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Public can Operate Robot at Open House

UNM-LA News:

Members of FIRST Robotics Team 4153 – Project Y. Courtesy Photo

The community is invited to join members of FIRST Robotics Team 4153 – Project Y at an open house where Los Alamos High School team members will demonstrate the robot they built, answer questions about FIRST robotics, and help the public try its hands at the controls.
 

When: 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 24
 

Where: UNM-LA Bldg. 2 (4000 University Dr., Los Alamos)
 

Who: Open to the public

The robot built by members of FIRST Robotics Team 4153 – Project Y. Courtesy Photo

 


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Long Term Nutrition and Weight Management Tips

Column by Kent Pegg

With warmer weather approaching, now might be a good time to think about your nutrition plan and the role it plays in your life.

Daily, I address this issue with people who are looking to change the way they eat and who want to develop a nutrition plan that helps them achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Proper nutrition, combined with an exercise program consisting of muscle strengthening, cardiovascular endurance training, and increased flexibility, will help you reach your goals and enjoy a better life.

For the most part, your calories come from three sources: proteins,


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Perfect Weather, Large Crowd, Loads of Fun Surrounded PEEC’s Earth Day 2012

Community members of all ages soaked in the sunshine, activities and music at today’s Earth Day Festival at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Ever-Changing Land of Enchantment is this year’s Earth Day theme. PEEC’s Earth Day logo connects people to the land they live in and its changes over the past 100 years since New Mexico’s Centennial. It also reminds people that they must live gently on this beautiful and vulnerable land. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos National Bank


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Bandelier Offers National Park Week Activities in Los Alamos

BANDELIER News:

Perhaps the most distinctive furry resident at Bandelier is the Aberts Squirrel. Courtesy/Bandelier

National Park Week runs through April 29 and Bandelier National Monument is offering opportunities both in Los Alamos and at the park to celebrate National Park Week.

“Bandelier partners with many organizations in Los Alamos. We’re very happy to be able to offer National Park Week activities in town where they are available to people who may not be able to get down to the park,” Park Superintendent Jason Lott said. “We hope to see lots of our neighbors this week.”


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Author Speaks: Nye and Barco Reveal What Happens When Books are Banned

By Kirsten Laskey

The written word packs a good punch. It sparks inspiration and sometimes exasperation even to the point where people want to ban it.

The desire to ban books can also pack quite a punch, particularly for public and school libraries.

During the upcoming Author Speaks lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, librarians Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco will reveal what has happened when people demand books be removed from public reading shelves.

Nye and Barco wrote “True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries,” a compilation of essays on how librarians around


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PEEC offers New Survival Skills Class for Kids

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER (PEEC) News:
 
Coutesy/PEEC

 

This summer, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a primitive skills class in the Jemez for children entering grades 4-7. 

 
The class will meet on Saturdays (and two Sundays) in June and July from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and will be held at various locations in the Jemez area. 
 
Experienced educator Rourke McDermott will teach the class. 
 
The cost is $60 or $48 for PEEC members or a second sibling for the whole summer.
Each week students will be immersed in the outdoors,

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Cleanup at Los Alamos Middle School Garden Site

On Thursday evening students, Victoria Young, Gabriela Vallejos and Jamie Justice picked up trash from around the site of the Los Alamos Middle School Community Garden. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Youth Food Project’s [LAYFP] key goal is to develop a community garden adjacent to the Los Alamos Middle School near the new Solar Array and KRSN AM 1490 antenna.

The garden will be available to K-12 LA Public School students, to community organizations and to individuals.

Other garden locations may be developed as well, including a greenhouse at the Los Alamos Cooperative


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Schools Hosting Important Community Meeting Saturday

The students, school staff, parents and community are invited to attend a “Strategic Plan” Update from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday April 21 at the Speech Theater of Los Alamos High School. 

Strategic Plan Thrust Captains will provide a briefing on the progress made of the work completed over the past seven months.

Thrust Captains will also provide an update on the path forward in five key areas, including:

  •  Student Achievement
  •  Effective Teachers
  •  Aligned Resources and Support Systems
  •  Community Partnerships
  • System for Continuous Improvement

School and community


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Driver in Staged Crash Faces the Judge

A teenage driver faces Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados for sentencing following the “Every 15 Minutes” staged crash in which four youth were injured and another died at the scene created at Los Alamos High School Wednesday morning. Photo by Jenn Bartram

The student driver with his made up facial lacerations faces the judge during the courtroom scene. Photo by Jenn Bartram

The teen driver’s parents also participated in the mock courtroom scene. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Careflight pilots arrive at Los Alamos High School to transport a “critically”


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Griffith Gymnasium Ribbon Cutting and Rededication is 6 p.m. Monday

LOS ALAMOS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT News

The community is invited to the Ribbon Cutting/Rededication of Griffith Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23.

