Education

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education Schedule Outlines Summer Program For Youth Activities

Courtesy/UNM-LA

UMN-LA News:

Residents of Los Alamos, White Rock and Española should have received the UNM-LA Community Education schedules for Summer 2015 in their mailboxes by now.

The schedules also are available in area newsstands as well as online at http://losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/index.html.

Parents will be excited to see the class lineup for the popular UNM-LA Summer Program for Youth, which has been expanded to include hands-on STEM related learning activities for children entering the first through tenth grades.

Children’s College, serving children entering


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A Look On The Brighter Side Of Global Warming

Scientist Chick Keller speaks at a symposium on climate change held at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass
 
Audience members listen to speakers at the symposium on climate change. Photo by Roger Snodgrass
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS

The threat of catastrophic global warming is still very much upon us, but according to some knowledgeable speakers on the eve of Earth Day 2015, there are a few new grounds for encouragement despite the prevailing gloom.

“I don’t think there is any serious debate about the science anymore,” said former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a Democrat


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Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

Alan Lightman
Professor of the Practice of the Humanities
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
SFI News:

SFI Community Lecture presents: The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

Can science prove the existence of God? Is this universe we inhabit the only one? Can a religious experience be scientifically proven? Lightman ponders these timeless, unanswerable questions using his training as both a scientist and a novelist, always careful to


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How To Prevent Dog Bites

Dr. Bob Fuselier

LADOC News:

Preventing dog bites is everyone’s responsibility whether you are a dog owner or not. Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) building at 246 East Road in Los Alamos. 

Dr. Fuselier’s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim. The students quickly understand how certain human behaviors can lead a dog to think it is being threatened.


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Kiwanis Provides Support For PEEC’s ‘Nature Playtimes’

Katie Watson of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) attended Kiwanis April 21 for a special event. Linda Daly of the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Committee, right, and Kiwanis President Steve Boerigter presented Watson with a $1,000 check for PEEC. The money will support a morning program called ‘Nature Playtimes’ that should draw children and their family members to the new Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road this summer. Watson said, ‘I appreciate so much your generous support.’ Photo by Don Casperson


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Scenes From Barranca Bobcat Bonanza Carnival

Goopy fun. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Ready for takeoff. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Framed! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Going down! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Up in the air. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Gamers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Carnival goers head for home. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

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Three Performances Remain For LAHS Olions A Midsummer Night’s Dream Steampunk Shakespeare!

Devon McCleskey and Kate Margevicius performing Friday night in the 2015 Olions production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Steampunk Shakespeare! There are two performances left: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. Photo copyright Elena E. Giorgi, 2015

Marja Graham. Photo copyright Elena E. Giorgi, 2015

Rosemary Vigil and Eben Bold. Photo copyright Elena E. Giorgi, 2015

Monica Clarke. Photo copyright Elena E. Giorgi, 2015

Devon McCleskey and Morgan Ferry. Photo copyright Elena E. Giorgi, 2015


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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser For Hawks FTC May 8

Members of the Hawks FTC robotics team. Courtesy photo

HAWKS FTC News:

Friday is that day in the week where everyone is worn out and no one feels like cooking. Well, May 8 is a spaghetti dinner hosted by Hawks FTC, your Los Alamos robotics team.

Only $5 per plate, unless you bring a family of five, then it’s $20. Of course, children two and under eat free. Also, dinner comes with entertainment, a live demonstration by our award-winning robot, EPIC.

This fun and easy meal will be served 6-8 p.m. at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.

Proceeds from this fundraiser go to support the Hawks FTC robotis team.


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Rotary Student Of The Month Is John Rees

Rotarian Bethany Douglas presents LAHS junior John Rees with a Student of the Month award. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community. As a part of Rotary International, the oldest service organization in the world and with over 1.2 million members, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos gratefully acknowledges the contributions Students of the Month and their families make to our community, a principle reflected in the organization’s motto, Service Above


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LANL Farewell Reception Honors Kurt Steinhaus

During a special farewell reception at UNM-LA Thursday evening, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, right, shakes hands with former Community Programs Office Director Kurt Steinhaus who left the Lab today to begin his new position Monday as superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL Communications and Government Affairs Division Leader Lisa Rosendorf honors Kurt Stenhaus at his farewell reception Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kurt Steinhaus


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New Horizons Center Visitors Receive Sweet Reward

Sweet treats at Saturday’s New Horizons Center open house in White Rock. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Saturday, New Horizons Center opened its doors to the community and offered a sweet reward for those who accepted the invitation.

