CIR Presents: Great Decisions

 CIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) presents Great Decisions, a program of eight discussion topics focusing on current world affairs. 
Each meeting includes a half hour video, facilitator presentation (by CIR board member Rob Reider), Q&A participant discussion.
BYO lunch, light snacks and beverages are provided. This program begins 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and continues for eight sessions the third Tuesday of each month through October. The meetings are at the SFCIR Conference

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LAMS Team Takes First In MathCounts Competition

From left, Coach Phuong Nguyen, Mathletes Antonio Dowdy, Do Vo, Duncan Fuehne and Christopher Koh and Coach Jane Lataille.

LAMS News:

The Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts team placed first Saturday in the Northern New Mexico Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition at Pojoaque High School.

The team was made up of Do Vo, Christopher Koh, Antonio Dowdy and Duncan Fuehne. Vo placed first as an individual, Koh placed 2nd, Dowdy 3rd and Fuehne placed 4th. The team coaches are Phuong Nguyen and Jane Lataille. 

The team will compete March 21 at state.  

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is designed

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Public Invited To Attend First 2015 Budget Committee Meeting Wednesday

LAPS News:

The first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools 2015 Budget Committee is 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

Public comment will be accepted at the beginning and the end of the meeting.

Agenda Highlights:

  • Review of Budget Committee Charter approved by LAPS School Boar;
  • Review of LAPS non-negotiable goals; and
  • Discussion of how to identify the gaps to reach non-negotiable goals, how to measure those gaps and what is required to close those gaps.

The LAPS School Board and District Office strongly encourage community involvement in this process.

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New Mexico Senate Unanimously Confirms Higher Education Department Secretary Barbara Damron

Barbara Damron


SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed Higher Education Department (HED) Cabinet Secretary Barbara Damron.

Damron received numerous praises from both sides of the aisle throughout the proceedings.

“I am both honored and privileged to be given this tremendous responsibility by Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Senate” Damron said. “All education stakeholders must work together to guide students down a successful academic path.”

Damron has more than 30 years of experience as an executive, health care provider, scientist,

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Think New Mexico Again Recognized Among Top Think Tanks

TNM News:
For the third year in a row, Think New Mexico has been recognized as one of the top think tanks in the world by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program.
The recognition came in TTCSP’s eighth annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report,” which TTCSP describes as “the gold standard for think tanks around the world.”
Think New Mexico increased its ranking to 56th in the world (up from 57th in 2013 and 70th in 2012) in the Special Achievement category of “Best Advocacy

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‘Culture Day’ At Roundhouse Offers Best Of State Museums And Historic Sites

State News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host “Culture Day” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda.
Interactive exhibits featuring New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites, as well as arts, historic preservation, archaeology and library programs will be offered to legislators and visitors to the Capitol throughout the day:
  • New Mexico Arts will provide “Oculus Rift Glasses” offering the wearer a cutting edge virtual “Pull of the Moon Experience.”
  • The NM State Library will display the new “Brainfuse” online tutorial

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SFI Colloquium: Evolution Of Multicellularity And Cellular Differentiation In The Volvocine Algae

Matthew Herron 
University of Montana

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is hosting a colloquium with Matthew Herron at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, in the Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: The transition to multicellular life was one of a few major events in the history of life that created new opportunities for more complex biological systems to evolve. Indeed, multicellularity is a prerequisite for the evolution of large, complex organisms such as plants and animals.

An understanding of the ecological conditions and evolutionary mechanisms that favor this key innovation

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NMAA Foundation Awards $28K In Scholarships

NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) has announced the recipients of the 2014-2015 NMAA Foundation Scholarships.  
The NMAA Foundation will recognize the 17 students receiving these scholarships during the U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships, which will be held March 10-14. More than 200 students applied for the scholarships, with nine students receiving $1,000, six receiving $1,500 and two receiving $5,000. There were seven different scholarship categories for which students could submit applications.

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PEEC: Learn About Alternative Energy Solutions For Los Alamos At Nature On Tap Thursday

Karen Paramanandam will facilitate a discussion about alternative energy for Los Alamos at Nature on Tap. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

While the current energy mix on our municipal grid is a combination of coal, hydro, utility scale solar and some distributed solar generation, Los Alamos County is poised on the cusp of an energy shift.

Smart grid technology that includes distributed energy storage, and generation and smart energy controls are just over the horizon and within our grasp. What would it take to move us off fossil fuels entirely? To learn the answer to this question and more, join an

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LAMS Students Join Scientific Team In Tasman Sea To Study Internal Tides

Eighth grade students at LAMS Skype with scientists onboard ship in the Tazman Sea. Photo by Elizabeth Watson
Gabi Pilo, right, Spencer Kawamoto and Ryan McDougall-Fisher taking instruments off the CTD-cage on a rare sunny day during the transit to Hobart. Photo by Judy Lemus
Los Alamos Daily Post

Eighth grade science students at Los Alamos Middle School recently traveled, via Skype, to the Tasman Sea off the coast of New Zealand to take part in an oceanographic study.

