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2015 Stoddard Scholarship For Nursing And Education Awarded To Luke Kachelmeier Of Los Alamos

Luke Kachelmeier. Photo by Don Taylor

LAPS FOUNDATION News:

Luke Kachelmeier of Los Alamos is the 2015 recipient of the Stoddard Scholarship for Nursing and Education.

He plans to attend the University of New Mexico this fall to pursue degrees in mathematics and education.

“My goal is to be someone that children will look up to, to see excellence and guidance, someone they will look up to and strive to be,” he said. “My experience this year, helping third grade students with reading at Aspen Elementary, along with my passion to help others, inspired me to be a teacher.”  

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SFI Lecture On Unconscious Bias July 21

Jennifer Raymond, Stanford University School of Medicine

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents Unconscious Bias by Jennifer Raymond at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

What makes a police officer actually see a gun in the hands of an unarmed man of color? Why did 360 college students evaluate the same academic article more favorably when they believed it was written by a man rather than by a woman?

Unconscious or implicit bias refers to hidden biases, operating largely beneath the scope of human consciousness, that influence


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LANL Employees Pledge Record $356,550 To Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Drive

2015 LAESF Scholarship Drive Champion Steven Girrens

LANL News:

  •  More than 1,000 scholarships awarded through since 1997

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $356,550 to the 2015 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) drive. The drive encourages Laboratory employees, retirees, and subcontract personnel to donate to a fund that awards college scholarships to Northern New Mexico students. Additionally, more employees participated in this year’s campaign than in past years.

“Our employees know first-hand that education can unlock opportunity for


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Los Alamos Girl Scout Aids Sea Turtles In Panama

Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos completed the NAUI Open Water Certification training while volunteering for conservation work this summer in Panama. Courtesy photo

Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos spent 14 days volunteering in Panama in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos spent 14 days volunteering in Panama in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles and exploring new depths while learning to scuba dive coral reefs.

During the last week of June and first week


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Monthly PEEC Wildflower Walk July 13

Native wildflower Scarlet Penstemon. Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

With the continued rain in Los Alamos County, beautiful wildflowers abound. Join PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller for a Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 13 to discover what some of them are and where they can be found.

This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflowers that can be found in and around Los Alamos. The group will meet at the Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, and carpool to the trail that Keller will select based on what is blooming at the time. The walk is free and there is


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Udall: Stakes High As Senate Works To Reform No Child Left Behind

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

Thursday, as the Senate debated reform of the nation’s controversial No Child Left Behind education law, Sen. Tom Udall highlighted the impact the Senate’s bill, called the Every Child Achieves Act, and could have on New Mexico students.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Udall urged the Senate to improve the law and ensure it supports New Mexico students and teachers, as well as all students across the country that deserve a fair shot at success. See Udall’s speech at https://youtu.be/e8Fmd-LT5zY.

Udall has already worked to include several


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PEEC Laser Light Shows Are Canceled

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is very sad to announce that the laser light show machine arrived damaged, and all shows are cancelled.

PEEC will be issuing refunds during normal open hours at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Prismatic Magic apologizes to the people of Los Alamos, and have promised to deliver to PEEC a fixed and working machine for the first few weeks of August, so check PEEC’s website at that time to find out the new schedule. www.peecnature.org.


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SFI: Understanding Genius – The Neuroscience Of Extraordinary Creativity

Nancy C. Andreasen
 
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents community lecture “Understanding Genius: The Neuroscience of Extraordinary Creativity” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road.
 
How does one define extraordinary creativity? Is creative genius a product of nature or nurture? And can those of us who are less creative enhance the creative capacity in ourselves and others?
 
Andreasen uses neuroscience to analyze the connections between extraordinary creativity, intelligence, the social

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Explore Mesa De Cuba Badlands With PEEC

Mesa de Cuba Badlands. Photo by Rod McCrady

PEEC News:

Traveling to Cuba along N.M. 550 is certainly a visual treat. This rugged, multi-colored landscape is home to the relatively new San Juan Basin Badlands Recreation Area.

Created in the last few years to offer protection to this sometimes haunting, but always breathtaking scenery, the Badlands have no real trail system, food or potable water. To help visitors navigate this exceptional terrain, join geologist Patrick Rowe Saturday, July 18 to explore one of the five badlands in the Recreation Area, the Mesa de Cuba Badlands.

This hike offers


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Northern’s RN-BSN Program Recognized For Excellence In Holistic Nursing

Northern RN-BSN alumnus Christine Woolsey, Assistant Program Director Darlene Hess and holistic nursing educator Barbara Dossey. Courtesy photo
 
 
AHNA News:
 
ESPANOLA  Northern New Mexico College’s RN-BSN Nursing Program was awarded the Excellence in Holistic Nursing Award by the American Holistic Nurse Association this June.
 