Ice cream sundaes were served at the pre-school and after-school care center next to the White Rock United Methodist Church. In addition to ice cream, children played on the center’s playground, got their faces painted and checked out the center’s different classroom materials.

Darlene Tanski,


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Learn About NM Waterfalls At Nature Center Talk

A New Mexico waterfall. Courtesy PEEC

PEEC News:

There are hundreds of high, beautiful, perennial-flowing waterfalls in the Land of Enchantment, and Doug Scott is widely recognized as the expert on the subject.

Scott returns to PEEC to give a presentation on the topic at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at the new Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. The talk is free and open to the public.

Scott has been exploring New Mexico since he was a young child. He started the Taos Mountain Outfitters in 1972 and was a commercial whitewater rafting guide and ski touring guide for many years, besides being a successful


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Can Scientists Become Sales Agents?

Marc Kuchner, PhD, astrophysicist speaks June 4-5 at LANL. Coutesy photo

 

Can Scientists Become Sales Agents?
EDUCATION News:

SANTA FE – Never before in the history of our planet has it been more important for scientists to connect with the nonscientific public.

For example, a whopping 97 percent of all scientists agree that human activity is causing our climate to change. But pseudo scientists and special interests have dominated the debate so that only 40 percent of all Americans believe that the Earth’s warming is primarily due to human activity, according to a 2014 Pew Poll.

The world’s


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Los Alamos County Police Launch Safety Town Program

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Department is welcoming applications for the inaugural Los Alamos County Safety Town.

This free program will run 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday June 15-26 at Mountain Elementary School. This program is open to children entering Kindergarten in August.

Safety Town will provide the opportunity for students to learn about several aspects of safety in the hopes of preparing them for the new hazards they will face as they enter school as well as hazards they may face in their neighborhoods and in the community. These include fire safety, bicycle safety, animal


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LAHS Ranked Third By US News And World Report

On his way out of town Wednesday to begin his new job leading the Farmington Municipal School District, former LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper office to say goodbye to the staff. Schmidt, here with Bonnie Gordon who covers education for the paper, said he intends to stay in touch with the Los Alamos community through occasional columns published in the LA Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN

As former Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt moves on to Farmington Municipal School District


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Six Day Spanish Immersion Program Offered In Taos

Courtesy photo
 
EDUCATION News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Bilingual Strategies, a New Mexico based Spanish Language Institute, invites you to northern New Mexico to experience its Spanish Immersion Program for six days in the serene beauty and inspirational ambience of Southern Methodist University, Taos Campus at Fort Burgwin in Taos.
 
The nature trails, the flowing stream, and serene colors are an added bonus to enhance your comfort in this exciting learning experience.
 
Learn the rich and enchanting history of New Mexico in a relaxed

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Three Young Scientists Present Their Research

Los Alamos High School freshman Alex Ionkov with his poster at the science fair. Photo by Don Casperson
 
By Charmian Schaller
Los Alamos Kiwanis

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos got an opportunity to experience some of the excitement of the annual Science Fair April 21 when three Los Alamos High School (LAHS) scientists presented their work during the club’s noon meeting.

The three young scientists—Elise Koskelo, Colin Hehlen and Alex Ionkov—each spoke for five minutes, then stood by their complex and interesting posters so that club members could ask questions. Koskelo, a junior,


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Los Alamos Middle School Celebrates Pi

The staff and students of Los Alamos Middle School love Pi … some more than others. The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. More than 40 students were able to memorize the first 20 digits of pi, but one student, Tazler Smith was able to memorize the first 113 digits, displayed on a poster by the math department. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
 
 
 

 

 

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SFI Seminar: Everything You (N)ever Wanted To Know About Our Water, Sewer and Sanitation Systems

Christa Brelsford
SFI Postdoctoral Fellow

SFI News:

SFI Seminar: Everything You (N)ever Wanted To Know About Our Water, Sewer, and Sanitation Systems by Christa Brelsford at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 5 in the Collins Conference Room of the Santa Fe Institute at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract: The problem of water is one of location and timing. Some places have too little, some places have too much, and moving water from here to there was once a genuinely difficult engineering problem.

Today it’s not difficult, but it is expensive. In this informal talk, I’ll cover some interesting social,


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