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In the News -- Launch of the James Webb Telescope

On Dec. 25, 2021 the James Webb Space Telescope (aka JWST or Webb) was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana.  JWST is an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

The Webb telescope will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.

Originally known as the "Next Generation Space Telescope" it was renamed in September 2002 after a former NASA administrator,  James Webb.

For additional information see the following links:

WEBB Space Telescope

WEBB Space Telescope: What You Need to Know!

A display highlighting some of the library's related resources can be found at the Marx Library on 2nd Floor South, along with a companion U.S. Space Telescopes bibliography.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 17th)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is observed on the third Monday of January every year, around the time of King's birthday,  Jan. 15.  Dr. King (1929-1968) was the nation's most prominent leader in the 20th century struggle for civil rights.

For additional information, check-out our LibGuide -- Gov Docs: Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Topics in the News -- Some recent reports from the Congressional Research Service:

The Modes of Constitutional Analysis: Pragmatism (Part 5)  (12/30/21)

The Modes of Constitutional Analysis: Judicial Precedent (Part 4)  (12/30/21)

The Modes of Constitutional Analysis: Original Meaning (Part 3)  (12/29/21)

The Modes of Constitutional Analysis: Textualism (Part 2)  (12/29/21)

The Modes of Constitutional Analysis: Introduction (Part 1)  (12/29/21)

Defense Primer: President's Constitutional Authority with Regard to the Armed Forces  (12/29/21)

Presidential Appointee Positions Requiring Senate Confirmation and Committees Handling Nominations  (12/28/21)

The Debt Limit in 2021  (12/27/21)

Immigration:  Apprehensions and Expulsions at the Southwest Border  (12/22/21)

Social Security:  Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base  (12/22/21)

Breaking Down the U. S. Inflation Rate  (12/21/21)

Defense Primer:  Legal Authorities for the Use of Military Forces  (12/21/21)

Animal Use in Federal Biomedical Research: A Policy Overview  (12/20/21)

Global Women's Issues:  Background and Selected U. S. Efforts  (12/14/21)

Defense Primer:  National and Defense Intelligence  (12/13/21)

Supreme Court Considers Mississippi Abortion Law  (12/13/21)

Christian Holidays: Fact Sheet  (12/7/21)

Russian Troop Movements and Tensions Along the Ukrainian Border  (12/6/21)