The award was accepted by assistant program director Dr. Darlene Hess and alumnus Christine Woolsey at the 35th Annual AHNA Conference in Branson, Missouri. More than 400 holistic nurses from across the country

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‘Zoo To You’ Comes To Mesa Public Library July 16

Kids check out a lizard at a previous ‘Zoo to You’ visit to Mesa Public Library. Courtesy/MPL
 
LIBRARY News:

Albuquerque BioPark’s “Zoo to You” program is coming to Mesa Public Library at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16. They will set up their program in the upper parking lot, following the Farmer’s Market.

“Get eye to eye with beautiful birds, small mammals, amazing amphibians and reptiles,” Program Director Jo Pelhan said. “Docents guide you through this traveling exhibit of animals and hands-on biofacts — including bones, pelts, feathers, shells and other interesting animal


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‘Fantastic Fractals’ Screens At Nature Center July 18

Fractal created by Wolfgang Beyer. Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons

PEEC News:

To get in the spirit of ScienceFest, PEEC is screening Fantastic Fractals.

Join host and Fractal Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Wolfe as he presents a full-dome planetarium show that explores infinitely complex mathematical fractals in nature. This award-winning program features original music, and is educational, entertaining, and amazing.

This planetarium show is $5, and will screen at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Seating is limited. It is suitable for ages three


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Family Night Campfire Fun At Nature Center Tuesday

Enjoy campfire fun during Family Night at the Nature Center. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Tuesday, July 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m., and there will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more for families to enjoy. Family Nights at the Nature Center are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. They are free to attend.

In July and August, there will be extra special family campfire fun! Join Melissa Mackey for songs, stories and a little science 5:30-6:30 p.m.

For more information about this and other PEEC


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School Board Meets At 2101 Trinity Dr. Tuesday

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Regular School Board Meeting and Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 in the School Board Room of the LAPS Administration Building, 2101 Trinity Dr.

The Executive Session will be held first Session to discuss the purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property, per Section 10-15-1 (H)(8) as allowed in the Open Meetings Act NMSA1978. The purpose for the discussion in closed session will be limited to the item stated on the agenda. No action will be taken.

School Board President Jim Hall will then reconvene the Regular Meeting, which


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PEEC Class Teaches How To Identify Wildflowers

Local wildflower, dusky penstemon. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What a difference a little rain makes. The roadsides and hillsides are green, and yellow, red, pink and purple flowers dot the landscape.

“How to Identify Wildflowers” is the name of a five-week class offered 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, July 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This is an opportunity to get outside, to be curious, and learn more about the area and the flora. Longtime residents and experts Craig Martin and Teralene (Terry) Foxx will teach the class.

Foxx is a plant ecologist, writer and artist. She taught plant


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Rattlesnake Museum Talk At Nature Center July 15

Rattlesnake. Photo by Bob Myers

PEEC News:

Living in New Mexico means sharing the outdoors with many different kinds of reptiles.

To help explain how humans can cohabitate with these scaly neighbors, join Bob Myers, director of the International Rattlesnake Museum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday July 15 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Discover what snakes and other reptiles live in New Mexico, how to identify them, what to do if you find a dangerous species in your backyard, some stories and legends about snakes, and snakebite prevention and treatment. Come to learn more about these fascinating creatures


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Save Money Watering Your Lawn Workshop July 17

NMSU News:
 
Having a water-conserving landscape doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t include grass.
 
New Mexico State University turfgrass specialist Bernd Leinauer has developed a subsurface drip irrigation system that reduces water usage by watering grass at its roots. He will host a hands-on workshop Friday, July 17 at the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden.
 
Participants will learn irrigation basics and help install a subsurface drip irrigation system during the  9 a.m. to noon workshop. Subsurface drip can reduce water used for irrigation by 20 to 30 percent,”

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New Research On Human Ability To Smell Odors

Courtesy/ASU

ASU News:

  • ASU Researcher Disputes Claim that Humans can Distinguish One Trillion Odors

Assistant Research Professor Rick Gerkin

TEMPE, Ariz.—An Arizona State University researcher is calling into question recent findings that the human nose is capable of distinguishing at least 1 trillion odors.

Rick Gerkin, an assistant research professor with ASU School of Life Sciences, says the data used in a study made public last year does not support this claim.

According to Gerkin, this is important because findings from the 2014 study published in the journal Science are already


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