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Rotary Features Exchange Student And Lab Physicist

on February 28, 2019 - 6:56am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Vincent Chiravalle and 2018-19 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Lisa Schutt from Switzerland exchange club banners during Tuesday’s meeting. Schutt is from Maeinfeld, a very small town, which lies near the Austrian border and is known for its pinot noir grapes and as the setting of Johanna Spyri's beloved novel, Heidi. Photo by Linda Hull

Scotsman and LANL physicist Malcolm Burns regaled a crowded Rotary Club meeting Tuesday with tales of his ‘bizarre, surreal experience’ to craft a boat from a bathtub in order to row across Loch Lomond as a fundraiser for Alzheimer Scotland. The event, Papa’s Bathtub Row, honored Robin Graham, his wife’s beloved grandfather. In an engaging presentation, Burns described the painstaking efforts to build a test model in New Mexico to pilot on Cochiti and Abiquiu lakes before replicating the model in Scotland. Stories included a pirate attack and a rubber duck. Burns raised $4,000 for Alzheimer Scotland in a two-day row that required more than 15 hours of rowing at an average of just over one mile per hour, depending upon the wind and waves. Burns commented he could have biked the 22-mile distance in one-and-a-half hours, walked it in 7 hours, or swam it in 14 hours. The water temperature was 54 degrees F. Photo by Linda Hull