Griffith Gym is named after 1st Lt. Thurston “Turk” Griffith, Jr., a 1958 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

“Turk” was awarded posthumously by General William Westmoreland the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

In December of 1964 “Turk” was assigned to the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam.

He served as an adviser to units of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in Binh Tuy Province.

On Jan. 17, 1965


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New Scalable Green Protocols for Processing Carbon Nanotubes

NIST News:

Summary: The overall aim of this project is to develop and validate general methods and protocols for purification, size-separation and dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that will enable aqueous ‘biological’ applications. New NMR metrologies are also being developed and applied to characterize and compare the physio-chemical properties of various length/diameter sized separated CNTs in aqueous dispersions.

Description: Since the discovery of the C60 “buckyball” by the 1996 Nobel Prize laureates Robert F. Curl, Harold W. Kroto, and Richard


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The Muster Tradition Event Set for Hilltop House Hotel Saturday

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the annual Texas Aggie Muster will be held at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel to honor those Fallen Aggies.

Ron Selvage said that he is proud to organize this event.

The Muster Tradition:

Century-old roots provide the basis for Muster as Aggies know it today. It has changed, yet the Spirit in which it was established remains the same.

Since the founding of Texas A&M, every Aggie has lived and become a part of the Aggie Spirit.

“What we feel today is not just the camaraderie of fellow Aggies, it is the Spirit of hundreds of thousands of Aggies who have gone before us, and who


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Staged Crash at LAHS Drives Home Distracted Driving Dangers

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

An emotionally charged emergency-response exercise involving a staged crash in which five students were injured and a sixth student died at the scene took place this morning at Los Alamos High School.

The vehicular accident was staged in the faculty parking lot as part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program.

“Every 15 minutes” is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students and adults about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired


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Emergency-Response Exercise Involving a Staged Crash is Underway at LAHS

 

 

Please be aware that an emergency-response exercise involving a vehicular accident will take place from approximately 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. today in the faculty parking lot at Los Alamos High School, as part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program.

“Every 15 minutes”is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students —and adults—about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

Los Alamos police and fire departments are participating in the exercise,


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ALERT: An Emergency-Response Exercise Involving a Staged Crash is Underway at LAHS Today

Please be aware that an emergency-response exercise involving a vehicular accident will take place from approximately 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. today in the faculty parking lot at Los Alamos High School, as part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program.


“Every 15 minutes” is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students —and adults—about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.


Los Alamos police and fire departments are participating in the exercise, along with Careflight,


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Students descend on Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23-24 for Supercomputing Challenge Expo and Awards Ceremony

LANL News:

Research by student teams to be showcased during this month’s New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. Courtesy/LANL

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will convene at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23 and 24 for judging and the awards ceremony in the 22nd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are participating in the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.

While at LANL,


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A Taste of Russia: April 27 Fundraiser Dinner for Los Alamos Youth Trip to Sarov

Los Alamos Youth are planning a trip to Russia this summer as part of an ongoing series of exchange visits with the Los Alamos Sister City of Sarov.

This program is sponsored by the Los Alamos – Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI).

To help support the costs of the trip, LASSCI is holding fundraising dinner — A Taste of Russia.

The dinner is set for 6:30 p.m. April 27 in the Vista Room at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.

In addition to Russian food, the program will include a Silent Auction of Russian crafts and Entertainment by the youth travelers.

Tickets may be purchased from any of the student


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Ron Barber to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring Local High School Scholars

By Joyce Ann Guzik

On Sunday evening, April 29, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 56th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honors society in the United States and has about 275 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population.) 

The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members and their guests, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos starting and will be catered by Decadent Table.

The 43 students of the Class of 2012 who will be honored this year are: Peter


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SFI Colloquium: “On the Evolutionary Origins of the Egalitarian Syndrome”

Sergey Gavrilets. Courtesy/SFI

Sergey Gavrilets will present his talk “On the Evolutionary Origins of the Egalitarian Syndrome” at 3:30 p.m. Monday April 23 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institue.

Gavrilets works at the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Department of Mathematics, National Institute For Mathematical and Biological Systems, University of Tennessee.

Abstract: Humans exhibit strong egalitarian syndrome, i.e. the complex of cognitive perspectives, ethical principles, social norms, and individual and collective attitudes promoting


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Lymphoma Seminar Set for Thursday

By Paula Roybal Sánchez, Extension Home Economist

The Los Alamos Council on Cancer will be presenting a free community program on Lymphoma, Thursday, April 19.

Dr. Eric Bernstein, oncologist with the Northern New Mexico Cancer Care at Los Alamos Medical Center will be providing information on the historical significance of lymphoma, the differences between Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the relationship between radiation and lymphoma, the four stages of lymphoma and treating lymphomas with chemotherapy and radiation. 

Nurses and allied health professionals will be awarded


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