is up to voters to assess their health and determine if they meet the state's definition, which could allow them to vote by mail.

BY ALEXA URA MAY 27, 2020 5 PM
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/27/texas-vote-by-mail-coronavirus/

Federal appeals court temporarily blocks voting-by-mail expansion in Texas
While a panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals put one federal judge's ruling on hold, the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a separate case aimed at limiting mail-in voting.

BY ALEXA URA MAY 20, 2020 4 PM
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/20/federal-appeals-court-temporarily-blocks-voting-mail-expansion-texas/

Federal judge says all Texas voters can apply to vote by mail during pandemic
District Judge Fred Biery granted a preliminary injunction that allows all registered voters to apply to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic after finding the state's existing election rules violate the Equal Protection Clause.

BY ALEXA URA MAY 19, 2020 UPDATED: 6 PM
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/19/federal-judge-says-texas-voters-can-vote-mail-during-coronavirus/