Along with students from 10 or so other schools around the country, the Los Alamos students and

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Finalists For LAPS Superintendent Revealed

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education released this morning the names of the two finalists for the position of superintendent.

The first finalist is Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, a native of Los Alamos and a graduate of Los Alamos High School. Dr. Steinhaus served as a teacher and department head in the Alamogordo School District. He then worked for the Public Education Department where he became division director for Accountability and Information Services before serving as assistant superintendent.

Dr. Steinhaus subsequently worked for Los Alamos National

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SFI Seminar: ‘How The Interaction Of Mind And Environment Shapes Social Judgments’

Mirta Galesic
Professor; Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics
Santa Fe Institute

SFI News:

Santa Fe Institute (SFI) hosts a seminar by Mirta Galesic at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday in the Collins Conferance Room.

Abstract: There is a curious divide among researchers studying human sociality. Those studying human cultural evolution tend to extol the extraordinary human ability to cooperate and learn from each other and believe it to be the cornerstone of the spectacular success of our species.

Social psychologists, in contrast, tend to view human social cognition as fraught with biases

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Mountain Students Perform ‘Random Acts of Kindness’

LAMS WEB Crew and  LAHS Natural Helpers created valentine’s for Veterans during Random Acts of Kindness Week. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

While a variety of local schools participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 9-13, the lions at Mountain Elementary took kindness to a whole new level.

“Random Acts of Kindness is a fun and easy way to show students how their kindness makes a difference for themselves as well as others,” Mountain Counselor Jen Schmierer said. “Kindness impacts the giver, the receiver, and the observer.”

A project

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Students Enrolled In LANSCE Neutron Program Gather For Dinner At China Palace

Professor Heinz Nakotte, left, is dining this evening at China Palace in Mari-Mac Plaza with 36 graduate students and a few post docs enrolled in a 10-day LANSCE Neutron Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The students hail from across the United States, Hungary, United Kingdom, Argentina and Spain. Nakotte is a professor in the Department of Physics & Engineering Physics Program at New Mexico State University. Nakotte and LANL’s Anna Llobet co-chair the 10-day LANSCE Newtron Program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Students from across the U.S. and several

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‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ Opens Tonight

Cast of ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ Courtesy photo
ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT) and Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) reprise Willy Wonka, Jr.

Originally presented by ACCT in 2009, this weekend’s production, performed by a talented cast of Los Alamos Middle School students, will leave you singing.

Follow the adventures of five lucky children who win a contest to tour the famous Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Evelyn Wohlbier plays the eccentric Willy Wonka and leads the tour down the Chocolate River, through the Candy Inventing Room, the Fizzy Lifting

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Barranca Natural Helpers Hold Reunion

Barranca’s Natural Helpers hold reunion Wednesday at Los Alamos Middle School. Courtesy photo

By Nicole McGrane, M.Ed
5th Grade Teacher
Barranca Mesa Elementary
Barranca Mesa Elementary School’s 5th and 6th grade Natural Helpers took advantage of the Los Alamos Middle School not being in session Wednesday and invited our now 7th grade Natural Helpers to join them for lunch, activities and bonding.  
This was a great opportunity for all of our Helpers to meet, discuss what the middle school is like, how their helper skills have served them at the middle

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NMHM Premieres Documentary On African-American Women In The Military March 29

Somewhere in England, Maj. Charity E. Adams and Capt. Abbie N. Campbell inspect the first contingent of Negro members of the Women’s Army Corps assigned to overseas service. 6888th Central Postal Directory Bn. Feb. 15, 1945. Holt. 111-SC-200791. Courtesy/National Archives

NMHM News:

In war and peacetime, at home or aboard, U.S. women have participated in the U.S’ defense. Until recent years, those contributions have failed to attract much notice. Even less understood: the contributions of African-American women, who had to fight just for the right to serve.

At 2 p.m., March 29 in the New

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‘Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry’ Exhibit Closes Friday

MPL News:

  • Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry Wrap-up

Friday is the final day to see the Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Gallery, before it is packed up and sent off to its next location. 

The Dust Bowl and its human, economic, political and environmental impacts are the topics of the exhibit. More than 2,000 visitors have seen the exhibit in Los Alamos to date, and many of them have commented about the relevance of this historic environmental disaster to today’s situation.

Programs associated with the exhibit have included

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