Thursday, May 16, 2024

Short Takes – 5-16-24

Board Affairs Specialist. CSB job announcement. Summary: “This position is part of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the programmatic and administrative activities of the Chairperson and the Board as a whole.” Job closing date: May 16th, 2024 (it was only open two days).

Private mission to save the Hubble Space Telescope raises concerns, NASA emails show. article. Pull quote: “"The other issue is the need for reboost now versus later," Grunsfeld wrote. "Perhaps the opportunity with Polaris won't be there, but NASA can work with Congress and the Administration to request funds for a Hubble reboost or enhancement mission, using a commercial partner where NASA is in the drivers [sic] seat, and the maturity of the space systems is higher and lower risk."”

Genetic analyses of the bird flu virus unveil its evolution and potential. article. Pull quote: “Since getting into cattle, the virus has jumped into other species including cats in Kansas and Texas that drank infected raw milk. More than half of infected cats from one north Texas dairy died within a few days of having the milk, probably because the virus went to the cats’ brains and nervous systems, researchers reported April 29 in Emerging Infectious Diseases.”

Passenger with measles passes through LAX, those close on plane will be notified. article. Pull quote: ““Measles is spread by air and by direct contact even before you know you have it and can lead to severe disease,” Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County health officer, said in a statement. “Measles is highly contagious for those who are not immune to it. Initially causing fever, cough, red, watery eyes, and followed by a rash, it can result in serious complications for young children and vulnerable adults.”

Notice of Meeting; Cybersecurity Advisory Committee. Federal Register CISA meeting notice. Open Agenda: “The CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee will hold an in-person meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, to discuss current CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee activities. The open session will include: public comment, briefings from all five CSAC subcommittees, and CSAC member deliberation and vote on several recommendations for the Director.” Meeting date: June 3rd, 2024. 

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